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May 10, 2000

The Automobile Club of Southern California will sponsor an exhibition of vintage outdoor camping trailers and equipment June 10 at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The Auto Club, in the midst of a yearlong centennial celebration, has been instrumental in promoting travel and tourism since its first maps were issued in 1908. The exhibition will feature photographs from club archives on early camping gear and two vintage camping trailers. The show is free to the public with Hearst Castle admission; Auto Club members can reserve discounted tour tickets by calling the castle, (800) 401-4775, by June 1. Left: 1949 Nash Super sedan with an Auto Kampurr, a $200 add-on promoted as an all-in-one solution for car camping. The Kampurr consisted of a 100-pound box that could be attached to the roof of a car; it unfolded to reveal an innerspring mattress within the box and a tent to enclose the car. The tent, which supposedly took two minutes to set up, also allowed passengers to sleep on car seats with some degree of privacy.

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