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Old 01-10-2008, 04:31 AM   #15
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When I first looked at the picture I thought it was a bunch of badly leaning Port-A-Johns.
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Old 01-10-2008, 06:36 AM   #16
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If your ever traveling thru Nebraska, don't miss Carhenge. It's on the map.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:40 AM   #17
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bill Davis:
If your ever traveling thru Nebraska, don't miss Carhenge. It's on the map. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I have been to "carhenge" i liked what they have done there, but never been to the "Cadillac Ranch in Texas", but i spose it is the same as the car museum in Min... along interstate 90 there are 7 or 8 cars on there end, i spose it is in the eyes of the beholder if they like it or not.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:24 AM   #18
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Hitchhiker:
I drove by these Airstream trailers with their front ends buried in the dirt and leaning at an angle on Monday and thought it looked trashy...... then I saw a story in the Tampa Tribune this morning.
What do you think, art or trash? [QUOTE]

Hey, this is Florida. Further east up the road a bit are dinosaurs lurking in the trees. Beyond that (last time I was by there) is an airplane sticking out of the ground, and beyond that is a high tension power pole shaped like a very famous mouse head! You folks from NC are just jealous of all the fine things we have around here.
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Old 01-15-2008, 05:48 AM   #19
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Well give them an A for effort...it got noticed, and talked about, but as alot of Art tis in the eye of the beholder.....look at the garbage and scrap metal they turn into so called art....
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Can I have all that aluminum?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Inalabama:
Can I have all that aluminum? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>It would fetch a pretty penny with today's scrap prices for the new precious metal!
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There was a list for people to sign yesterday at the rv show. It as to tell the county that people like it. The county is on them to remove it.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:32 AM   #23
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Hey its Bates and Switch what else can you say. Only dealership that I have gone to where they show you the door if you won't go for the switch and insist on seeing the advetised units you came in for. They have to do something to get new people comming in the door.

Anyway its just trailer trash! ;&gt;
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Airstream Ranch isn't junk, advertising

By DAVE NICHOLSON
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Published: February 13, 2010


DOVER - Airstream Ranch, a row of partially buried travel trailers that is a favorite spectacle among highway sightseers, does not violate Hillsborough County codes, a three-judge panel has ruled.

The panel this week overturned a Hillsborough County Code Enforcement Board determination that that the trailers constituted junk and off-site advertising for the adjacent Bates RV dealership at Interstate 4 and McIntosh Road.

Assistant County Attorney Nancy Y. Takemori said she was reviewing the judges' order and had not decided whether she will suggest an appeal.
Lawyer Luke Lirot, who represents Airstream Ranch owner Frank Bates, said he was elated at the decision by three Hillsborough circuit court judges.
Bates said he was "tickled to death" about the victory.

"It's not every day that you can fight city hall, so to speak, and win," he said.
Bates, who also owns Bates RV, contends the 2-year-old display is art.
Residents have complained of motorists crowding their neighborhood to get a better look at the creation.

The judges found there was no "competent, substantial evidence" to support the 2008 code enforcement board's findings that the display either was junk or any type of nuisance, that it was "open outside storage," or that it was an improper "off-site sign" advertising Bates RV.


Reporter Dave Nicholson can be reached at (813) 627-4727.
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I have no problem with Airstream Ranch as long as it doesn't get legally vandalized as Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo has. I had seen pictures of Cadillac Ranch when it was first created and was really disappointed at the graffiti covered mess it was when we were there last fall.

If Airstream Ranch is 'advertising' as some folks consider it, then it is still far better than the "We Bare All" billboards that line Florida I-75 in both directions.
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The "Cadillac Ranch" seems to get repainted every now and then. I've seen them covered in grafitti, than I saw them all red. Don't recall what they looked like last time I saw them.
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Richard you hit the famous quote dead on: "one man's trash is another man's treasure".
If the owner wants to bury old trailers half way-it's his property to do with as he chooses, as long as he does it legally. How many threads have everyone read about HOA's deciding whether a property owner can park his RV on the property? If anyone doesn't like what I do with or to my property they can buy it and do as they choose.
Personally I'd much rather drive by those trailers than the huge feedlots along I 10; but again, it's their property not mine.
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Trailer Trash or Art

Well....art being in the eye of the beholder......I think it is, in fact, a form of art. Roadside Art. What fun to cruise by and see these things....we have done the same thing. Whimsy is a good thing.
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