Hank and Deanna Lovato drove into El Dorado Springs on April 11 to visit Denna’s cousin, Nahwana Maslen. Behind their motor home was their labor of love, a 1986 Monte Carlo named Tribute housed in a special trailer named Freedom.
Converting the Monte Carol took Hank about seven months for the fabrication and design and three months to build the trailer in the shape of the Monte Carlo.
There are 400 names on the car and 4,000 on the trailer – names of US veterans of all wars and representing all branches of the military.
Anyone can put a name on the trailer. Just go to their Face book page at Tribute RHeros and submit the names and state and the branch of the military and it will be included on the trailer.
Hank, a former helicopter pilot, said he wanted to do more with the Monte Carole than just have a street rod. He and Deanna wanted to show the military personnel, their families and veterans that they are appreciated.
The Lovatos recently sold their home in Topeka and plan to travel around the country in their motor home and schedule appearances for Tribute and Freedom. Pictured are (from left) Hank Lovato, Johhnny Maslen, Nahwana Maslen and Deanna Lovato.