Originally Posted by Sugarfoot
That was excellent, Pee Wee. Thanks. I'm amazed by her profound multitasking ability. She had a lot of plates in the air at one time.
On a side note, I got the impression from her article that the first International rallies were held in Europe, i.e. Paris. I hadn't realized that before.
For many years the Caravan, Anhanger or Trailer Clubs of Europe had their International Rallies each year.
I know that Wally and Stel went to rallies in 1953
and then the 1956
European Caravan attended the International Rally.
The International Rally for WBCCI came about in the same vein that the WBCCI was formed. The WBCCI gave friends an opportunity to get together without going on a Caravan. On a much larger scale the International Rally gave friends from all over the United States, and Canada to renew their friendships, in mass, once a year.
It was held on the 4th of July for several reasons. This was a period of time that school was out, and summer vacations could be taken. Also what a great time to celebrate the fantastic life of Airstream and the WBCCI. Also it was a tribute to Wally Byam. The Fourth of July was his birthday. Oh boy, did Wally love a party...especially his birthday. The Airstream owners wanted to share their way of life, and their affection for Wally.