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Old 04-20-2009, 02:32 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by munimula View Post
Barry Heckenswiler will be choosing the WBCCI's site for the 2012 International Rally. As Barry lives in PA, it would be way cool if he was able to secure Hershey as a site for that years International.
That would be great as Hershey is only about an hour away!

It is amusing to look at the post cards and then look at a satellite view from Google Maps and note that the parking lot hasn't changed all tha much since the 1970s.

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Old 04-20-2009, 03:13 PM   #30
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I understand they tried to book Hershey a couple years ago. Hershey said no to the Giant Stadium rental for 3 weeks, no way would they give up all those bookings for concerts. So I guess as long as WBCCI wants to book for 3 weeks some sites are difficult to book. They WBCCI wants offfice space and indoor seating for 5-10,000 people in their requirement for a Rally Site. as well as electric source. But with 1,000 Airstreams a year lately , we could easily go to Alot of fairgrounds in Penna. Lebanon,York,Bloomsburg,State College, Reading, and numerous College grounds. AirstreamHobo

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Old 04-20-2009, 10:03 PM   #31
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Another time, and another world... How many rallies do you see today where the men all wear white shirts and ties? Or have 10 kids?
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 04-30-2009, 03:17 AM   #32
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Awesome pictures, waiting for more updates.
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Old 04-30-2009, 05:28 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by nvestysly View Post
My mother and father had an Airstream for years and they attended this rally. My father wrote a letter to home every day while they were on the caravan, at the International, and then on the return trip home. For this 1970 rally/trip there are 23 letters.

These are amazing letters. So detailed, and descriptive, and filled with a sense of adventure. They make my own travel journals pale by comparison, but they do inspire me. I loved the tour of the stove factory, the meeting of strangers, the random encounters with people, the visiting.

And not a sentence about their weight distributing hitch, or anti-sway bars.

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Old 06-22-2009, 11:55 AM   #34
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Originally Posted by rgesch View Post
Thanks for the great photos! Nice to see the one in post 11 without the page split down the center... NEU flag and all.
Very impressive spot!! I'm amazed at the amount of trailers in these photos. Very cool.
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Originally Posted by nvestysly View Post
Thank you for posting the letters Forrest. I will try to upload others in the future. Your directions will be helpful.

A footnote for those who are interested - my mother and father owned various Airstreams since the late 1950's but the 1970 Hershey rally was their first International. As you can see they were quite impressed with the fanfare. Almost every year they took an extended summer vacation, sometimes lasting as long as 8 weeks, to attend the International, caravan with friends, enjoy the sights. They were truly seeing more, doing more and living more!


If you enjoyed the letters from the 1970 Hershey rally you may enjoy reading the daily journal from the 1979 Las Cruces rally. Here's a link to the new thread:
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Wow- this is really GREAT STUFF! They set out on 6/25/70 and on 7/17/70, he makes mention that the $28 that they started the trip with was getting kind of low......please post more-- I am left hanging in Commerce, Georgia on their way home and can hardly wait to hear the final leg of their trip-- how BUSY these folks were each day! Thank you so very much for a view into history and simpler times!
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:30 AM   #37
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I love seeing these old photos! Thanks for posting them.
I really liked the one in post #11. It really is inspiring, and just notice how few of those beautiful Airstreams have AC units on their roofs. Today, it would be rare to see such a picture with ANY Airstream sans a hulking AC unit perched atop.
Thanks again; great thread!

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