Thursday, 30 September 2010

that was the week that was....

Prescott Hill Climb Autumn Classic 2010

Below, Wall of Death Hell Rider taking a shine to one of our little airstreams...

We had been invited to attend and had the pleasure of feeding the race marshals from a couple of our airstreams.

Earlier in the week the Airstream Glam Van was back on the road with ITV

This time it was Warwickshire.

I was having a bad satnav moment when as if by magic the editor of the Camping and Caravaning Club magazine Candy Evans walked by and asked if i needed help! She quickly offered to personally escort us to the filming location, luck of the 'Irish' i say ........

Thanks to Candy I arrived a little early

Thursday, 16 September 2010

the rewards of recycling.....

I find it a feelgood exercise to recycle my waste. Good to get it out of the way and also good to know it's not going into a landfill site.

Very so often I seem to get a little payback, i've had a good few this year but this one has to be the best .

An unwanted Zenith Trans Oceanic radio. Freshly dumped just before I arrived at the recycling center.

With antenna built into the handle.

This was Wally Byam's favorite brand of radio. I believe he had the 1000 series, but I'm sure this royal 3000 would have tempted him in the 60's.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

a seaside rescue attempt followed by carry on doctor.....

A few weeks back I got an SOS call from the owner of an Airstream. She was discribed as a '59? Globetrotter' which got me thinking.

I asked for some images and was told to just google it, they said just google 'rubber house dungeness'. I followed the instructions and was amazed to find 10's of photos of a little 54 globetrotter with front side hung hehr windows.

Her name turns out to be Dolly and she is a little beauty -

I came well repaired to haul this lady back to our workshop and get her under cover. But it was not to be, the salt air has badly corroded her chassis and she will need flat bedded back and then a lot of tlc to get her healthy again and more prepared for coastal living....

A good nights sleep and I was off again with another day on the road with the glam van, this time the lucky lady had some interesting fancy dress outfits gathering dust -

the setup went well after we got a few cars moved -

Back in London to drop off some props and amazingly enough to meet a potential client for a cup of coffee before heading back to the country -

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

lights - camera - AIRSTREAM

itv needed something a little special to add more glam in their morning makeovers. something that could be used as a walk in closet......

they fell for 'ruby tuesday' a seven panel overlander from the west coast that i had available for hire

i had to report for duty the night before so the trailer could be dressed ready for the surprise.....

early morning wakeup call and a 5am start outside itv studios, even the daybreak crew had not arrived -

the surprise makeover was on a narrow dead end road on a steep hill with no area to turn except a little area used for garbage bins. to be honest i felt a little faint at the thought of pulling this stunt off but lucky for me with a bit of help we unhitched and swung her round by hand, not that easy with a beast of a twin axle.

with trailer nicely in position the clouds started gathering -

in the middle of running about getting things ready, someone asked me, brown or white? i looked down and saw a bag of bacon butties! what a lovely sight after missing breakfast. then someone handed me a cup of tea, it really was a very well planned and executed shoot.

things quickly came together -

the makeover nominee was informed -

then after a manic makeover out pops the transformed lady -

with job nearly complete, i headed back to itv to unload and head home. with london underground on strike the roads were a little busier than normal.....

one down, next one is same time next week....

stay tuned...