“Miss Molly”, 1953 Flying Cloud
Brad Taylor, Oregon
My Airstream style:
I love the history of Airstream, and I like going to rallies—we do about 15 rallies a year—and meeting other people. Vintage rallies are my favorite, and I primarily take our ’53, though currently we own five Airstreams and 12 other vintage trailers.
I started with two Streamline trailers, then I found the Flying Cloud sitting on a sheep farm, sunk in the mud and used for storage. The farmer wouldn’t sell it to me, but one day his son called me up and asked me if I still wanted it. I said yes, it’s just a matter of how much, and he said $400. I knocked on his door before he hung up the phone!
My wonderful and beautiful spouse of 33 years, Susan Taylor. She’s Past President of the Oregon Airstream club, and currently membership coordinator.
Camper or glamper?
I can’t be called a glamper…how about “dapper camper”? We usually bring items to match the 50s trailer, like our pink parking meters and other eclectic stuff I’ve found. I’m a collector of rust and dust—that’s what my business card says. I look for things that are neat that I can buy for a dollar and sell for two.
We always have our propane fire pit under our pop-up outdoor living room; it always turns into the evening gathering spot. Because there are no embers, we can use the “campfire in a can” anywhere, even when there are burn bans.
The ideal Airstream day:
A long road trip—hours on back roads—ending at a campground, then having everything set up and sitting down with my cocktail. It’s the journey; going places I’ve never been, and visiting small towns. I’d rather do that than anything else.
Taylor recently launched “Shiny Shacks”, a trailer restoration business. “We do Airstream polishing and work primarily on Airstreams from the 1950’s and 60s,” he explained. “Although we work on newer and brand-new ones as well.” Taylor also builds custom interiors, cabinetry, and can also help with insurance appraisals. Contact Shiny Shacks (and view photos of restoration projects) through Facebook