Retro Festival

  
The jewel in our rallying calendar this year was the Classic Caravan UK Record Attempt at RetroFestival, Newbury. The idea was to get as many pre-1986 caravans as possible together to be lived in over a 24 hour period to qualify for the record. At the RCC count, we had 132 eligible caravans on site, beating the previous record of 104. However, unfortunately there was an unfortunate accidental administrative error on behalf of the show organisers, and the record adjudicator from Guinness didn’t show up to authenticate the record. However, it wasn’t in vain, we had an absolutely fantastic weekend, with everyone just that little bit extra sadder than usual to be leaving on Sunday! 

It was a wild weekend of dressing up, dancing, shopping, eating and partying. Live bands played a selection of music from 1940’s - 1960’s throughout the weekend, there was around 40 vintage stalls and most people made the effort to wear period dress. It was wonderful to see the RCC ladies don their Victory Rolls and Petticoat Dresses! 

Perhaps the most impressive thing was the number of members that we managed to bring together - 39 in total, our biggest meeting yet! I can’t convey enough our feeling of elation when everyone was in and pitched up, with the first of the excited crowds running through the gates on Friday night. 

We all had an absolute blast and I think just about everyone who attended already wants to go back next year. We took 24 new members, mostly from the non-RCC side of the Classic Caravan area, who all curiously appeared from their caravans as 70 or so people from the RCC gathered for the cover photo shoot to shout “Retro Caravan Club” for the camera! The Club spirit and friendliness of our members - who for this rally in particular hadn’t seen each other before - is just outstanding. Thanks for a great weekend.

 
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