Home-trucks — weird, but a cute relic of the hippie eraPictolic
House-trucks, who invented the "flower children" at the dawn of the hippie era, for obvious reasons, is not met in our country. But in English-speaking countries these amazing mobile home was in great demand among informal youth or just travel enthusiasts.
In USA and UK fashion house-trucks were passing. They suddenly appeared on the roads in the mid-60s, and a decade later disappeared. In Australia and New Zealand are built on wheels caught on so well that they can sometimes be found in our days.
Most experts believe that the hippies were not the inventors of house-trucks. Long before the members of this youth movement accommodation of this type, but horse-drawn, used by the Gypsies.
The merit of informal groups, most likely, only in the fact that they adapted the ancient dwelling of the nomadic Roma of Europe to the realities of the twentieth century, placing the construction on the chassis of trucks.
House of trucks has spawned a subculture of haustration, people who, basically, was the downshifters. A typical owner of such housing — disillusioned with civilized life, quite successful people, who consciously chose all the benefits of his position vagrancy.
Among the owners of the house-truck was not the lumpen — a truck equipped for a full life, has always been very expensive. The culture of haustration argued that in today's world can be romantic roads and the tramp, but it does not break with civilization.
Early Australi created by the first hippies, musicians, drug dealers, stray different eccentric personalities, was especially picturesque. They were built almost intuitively, often without a specific project and, of course, without any concerns about fire safety.
But they are clumsy, beautiful and, sometimes, post-apocalyptic, the most interesting wonders of engineering and art objects simultaneously. Some of them are just steeped in the rebellious spirit they were made in complete disregard to the requirements of aesthetics and common sense.
It must be stated that in our country, where everything was subordinated to the state standards and norms, and the authorities had to agree on even the color change of the vehicle body, the existence of house-tracks was impossible in principle. That is why the trucks mastodons from the Western past — a free and therefore desirable, cause our fellow citizens especially keen interest.
What is inside this home? Yes anything! It can be as idyllic family nest couple with a child, equipped with love and taste, and the hybrid of garage with artist's Studio, where will be found a place bike, easel and even a drum set.
The most popular material for construction was wood, so much in unison on wheels burned like candles directly on the roads or in the campsites.
Exacerbated by the fact that in order to save on equipment and fuel, house trucks were equipped with wood stoves of various designs, often homemade.
Needless to say that the house-Trak could tell about its owner and his enthusiasm more than himself. It is possible that eventually there will be a special category of art, who dedicate themselves without reserve to the study of these picturesque dwellings.
It is hoped that by the time on trucks will be recognized as a cultural heritage, they will not sink into oblivion and will not remain only in old photographs.
As the chassis used to house a variety of cars. Those who could afford it, acquired written-off or even a new military trucks — powerful and passable.
But those who were struggling or did not consider it necessary to take in the toxic abyss of consumerism, used improvised transport, often quite unexpected.
But whatever it was, the Park house tracks never was a vanity fair. The concept of these homes set them apart from travel trailers or cabins Truckee truckers, whose owners were not averse to show off luxury.
A small documentary dedicated to the few remaining enthusiasts houses and trucks, to help learn about this interesting technique a lot.