"Have just returned from the Bendigo Swap Meet where I spotted these two teardrop vans. Both are original teardrop trailers that have been restored & colour coded to match the tow cars.
The teardrop with the Vauxhall is a real oldie, and still has its original spoked wheels.
The guy with the FJ has really "caught the bug", he's had the teardrop for a couple of years and has just recently purchased a small early sixties ali caravan of which he showed me some pics......... I told him all about the website (he knew nothing about it) so I'm hoping he becomes a forum member "
For paying homage to a great part of the Aussie Caravanning heritage I think most people would be surprised that teardrops were even around thanks to this great site we can and are seeing some truly historic parts of the Australian early caravanning trends and extremely magnificent early model caravans such as Brad and Gemmas brilliant photographs just posted today thanks guys it is an exciting time for all vintage enthusiasts seeing these unique vans being posted on the Vintage caravan site keep taking photos of anything that resembles a pre 70s van and we will all benefit I am sure
Thanks for the offer of the early newspapers Earlee I had an old building in James st Perth and we pulled up the Lino to find papers in A1 condition of the 40s still some great finds even today
Post by trev n carrots on Nov 20, 2004 20:44:23 GMT 10
belinda. ill answer for mark... but really snail or will would be best qualified to answer. teardrops are usually owned by a lower class of person with very little schooling & little or no income. they are purely a capsule to sleep in , with a lift-up rear section which houses a sink ,stove & storage area. if either will or snail can borrow a digital camera ,they'll post pics ;D ;D cheers trev
Hi Belinda I thought I had been through this Teardrop thing before with The Grand Pooh Bah So just for the benefit of others like TREV who may exhibit tendencys towards being very backward or slower than the average intelligence levels that us superior thinking Teardrop owners Possess then listen to this these are the facts they will be repeated only one more time due to my position as unnoficial Photographer and movietone newsreel editor and soon to be world Unofficial teardrop Co ordinator I have very little time to spend mincing words and occasioning valuable typing time to the common caravan owners who do not possess common caravan savvy
Highly intelligent and supremely capable people such as Brad and Gemma Pete and Jess Gary and Karen and Will and lyn are thinkers in fact as I have said before any old person can pick up any paper anytime and sit their backsides into a very common piece of equipment commonly known as a caravan but not so with a teardrop very few are priveliged to be chosen to own a magnifificent piece of equipment known only to very few people as a teardrop as I said before you are chosen to own a teardrop so people like brad and Gemma Pete and the wonderful and ingenious Gary (snail) really know the feelings that surge through ones body as common everyday people marvel at the uniqueness of design and technological masterpieces that only the chosen few have privilege to own and appreciate you can only speculate if these pieces of artisan workmanship were owned by every person that owned a common caravan the hoards of people and admirers of the teardrop caravans you would not be able to take serious holidays due to the fact that average people stop you in the street and marvel at the unbelievably brilliant styling and aero dynamic design capabilities that the teardrop possess so you see it is not just merely a round thing that is parked in the Backyard 11 months of the year but a piece of equipment that is admired envied by highly intelligent and average every day people worldwide How dare you think that I should tolerate such diabolical insolence from such a insignifecant speciman of humanity such as yourself for you are vastly mistaken and I shall treat those remarks with the contempt they so richly deserve wake up to your selves live and let live is the motto we like to be known for so from this moment on we refuse to be drawn into petty arguments and inuendo that a select few insist on laying at our feet if these slurs upon common decency and common civility persist we will be forced to take matters to a higher level and as I have said before on this forum that level is one of that only a few priveleged people have opportunity to carry out and that is to address the man upstairs on a personal level now I dont expect you common people to fall to the ground and ask us to walk on your lowly bodies in case our feet get wet but please understand that us priveleged few have been given the extraordinary blessings to own one in fact a spiritual experience is as close as one could put it and any one who puts up even a wimper in the future think carefully and tread carefuly So i will give you a subtle hint Higher petrol prices wind resistance parking and storage problems high maintenance costs such as tyre wear and commoness are all just a minor part of things us teardrop owners will never have to worry about if you want to aplogise about the terrible things that have been said I think that all may be forgiven if you!!!!!!! Trev have the intestinal fortitude to publish an unequivocable apology in full to all teardrop owners you have offended I will give you a second chance and leave all that has been said behind if you say a word that even our prime minister cannot squeeze out and that word is SORRY it is up to you now Trev do you want this dark shadow hanging over your head or do you want to make fresh start Wild Thing im sure all of the forum members will agree with me when I say go boy go give it up and say sorry for those remarks I made about snail an me come on son be brave be strong lets show the caravaning public what your really made of are you a man or a mouse show us your mettle say the words that will give you a fresh start and the respect that eludes you at this present moment and it will be returned in the twinkling of an eye I know you can do it Cmon TREV Cmon have it which way you will ever since you met Bev you have changed TREV and Im not sure I like that Change so say goodbye to Bev hello to carrots and sorry to us and lets get on with the show what do yous say TREV huh
UNNOFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND MOVIE MAKER TO THE VINTAGE CARAVAN GROUP AND SOON TO BE UNOFFICIAL CO-ORDINATOR OF THE WORLD TEARDROP MOVEMENT
Post by TREV N CARROTS on Nov 21, 2004 8:45:19 GMT 10
YEA..YEA..Will..sorry!!...happy now? Belinda..im sorry ,i forgot to add...teardrop owners are usually full of shi...oops ..i mean themselves & prone to endless rambling about themselves & other teardrop owners....however ,their partners are always very nice people with huge tollerance levels. So, belinda,dont feel guilty about Will flying off the handle...lynn will give him his medication & he'll go into his trance-like state for a few hours......AGAIN.
cheers trev ;D (OWNER OF REAL CARAVANS & IN TOUCH WITH THE REAL WORLD)
;D See what happens after you go temporarily insane about teardrops the grand pooh-bah posted two photos of tear drops from shepparton and Wild thing (trev) posted one from Ballarat its called reverse sigh-cology to be serious Belinda its up to the owners requirements Lyn and I started our trip around Australia with a Landcruiser and a 22 ft caravan and two years later we returned with a 12 ft 1965 ali van we just didnt require the space nor the inconvenience of towing a big van we did all the things that we could have with a big van saved money on fuel the car was under less strain things were just a lot easier besides if one of our eight children decided they wanted to come with us on a holiday they know they cannot fit so they dont even ask Incidently we actually ran away from home to get away from them but they followed us around australia so we downgraded so they couldnt fit in the van after doing that we found we could cope and thats the way it has stayed we love you kids its just the hormone spurts we couldnt handle any how nothing has changed they have just got older and sillier just like their parents Mark when I wrote that shit is was 2 am sunday morning and we just came home from a silly hat party and I went as the hat police man (wearing a kids police helmet ) the shit was half a bottle of scotch and 9 stubbies cop this Lyn went as a the fairy from hanging rock so I arrested her for imitating a fairy in fact I arrested every one 35 people and fined them all they wouldnt pay so next time Im bringing Lyn as the Bailiff the truth is nearing 60 I have decided not to be to serious about life we enjoy every day as it comes I am fortunate to have the best wife in the world a great business a great lifestyle live in a great State W.A. my classic cars and my beautiful Little teardrop how lucky can one man be on top of that we have a great group of friends and we play music can anyone beat that every thing is cool in our world p.s. has anybody got some spare money?
Post by wwheelockvanrepair on Jan 4, 2005 21:28:48 GMT 10
hello everyone. Saw the pics and had to comment, as a child, (I'm 41) my parents had a sales yard on Mt Dandenong Rd Kilsyth, Victoria, so when mum had to go to work I would have to go with her and for a play pen I had a sportsman tear drop. Later dad started Casavilla caravans (in the 1970s till 1979). I'm still in the trade and have my own repair business. I have fond memories of the sportsman and we are about to start making one, but it will be varnished marine ply on the out side with a few more mod-cons in the kitchen area. p.s. love the site, it brings back good memories. warren & lynda - Queensland