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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Caravan

The world's first leisure trailer was built by the Bristol Carriage Company in 1880 for Dr. William Gordon Stables, a popular author of teenage adventure fiction, who ordered a "gentleman's caravan". It was an 18-foot design, based upon their Bible Wagons, which Gordon-Stables named Wanderer. He travelled around the British countryside in it and later wrote a book documenting his travels in 1885 called The Gentleman Gypsy.

In 1897 Prince Oldenburg of Russia became the first person to hitch a caravan to a vehicle when he attached a two-wheel trailer to a steam tractor. He used it as his base on the tour of the Caucasus and travelled at speeds up to 15 MPH.

The jazz musician Django Reinhardt (below) was born on January 23, 1910, in a Gypsy caravan in Liberchies, Belgium. He was forced to give up the violin after a caravan fire in 1928 mutilated his left hand.


A Mercedes Benz S600 driven by South African motoring journalist Eugene Herbert reached a record-breaking speed of 139 mph towing a standard caravan at Hoedspruit Air Force Base, South Africa, on October 24, 2003.

The fastest speed a caravan has ever been towed was 142 mph (228 kmph), by Jason Sands in California’s Mojave Desert in August 2012. The only change to the standard caravan was tires with a racing tread.

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