Hi, I'm new to this forum and thread; fascinating reading.
My name is Rich Truesdell and I am a Contributing Editor to more than 20 publications and the Editorial Director of Automotive Traveler
, an online-only magazine
and companion web site
. I hope that you'll click on the links above to take a look at the magazine and web sites. As we're dedicated to the proposition that every drive is an adventure, I think that you'll find content that will be of interest to many of you.
This past weekend at a car show I shot a 1956
Chevy Nomad that displayed with a small 1956
Shasta trailer, both painted in a matching ivory/light blue color scheme. The combination was quite impressive, which was confirmed by my editor at Cars and Parts
, who immediately commissioned a full feature based on the preliminary photos I submitted to him.
You can take a look at a few of the photos of the Nomad/Shasta combination in an album
I've posted of the images.
I have two requests. First, I would like to build a database of publication-quality, high resolution digital images of vintage vehicle/trailer
combinations. I anticipate that shortly I am going to start working on a feature on those enthusiasts who tow vintage trailers with vintage vehicles, more often than not, where both vehicles are the same year or from the same era, and where everything, with the exception to safety systems -- upgrades to disc brakes as an example -- are done in a period-correct way.
If you think that you would like to contribute to my project, here's what I need. At a minimum I would need your name, E-mail contact information, year. make, and model of your tow vehicle, year, make, and model of your trailer, and a photo of the combination (similar to the ones in my album
of the Nomad/Shasta combination).
If you would like to contribute more, I'd love to see individual photos of the exterior and interiors of both vehicles (I have just posted a detailed "how to" feature on car photography
), images of your combination on location, vacation and trip photos, and some written details on your various adventures over the years. I'm also looking for scans of old vacation photos of cars and trailers when they were new, such as was seen last year in Airstream Life when they showcased Ardean Miller's classic Airstream photography.
My second request is for suggestions on purchasing a vintage Airstream trailer for myself. I have three possible tow vehicles, a compact 1969 AMC Rambler American 440 station wagon equipped with a small V8, a 1969 Mercury Colony Park 10-passenger station wagon with a 2V 429 V8 already set up with a factory towing package, and a 1969 Jeep Super Wagoneer with a Buick 350 V8, which is the way Kaiser built them back then.
I would like to purchase a trailer from that era, prefer a 1969 obviously (I've never owned a trailer so I am a complete novice on the subject but especially after seeing the Nomad/Shasta combination it really appeals to me), one that would be small and light enough to be towed with the Rambler after suitable upgrades, like disc brakes, better tires, UD shocks, trans cooler, but big enough to have a bathroom/shower, even if not originally equipped that way.
To answer either of my requests, in addition to posting here, could you E-mail me directly at autotronic (a) aol dot com?
Thanks for any help and suggestions.
Editorial Director, Automotive Traveler