Classic Camper, Classic Cover
The UK Classic Camper Club was founded in 1991 with the intention of bringing together like-minded classic motorhome enthusiasts. Just one year later, the Club hosted its first National Rally in Malvern and this weekend saw the 25th Anniversary Rally.
The winning line-up
Here at Protec, we love a camper van. Our founders, Keith & Anne, have been proud owners of many a camper over the years and still get out in their VW T5 on a regular basis. With campers so close to our heart, we were thrilled to be asked if we could sponsor the event and naturally jumped at the chance to be involved.
Mr. Hill and his Mk1 Ford Transit ERF Jennings Roadranger
Aside from sponsoring the plaques for each winner, we decided to go the extra mile and make a gift of a full storage cover to the owner of the camper judged to be ‘Best in Show’. That particular accolade was awarded to Paul Hill and his beautiful 1974 Ford Transit ERF Jennings Roadranger.
The Ford Transit needs no introduction. There can hardly be a more iconic vehicle on British roads and there have been countless incarnations of the legendary workhorse. This particular Mk1 was used as the platform by famous UK coachbuilders, Jennings of Sandbach, to make the Roadranger you see here.
When the Roadranger left the Jennings works in 1974, it would have cost its new owner somewhere in the region of £4,000. Bearing in mind that the average weekly wage in 1974 was £32 and at the beginning of the decade the average house price was £4,975, the Roadranger truly was a luxury purchase.
This classic camper is still very much alive and Mr. Hill uses it as often as he is able. Regular trips to the south coast put the Roadranger through its paces and it’s a delight to know that this rolling piece of history has stood the test of time. It’s a credit to Mr. Hill to see the immaculate condition of the camper and all the hard work he has put into maintaining the condition we can see today. With the addition of a Protec Cover, we’re sure there will be many more years of serviceable enjoyment for Mr. Hill and ‘Lady Mandy’.