We launched Alumafandango last week and I was pleasantly surprised by the response. In the first week we signed up 11 trailers, which is impressive for a new event, especially since we have very little information up on the website yet. People seem to be signing up for it on the strength of the reputation of Alumapalooza, which is nice but it also makes me more acutely aware that we’ve got to put on something really exceptional.
And so I spent much of the week anxiously trying to organize the details of Alumafandango. We want everyone to be completely mesmerized by the experience, to the point that (like our other events) there’s never any desire to leave the grounds to find something else to do. That’s a tall order. I expect Brett & I will be busy programming the event for the next few months, even while we are finalizing details for Alumapalooza 2012 in Ohio.
Meanwhile we are nearly done recruiting for the Modernism Week “Vintage Trailer Show” in Palm Springs. We have 20 trailers signed up and they are all really cool. The leader of the show will likely be Randy Grubb’s “Decoliner,” which is technically neither trailer nor motorhome, but so exceptional that we felt it should be in the show anyway. We’ve also got a rare 1965 Dethleffs Bedouin, 1954 Hille Ranger Pop-Up, 1946 Curtis Wright, 1964 Traveleze, 1954 Silver Streak Clipper, and the following Airstreams:
- 1972 Airstream Ambassador
- 1957 Airstream Safari
- 1973 Airstream Safari
- 1965 Airstream Safari
- 1960 Airstream Caravel
- 1959 Airstream Globetrotter
- 1959 Airstream Traveler
- 1968 Airstream Ambassador
- 2008 Airstream Custom by Timeless Travel Trailers
- 1969 Airstream Caravel
- 2012 Airstream Sterling Concept
- 1967 Airstream Overlander
- 1963 Airstream Bambi
At this point we have just one space left in the show, which will probably get snapped up in the next week or so. We’re expecting some special guests to join us, including vintage trailer restoration specialists Mike Keenan of M.E.L. Trailers, David Winick, and Uwe Salwender of Area 63 Productions.
We really do like organizing these shows, but we’ve got to stick to the core business of running Airstream Life and our own events (AFD/APZ), so this will be the last year Brett & I are involved in curating the Modernism Week show. We’ll hand the reins over to someone else once this show is done, and hopefully it will continue growing as a special event. I’ll probably still come out to Palm Springs in future years just to attend and see what’s on display, as it is a unique chance to see some of the best vintage trailers in the west.