Cherry Blossom Rally, Day Three
We have had beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the 60s for our final full day at the rally. I never got off the rally site because there’s been so much action here. Between touring other people’s trailers and giving Vintage Thunder tours, I’ve hardly had a chance to sit down.
This morning, Colin Hyde of GSM Vehicles gave a few of us an impromptu seminar on frame and floor problems, using the 1961 Safari owned by Rick and Mary Dotson as an example. Sadly, their Safari has several symptoms of serious frame problems, including popped rivets throughout the interior, some springy floor sections, and obvious movement of the body independent of the frame (just from people entering and exiting the trailer!) Rick and Mary were not thrilled by the news, but they are already considering doing a “full monty” floor replacement this summer. For all of us, the seminar was very educational.
Mary Dotson also donned her vintage dress and apron, for a quick photo shoot in front of the '61 Safari.
Stuart Natof gave me a tour of his highly customized 1964 Bambi II, which includes ducted A/C, a built-in scotch dispenser and queen bed. Yes, you can make a queen in a Bambi – if you are clever enough.
Later in the day, we had Open House and that kept me hopping. People have generally been impressed by Vintage Thunder and very supportive of the project. Nearly everyone in the Washington DC Unit subscribes to Airstream Life and so they were familiar with the project.
The picture below shows our friend Rob Baker standing in front of his 34 Limited, modeling the blue beret owned by his grandfather. Rob’s kids will be third generation Airstreamers.
With Colin’s help, we spec’d the paint and supplies needed for the final paint job. It is now set for early May, after we complete a few last jobs: welding in two new outriggers, replacing the window seals, fixing a few other minor things which I’ll blog later.
The kids were busy too. A crowd of them moved variously from visiting the horses and goats, to playing ball, to playing in the mud, drawing pictures on Vintage Thunder’s white board, etc.
We also discovered that the Mobile Communications Unit was the “original Skydeck”. With two rooftop walkways and a ladder, it became a handy perch for a number of ladies this afternoon (see picture).
Right now the barbecue is smoking and everyone is congregating near the tent. It’s basically been one large continuous party for the past 48 hours here. Safe to say a good time was had by all. We’ll be sorry to hit the road again tomorrow, but new adventures await Vintage Thunder.