The 2014 Caravan Club Motor Caravan Design and Drive Awards saw the Lunar Landstar RL scoop the overall winner award of this highly regarded motor caravan competition, winning the class for van conversions from £40,000 to £50,000 ($67,300 to $84,150) on the way.
Not only did the manufacturer win this coveted prize, but also won its entry into a new class added for the first time this year—that of micro motor caravans, with its Lunar Vacanza, according to a news release.
As in past years, competition testing took place at Newark Showground at the end of April where a panel of four driving and six design judges put the vehicles through their paces, assessing and evaluating excellence in design, comfort, construction, and handling, including reversing and maneuvering.
The judges praised the Lunar Landstar RL for remarkable attention to detail and, even before the vehicles arrived at the test venue, points were being racked up for the quality of information on the company’s website and in its handbooks, with its warranty terms also scoring favorably.
Once under the scrutiny of the design judges the Landstar won the following praise, “Long, lean and classy—a great deal of Mercedes motorhome at a realistic price,” and “Over the moon with this one.”
The driving judges referred to it as “Nice to drive, quiet and good performance” while marking it highly in ride quality and stability at high speeds.
Thirty-two vehicles were entered into The Caravan Club Motor Caravan Design and Drive Competition this year and were split into eight classes, with the addition of micro motor caravans competing for the very first time and all were thoroughly evaluated. Like last year, a brand new award was added—the Dougal Dog-Friendly Motor Caravan Award.
This award was granted to the Shire Conversion Phoenix 2XL Studio and was the vehicle that, in the judge’s opinion, demonstrated the most dog-friendly facility onboard, including showering facility, room for dog bed and feeding bowls, secure areas for traveling and easy-clean floor, and upholstery.
Other motor caravan classes and award winners include:
Micro Motor Caravans: Lunar Vacanza
Van Conversions costing up to £40,000 ($67,300): East Neuk Fifer Touring S
Van Conversions costing between £40,000 and £50,000 ($67,300 and $84,150) and overall winner: Lunar Landstar RL
Van Conversions costing over £50,000 ($84,150): Auto-Sleeper Kingham
Coachbuilts costing up to £45,000 ($75,700): Marquis Majestic 125
Coachbuilts costing between £45,000 and £60,000 ($75,700 and $101,000): Bailey Approach Autograph 740
Coachbuilts costing over £60,000 ($101,000): Auto-Sleeper Burford
A Class vehicles: Frankia Exclusiv I640 SD
“It is primarily for club members that all of this work is undertaken, helping them with their buying decisions. Furthermore, the club is also continually endeavoring to support the industry, and by making this information available it hopes to encourage members to make informed choices about today’s new motorhomes as well as tomorrow’s used vehicles,” said Grenville Chamberlain, Caravan Club Chairman, as he commented on the competition.
“We are delighted The Caravan Club Motor Caravan Design and Drive Competition continues to receive such great support from the industry. Our congratulations go to all the winners in this competition.”
The Caravan Club
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Over 100 years later, The Caravan Club provides just over 375,000 member households with access to nearly 3,000 locations, as well as access to its vast storehouse of knowledge and expertise in how to make the most of caravanning as a leisure pastime.
Today it still promotes and connects those interested in caravanning.
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