VCT Magazine Issue #60
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In this Issue:
- 1936 Airstream Silver Cloud Junior
- 1936 Airstream Silver Cloud
- The first 14 VCT Magazines
- 1953 Superior
- 1948 Trailercraft
- 1962 Shasta Airflyte
- 1958 Corvette
- 1946 Spartan Manor
- 1959 Shasta Airflyte
- 1961 Holiday House Tandem
- 1955 Airfloat
- 1946 Curtis Wright
- 1930s Travel-Ome
- Top 10 Trailer ID Tips
- One Cool Dude
- Before They Were Vintage- Airstream
- The 10 Year Rule
- Ventage Vents How-to
- Kentucky Fall Rally
- Proper Preparation for Decals
- Lake Havasu Arizona Rally
- 1962 Mallard Drake Rescue and Restoration
- 1975 Airstream Restoration of Mimi
- 1958 Kenskill Rescue and Restore
- The USA Rally Calendar
- Classified Ads
How fitting that the metal associated with a ten-year anniversary is aluminum. Our family has grown up vintage trailering, and many memories and milestones are associated with the rallies, road trips, and friends we have made in this hobby. Our second book tells our story and has photos of our kids' camping as toddlers in our first vintage trailers. Our son Angelo is an adult, and Gracie graduates high school this year. What a difference a decade makes.
By the nature of this hobby, we have the opportunity to play in the past. Collecting, restoring, and camping in vintage trailers, cruising classic cars, and hoarding mid-century paraphernalia has been the life our kids have known. They helped flip pancakes (and trailers), walked dogs, and learned to respect their elders as we hosted and attended multiple trailer rallies every year. The variety of people, politics, and personalities they have encountered will benefit them in their lives forever.
As soon-to-be empty-nesters, we plan to include more travel in our future with the kids going their own ways. We narrowed our collection of trailers down over the past couple of years (don’t panic, we still have about a dozen) to allow us the freedom to go. I used to be a “quantity” collector, and now I am focusing on quality and finishing projects that we have already started. This year, we look forward to exploring the East Coast and hope to align our travels with some rallies out that way. The generous friends we have made in this hobby across the USA will make road trips seem like a family reunion! Caroline asked me what I wanted to do when I retire. I told her, “exactly what I am doing now, but I don’t have to go home until I want to.” With the kids at home, shorter road trips were a necessity. 4-H projects, baseball games, and not having teenagers home alone took priority. We are looking forward to rallies outside of California and staying as long as we want.
We have survived as a print magazine in an ever more digital world. California’s small business atmosphere can be challenging, and a pandemic didn’t help things. Somehow our passion for the hobby helps us persevere. If you are reading this, thank you for your support. We want to continue to grow and improve with everything we do. Your feedback and input are always welcome.
From our family to yours, thank you,
We couldn’t do it without you,
Paul, Caroline, Angelo, and Grace.
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