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Old 08-19-2008, 10:02 AM   #15
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It looks like the next (3rd Texas State) Vintage Rally will be at Braunig Lake RV Park just south of San Antonio from Feb 4 to Feb 8, 2009.

We had 83 rigs at this year’s rally and I requested 100 sites for 2009. We hope the more central location will help build attendance and the more southern location will help temper any cold snaps.
This looks like a great rally. I could not make it last year. Out of the 83 Airstreams that attended last year, how many were vintage units?
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:15 AM   #16
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I believe there were 33 Vintage rigs signed up for last year's rally, but that one or two had to cancel due to inclement weather between them and the rally and that we issued refunds to them. There were rigs from 10 states and Canada. Most of those were Vintage. We all thought that the motor home from Ohio would get the "farthest traveled" award until the trailer from Alberta showed up. I believe I remember that our own forum's member, 87MH, received the People's Choice Award and I think he also may have earned the award for Best Polished Trailer.
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Old 08-19-2008, 11:45 AM   #17
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It looks like the next (3rd Texas State) Vintage Rally will be at Braunig Lake RV Park just south of San Antonio from Feb 4 to Feb 8, 2009. I’m going down Tuesday for a face-to-face with the RV Park Rally Coordinator and should have a contract ready to sign when our unit approves our plans at our early March rally.

We had 83 rigs at this year’s rally and I requested 100 sites for 2009. We hope the more central location will help build attendance and the more southern location will help temper any cold snaps.

We will stick pretty close to the formula that has worked well over our previous vintage rallies. Lots of seminars, happy hours, very little structure. As in our previous vintage rallies, WBCCI membership is not a requirement for attendance and Airstreams of any year are welcome..

We had a unit rally at Braunig Lake several years ago, so we already have a good leg up on local attractions and choosing caterers.
Hi John,

Non-wbcci members have asked me:

"Michael, how do I register for this most excellent rally"
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:59 PM   #18
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Contact Elaine Jackson; 1705A West Braker Lane; Austin, Texas 78734 or email her at elaine@gaj.com . Rally fees are $40 per adult and $15 per child (5-15 yrs). Rally fees cover meals and seminars. Parking fees are only $23 per night for full service sites. We are passing along the excellent parking rates we've received due to the expected size of this rally along directly to the participants. This is a great value.
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Old 08-19-2008, 04:34 PM   #19
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When will there be a firm schedule of which seminars are going to be held when? Also will there be a disclosure of who will "teach" each seminar?

Some may not be able to be three for all and it might be helpful for planning my stay.

BTW I found the summaries of the past two TexVins, and I found the info on nearby lodging to next years.

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:15 AM   #20
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Distantdrummer, while we haven’t nailed down exactly what time of day each of our seminars will be conducted, it is a safe bet that most will be offered Friday morning and afternoon and perhaps on Saturday morning.

We have Dale “Pee Wee” Schwamborn committed as a seminar presenter. Dale is a member of this forum whose forums name is Pee Wee. Dale lives in Nevada and will be bringing photographs and memorabilia of early caravans and WBCCI events in which he participated as the son of Helen Schwamborn who was the Airstream representative to the WBCCI back when Wally Byam was alive and when Airstream actively supported and controlled the WBCCI. Under her leadership the WBCCI grew to proportions it will likely never again achieve. Dale is also the 2nd cousin of Wally Byam (his mother and Wally’s fathers were brothers). As such, Dale worked for Airstream and scouted and participated in the Capetown to Cairo, European and South American caravans among others. He offers an intimate perspective on the history of Airstream through his own memories and through the wealth of photographs and memorabilia that was contained in his family’s estate. Dale will be onsite in a vintage trailer and available throughout the rally for conversation.

David Blakey and Pat McDowell will be concentrating on Vintage restoration. Both of these men own and have restored at least five vintage Airstreams. They are perfectionists. Pat will be bringing a ‘54 Flying Cloud that will purposely have part of the floor installed and part left open to allow for easy viewing of the frame repairs which have been done and the black and gray tanks that are installed. Additionally, a number of interior panels will be out allowing easy viewing of the wiring that has been updated and the insulation that was installed. Outside, the trailer will be used to demonstrate the installation of a new Torque Flex axle and the extension of its tongue. Part of the belly pan will be out to allow for demonstration on its reinstallation. David will be conducting simultaneous seminars on similar subjects of interest to the Vintage restorer.

Because the majority of our participants will not own a vintage trailer, we plan to also offer some seminars/activities suitable to their tastes. We have a chairman in charge of helping participants plan and tour San Antonio’s many unique attractions including its Spanish Mission trail, the River Walk, the Alamo, the Mercado, the International Zoo, Sea World and other attractions. We plan to offer seminars in towing safety probably to be offered by John Irwin who writes for Airstream Life magazine and we have extended an invitation to Rich Luhr, editor and publisher of Airstream Life. John has confirmed his participation in this year‘s rally; Rich has not.

There will be additional seminars not yet confirmed on a variety of other subjects as we have worked primarily on the vintage side to bring you the best we can offer. One seminar we hope to soon have committed is a seminar entitled Cooking on the Road. We hope to have an Airstream Service Manager conduct a seminar on various service issues. I think you can see that we’ve attempted to plan a complete, diverse and informative schedule even without the other seminars I've not mentioned as we’ve not yet firmed them up. I will know more about the remaining seminars in a few weeks.

We should have your questions answered and everything fairly well lined out by the middle of September as the Executive Committee for the Texas Vintage Rally will be going to Braunig Lake RV Park to tour the facility and finalize plans onsite at that time. I hope this helps to clarify at least some of your questions for now.

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:23 AM   #21
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One slight correction, Dale is a resident of Dewey, AZ. He is a member of the Four corners Unit and I can guarantee you will enjoy the time you spend with him.
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Old 08-20-2008, 06:09 AM   #22
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That's what I get for writing something at midnight. Of course Dale is a resident of Dewey, AZ. My only excuse is that perhaps I had the extensive work Dale has posted on the Sierra Nevada website about early Airstream history in the back of my mind as I wrote this.

My understanding is that Dale is a lifetime member of both the WBCCI and the 4CU.

azflycaster, thanks for the correction. You fellows have one great unit primarily because you have such great members such as yourself and Pee Wee. I was a charter associate member of the 4CU and support your unit 100%.

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Old 08-27-2008, 11:44 AM   #23
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So let it be written, so let it be done!

Ummm... who's going to tell Todd that his deadline just became February 4th for the Texas State Vintage Rally?

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Hey, I heard that!

February?! My shell is still missing a frame!
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February?! My shell is still missing a frame!
Hmmm, well then, as my Grandpa always said, "Time's a wastin'."

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I definitely have this marked on the calendar ... SAT is a pleasant drive through the Hill Country from our home in Fort Worth -- a route we take fairly often while visiting state parks. Time to get the old girl polished up and ready for visitors!
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We have a 1956 Air Stream Safari and will be in the southwest this winter. When is the last possible date we can make reseverations with you for a spot at your Vintage Rally?? Right now our plans are sort of geared towards spending Feb in Arizona.
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Old 08-27-2008, 03:35 PM   #27
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A few requests:
Could you post links to the threads that reviewed/summarized the last 3 TexVins please.

Do you know if there are cabins at that RV park?
Do you know of the nearest "acceptable" lodging, motel, Inn etc.

I will not be bringing my trailer, if I can come at all. But I have wondered if Vintage owners who do come with trailer are able to opt out of any open house. Is it rude or not PC to prefer to keep one's trailer private?

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There is a motel adjoining that is owned by the same folks as the RV park. For those staying offsite, just cross out the parking on the registration form.

Any vintage owner can opt out of the open house. Simply close the door. This is common for unrestored rigs and there are always one or more of them..
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Hi John,

Non-wbcci members have asked me:

"Michael, how do I register for this most excellent rally"
There is a printable registration form on the Region 9 website wbregion9.org . Just click on the vintage rally ad on the home page to take you to the rally information. At the bottom of the vintage rally page, there is a link for the registration form.
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