2007 Region One Rally Gallery

2007 Region One Gallery

Published: August 12, 2007

The White Mountains New Hampshire Unit of WBCCI hosted the 2007 Region One Rally, Simply Camping. The Airstream rally was held August 9-12, 2007 at the Bondville Fairgrounds in Bondville, VT. The Times Argus Newspaper featured a news article about the Region One Rally.

The fun, fellowship and adventure of the rally was captured thanks to our Region One photographer, Raynold Lemaire. Click on any photo below to start the slide show.

Pam Bleakney Russ Fuller Kathi Mitchell, Lynn Blackwell and Cecile Lemaire Lori and Dave Peirce
Kathi Mitchell, Lynn Blackwell and Cecile Lemaire Lori and Dave Peirce Tracy Mitchell and Cecile Lemaire Pat, Mike, Russ, Kathi and Ken
Pat Brosnahan, Brian Brosnahan and Sandy Sasuta Tristan and Taylor Andrzejewski Tom Collier, Rich Walbridge, Trevor Lake, Gale Lake, and Dottie Walbridge
Rhona, Jane, Harriett, John, and Cynthia Kathi Mitchell and Tracy Mitchell
Russ Fuller Michelle Plunkett and Earl Duesel
Kathi Mitchell and Pam Bleakney Jack, Betty, Kathi, Denzel, and Russ
Cecile Lemaire Trevor and Gale Lake Kathi Mitchell and Terry Tyler
Dick Bartram Cynthia Melocik and Jerry Ingallinera Russ, Bob, and Earl Bob, Russ, Lois and Cecile
Lynn, Mary, Cecile, Mark and Jeff Charles, Ralph, Betty and Muriel Pat and Brian Brosnahan Suzanne and Paul Fuller
Fran Ingallinera and Russ Melocik Ray Bratton, John Tavares and Russ Stearns Ray, Mary Ellen, Dick, Eileen, Helen and Bob Leon Lupien, Trevor Lake, Dottie Walbridge, Rich Walbridge, Rich, Chuck Bleakney, Pam Bleakney
John Fuller, Ralph Mariano and Roland Patient John Fuller, Ralph Mariano and Roland Patient Theda McGrath and Cecile Lemaire
Bulletin boards Cecile, Jane, Rhona, Cynthia and Ralph Russ Fuller
Betty Mariano Gary and Jane Campbell
Tom Collier, Norma Collier, Pam Bleakney and Chuck Bleakney Russ Fuller and Mike Sasuta Russ Fuller Christine Hamel and Larry Leach
Betty Mariano Ken Mitchell, Mike Sasuta and Russ Fuller
Kory Hirak and Lori Peirce Kali Gregoire and Taylor Andrzejewski

2007 Region One Rally in the News

2007 Region One Rally in the News

Published: August 12, 2007

Iconic, retro-kitsch vehicles converge on Vermont town

August 12, 2007

By GORDON DRITSCHILO Staff Writer

© 2007 Times Argus

Coleman Mitchell, Kathi Mitchell and Jerry Ingallinera
BONDVILLE — It looked like the set of a 1950s retro-kitsch movie.

Row after row of shiny silver boxes with rounded corners lined the Bondville Fairgrounds as Airstream trailer enthusiasts from around New England gathered for the weekend.

“We’ve been to Michigan and North Carolina,” said Lynn Blackwell of Connecticut. “The great thing is, we have camped at places that are within 20 minutes of our house that we never would have seen before.”

First built in the 1930s and designed by the same man who built The Spirit of St. Louis, the Airstream trailer has become an iconic American vehicle. An Airstream was used to quarantine the returning Apollo 11 astronauts and “Airstream parks” exist around the country.

Chapters of the Wally Byam Caravan Club have held Airstream rallies since 1955. The gathering in Bondville was of chapters from Region 1, which includes New England and portions of Canada.

“It’s a way to travel and get to know something about the region you’re in,” Blackwell said. “Every region in the U.S. is different and unique and the thing about Airstreaming is learning about the uniqueness.”

Blackwell and her husband said they are relatively new to Airstreaming, just having been at it for five years. Airstreamers have red stars they put toward the top of their trailers for every five years of participation.

Ten stars lined the top of Coleman Mitchell’s trailer.

“We were around all these people and they were telling how they worked at Yosemite or they worked at Yellowstone,” the 91-year-old said. “I thought it was kind of fun to do something different.”

Mitchell said he has been to every state in the United States and every province of Canada, and even shipped his Airstream by boat to New Zealand, England and Ireland.

“We’ve traveled the West a lot,” he said. “That’s God’s country out there.”

Bard Fuller, another Connecticut Yankee, said he practically grew up in an Airstream.

“My father was a school teacher so he had summers off,” he said. “We crisscrossed the country a couple times. … It was a good way of seeing the United States. We got to experience a lot of different places in the ’60s that a lot of families did not have the opportunity to do.”

Airstreams have more than just a distinctive look — their owners say they are also noted for a solid, durable construction.

“It’s riveted together as well as aircraft-cement bonded,” said Richard Bartram, a retired engineer from New Hartford, Conn.

Bartram said he and his wife started their marriage in a trailer, though it was not an Airstream.

“We took some trips around the Maritimes of Canada,” he said. “By the time we got back to Connecticut, we’d been on so many bad roads the thing got so banged up it was leaking. … My wife said Airstreams were the best. We bought the trailer without even knowing about the club. You join the club and you’re hooked.”

Time and again, Airstreamers listed travel and camaraderie as the activity’s appeal.

“Any one of us would do anything for any one of the other members without knowing anything about them,” Bartram said.

Like many others, Bartram said he had crossed the country but still had plenty of places he wanted to see.

“We don’t know if we’ll live long enough to say ‘been there, done that,'” he said, “but we’re working on it.”


2007 Region One Rally

2007 Region One Rally

Published: August 12, 2007

The White Mountains New Hampshire Unit of WBCCI hosted the 2007 Region One Rally, Simply Camping. The rally was held August 9-12, 2007 at the Bondville Fairgrounds in Bondville, VT.