- Updated: 17 May 2015
The WBCCI International Rally has been held annually since 1958 at varying locations throughout the United States and Canada. The gathering is held during the last week of June through July 4th, Wally Byam’s birthday.
The largest International Rally—attracting nearly 4500 Airstream trailers—was held in Louisville, Kentucky in 1975. The International Rally in Lake Placid, New York was documented in the December 1985 issue of Smithsonian magazine.
Though the event is the responsibility of the International Board, the International Rally is produced by hundreds of volunteer members who arrive often weeks in advance to create the “Silver City” and direct the event throughout the week.
At “The International”, WBCCI members can sign up for outdoor activities, indoor games, and Airstream-related workshops and seminars. Ribbons are won at the hobby, photo and art competitions, and home-crafted items and other treasures can be found at the member flea market. Expect musical entertainment, a vintage trailer open house, and a formal flag presentation ceremony complete with members in traditional blue berets.
Most of all, the International Rally and Convention is an opportunity for WBCCI members fromacross the country to catch up with old friends and make new ones.
During the convention, delegate meetings are held and club leadership voteson important club business.(A supplementary midwinter International Board of Trustees [IBT] meeting is also held in January.)