The Wally Byam Airstream Club (WBAC) is the international club for Airstream Owners. Also called the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI), it is named for Wally Byam who was the inventor of the Airstream travel trailer and father of caravan style RV travel. WBAC/WBCCI is a nonprofit organization with headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio. To be a member and participate in club activities, you must own a self-contained recreational vehicle made by Airstream Inc.
In 1951, Wally Byam conducted the first group RV Tour (Caravan) in history. He did it to encourage people to get out and use their travel trailers, to see and enjoy the world around them, and to be used as a test environment for the travel trailers he manufactured. This first Caravan traveled to Central America. Wally soon lead caravans to tour Mexico and Canada. In 1956 they visited Europe and Cuba. In 1959-60 Wally lead a caravan across the length of Africa. A caravan entirely Around the World followed in 1963-64. It was on a caravan to Eastern Canada in 1955 that the Wally allowed a club to be formed using his name and the Wally Byam Caravan Club was born.
The goal of the club was to foster Fun, Fellowship, and Adventure as members enjoyed the lifestyle offered by traveling in an Airstream. As the club grew, more management and organization was required. An organization of Units (local), Regions (several states/provinces), and National (the whole club) was created to better respond to the members needs. The club now even has a Unit in Europe and recently adopted the alternative name Wally Byam Airstream Club to recognize the broad range of caravans and rallies it now offers.
If you own any trailer or motorhome manufactured by Airstream, Inc., WBAC/WBCCI offers you fun and exciting opportunities to enjoy your Airstream and the RV Lifestyle. Whether you are traveling with your children or have retired to travel the world, you can do it best in the oldest and finest RV association, the Wally Byam Airstream Club.
To read Wally Byam’s Creed that served as part of the original inspiration for WBCCI and remains an inspiration today, please click here.
To read a more detailed history of WBAC/WBCCI, please click here.