Eight years ago he spotted a dilapidated Liteweight in a field. He bought it and restored it. His passion for vintage caravans was rekindled.
The interest in retro caravans is not just a kiwi thing but a world wide phenomenon. Some don’t even get to travel after they’ve been renovated but are used instead as backyard sleepouts, studios ,offices etc. It’s a great way of gaining an extra room.
Over three years the author has chased down caravans and their owners and put together this wonderful collection of photos and stories.
This is a book that will bring back memories of summer holidays for many baby-boomers. (If only we’d hung on to that old caravan!)
Some of the original finds are shown before and after their makeovers. The transformations are amazing. The interior restorations are immaculate. Some have been restored to their original vintage specifications while others have used their imaginations and created their own retro feel.
Some owners have even painted the caravan’s exterior to match their retro cars. Wow! Now that I’ve seen all the variations I can only say one thing ….. “I want one!”
Title: Retro caravans : vantastic Kiwi collections
Author: Don Jessen
Publisher: Auckland, New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd, 2014