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Old 01-23-2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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Airstream Ranch update from Tampa

My mom (near Tampa) sent us these Tampa Tribune clippings which we found on line. I post only for informational purposes and may just go eyeball (with Nikon) when I'm there in March.
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Old 01-25-2008, 11:41 AM   #2
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I drove past there yesterday on my way from Tampa to Orlando Airport (and home). I had been looking for it and almost passed it before I saw it.

It's kind of interesting, I guess, but it doesn't look like it has any context. Perhaps as it ages a bit. Maybe it needs a dinosaur or two.

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Old 01-25-2008, 12:13 PM   #3
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I drove past there yesterday on my way from Tampa to Orlando Airport (and home). I had been looking for it and almost passed it before I saw it.

It's kind of interesting, I guess, but it doesn't look like it has any context. Perhaps as it ages a bit. Maybe it needs a dinosaur or two.

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The dinosaur exhibit is one exit further away from Tampa on I 4. No joke.
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:41 PM   #4
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Saw this last week when I was in the Tampa area for the big RV show and paid a visit to Bates. The 7 1/2 Airstreams that are buried are supposed to represent the Airstream 75th Anniversary. Have little in the way of opinion about this but it ain't Cadillac Ranch which I've also seen. However if you want to see it you might not want to wait as the county is trying to make them remove it. In fact there were petitions all over the RV show - and at Bates - for people to sign who wanted it to stay.
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However if you want to see it you might not want to wait as the county is trying to make them remove it.
Interesting to get a story like that from the RV show. Silverback's mom's article mentions the county land use actions.
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I don't care how much water or how much fertilizer they use, those suckers are NOT going to grow. Man, the things some people will do to gain an extra couple of feet on their trailer......

I can't even imagine the combine they'll need to harvest those puppies come fall.

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Old 03-10-2008, 07:46 AM   #8
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Another news story....

Half-buried trailers are trash to some, but creator
calls it art

AIRSTREAM RANCH

What: Airstream Ranch.

Where: Access at Bates RV, 4656 McIntosh Road, Dover
(Exit 14 on Interstate 4).

Contact: (888) 228-3778 or fbates7@comcast.net.

By GARY WHITE
THE LEDGER

DOVER -- If you have driven on Interstate 4 between
Plant City and Tampa recently, you have probably
noticed them. Eight silver travel trailers tilt
eastward at a roughly 20-degree angle, wheel sides
forward, looking a bit like dominoes caught in
freeze-frame just as they begin to topple.

Their wrinkled aluminum skins reflect the sunlight,
even on a recent overcast afternoon, creating a
diversion that is almost impossible to ignore among
billboards and traffic signs along a typically
charmless stretch of highway 11 miles west of the Polk
County line.

Its creator has dubbed it Airstream Ranch, an homage
to both Texas' Cadillac Ranch and a popular brand of
trailers he happens to sell at his nearby recreational
vehicle dealership.

"People get a big kick out of it," said Frank Bates,
owner of Bates RV and the designer of Airstream Ranch,
which occupies a grassy plot a quarter-mile west of
his dealership fronting I-4's eastbound lanes. "They
drive by and see it and enjoy it. It's something to
look at."

While Bates calls it art, Hillsborough County
officials offer a less romantic description -- code
violation -- and they want it removed. The county has
scheduled a hearing on the matter next Friday, and
signs at the Bates RV dealership reading "Save
Airstream Ranch" direct customers to petitions
supporting the assemblage as "a historic Florida
roadside attraction." Bates said about 3,000 people
have signed the petitions.

Bates envisioned Airstream Ranch last year, as
Airstream Inc. was celebrating its 75th year. A Texas
native, Bates had long admired Cadillac Ranch, an
outdoor display of 10 partially buried Cadillacs in
Amarillo, Texas, devised by businessman Stanley Marsh
III and erected by the art collective The Ant Farm in
1974.

Though Bates originally wanted to install shiny,
pristine Airstreams, as 2007 wound down he bought six
trailers from a junkyard to go with two he already
owned. In early January, workers using a backhoe and a
large crane spent two days burying the trailers nose
first, 6 to 8 feet deep. By the time the third
Airstream was planted, three news helicopters had
arrived to get aerial footage.

Bates, 52, had hoped to include an Airstream from each
decade of the company's existence. He settled for
trailers dating from 1957 through 1994 and ranging
from 16 feet to 34 feet.

Photographers from across the country have swooped in
to capture Airstream Ranch on film or in pixels. Bates
invites visitors to stop at his dealership, where
employees can shuttle them by golf cart to the site,
rather than stopping along I-4 to take pictures.

"My one mistake is I made sure all the good sides were
facing the road," Bates said. "The problem is the sun
shines from the south, so the photographers always
want to take pictures from the south side and always
take pictures of the bad side, which I feel terrible
about."

As Bates recently gave a reporter a tour, a car
arrived from the south, taking advantage of an open
gate, and a couple approached the trailers on foot,
bearing cameras.

Gene Toole, an Ohioan spending the winter at a nearby
mobile home park, said he wanted a photo for a friend
who has an Airstream.

"I think it's unique," Toole said of Airstream Ranch.
"I know there's an issue with some neighbors. Most
people I've talked to are kind of positive about it."

Word of Airstream Ranch recently reached Marsh through
a reporter from the Amarillo Globe-News.

"I said, 'Imitation is the sincerest form of
flattery,'" Marsh said in a telephone interview. "I
don't own the idea of 10 tilted poles. I hope your
area and your artists have as much fun with it as I
have had with mine. If I were in your neighborhood,
I'd go look at it."

If Airstream Ranch is allowed to remain, Bates said he
would like to replace some of the dented trailers with
better preserved models. Bates envisions creating a
park and playing host to art shows and even weddings.

But the future of Airstream Ranch is in serious doubt.
Ed Brill, Hillsborough County's manager of code
enforcement, said Bates' violations include improper
off-site advertising and misuse of agricultural land.
Bates denied the advertising charge, noting the
display contains no signs.

Hillsborough's code-enforcement board, a group of
seven citizens, will consider the case at next
Friday's hearing in Tampa. Brill's department will
present its side, Bates will be invited to respond and
citizens also will be allowed to speak. If the board
sides with the code-enforcement department, Brill said
Bates will be given some time to remove the trailers
before he starts incurring fines.

Bates argues that Airstream Ranch is a work of art,
and in the lobby of his dealership he displays a
letter from Alan Moore, an art professor at the
University of South Florida, supporting that
assertion.

Marsh, told of the controversy, instantly sided with
Bates, whom he does not know.

"I think the First Amendment gives us complete freedom
of expression and is more important than any zoning or
local officials," Marsh said.

Bates does not make such high-flown arguments; he just
wants to keep his vertical trailer park.

"Everyone in Texas knows Stanley Marsh III because he
did Cadillac Ranch," Bates said. "Well, it would be
kind of neat in 30 or 40 years if everyone knew Frank
Bates because he did Airstream Ranch."
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:27 PM   #9
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I drove by it yesterday and it's still there. I thought I had read somewhere that after April 1, the owner was going to have to pay $100 per day in fines if it wasn't removed.

I took a few pics and put 2 more on tinypic.

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Frank may have decided that $3000 a month is not a bad price for the advertising he is getting from the exhibit.
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I hope it stays up, but I'm prone to chase down weird things at the side of the road. Across the highway and up a way is Fantasy of Flight, and they have several oil pumps out in their field. It's starting to look like Texas. I've stopped at Cadillac Ranch a couple of times in my travels, once when it was barren, and once when it was planted with corn.

They have a token patch of corn at the Airstream Ranch.

With the price of aluminum, I wonder if the scavengers have their eye on this henge.
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:14 PM   #12
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Here's more from an artical in this weeks Autoweek.
Betting the ranch - AutoWeek Magazine

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My wife and I visited Airstream Ranch last week. We posted a video on our blog, if anyone is interested.
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i understand the concept. i feel the same way about this as i do the film industry destroying old cars that are in limited numbers. not good.
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