When brothers Marcus and William Calhoun inherited their father’s 1948 Ford F1 pickup truck affectionately called Redbone, they decided to restore it to her original cherry-red glory and bring her to a wedding in Newport. The sparkling debut in 2018 inspired an idea, and less than a year later Redbone Events was born.
From weddings and birthdays to proms and family photos, Redbone adds a unique vintage backdrop to any occasion and has even served as a mobile beer garden and food display. Scroll through their gallery online and you’ll be mesmerized by snapshots of the shiny red Ford’s bed brimming with potted greenery and cupcakes, families posing by her side, and couples leaning arm-in-arm against her hood.
Even the pandemic didn’t stop Redbone from bringing a smile to faces around Rhode Island: “During the summer, we used the truck to promote local businesses,” says William, who loves working with fellow small business owners and hopes to continue the effort. “We all work together. During these times, you gotta make the best of it.”
Plans for the future season, according to William, include a collaboration with Newport Classic Car Tours, which will allow for more car options for different events, and even incorporating an old tractor for the farm-style weddings he anticipates will be popular this summer.
“We look forward to the new season,” William concludes. “I think it’ll be a positive year.”