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Competitor at first ever Road Rally John Wright

John and Terry Wright's outfit lined up for the Concours D'Elegance at Cheltenham, 1954

John Wright of Leicester hitched up with his brother to compete in the first ever Caravan Club British Caravan Road Rally competition in 1954.

Before the event The Caravan Magazine reported that the Wright’s high performance entry of a Charnwood Bluebell and Jaguar Mk7 would pose a threat to other competitors.

To John Wright caravanning was second nature as his father W.E. ‘Jimmie’ Wright was the owner of Charnwood caravans, earlier trading under the name of Rite. With beginnings building motor caravans in the 1920s, Jimmie Wright switched to trailer caravans by the 1930s, often building bespoke vans for friends from The Caravan Club East Midland Centre. At Club gatherings the sons would have witnessed many of the light–hearted caravan manoeuvre tests, elements of which later featured at the Road Rally events.

Recalling the highlights of the competition John commented that he relished the opportunity to drive a caravan around the Silverstone circuit. Competing at low speeds limited the threat of damage so the Wrights were confident to enter in the same car and caravan used for family holidays. By the 1970s the competitions had become more commercialised and vans were often borrowed from manufacturers as accidents were common.

The brothers were unsuccessful in the prize list but enjoyed their experience of this historic event. Their father returned to the rally the following year as a volunteer scrutineer, using his trade experience to check the roadworthiness of competing vans.

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