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Old 03-02-2009, 07:20 PM   #41
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great thread! It definitely deserves a tribute truck!
Any chance of a sketch of the interior layout?

I wish I could see trip pictures of my Vanagon that seems to have been an S.V. on the WBCCI 3 continent tour in 1980
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great thread! It definitely deserves a tribute truck!
Any chance of a sketch of the interior layout?

I wish I could see trip pictures of my Vanagon that seems to have been an S.V. on the WBCCI 3 continent tour in 1980
When you say three continents do you mean the Around-the-World Caravan?

I have only publicity pictures and no info or pic of their aux vehicles.

When I find time I can do a roughy, roughy sketch of the inside of the Scout Vehicle in Africa. It is basically described in one of the threads I have entered, and could be drawn up by an artist.
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The decal in the van says Three Continent Adventure: Europe, Asia, North Africa with the tour number- I mentioned it in a thread a while back, but can't track down much on it other than that the caravan did happen. There is a service stamp in the van's manual from somewhere in Greece.

The rough sketch would certainly be appreciated- guess I'm more visual- what a neat looking rig!
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The caravan you Vanagon was on is listed in the WBCCI Directory as Overseas Caravan O-13 Europe, Africa & Asia 1980. Unfortunately, there is no good way to search the current Membership Directory to determine in any participants are still members. Maybe the WBCCI Office in Jackson Center could turn up a list of participants from their old records. You might then be able to contact any that might still be listed in the current directory.

P.S. By chance I was randomly poking around in the 2009 Membership Directory and I came upon one member listed as participating on O-13 (and there may be more)! But all I've got is an address. Contact me by IM or email if you want that info.
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P.P.S. Here is a link to your original thread about your Vanagaon: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f368...van-35353.html

And here is another thread in which you asked for information about the O-13 caravan (see posts beginning at #64): http://www.airforums.com/forums/f286...tml#post437673
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That's what Jimmy Buffett says. Just remember to stick your head in and shake your brain all about!
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:38 AM   #47
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Either way Wally had his say-so. INPUT, like put your left foot in, take your left foot out.

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When Pee Wee first started posting he was a little hesitant, now he is the life of the party, keep it going. I can’t wait to see what he pulls out of the box of pictures next.
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Would you say that the AV's were the first, maybe only, Airstream Truck Campers since there was no connection between the cab and the living space. Or is that what Pee Wee meant when he referred to it as a camper. Seems that it would be a permanently mounted truck camper.
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Would you say that the AV's were the first, maybe only, Airstream Truck Campers since there was no connection between the cab and the living space. Or is that what Pee Wee meant when he referred to it as a camper. Seems that it would be a permanently mounted truck camper.
Consider the Scout Vehicle a permanently mounted camper to the truck frame. Or a "Class C" with no connection between the cab and the mounted living quarters.

Either definition tells you about the vehicle.
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When Pee Wee first started posting he was a little hesitant, now he is the life of the party, keep it going. I can’t wait to see what he pulls out of the box of pictures next.
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Sinage Change Wally's Truck and Aux Vehicles

The Caravan to Africa was billed as Africa, Bibleland, and Europe. We were to be in Bethlehem by Christmas Eve. We made it to Asmara, Eritrea by Christmas Eve.

A very interesting thing happened in Cape Town. The signage of Wally's truck and two of the auxiliary vehicles read the "Bibleland." When we reached Central Africa the signage was no longer "Bibleland," but "Near East."

To the best of my knowledge the changeover was made in South Africa. Wally had been tuned in to the socio/political/religious implications of the phrase "Bibleland". By the time we reached the nations of concern we were, if you wish, the first of the "politically correct" Americans.

Yes, indeed! Let's always be politically correct. Humph!
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Wow!!! The more things change the more they stay the same.
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Now don't you feel like you have witnesses something spectacular when Pee Wee posts these gems. I am going to have the good fortune to spend a few days camping with Pee Wee very soon. I plan on bringing a big pile of wood for the campfire. I hear rumor a campfire really draws the stories out of him.
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Now don't you feel like you have witnesses something spectacular when Pee Wee posts these gems. I am going to have the good fortune to spend a few days camping with Pee Wee very soon. I plan on bringing a big pile of wood for the campfire. I hear rumor a campfire really draws the stories out of him.
Frank,
Maybe you should video or audio record these fireside stories and start an archive. It would be great to hear / see a first person account of the early days of Caravaning.

I enjoyed hearing PeeWee on the VAP and would love to see some vidoe footage.
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Maybe you should video or audio record these fireside stories and start an archive. It would be great to hear / see a first person account of the early days of Caravaning.

I enjoyed hearing PeeWee on the VAP and would love to see some vidoe footage.
Frank I was thinking of the same thing. If you grab some footage I will edit it. If you think you may want to do this with Pee Wee's approval of course PM me.

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By the time we reached the nations of concern we were, if you wish, the first of the "politically correct" Americans.

Yes, indeed! Let's always be politically correct. Humph!
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...Overland to Norway?? Really??

PeeWee ~

Back to the fascinating story on these unique vehicles. In referencing the plaque on the side of the Scout Vehicle, it says "Africa • Near East (Bible Lands) • Europe" as well as "South Africa Overland to Norway" but I've not heard any mention of if the vehicle ever went to Europe after the Capetown to Cairo African caravan. This may have been the intent but did it ever happen? Also, I've not heard whatever happened to either of these vehicles. Maybe you aren't aware of where they went.

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Back to the fascinating story on these unique vehicles. In referencing the plaque on the side of the Scout Vehicle, it says "Africa • Near East (Bible Lands) • Europe" as well as "South Africa Overland to Norway" but I've not heard any mention of if the vehicle ever went to Europe after the Capetown to Cairo African caravan. This may have been the intent but did it ever happen? Also, I've not heard whatever happened to either of these vehicles. Maybe you aren't aware of where they went.

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Wally was advised that after leaving predominately Christian nations, that having the "Bible Land" on the side of his tow vehicle, and the two Aux units wouldn't be prudent. So they were repainted on each side with the "Near East."

I am not sure if the units ever made it to Norway, but the Scout Truck and Mechanics vehicles did make it to Europe.

We shipped the vehicles from Alexandria, Egypt to Beruit Lebanon and the traveled to Trieste, Italy and met the 1960 European Caravan. My Mother met me with my Dad's car. We left and took three weeks to see parts of Europe that we enjoyed. We stayed in Paris for one week, Wally was supposed to meet us, but didn't. But we still had a nice stay.

When we crossed the Bosphrus from Asiatic Turkey to Istanbul, we entered Europe. We drove through Turkey, Geece, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and arrived in Itlay.

At the time my Mother, Helen Byam Schwamborn, and I left Nick Charles continued on with the Caravan driving the Scout Truck. Arthur Ruiz continued on as the mechanic with his vehicle.

When they were shipped home, I have no idea.

I did use the Scout truck to scout the 1961 Eastern Canadian trip prior to the group taking off. I left Eastern Canada, went to the 1961 Hersey International Rally, then returned to California. That summer I worked on the production line at the Airstream Facility (Santa Fe Springs, CA).

The last time I saw the Mechanics Truck was Italy, and the lsst time I saw the Scout Truck was the end of the summer 0f 1961.

What depostion was made of them, I have no idea. But my uise of the vehicel was fun while it lasted.

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Thank you PeeWee, as always, for your information and your recounting of historic caravans of the past. So for clarification, the last time you saw the scout truck was here in the states? You said you left eastern Canada, went to the 1961 Int'l in Hershey and then returned to California. Was this in the scout truck? Was the truck registered in CA with a CA plate?

This just keeps getting better.

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Thank you PeeWee, as always, for your information and your recounting of historic caravans of the past. So for clarification, the last time you saw the scout truck was here in the states? You said you left eastern Canada, went to the 1961 Int'l in Hershey and then returned to California. Was this in the scout truck? Was the truck registered in CA with a CA plate?

This just keeps getting better.

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Brad,

The last time I saw the Scout Truck was at the Airstream factory in Santa Fe Springs, CA. This was at the end of the summer before I went back to the University of Oregon. It was my cubby hole while I worked on the line, after retruning with the Scout Truck from the East. (Acutally I hadn't seen the Scout Truck until the summer of 1961, after leaving it in Trieste, Italy with Nick Charles and the 1960 European Caravan.)

The Scout Truck was registered in 1961 with State of California, DMV.

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