We spent both Thursday and Friday night away from the Airstream and were glad to be back in it on Saturday. We had settled in comfortably for a 5 nights before the detour and it felt strange to be sleeping in our beds those nights as visitors in our own home. We finally made it back to attend the Vintage Trailer Show that was the main reason for our trip.
We pumped ourselves full of Mexican breakfast food in the morning before heading to the show but not without a photo op of Mila with the restaurant’s mascot. I have no idea how to explain this one. It just felt right to post it.
The show was on its second day on Sunday and it ran from 9am to 1pm. This year’s show was put together by R&B Events who is also responsible for the wildly popular Alumapalooza hosted annually at the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, OH as well as the upcoming, inaugural west coast version of the show named Alumafandango in Denver, CO that we can not wait to attend this upcoming August.
Rich and Brett (the R and the B from R&B Events) are doing this Vintage Trailer event for the second and final time. It is not because the show is not successful but because they need to focus more on their rally-style events. As a matter of fact, this year was a smashing success. They had nearly 2,000 people come through each trailer in the short 2 half days. That is more than double the attendance from last year. There are also more trailers this year and at a much more accessible location right in downtown Palm Springs.
We felt a bit overwhelmed as we we walked through the entrance tent at the attendance and all of the great trailers. Since we didn’t really know where to start so we just did a quick walk around and found our friend Kristiana at her Silver Trailer booth.
If you still haven’t heard of her, shame on you. She always brings one of her awesome vintage Airstreams to the event as well as some of her amazing vintage trailer themed jewelry.
She instantly became Ava and Mila’s new BFF when she presented these awesome Airstream charms to them as gifts. These girls love jewelry. Especially ones that look like Airstreams.
And she knocked it out of the park when she gave Marlene this Airstream onesie for baby brother in-utero. I think this might be his first gift ever.
Well, I guess I need to get to showing the trailers at some point. Just as last year, rather than trying to cram them all into one post, I will just give a quick run down of some of the notables here and get into more detail with them in subsequent posts.
One of the trailers on display here is not vintage at all. As a matter of fact, it is a brand spanking new Christopher Deam designed prototype from Airstream called the Airstream Sterling 27. It has been catching a fair amount of buzz around the Web and we got to see it in person for the first time here. It has a Front Bedroom floor plan much like the Mali Mish with the new updated Sterling trim.
Here is a very unique vintage pop-up trailer that has been completely restored by hand. Look for it featured in its one post coming soon.
The most eye catching of all of the trailers was probably this one of a kind creation called the ‘Deco Liner’ created by master craftsman Randy Grubb. That’s right, it is a car grafted on top of a vintage GMC RV. It is not just cosmetic either, the convertible cockpit on top is a fully working flybridge that you can drive the vehicle from.
This little camper here is paired with a matching BMW 2002 converted to a pick up truck as its tow vehicle. The camper comes complete with matching BMW trim on the hub caps and else where.
Not trying to tease you or anything but this Airstream was awarded Best of Show. Sure it looks like any other polished Airstreams from the outside, but just wait to see a full post coming up complete with more detail photos of the amazing work that was done to the interior.
And last but not least, this 1954 Silver Streak Clipper has been stripped completely down to its bones and rebuilt with some of the most amazing custom work I have ever seen in a trailer. Yeah, you are gonna have to wait to see more of this baby too in another post. Trust me, it will be worth it.
over and out,