2018 VAC Rendezvous
June 20-23, 2018
By Dave Morrison
If you have a vintage Airstream, Argosy, Byam Holiday or Curtis Wright please join us at Powerland Heritage Park (antiquepowerland.com) June 20-23, 2018. We will be dry camped behind the Northwest Vintage Car & Motorcycle Museum on the Powerland grounds. Follow the signs or look for shiny aluminum.
While it is dry camping, there are two bathhouses on the property with showers and toilets. Also, porta potties. Cost is $25 per night plus an initial $15 entry to the park with unlimited egress and ingress during the Rendezvous. There is a dump station at the Pilot Station just down the road so pump before you come! There will be a commemorative VAC Rendezvous sticker and window placard.
The Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association Swap Meet is held on the grounds at the same time. So, with 14 museums on the property, a working trolley, miniature trains and more, it is an action-packed location. Entry to the museums is included in your one-time $15 fee.
VAC will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary and the Summer Solstice, expect to have fun. This is the endpoint for the VAC Caravan and the staging point for the police escorted VAC parade into the WBCCI International Rally 8 miles away on June 23. The Bend Classic will end in time for attendees to make it the 115 miles to the grounds.
Expect to see the earliest (masonite sided!) Airstream, the 1936 Silver Cloud. It is the oldest factory produced Airstream and was on the road and camping before Doc Holman’s 1935 Torpedo (built from plans). Expect to see the oldest known Curtis Wright and one or more “Around the World Caravan” trailers. A gathering of 50-year-old 1968 Airstreams is being planned, so bring yours and attend whether or not you are able to attend the WBCCI International Rally!
Contact VAC 1VP Dave Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
2017 VAC Rendezvous
by Victor Blood, VAC President 2017
The 2017 Pre-International Rendezvous Rally was held July 17 to July 19 at the Summer Breeze Campground and RV Park in Iron Mountain, Michigan. This was about 1 hour West of Escanaba. 31 vintage Airstream trailers and 59 VAC members from across the country gathered for fun and fellowship. The park featured very large wooded sites, a swimming pool, canvas pavilion and was located out of town in the country. The new owners had only owned this park for 4 months and went out of their way to accommodate our rally as did the local Chamber of Commerce.
The rally was unstructured except for happy hour and evening meals so participants could go to the many attractions in the area. Among those were the Cornish Pump and Mining Museum, Big John’s Iron Mine, fishing, boating, hiking, river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, golf and a great show by the nationally ranked “Ski-ters” water skiing team.
Evening meals were excellent and included a potluck on Monday, a charity fundraiser Tuesday served by the local Kiwanis Club and “Pasties” on Wednesday served by the local Pastie Kitchen Restaurant. A “Pastie” is a 16oz. meat, potatoes and veggie filled dough crust that the local miners took to work for lunch.
There was at least 50 feet of grass between my Trailer and the next, so, we easily set up seating in a big circle under the trees for meetings and meals. Tuesdays meal was at the pavilion because of a brief rain, but, that quit just in time to serve the meal.
The conclusion of the rally saw almost all participants travel to Escanaba where they joined other Airstreamers for the VAC parade thru town and into the International Rally.
2015 VAC Rendezvous
Friday June 19 to Monday June 22, 2015
Vallecito Resort, Bayfield CO
Story by Mary Doster #3794 and photos by Rhonda Cooper #1967
The VAC Rendezvous was a huge success with 42 Airstreams in attendance, including a few people on cross country travels from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. We met at Vallecito Resort, just east of Durango CO, where we had great accommodations and a friendly, very helpful campground. Iain Cameron did a wonderful job in planning this vintage gathering with the assistance of resort staff. On Saturday night, we indulged in sinfully good marinated meats arranged by Iain and the Sunday night BBQ was a great evening of burgers grilled by our Airstream BBQ chefs on several barbques provided by the campground. Of course, none of this would have worked if it had not been for the great dishes prepared by the participants to accompany the protein.
There were restoration seminars each morning and everyone then had the afternoon to enjoy the area. The surrounding lakes were a special treat and Durango was not far away. We had an open house and invited the full timers living and working in the park to see the beautiful Airstreams.
On Monday, we made our way to the bullpen at McGee Park in Farmington NM, and lined up for our traditional VAC parade into the international rally. Of the 42 rigs present at the Rendezvous, 21 of us went onto the international rally, made our way slowly around all the parking areas, and into our parking spots around the big white VAC tent.