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Old 05-06-2009, 12:23 PM   #29
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Curious thing about Colin starting up a new restoration company - I thought he owned GSM. I don't think that's related to the end of the VAP though.

I've emailed and PMed Tim and Rob a few times for various things and I met Frank at the VTG - great guys all. I'm sad that the podcast appears to be ending before I find that Airstream of my dreams, but I understand how much time this must consume. We've spent lots of hours listening - my wife even listens to it at work.

Informative, entertaining - anyone who comes up with a new AS podcast has a big act to follow. Thanks guys.

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Old 05-06-2009, 03:38 PM   #30
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I have every episode taking up a sizeable chunk of space on both my hard drive and my iPod. I'm completely bummed to hear that it's coming to an end, and I can only hope the guys have a change of heart.
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Old 05-06-2009, 04:02 PM   #31
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Colin was President of GSM. Some absentee guy owned it. When I first met Colin, GSM was an experimental vehicle design and prototype company. They were making electric taxis for NYC and other stuff. They went under years ago when their grant money dried up. Colin took over the day-to-day back then and pulled the company out of the ashes of bankruptcy by using his impressive mechanical engineering background and applying it to his own love of vintage Airstreams.

Colin left the company last week when the owner brought his daughter in to run the company. Clearly, Colin's phenomenal expertise will be greatly missed by GSM vehicles. My own trailer has had major chassis work done on it by GSM in the past, but I have no reason to go to GSM anymore now that Colin is gone.

I hope Colin will hang his own shingle somewhere and maybe do just the parts he likes the best. I know he's too young to retire.

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Old 05-06-2009, 04:33 PM   #32
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Thanks for the update Steve. I was beginning to think "hoax". First, The Vap is going away, now Colin is opening a new business? Hummmmm. Like many here, I assumed Colin actually owned GSM. If Colin chooses to advertise here (in some form) he will surely keep busy. With his talents, he'll be fine

Good luck to you Colin. Keep us up to date.

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Old 05-06-2009, 04:50 PM   #33
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Personal Take and Support of the VAP

I have just returned from a speaking engagment in Missoula, MT. Co-sponsored by
Bretz RV and Marine and Airstream.

Several people cloistered me and told how they enjoyed the interviews you
broadcasted with me, and that they enjoyed all of the podcasts. They were
dismayed that VAP was going off the air

I have expressed by participation in as many Q&A's about the history of
Airstream, Caravans, Wally Byam, Helen Byam Schwamborn and more.

The people say stay on.

I am also aware of the costs, saturation points, and the time that it takes to do one show.

So if the VAP slips away, I understand.
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:04 AM   #34
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You were in Missoula and did not stop by and say hi!?
I am sooooo up set
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:52 AM   #35
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You were in Missoula and did not stop by and say hi!?
I am sooooo up set
What can I say.

My appearance at Bretz RV was on the front page of the Missolian, last Saturday.

I really didn't take much time off from being at the Bretz RV and Marine dealership.

But here is a downtown mural.

Love Missoula, what a lovely area.

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Old 05-07-2009, 11:53 AM   #36
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I listened to some of the VAP podcasts and found them congenial and helpful. Since the service was provided free to the Airstream community, I think a hearty "thanks" is in order. I hope the information is archived for future generations of vintage Airstream owners.

I expect doing something like a podcast is a serious investment of time. I also think the vintage Airstream universe is finite. At some point, every question about axles has probably been asked and answered. The VAP is probably of greatest interest to those of us in the renovation process. After you transition to the "camping and enjoyment" phase, the appeal might diminish somewhat. Of course, that presupposes one actually finishes the renovation.

I'm sorry to hear about Colin's transition. When we were looking for a frame-and-floor shop, we spoke with Colin who seemed very astute. I wish him the best of luck in the post-GSM era. Given his reputation, I'm sure he'll have plenty of customers.
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:47 PM   #37
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See Damon's post, #20 above ~ I couldn't agree more. My sincere thanks to the 3 of you for all your time & dedication. I'm sure production of the VAP wasn't as easy as you made it seem, but I sure learned a ton and always enjoyed the show.

My best wishes to Colin. Wish I could get his new address to work tho.
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What a sad day this is. I have been an avid VAP listener since day one. They are so much a part of my Thursday evenings, that I can't begin to tell you how much they'll be missed. Thank you gentlemen for all that you have done by providing entertainment, valuable information and a bunch of laughs. Rob came to my house several years ago and it seemed as if I'd known him my entire Airstream life. I've never spoken with Tim but we have shared numerous emails and comparison photos over the years. I've spoken with Colin once to get his input on changing out my door lock mechanism. It was just like having my old friend on the phone. We spoke at length about a number of topics. I feel as if I've made some close friendships with these guys and I've hardly spoken to them.

If there is anyway to continue, please do so and know you're part of a community that loves and needs you. If you cannot, I understand.

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:59 PM   #39
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What a sad day this is. I have been an avid VAP listener since day one. They are so much a part of my Thursday evenings, that I can't begin to tell you how much they'll be missed. Thank you gentlemen for all that you have done by providing entertainment, valuable information and a bunch of laughs. Rob came to my house several years ago and it seemed as if I'd known him my entire Airstream life. I've never spoken with Tim but we have shared numerous emails and comparison photos over the years. I've spoken with Colin once to get his input on changing out my door lock mechanism. It was just like having my old friend on the phone. We spoke at length about a number of topics. I feel as if I've made some close friendships with these guys and I've hardly spoken to them.

If there is anyway to continue, please do so and know you're part of a community that loves and needs you. If you cannot, I understand.

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Old 05-07-2009, 09:17 PM   #40
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Having been a listener since the beginning, a call in questioner and contributor I can say all of the above comments hit home. I will miss the bi monthly ride to work listening to my one-way-mirror friends. I even overlook Rob's 70's jabs.
However as a person who has had a couple of similar fun programs, when the experience has run it's course it can quickly loose it's passion and become time to move on.

I do hope the folks posting here can bring a second wind to the effort and convince our fav 3 to do an encore for a few extra episodes....
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:20 PM   #41
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I too hope the guys have a change of heart and decide to keep the VAP up and running. The VAP is the reason I have a 68 Trade Wind in my drive ( with rotten rear floor removed). The show was the reason I went vintage. The info was the reason I had the confidence to even start a project like this. Yes, they have covered a lot of stuff, but new folks begin the journey of restoration/refurbishment every week. Listening to the guys help keep my motivation from waning as more "little" problems are found. I spoke with Colin last week about axles, what a great guy. Best of luck in whatever your next project is.
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The new episode is now available on iTunes or on the vap site: Welcome to the Frontpage - The Vintage Airstream Podcast
Check it out.
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