Manchester Classic Car Show, 13th to 17th September 2018

An indoor show was to be a new experience for us, with Manchester being the first of two this year. As setting up was to start early on the Friday morning, we decided to travel up on the Thursday and stay overnight in the caravan. The journey there involved quite a challenging drive over Saddleworth Moor with some quite hair-raising hills and bends to navigate. Christina’s choice of site proved to be a little dubious, and certainly nothing like it’s website portrayed, but we had an enjoyable evening with Chris and Cam and set off early the next morning to meet the rest of the gang just outside Event City. We were re-using part of the Carry On Camping display, and the shower scene again grabbed lots of attention. We even had some celebrities, namely Stig and Ed China, photographed in it. We were kept busy throughout both days with lots of visitors wanting to share their memories of caravan holidays, but the highlight of the weekend was when we were awarded the top prize for Best Club Display Stand. The journey home was a little more relaxed although still involved some pretty steep hills, and our stopover on the way back was much nicer, a pitch on a farm with lots of old cars in various states of disrepair.

Starting set up
All ready for the public

Edd China in the RCC Shower photo booth

Retro Caravan Club get stand of the Show at the Manchester Classic Car Show

NEC Classic Motor Show, Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th November

What are the chances? Another blue and white Herald on the stand next to us.

The second of our two indoor shows this year, the NEC being a much bigger venue and show than the one at Manchester. Our theme this time was much more serious as the weekend included the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War. We had planned a display to celebrate the evolution of the motor-drawn caravan with the earliest being one of the very first Eccles caravans to be built. The most popular though, prove to be the little Sprite as so many people could be heard to say “we used to have a Sprite..”. Again we were kept busy with visitors and although we didn’t win a prize this time, we were honoured to be named as a runner-up in the Club Display category.

Rat, custom and original Ford Pops
Inside of the Henon caravan
I want one! Standard Atlas camper van
Standard Triumph Forum stand
Thunderbird 2