Testing for the 30th Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Competition took place during August at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, where a wide cross section of vehicles from leading car manufacturers were put rigorously through their paces by an independent panel of driving judges over a four-day period.
Bailey of Bristol was delighted to be invited to supply the caravans used in this prestigious event for a 15th consecutive year. Whilst the purpose of the testing is to assess the performance of the individual tow vehicles, this competition also provides a thorough examination of the participating caravans in terms of product durability and stability.
During the evaluation period over 175 circuits, featuring a lap of the high speed circular track and a demanding hill route (equating to over 900 test miles), were successfully completed by the test units without incident. Appropriately all of the ten models used at Millbrook this year were Alu-Tech vehicles (from the Orion, Olympus, Pegasus and Unicorn ranges) as it was here that much of the development work for this ground-breaking new construction system took place.
The results of the Competition will be announced at the annual awards lunch held at the Royal Automobile Club in London on 26th September. A full listing of the winners will be available on www.towcarcompetition.co.uk in early October.
The micro site also provides a behind the scenes look at what takes place during competition week, including video footage of a test circuit, to give people a greater insight into what it takes to become The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year.
Nikki Nichol, Head of Publicity and Industry Relations for The Caravan Club says,
“Our thanks once again go to Bailey of Bristol for their support of The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year Competition. Testing at Millbrook is indeed rigorous, and the caravans are an integral part of the testing, their durability is key. The Club’s thanks also go to the staff at Bailey who attend Millbrook, their dedication is most valued.”
Bailey Marketing Director, Simon Howard, who worked at Millbrook during test week as part of the technical support team commented,
“Working at Millbrook you get first-hand experience of the level of professionalism involved in the testing and the lengths which The Caravan Club goes to ensure that every entrant is evaluated both thoroughly and fairly in order to determine the overall winner”
“From the Bailey point of view Towcar of the Year always represents a very stern test for our caravans. Seeing how well they perform being towed by a wide variety of tow vehicles on a very demanding circuit is always very reassuring.” He added.
For further information on the development of Alu-Tech construction system please visit www.baileyalu-tech.co.uk. Also to find out more about towing stability click onto www.towingstabilitystudies.co.uk which explains the findings of The Caravan Club & Bailey funded research by The University of Bath into the subject.