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Old 12-02-2010, 09:00 PM   #99
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This first one was from the 9th International in Cadillac, Michigan. The next one is my grandparents in Florida during the winter of 1969. I am indebted to them for instilling in me my love of Airstreams. I remember walking to school one morning in 7th grade when they drove by me honking the horn, waving, pulling the Airstream south. I knew then and there that someday I am going to do that.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:25 PM   #100
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Grandmaster - These pics are absolutely wonderful. Have you ever considered turning them into a CD or DVD? I think many of us would love to have one as an archive of AS Pics. I am retired from the video production business and would be happy to work on something like this for free....Tim MI 14.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:44 PM   #101
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Wow! Great pictures! Looks like some really great times. I hope my children will someday have such fond memories Airstreaming around the country. I also like that many pictures show Airstreams being towed by regular cars of the era. No one had a 3/4 ton SUPERPOWERDURAMAX! Sweet!
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:24 PM   #102
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This first one was from the 9th International in Cadillac, Michigan. The next one is my grandparents in Florida during the winter of 1969. I am indebted to them for instilling in me my love of Airstreams. I remember walking to school one morning in 7th grade when they drove by me honking the horn, waving, pulling the Airstream south. I knew then and there that someday I am going to do that.
Tom,

We have something else in common. We were both at the 9th International Rally in 1966. Thanks for posting this picture. It is the official Rally picture, and I have the same picture in my archives.

It is the largest number of Airstreams parked in the traditional wagon wheel format of any of the 17 International Rallies that I attended. In fact, #5 (Auburn, WA - 1962), and #7 (Skillman, NJ - 1964) were the only other International Rallies I attended that actually parked in a wagon wheel. There were about 2800 Airstreams at the Rally we attended in Michigan.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:29 PM   #103
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This first one was from the 9th International in Cadillac, Michigan. The next one is my grandparents in Florida during the winter of 1969. I am indebted to them for instilling in me my love of Airstreams. I remember walking to school one morning in 7th grade when they drove by me honking the horn, waving, pulling the Airstream south. I knew then and there that someday I am going to do that.
Funny how them escaping south for the winter while you are trudging off to school sticks in your mind. I got quite a chuckle out of that, Tom.

Thanks also for your pictures. This thread is lots of fun.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:09 AM   #104
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Love this thread hope it goes on and on and on..
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:15 AM   #105
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This picture is of the 1962 International Rally at Auburn, WA. This is the largest gathering of (now vintage) Airstreams ever assembled during Wally's lifetime. Wally Byam passed away a few days after the Rally on July 22nd.

There were 1717 Airstreams at this Rally
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:51 PM   #106
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Here we are at the International Rally in 1962. Notice the red Vespa scooter. If you will refer back to post #18, you will see that Wally had a gold Vespa mounted on the front of his International. It wasn't long after my Dad had seen it that #1200 had one too. We carried it inside the trailer. My Dad put a metal plate under the floor with treaded holes. the scooter was secured while traveling by two long bolts that went through the floorboards of the scooter and screwed into the threaded holes.
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Mike, I just read through this entire thread and really got a kick out of the photos and comments you have posted. Thanks for sharing all this great history.
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Hmmm... how heavy IS a Vespa? That might be cool... his and her's Vespa's in my Argosy...
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My brother and I playing at Fort Meyers Beach in Florida in 1967. Back then you could camp on the beach. I need to get a slide scanner. The vast majority of my pics (thousands of them) are on slides.
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Mike, I didn't realize that the 1966 International was the largest wagon wheel. That's pretty cool. I'll have to look around for more of the official aerial pics from some rallies. The Vespa scooter is a riot. That tradition should come back. We had little folding bikes. :-)
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Disclaimer..........

Just to be clear. 1966 was the largest Airstream wagon wheel Rally that I have attended. I have limited knowledge of Rallies and Airstreams from about 1985 until 2000. Here's what we were camping in during those years.
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Mike,

This has been a great thread, please keep sharing!
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