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Old 03-11-2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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Vintage on Gulf Coast?

I'm looking for interesting vintage trailers, owners, and their stories along the Gulf Coast (FL, AL, MS, LA) and I'm hoping to photograph and interview them for a new project..

I've been a professional photographer (and sometimes-writer) for 30-plus years...click on my site below to see some of my work...

I'm hoping to combine three of my 'great passions' in this project: photography, stories, and vintage Airstreams..

I prefer interesting and creative upgrades, adaptations, mods, tooling, etc, although a period-perfect restoration would be hard to pass up... eco-friendly, alt-energy, green materials, all good... cupcake-kitchens, mobile clinics, projection pods, all good... even just a cute rig you fell in love with and started camping at sixty, all good..

But most important in this project is a good STORY... what attracted you to Airstreaming? do you dream (like me) of fulltiming one day? do you only take your rig out for football tailgating and baby showers? who knows! I want to know..

In return for letting me interview you and photograph your rig (and, hopefully, you with it) you will receive a beautiful set of 8x10 prints at no charge. Full disclosure: I will ask for your permission to use the photos and text I create in future publication (but not for advertising without your approval).

I get to travel sometimes in my job and I'll be going to the Pensacola area for a couple of days soon and I'm hoping to find one or two exceptional 'vintage stories' to get this project started... ya gotta start somewhere, even if its just with baby steps, and this forum is the only resource I know of to start with..

I'm posting this in the Photography Forum, it seemed like the right place (mods pls move if necessary)....thanks!
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:23 PM   #2
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Well, we're a little north of your desired locations, North Carloina, to be exact. If you don't fine what you need down there, we've got a cute little 1961 Safari and we love to bragg about it. Come take a lookee see.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:32 PM   #3
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Well, we're a little north of your desired locations, North Carloina, to be exact. If you don't fine what you need down there, we've got a cute little 1961 Safari and we love to bragg about it. Come take a lookee see.
Thanks, yall, I hope to expand to other regions as I go and there's already a couple of rigs & friends in the NC/VA sorta area I plan to hit up for stories & photos...thanks for posting...a '61 Safari has gotta be sweet...looking forward to seeing it one day..
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:34 PM   #4
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Rick,

I'm in Gulfport, on the way to Pensacola. Ha, and I just purchased #3 (here locally in Gulfport), a few weeks ago, a '66 Tradewinds! You may want to PM CrzyCorpsman in Biloxi. He's in the middlie of a full restoration on a '75 Sovereign. Also, The Pensacola WBCCI is having an Airstream Vintage Rally April 15-18 at their park, Mystic Springs, north of Pensacola. Herb Spies, jbond on Airforums, is a past president of the WBCCI Vinatge Airstream Club.

Sounds like a great project!!
very cool, Rick, I'll pm you and see if we can hook up...thanks for the rally info, I've already marked it on my calendar since that thing seems to fill up way too fast...thx!
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Rick,

Just came across your post about airstream stories from the Gulf Coast. Don't know if I ever told you this, but our Flying Cloud isn't mine and Jill's first Airstream. Our first airstream was a 1970 Tradewind. When we found out our house was flooded after Katrina and the agency was relocating to Baton Rouge, we decided to buy a small trailer so we knew we'd have somewhere to live no matter where we ended up. After a day or two of research and no previous trailer experience, we bought our airstream site unseen off ebay, Drove to Virginia, picked it up, and Me, Jill, and our three dogs lived in it for the next 6 months - 2 months in Baton Rouge, 5 months in front of our flooded out house in the Broadmoor. Best story was the boil we threw outside our trailer one night for a Saints game. Halfway through the party a foot patrol of a dozen National Guard soldiers show up with M-16's in hand. We invite them to join us, but they can't since they're working, but they said they'd come back later. An hour or so later, the troops show up, still with weapons, and join us around the picnic table for some shrimp. I still have pictures of me and some of the soldiers standing in front of the Airstream. A night I will never forget. We sold that trailer to a woman who lives right off fountainebleu. She uses it as a mother-in-law suite. If you drive real slow you can see the silver top peeking out over her privacy fence. Don't think I'll ever be attached to another trailer like I was to that one. I can remember the first night we spent back in our house. I climbed into our king sized bed and the room felt so open and big I had a hard time getting to sleep. I felt exposed. I remember wondering to myself why people think they need such big houses to live in? That trailer had become like a warm, safe cocoon from the craziness going on around us at the time. We regretted selling that trailer so much we finally broke down and bought the Flying Cloud last year.

Just thought I'd share.

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Old 03-11-2010, 04:37 PM   #6
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I'm looking for interesting vintage trailers, owners, and their stories along the Gulf Coast (FL, AL, MS, LA) and I'm hoping to photograph and interview them for a new project..
Rick, you know, Texas is also along the Gulf Coast...

Are you coming down for SXSW? If so, please let me know and maybe we can hook up. Or, if not SXSW, maybe some other time.

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Old 03-11-2010, 09:18 PM   #7
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Rick, you know, Texas is also along the Gulf Coast...

Are you coming down for SXSW? If so, please let me know and maybe we can hook up. Or, if not SXSW, maybe some other time.

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Dude! I felt so stupid omitting TEXAS from Gulf Coast! Unforgivable! Especially since I'm going there in the spring with my family and want to shoot some killer vintage rigs like "el jefe's" (steve @ continental) while I'm there (WILL the wife let me go off on a vintageMania excursion is the real question?!) ..and of course the marcusmobile must be in that numbah...I'll try and contact you when we get closer to t-minus-ten and counting....
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Rick,

Just came across your post about airstream stories from the Gulf Coast. Don't know if I ever told you this, but our Flying Cloud isn't mine and Jill's first Airstream. Our first airstream was a 1970 Tradewind. When we found out our house was flooded after Katrina and the agency was relocating to Baton Rouge, we decided to buy a small trailer so we knew we'd have somewhere to live no matter where we ended up. After a day or two of research and no previous trailer experience, we bought our airstream site unseen off ebay, Drove to Virginia, picked it up, and Me, Jill, and our three dogs lived in it for the next 6 months - 2 months in Baton Rouge, 5 months in front of our flooded out house in the Broadmoor. Best story was the boil we threw outside our trailer one night for a Saints game. Halfway through the party a foot patrol of a dozen National Guard soldiers show up with M-16's in hand. We invite them to join us, but they can't since they're working, but they said they'd come back later. An hour or so later, the troops show up, still with weapons, and join us around the picnic table for some shrimp. I still have pictures of me and some of the soldiers standing in front of the Airstream. A night I will never forget. We sold that trailer to a woman who lives right off fountainebleu. She uses it as a mother-in-law suite. If you drive real slow you can see the silver top peeking out over her privacy fence. Don't think I'll ever be attached to another trailer like I was to that one. I can remember the first night we spent back in our house. I climbed into our king sized bed and the room felt so open and big I had a hard time getting to sleep. I felt exposed. I remember wondering to myself why people think they need such big houses to live in? That trailer had become like a warm, safe cocoon from the craziness going on around us at the time. We regretted selling that trailer so much we finally broke down and bought the Flying Cloud last year.

Just thought I'd share.

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...what a great STORY Tony! this is exactly the kind of stuff I'm looking for and I can't wait to see the shots of m16's gathered 'round the Caravanner! I'm frustrated that I have to wait until next football season to shoot you guys tailgating, but maybe I'll try and squeeze my Safari in under the overpass...HOW early do I have to wake up to do this???
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I know a project like this could take a while. Next year's VAC National Texas Vintage Rally would be a great place for lots of Gulf Coast vintage Airstreams and great stories! I think it's held in mid February.
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I know a project like this could take a while. Next year's VAC National Texas Vintage Rally would be a great place for lots of Gulf Coast vintage Airstreams and great stories! I think it's held in mid February.
..a while indeed, Rick!... my last long-term photo project took me eleven years and I still add to it periodically...21 years and counting... I'm slowly learning about the vintage rallies (I really wanted to make the NM one, but the band had already booked gigs....(I have a lot of irons in the fire...too many, my mom used ta say)...) the Texas rally in 2011 I plan to make, though... Mardi Gras will just have to carry on without me
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Wish I had seen this post before, we have 3 vintage Airstreams and live next to Pensacola. Would have been fun to be part of your project.
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I have friends who have offered a parking spot (with 30 amps) in the Pensa area, would love to shoot your trailers one day. You can email me: rick@rickolivier.com

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