Triple XXX car show schedule now includes campers

March 8, 2011

By David Hayes

The Vintage Travel Trailer & Motor Home Camp Out show April 3 is sure to feature such classic campers as this one. Contributed

Jose Enciso Sr. really loves his job. As owner of the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, he gets to host more classic car shows than anywhere else in the state — 42 this year alone.

As owner of a sizable collection of his own classic hot rods, Enciso still gets a childlike sparkle in his eye when asked about his latest acquisition that isn’t even a car — a 1947 Aeroflite Travel Trailer.

Enciso gets to share his find, one of only 25 ever made, with other collectors from the travel trailer community at one of the XXX’s four newest shows for 2011 — the Vintage Travel Trailer & Motor Home Camp Out on April 3.

And to think the trailer, now parked behind his seemingly matching replica Buddy Holly and the Crickets touring bus, almost slipped through his fingers.

Last summer, Enciso got a pressing phone call from his excited neighbor Mike, who is known as a “picker” in the classic car fraternity — someone who is especially good at scouring abandoned buildings or back-alley garages or remote wheat fields for a lost classic in dire need of a new owner.

Mike had purchased an Aeroflite he knew that had Enciso’s name written all over it.

“My first reaction was to tell Mike, ‘You know I’m not interested in trailers,’” Enciso said.

But Mike was relentless, calling daily, leaving messages when they missed each other.

Finally, Enciso broke down and paid the trailer a visit, just to get Mike off his back. It appears that love at first sight does happen.

“It was gorgeous,” Enciso said. “It has this Art Deco look that made me just go, ‘Wow!’ The minute I saw it, it was sold.”

Unfortunately, he couldn’t immediately get word to Mike to complete the deal. Weeks of phone tag went by, until finally Enciso received the bad news — Mike had already found a guy that made him an offer.

“My heart sank like an anchor,” Enciso said.

After some intense negotiation, Enciso finally placed a check in Mike’s hand, “representing an offer he couldn’t refuse,” he said.

Now, he gets to share his find with everyone, even having added vintage table settings to give it a lived-in look.

If car, or travel trailer, aficionados can’t make it any given weekend to their favorite car show, there’s still plenty to see throughout the year. Jose Enciso Jr., now in his 10th year scheduling XXX’s events, said he receives so many request to be added to the show schedule that there’s not enough weekends in the year to accommodate them all. Their schedule once started with the Spring Opener on May 15. Now, for the second year in a row, the schedule kicked off with a show Feb. 20 — the fifth annual Swedish Car Cruise In. Junior was able to squeeze in three other new shows besides the vintage trailer show:

  • MG Car Show — May 29
  • Burgers and BMWs — June 5
  • Vics66.com Car Show Nostalgia Swap Meet — June 26

“November and January are now the only two months we don’t have shows,” Junior said, “and I’m working on those.”

Junior has also recruited a new Web master, so the XXX’s website now provides contact information and links to the car clubs participating in the shows.

The NW Muscle Car Show on Aug. 7 remains one of his favorites in the schedule, for that’s when he gets show off his own silver, 1961 bubble top, Chevy Impala with a 454 big block.

“I’m the only one driving around town with the engine coming out of the hood,” he said. “You can usually hear me coming a mile away.”

On the Web
See a complete list of car shows at the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in, 98 N.W. Gilman Blvd., at www.triplexrootbeer.com.

David Hayes: dhayes@isspress.com, 392-6434, ext. 237. Comment at www.isspress.com.

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