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Old 02-14-2013, 11:59 AM   #1
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WBCCI Caravan Diary

I recently met Mary Andserson (WBCCI#101) at a happy hour gathering at Jersey Shorehaven Airstream Park. We were talking about historic WBCCI Caravans and she explained how she transcribed a couples travel log (Grace and Virgil Golden of Salem OR) from the Capetown to Cairo Caravan (1959-1960). Generously Mary mailed me a copy which I have scanned and posted at my Airstream blog. I hope you enjoy this slice of rich WBCCI history as much as I have. Needless to say it's an amazing read...

WBCCI Capetown to Cairo Diary
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #2
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I look forward to reading this, thanks for sharing
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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Hi Dave,
Many thanks for posting Mary's transcription. Interestingly just today I was at an RV parts/service/sales dealer here in Mission, Texas and by chance learned one of their staff was none other than Arturo Ruiz the Mechanic on that famous caravan (Dale Schwanborn was also a young man on the Cape Town to Cairo). Arturo and I had a nice chat about his long involvement working for the Airstream Company on several of Wally's caravans including Central America, and his working with Helen Schwanborn and Betty Taylor. He said he also ran an Airstream dealership for a few years and used to have the number 67.
It really is a small world. I invited him to my 'Airstreamers In The Valley Luncheon' on March 1st but he will probably not come as he said he would not know anyone - the 1950/60's was a long time ago.

You just never know who you will run across or where.
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Dave,

Thank you for posting, it will be an interesting read.

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Thanks Dave. That was unbelievable reading. Sal
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Thanks Dave. That was unbelievable reading. Sal
Hi Sal! Wow you're a fast reader. I'm only about half way through. Just read about the group meeting Haile Selassie.

fyi - we are going back to Camp Carr in April for our first Rally of the season. Please send my regards to Noreen.
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Arturo Ruiz the Mechanic on that famous caravan
Hello Don! From the diary - it appears that Arturo was really busy on this Caravan. The African roads were rough on the rigs. I read last night how they used u-bolts to hold the body to the chassis. Yikes! Pee Wee has explained that these trips were proving grounds for Wally. The evolution was driven by caravan experiences which Arturo was directly involved with.

Gotta love the duro-torque!
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Wow, puts things into perspective. Most of us who travel have it so easy, hardly an adventure at all. Reminds me of the air forums member who would not travel because his tank sensors were inop, or those who will not travel because their trailer is not all shiny. Get a life. Jim
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