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List of Vehicles - The National Motor Museum Trust

Caravan Club New Forest Meet, Cadnam, Hampshire, 1914 

From 30 May to 8 June 1914, The Caravan Club ran the biggest gathering of its members and their caravans held since the organisation was formed in 1907.

The Meet, a forerunner to the caravan Rally, showcased the growing popularity of horse-drawn caravanning in the UK. Yet only two months later the world was plunged into the devastating conflict of the First World War. Never again did so many horse-drawn caravanners gather in the same place at one time.

This page features a range of images and articles relating to the event, including idyllic photographs rediscovered by The Club in 2008. Following a programme of cataloguing, digitisation and extensive research, the story of the Meet has been brought back to life. 

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World War Two Caravanning

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A man with a hat boating on a lake with a car and caravan parked on land in the background.

Ralph Lee MBE boating alongside his Cheltenham caravan. This photograph and several similar were taken for the promotional brochure of Cheltenham Caravans, 1953.

There are several ways to visit The Caravan Club Collection. To see the collection on display at The National Motor Museum, check out our current exhibitions and events.  

We also welcome professional and amateur researchers to visit parts of the collection which are not on public display. To book an appointment please get in touch. 

You can view some of the fascinating material from our collection at The Caravan Club Website’s online gallery. Visit The Club's site to find out more.

The Caravan Club Collection is featured in a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year. This page shows you the ways in which you can currently see the collection.

A variety of Club material is currently on display in The National Motor Museum’s ‘High Days and Holidays’ exhibition. Visit the High Days and Holidays area of the website to find out more.

Caravan Club Display at The National Motor Museum

The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu now features a dedicated caravanning area which includes the miniature Royal Caravan, originally presented to Prince Charles and Princess Anne by The Caravan Club in 1955.

The newly-displayed area includes a 1926 Eccles caravan and a 1964 Commer Auto-Sleeper motor caravan, along with a selection of memorabilia from The Caravan Club Collection.

A birds eye view of caravans and information panels at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

The Club's 'Centenary Experience' stand at the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show, February 2007.

2007 was a momentous and special year for The Caravan Club who, along with Brooklands, The Isle of Man TT and The Scouting Movement, celebrated its centenary.

The Caravan Club Collection, hosted by the National Motor Museum Trust, was involved in a number of exciting projects throughout the year, enabling the public to see material from the collection for the very first time.

The year kicked off with The Club’s popular ‘Centenary Experience’ stand making its first appearance at the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The stand featured the world’s first leisure touring caravan ‘The Wanderer’ and the miniature ‘Royal Caravan’ presented to Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children in 1955. These caravans were complemented with panels and showcases featuring a variety of material from The Club’s Collection.

The ‘Centenary Experience’ was equally popular on its second outing at the International Caravan and Motor Home Show, held at the same venue in October.

In March, the National Motor Museum Trust’s touring exhibition ‘High Days and Holidays’ began its trip around the country to its numerous host venues. Material from The Caravan Club Collection has complemented the caravanning theme which has been explored by the exhibition.

During the summer holidays the celebrations were brought to Beaulieu with a successful and fun-packed programme of drop-in family workshop activities. We were lucky enough for Vice-President of The Caravan Club, Michael Drayton, to pop by and pitch up for two days with his Classic Carlight Caravan and Bentley Outfit.

The ‘Royal Caravan’ also made a special appearance in the National Motor Museum during the summer along with a display on the history of The Club.

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The Coach Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal 1901 

First published in 1880 as The Coach Builders’, Harness Makers’ and Saddlers’ Art Journal this periodical underwent a number of title changes to reflect the growing interest in the motor car. By 1901 it was featuring illustrations of motor vehicles alongside those of the more traditional horse-drawn carriage such as the two colour plates shown here of a Gentleman’s Driving Phaeton and a Panhard Phaeton Motor Car.   

 

Gentleman's Driving Phaeton

Panhard Phaeton Motor Car

Selling the dream 

1959 Cadillac Sales Brochure Front Cover

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The Coach Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal 1901 

First published in 1880 as The Coach Builders’, Harness Makers’ and Saddlers’ Art Journal this periodical underwent a number of title changes to reflect the growing interest in the motor car. By 1901 it was featuring illustrations of motor vehicles alongside those of the more traditional horse-drawn carriage such as the two colour plates shown here of a Gentleman’s Driving Phaeton and a Panhard Phaeton Motor Car.   

 

Gentleman's Driving Phaeton

Panhard Phaeton Motor Car

Selling the dream 

1959 Cadillac Sales Brochure Front Cover

(Text)

The Coach Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal 1901 

First published in 1880 as The Coach Builders’, Harness Makers’ and Saddlers’ Art Journal this periodical underwent a number of title changes to reflect the growing interest in the motor car. By 1901 it was featuring illustrations of motor vehicles alongside those of the more traditional horse-drawn carriage such as the two colour plates shown here of a Gentleman’s Driving Phaeton and a Panhard Phaeton Motor Car.   

 

Gentleman's Driving Phaeton

Panhard Phaeton Motor Car

Selling the dream 

1959 Cadillac Sales Brochure Front Cover

(Text)

The Coach Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal 1901 

First published in 1880 as The Coach Builders’, Harness Makers’ and Saddlers’ Art Journal this periodical underwent a number of title changes to reflect the growing interest in the motor car. By 1901 it was featuring illustrations of motor vehicles alongside those of the more traditional horse-drawn carriage such as the two colour plates shown here of a Gentleman’s Driving Phaeton and a Panhard Phaeton Motor Car.   

 

Gentleman's Driving Phaeton

Panhard Phaeton Motor Car

Selling the dream 

1959 Cadillac Sales Brochure Front Cover

(Text)

The Coach Builders' and Wheelwrights' Art Journal 1901 

First published in 1880 as The Coach Builders’, Harness Makers’ and Saddlers’ Art Journal this periodical underwent a number of title changes to reflect the growing interest in the motor car. By 1901 it was featuring illustrations of motor vehicles alongside those of the more traditional horse-drawn carriage such as the two colour plates shown here of a Gentleman’s Driving Phaeton and a Panhard Phaeton Motor Car.   

 

Gentleman's Driving Phaeton

Panhard Phaeton Motor Car

Selling the dream 

1959 Cadillac Sales Brochure Front Cover

(Text)

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Daimler 22hp

On Display

This is a typical big Daimler of the early years of this century. It has a tubular radiator, but vestiges of the 1904 Daimler flutes can already be seen on its surround. It has chain drive. Like many cars of the period, even the relatively expensive Daimler had no weather protection; the passengers had to provide their own. This car takes part regularly in the annual London to Brighton Run in November.

Year1903
CountryBritish
Capacity4,503cc
Cylinders4
Maximum speed45mph/72.42kph
Price new£1,050
ManufacturerDaimler Motor Syndicate Ltd

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Images from the National Motor Museum Trust Photographic Collection are available for purchase on-line through the Motoring Picture Library (MPL).

Images from the National Motor Museum Trust Photographic Collection are available for purchase on-line through the Motoring Picture Library (MPL).

Images from the National Motor Museum Trust Photographic Collection are available for purchase on-line through the Motoring Picture Library (MPL).

If your Motoring Firsts question has not been answered please contact our Motoring Research Service.

If your general enquiry has not been answered please contact us.

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Coopua Minier Tins

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Share your pictures with us 

Do you have a picture of a car or caravan featured in our Road Rally Hall of Fame? It could be anything from a snap of a 1950s to 1970s car or caravan that you own now to an old caravanning photograph.

Find out more on how to share your pictures by visiting our Flickr gallery.

The National Motor Museum Redevelopment

This outstanding leather-bound album from the early 1900s, depicts Fowler Steam Engines. It has recently been catalogued by a dedicated team of volunteers and staff, making it available for viewing for the very first time.

The vertical boiler, believed to have been built by Shand Mason & Co., was of a type used for the pump on horse-drawn fire engines and, although the Grenville is now fitted with a replica, this in turn was built by the same company in the 1930s. Although intended to be operated by two people, it is somewhat easier with three.

The driver has control of the throttle and cut-off levers, the whistle via a foot pedal, and the brake pedal. On the driver’s left and in charge of the tiller sits the steersman whilst at the back the fireman has a small seat in the engine compartment and is responsible for firing the boiler and maintaining its water level. On the flat, the carriage can attain a speed of just under 20mph/32kph and consumes about five gallons of water and 6lbs of coal per mile. There is seating for four passengers.

The Grenville had been on display at Bristol Industrial Museum since 1947. Closed in 2006, plans for the new Museum of Bristol unfortunately left the Grenville without a home. Through the sterling efforts of Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives Curator of Industrial & Maritime History, Andy King, the steam carriage was initially displayed at Beaulieu on a two-year loan and became a permanent resident thereafter.

We are indebted to Mr King for his invaluable help in arranging the transfer to the National Motor Museum and also the enthusiastic band of volunteers who travelled all the way from Bristol to demonstrate the Grenville.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

In the second project called Keep Your Eyes on the Road, inspired by motoring clothing from the Collection, fashion and textiles students were tasked to think about fashion and motoring through the decades. They were then challenged to create outfits to suit 12 decades of motoring from the 1880s to the 1990s and had the opportunity to participate in a photo shoot modelling their creations next to the vehicles in the Museum.

The making of these two projects and the final results can be seen in this movie.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RfHnl2cQJ0

The work carried out with the Brockenhurst students aimed to make motoring heritage more relevant to young people through the use of fashion and cinematic imagery. This seems to have been successful as one female student commented, “I hadn’t been to the motor museum before the photo shoot, it was my first time, but I would take my mum and boyfriend there now. I’m not really interested in cars but having this project relate them to women it has really helped.”

 

 

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