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Old 11-16-2010, 06:59 AM   #43
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It was Battle Creek. When I get a chance (they are boxed up), I'll see if there is an actual address on them.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:28 PM   #44
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3rd. International Rally - Colorado Springs

In 1960 we attended the International at Colorado Springs. Wally was absent for his Birthday Party because he was on the African Caravan.

Although I have no pictures, I recall that Airstream had a race driver tow an Airstream up Pikes Peak as a publicity stunt. That was no mean feat as the road was gravel, twisty, and no guard rails. We also drove up Pikes Peak on the 4th of July (sans trailer). It was in the 80's at the Rally site, and it snowed at the peak.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:55 PM   #45
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Garden of the Gods

We had a dinner in the Garden of the Gods. Notice that many of the Caravanners had traded in their berets for cowboy hats since we were "out West".
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:29 PM   #46
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Mike--Thank you for keeping the pictures coming. They are fantastic!!
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Great pics, Mike. Now I know why Airstreaming is in your blood.
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Wally's gold trailer was outfitted with Henschen dura torque axles as a prototype. Torsion axles on Airstreams were not introduced untill 1962. Dual axles on trailers less than 26' would not come for several years.
One very slight correction. It is widely stated that Airstream didn't start using Dura Torque axles until 1962, but our 1960 Pacer came from the factory with a Dura Torque. The Pacer was the "economy model" and I think they used them as a "beta test site" for the Dura Torque. The factory replaced ours (with a new Dura Torque) around 2004 so I guess you could say they held up pretty well!

1960 Pacers were not common--I have seen four of them. Two had spring axles and two had Dura Torques.

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Old 11-19-2010, 04:25 PM   #49
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One very slight correction. It is widely stated that Airstream didn't start using Dura Torque axles until 1962, but our 1960 Pacer came from the factory with a Dura Torque. The Pacer was the "economy model" and I think they used them as a "beta test site" for the Dura Torque. The factory replaced ours (with a new Dura Torque) around 2004 so I guess you could say they held up pretty well!

1960 Pacers were not common--I have seen four of them. Two had spring axles and two had Dura Torques.

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Thanks for teaching me something today. I also have a vintage Porsche. One thing that early Airstreams and Porsches have in common is that the factories made changes on the fly. Sometimes because a customer requested that their unit have some unique change added or deleted, and sometimes because they just decided to make a change. That makes these older models unique.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:37 PM   #50
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1961

The 4th International Rally was in Hershey, PA. I still remember that the smell of chocolate filled the air.

The International Rally had grown to 868 Airstreams. Keep in mind, they were all vintage. No 5 panel trailers in this picture.
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:28 AM   #51
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They are all vintage now. Back in 1961 the only vintage rigs in the group would have been the 1936 Torpedo.
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My Dad admired Wally Byam. Whenever he saw a new idea that Wally had, he wanted it too. His 1959 Airstream was an International model (like Wally's gold trailer). He purchased a Vespa after he saw Wally's. He wore a pith helmet just like the one Wally wore when he was promoting the African Caravan. We had a Zenith Trans Oceanic radio just like he had seen in Wally's gold Airstream. As soon as the 1962 models came out with Dura Torque axles, he bought an Overlander.

Bob Frank came out and serenaded us with his squeeze box while we were moving in. We parked the '59 and the '62 door-to-door to facilitate the move.
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I love these old pics! Thanks for putting these up, Mike.

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Love the pics and the history. Thanks
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:38 PM   #55
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Here's what a cool cat looked like in the early 60's. That's my Dad, Frank Brumback, sitting and thinking "where did I go wrong?"
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:32 PM   #56
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Here's a blast from the past.

This was my parents first trailer. I don't know what it is, but it appears to be aluminum. That's a '53 or '54 Chevy wagon so it must be about 1954. My Dad bought a new car every two years.

Does anyone know what this trailer is? Also, what might the number 11 refer to?
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