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Doug Eynon and a young co-driver demonstrates manoevres through markers in the late 1960s.

The Caravan Club first organised the Caravan Road Rally event in 1954 to showcase and improve the roadworthiness of car and caravan combinations.

Between 1954 and 1976 competitors and manufacturers modified their outfits to create a leading edge. As a result the competitions had a great impact on the development of caravans, leaving a lasting legacy on the industry.

The competitions were also an excellent opportunity to publicise caravanning and the industry that surrounded it. In 1954 The Caravan magazine reported that the safety of leisure caravanning was ‘under the critical eye of public opinion’, and the Road Rally succeeded in changing this view.

The aims of The Caravan Club British Caravan Road Rally events set out in 1954:

  1. To test and demonstrate the roadworthiness of a caravan under tow and its manoeuvrability on site.
  2. To encourage developments making for still greater road‑worthiness and manoeuvrability.
  3. To test the proficiency of participants in the handling of car and caravan.
  4. To provide recreational pleasure for the participants in company with fellow enthusiasts.
  5. Generally to create publicity beneficial to the caravan movement.

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