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Old 06-28-2013, 09:59 PM   #1
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Oldest Airstream on the road today?

So we started our 5000 mile/ 6 week journey around the country and I'm reading up on the forum. Hubs and I were wondering what the oldest airstream is on the road today. Anyone know?
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That would be this one -> The Oldest Airstream in the World
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Greetings Asbury6!

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So we started our 5000 mile/ 6 week journey around the country and I'm reading up on the forum. Hubs and I were wondering what the oldest airstream is on the road today. Anyone know?
As byamcaravanner posted, the oldest Airstream known to be on the road is the 1936 Liner that was built by Dr. Norman Hollman, Sr. from plans purchased from Wally Byam through a magazine advertisement. Dr. Norman Hollman, Sr. was very innovative in his continuing updates to the trailer and it was very interesting to hear him speak at WBCCI International Rallys. In later years, his son, Dr. Norman Hollman, Jr. would accompany him to Rallys. The Senior Dr. Hollman passed a number of years ago and his son carried on the tradition of telling the story of his fathers trailer. Unfortunately, the younger Dr. Hollman passed away suddenly following last year's WBCCI International Rally. I haven't heard whether any of the Hollman family will be attending the year's International Rally with their Liner.

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Wow! Thank you! So it would be entirely possible that there would be 100 year old air streams at some point on the road? Ours is a 71. I don't think she's old, but our kids think she's ancient. ;P
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Holy crap! He built it? Reminds be of a Sears home! Amazing!
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Holy crap! He built it? Reminds be of a Sears home! Amazing!
Yes, in those early pre-WW II years during the Great Depression, Wally Byam's initial entry into the travel trailer arena was in offering detailed plans so that the home craftsman could build his own trailer. I count myself as being very fortunate in having had the opportunity to hear one of those craftsmen speak of his experiences building from Wally Byam's plans and then traveling extensively across the North American Continent for many years. This history of Wally Bayam and his Airstream corporation is very interesting particularly when part of it is oral history from someone who experienced part of that history.

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The Holman's trailer built from Wally's plans is the oldest Airstream on the road, but it's also worth noting that one or two specimens of the predecessor of the modern aluminum Airstream, the Bowlus Roadmaster, have been restored to roadworthy condition.

(William Hawley Bowlus was a distinguished aeronautical engineer whose accomplishments included the design of world-record-setting sailplanes and the construction of Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.)

The Bowlus Road Chief pictured, shown at the 2007 Region 5-7 Vintage Airstream Club rally at Poplar Grove, Illinois, was restored by Gar and Mary Alice Williams.
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@Nuvite- Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
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it's wonderful to be a part of such a cool history, isn't it?
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Greetings Asbury6!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Airstreaming!



As byamcaravanner posted, the oldest Airstream known to be on the road is the 1936 Liner that was built by Dr. Norman Hollman, Sr. from plans purchased from Wally Byam through a magazine advertisement. Dr. Norman Hollman, Sr. was very innovative in his continuing updates to the trailer and it was very interesting to hear him speak at WBCCI International Rallys. In later years, his son, Dr. Norman Hollman, Jr. would accompany him to Rallys. The Senior Dr. Hollman passed a number of years ago and his son carried on the tradition of telling the story of his fathers trailer. Unfortunately, the younger Dr. Hollman passed away suddenly following last year's WBCCI International Rally. I haven't heard whether any of the Hollman family will be attending the year's International Rally with their Liner.

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Thanks for this info, Kevin. I was going through some of my old photos and found a set that I've never shown of Norman Sr. in his Torpedo at the 1999 WBCCI International Rally in Sioux Falls. I was fortunate enough to meet both Drs. Holman and Norman Sr. was quite gracious and allowed me to photograph him and the interior of his trailer. So, here's a set of never-before seen photos of Dr. Norman Holman Sr. in the 1935 Torpedo he built. The young woman sitting with Dr. Holman is a long-time friend of mine and a huge Airstream aficionado. There are some here who may recognize her.

Without further ado, Dr. Holman's Torpedo:

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Those are great photos, thanks for sending them. I wonder if the trailer has sold yet?
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Tim Heintz designs in Florida has this trailer and I think it is still for sale.
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Tim Heintz designs in Florida has this trailer and I think it is still for sale.
Apparently it'll be up for closed-bid auction in January 2016...

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Looks like a BASECAMP to me. Maybe this is the NEW AS model.

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