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Old 02-05-2008, 01:44 PM   #15
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What's really amazing to me is - here is a reasonably intelligent bunch of people - it's over 40 years later and we're trying to figure out how they set that up. Makes the original accomplishment even better....
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Old 02-05-2008, 02:22 PM   #16
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I thought the trailers got into those circles through Wally directing them with that megaphone you see him with. Wasn't he shouting... " move that overlander a little to the left... good, now that bambi, over here to the right..." I thought that was why you see him with the megaphone.
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I thought the trailers got into those circles through Wally directing them with that megaphone you see him with. Wasn't he shouting... " move that overlander a little to the left... good, now that bambi, over here to the right..." I thought that was why you see him with the megaphone.
Oh, yeah, right, sorry, I forgot about the megaphone thingy. Do they still use them at the Internationals for traditions sake? I wonder what happened to the original?

Hey, maybe they tied a string to IT, and the other end to....nah, never mind, just my inner voice talking

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Old 02-05-2008, 02:42 PM   #18
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The joke about Burning Man is that the area is surveyed by a bunch of drunk people riding around on tricycles. And that is funny but what is even more funny is that it is absolutely true! They have teams of flaggers riding around with a big tape measure looking at a map (once the basic shape of the city is layed out) adjusting street depths and things like that.
No - if drunks on tricycles can do it, it has to be easy.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:50 PM   #19
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Never underestimate the power of drunks on tricycles. Hey, that sounds like something I could help with the week before BM, maybe. Does Zep help with that?
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:44 PM   #20
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My guess is that it is the 1964 Int'l Rally in Princeton New Jersey.Attendance 1,969 trailers.
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This is a picture of the 1964 Princeton Rally. Really great. At the time I was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ. I took a leave and stayed with my Mother. We were in the first row. A train station has nothing on my Mom's trailer. When people left the tent, or if they were passing by there was a constant, Helen are you there. She always had time for every Caravanner. It was fun. Of course the main attraction this years was the New York World's Fair. Buses took Caravanners to the Fair.

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Old 02-05-2008, 09:54 PM   #21
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How were the wagon wheels created?

One of the major strengths of the WBCCI, Caravans, and Airstreamers are the volunteers.

One of the largest groups volunteering was the Parking Committee. The arrived early, looked at the site, layed our the parting. The location of tents, and other public areas, lights, goepher holes, water, and the primary inner-circle. Once you have the primary inner-cirlce the radiating circle are easy. You leave room for unhitching, and a roadway to leave your parking spot.

So everything is planned, and the parking crew worked their butts off to make the Rally Site workable, pleasant and fun.

After Caravans, and the first few rallys the crew took pride in their work and volunteered rally after rally.

I was not on the committee, but I fully understand the work they did and how they did it.

Hats off the years of volunteers from the past and those unsung heroes of the future.

On Caravans where it was pratical to park in wagon wheel, the wagon boss normally parked the group. Do the timing from the first unit until the last he might be relieved by a helper. Of course Wally also assisted in parking when required.

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Old 02-06-2008, 10:57 AM   #22
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One of the members of my unit has been involved with parking a rally this way. Here's how he said it is done:
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The parking of a wagon wheel is the easiest parking there is, because it can be parked with just two parkers. You mark the center of the parking area with your flag pole raised to the highest point with a bright flag at the top. Depending on the amount of vehicles that has to be parked, you have a 25 foot radius giving you a 50 foot center area, or a 50 foot radius giving you a 100 foot center area. The rally in the picture has a 100 foot center area. Starting at any point on the radius, you start marking a mark on the circle every 12 feet, leaving a 15 foot roadway. When you start the second row, you go out the length of the largest vehicle plus a road way in front and even with the roadway opening of the first row, and start marking spots at 15 foot intervals. When you park the vehicles, one parker stands on the dot that is to be parked, a second parker lines himself up with the first parker, and the flag, and when he lets the vehicle pass, he goes to the next spot. As you can see, the flag pole becomes a parker. Unlike WBCCI Caravans, the Airstream Company Caravans parked the front of the tow vehicles on the dot, not the trailer tongue. Motor homes were parked in line with the front of the trailers, so they are evenly lined up, and their towed vehicle is moved to the front of the motor home.
It would be fun to experience this some time.

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Wow And I thought someone said "Just park anywhere you like" and random chance took over. Oh well it was a fun idea while it lasted
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Semi-Circle Lager in Africa 1959

It took one person, Louis Mousely, our wagon boss to park the Caravan on this grassy area in Johannesburg.

Lager is the Afrikaans term for a wagon group circled.
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Oh man, I love the cars being used as tow vehicles.

What a neat picture.

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Oh man, I love the cars being used as tow vehicles.

What a neat picture.

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In Africa we all used trucks, the cars you see are private vehicles of the local gentry.

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In Africa we all used trucks, the cars you see are private vehicles of the local gentry.

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Thanks PeeWee. It sure did look good. I immediately had visions of the Caddy and others towing their Airstreams across the desert in air conditioned comfort, everyone waving at the poor guy on his camel as they passed.

Dang - another myth smashed .

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