VCT Magazine Issue #49
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In this Issue:
- 1960 Boles Aero Zenith by Retroluxe
- Retro Florida TCT Rally
- 1957 Dalton Newbie
- 1948 Horner and Thatcher Boat Trailer
- The VCT Magazine is 8 Years Old
- 1965 Shasta Compact - Making it Mine
- Craby 2 - Teardrop
- 1959 Cardinal Mobile Bar
- 1965 Aristocrat Lo-Liner Flip
- 1961 Cushman Sharknose Golfster Cart
- Ooooooklahoma Retro Road Map
- 1960s Shasta Homeschool Project
- Game On! Camping Games
- Word Search by Tim Heintz
- 1962 Shasta Bar Vendor
- USA Rally Calendar
By the time spring rolls around each year, we are eager to get away and get together with friends and do some camping. We end the year with the Trailerfest Rally the last week of September and then The California RV Show through mid-October. Over the winter, we take a breath and usually have a trailer that needs restoration or some sort of repair. By February, we are looking forward to Modernism Week in Palm Springs, which typically means debuting a trailer we have restored over the past few months. This year seemed no different than the rest. We took our 1951 Glider to Palm Springs with its recently refreshed woodwork and ended up selling it at the show! (See our blog for the story about this trailer's rescue and restoration.) We came home with an empty ball, and the following week hosted Boot Camp in Hollister, CA.
Boot Camp came off without a hitch (no pun intended), and there was little to no concern about a virus, pandemic, or quarantine. People came from all over the USA, and it was the positive learning and socializing event it always is. Looking back, the news at the time leading up to the March 5-8 Boot Camp dates was not concerning.
The week following Boot Camp, life started getting a little crazy. March 11th, President Trump blocks most travel from continental Europe. Little more than a week later, on March 20th, California went on lockdown after Governor Newsom ordered the state's residents to stay home except for essential activities. Before you knew it, the country at large was "Sheltering in Place" and "Maintaining Social Distance."
This time has been difficult for all Americans, but for trailerites, what we don't do well is "shelter in place." "Social distance" isn't in our vocabulary. We are goers and doers, we have friends we like to camp with, and we are always welcoming newbies into the group. Fortunately, many of us have enough projects to keep us busy while we aren't traveling. We have stayed in touch with friends over Virtual Zoom Rallies and taken advantage of the downtime to get caught up on projects around the house.
Following the California lockdown order, we had no choice but to postpone our Cajun Rally, which was scheduled for April 16th. The rally wast to be held at Bonelli Bluffs RV Resort and Campground in San Dimas, California. They are closed through May 16th because of the lockdown, but we have rescheduled for March 25th, 2021. In California, many of the rallies scheduled through May 2020 have been canceled or postponed until the fall. For the next few months, I would recommend calling ahead before you head out to go camping or to attend a rally.
We are optimistic about being able to hold our Western Shindig Rally in June in Hollister, CA. Through 2020 we expect that rallies should curb activities like public open houses and pot lucks. Our other concern is the live music venues we do at Trailerfest. We will cross that bridge as the dates get closer. For information and updates on rallies, check out the calendar in the back of this magazine or visit www.vintagetrailerrallies.com.
Be safe, and be supportive of your local, and trailering communities.
By Paul Lacitinola