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Old 02-26-2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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Pikes Peak Airstream Club

Looking for history of Pikes Peak club. is it still in existance? What years active. Member # 2674 in club. Anybody recall?
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:13 AM   #2
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You could PM 47WeeWind or Forrest, who are the most knowledgeable members here in Colorado. Or InsideOut, who is in Colorado and most active in the RMVAC.

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I looked at the "roots" section of the DenCo site. Nothing there, but they've had some articles in the recent newsletters on history of the unit.

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Old 02-27-2013, 10:05 AM   #4
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The roots begin in 1960 and are found in the Colorado Unit #23 scrapbook. The 1960 International Rally, Wally's last rally, was held in Colorado Springs, with Pikes Peak in the background. Harold Chisman, his son and Jack Davis and possibly a few others pulled an 18' Airstream to the top of Pikes Peak to watch the Hill Climb race. Anyone else pulling an Airstream to the top and signed the register there, were given a ribbon. "Pikes Peak or Bust." Chrisman owned an Airstream dealership in Colorado Springs and was always doing something to advertise the product.
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Just a little more history on this. Jack Davis and Harold Chisman were Charter members of the Colorado Unit in 1959. The Denver Chapter (a subdivision of the Colo. Unit) was formed in 1962 because in the winter it was sometimes difficult to drive from Denver to Colorado Springs for meetings. Later, in 1964, Denver Chapter was given its own charter and became the Denver Colorado Unit. This was opposed by the Colorado Unit and caused some dissension, but eventually both Units made up. However, it did weaken the Colorado Unit and in 1997 it merged with the Denver Colo. Unit.

So, to answer your question about the Pike's Peak Airstream Club, there never really was one. At least not officially. It was just an honor to say that you belonged to it, if you pulled an Airstream to the top of the mountain.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:19 PM   #6
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In case anyone is thinking of taking their trailer to the summit, you can't. Trailers are prohibited. Sorry.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:21 AM   #7
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Lew mind posting a picture of the decal of the 'Pikes peak club', might be of interest to some.
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Old 02-28-2013, 10:37 PM   #8
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Who are you? I'm a native of Colorado Springs and I didn't know of the Pikes Peak club! What?? My trailer isn't ready for show yet (It's an aluminum tent right now). But I'm interested in meeting other COS airstream folks.
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Forrest,

Thanks for posting this picture. My parents and I attended the Colorado Springs Rally in 1960. I remembered that someone towed an Airstream up Pikes Peak, but the picture my Dad took is long lost. I thought they towed the Bambi up the Peak with a Thunderbird. Is my memory correct? I don't remeber anyone else towing their Airstream up Pikes Peak.

The road up Pikes Peak was a narrow gravel road without many guardrails We went up on the 4th of July (I think). It was warm in Colorado Springs and it was snowing at the Peak. My Dad didn't pull our 1959 International 18 footer. We drove to the summit in a 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

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The roots begin in 1960 and are found in the Colorado Unit #23 scrapbook. The 1960 International Rally, Wally's last rally, was held in Colorado Springs, with Pikes Peak in the background. Harold Chisman, his son and Jack Davis and possibly a few others pulled an 18' Airstream to the top of Pikes Peak to watch the Hill Climb race. Anyone else pulling an Airstream to the top and signed the register there, were given a ribbon. "Pikes Peak or Bust." Chrisman owned an Airstream dealership in Colorado Springs and was always doing something to advertise the product.
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I will be glad to post picture of Pike's Peak decal . Will do my best to post tonight. Thanks for all the history and interest in this. Hopefully I will learn more about the family from Wisconsin, original owners.
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In case anyone is thinking of taking their trailer to the summit, you can't. Trailers are prohibited. Sorry.
Apparently been that way for awhile. I remember in the mid 70's they made me leave the trailer at a lot part way up. On the descent there was a stop where they checked your brake temperatures before allowing you to continue down. I haven't been there in recent years
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Pikes Peak Airstream Club Decal

Here is a picture of the decal that is on the front and back of my '56 California Bubble with member number 2674. If anyone has more information on the decal or the member number, I would appreciate hearing from you.
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I live in Colorado Springs. I am a 3rd gen native. I would love to have this emblem ( even though I think it is unwise to drive to Pikes Peak Summit).
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:32 PM   #14
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Lew, you might PM 66Overlander about your number or post a request on this thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f286/research-by-wbcci-number-19191-35.html

Joe has membership directories dating back to the Sixties I believe. The oldest one I have is only 1974. 2674 is listed to Nelson in California, but that doesn't sound like it's the one you are looking for. Probably, you want to know who was first assigned that number and to do that you'll need Joe's help. When you find out, please post it on this thread cause I'd like to know too.
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