On 11th June, the National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu will be launching an exciting online exhibition on its website www.nationalmotormuseum.org.uk in partnership with The Caravan Club. The Club’s Collection of caravanning memorabilia has been housed at the museum since 2006 and is the inspiration for this new online exhibition ‘Caravan Road Rallying’.
The exhibition explores the fast-paced thrills and spills of British Caravan Road Rally competitions, which were organised by The Caravan Club from 1954 to1977. The events were designed to showcase the roadworthiness of cars and caravans along with the driving skill of competitors, and were staged on many of the famous UK motor racing circuits including Goodwood, Silverstone and Mallory Park. The unique challenge of these Caravan Road Rallies attracted some top names from the world of rallying such as Pat Moss-Carlsson and Tony Pond.
The exhibition will showcase a variety of the objects, printed material, photographs and film footage recently collected by The Club on the theme of caravan rallying. The National Motor Museum’s Caravan Club Collection Officer Angela Cox, said: ‘In addition to gathering items, we have also been interviewing a cross-section of people who competed or marshalled at the events. This exhibition features many personal memories which are now preserved for the future.’
The public will also have an opportunity to add their caravanning photographs and memories. Helena West, the museum’s Information Manager commented: ‘This new online exhibition will provide an exciting opportunity for people to find out about Caravan Road Rallying and share their own memories of what is a fascinating but comparatively unknown motor sport.’