Competitions at social rallies had grown to be a popular feature amongst amateur caravanners. However, there was no event where caravan traders and manufacturers could showcase the roadworthiness and design of their vans at a competitive level.
The then Caravan Club wanted a public platform to demonstrate the safety and stability of caravans. They also wanted to encourage caravan development and by inviting competitors from the trade. Caravan Road Rallies championed innovation.
The event created such a buzz that more people had entered than there were places available – even before the application forms had been printed.
Designed to ‘give a stiff but strictly practical and realistic test’ of cars and caravans, the competition was planned to contain a variety of sections including timed driving, fast towing, reversing, wheel changing, acceleration and braking.
The Caravan magazine reported that the event ‘was the first in what looks like being a long series'. The competition proved extremely popular with caravanners who returned year after year to compete and enjoy the friendly social spirit of the events.
Witness the relaxed family atmosphere behind the scenes at the 1968 Caravan Road Rally at Mallory Park:
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