> What is a Rally?

Caravans pitched at a traditional rally, Longleat, 1960s.

The answer? ‘Rally’ can mean a number of things, but in Caravan Club circles it traditionally refers to social gatherings of members along with their cars and caravans.

Normally held over a long weekend, some rallies are attended by a handful of car and caravan combinations (also known as an outfit) while The Club’s annual National Rally attracts thousands.

The first Club gathering of this kind took place in 1908 in Ockham, Surrey, in a time when caravans were horse-drawn.

Competitors line up at a British Caravan Road Rally, Mallory Park, 1971.

In 1954, The Caravan Club British Caravan Road Rally was run for the first time.

Instead of being a leisurely social weekend, The Caravan Club British Caravan Road Rally was a competitive motor sport. From 1954 to 1976 both amateur and professional competitors hitched up caravans and pushed their driving skills to the limit.  

This online exhibition is dedicated to the story of these thrilling sporting events and the people who made them possible. 

 

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