In an earlier report on Vogel Talks RVing, I detailed the 2014 Caravan Club Motor Caravan Design and Drive Awards winners.
Motor Caravan manufacturer, Bailey of Bristol, won first and second place respectively in the Coachbuilt Motor Caravans class costing between £45,000 and £60,000 ($75,700 and $101,000).
its two entries, the Approach Autograph 740 and 765,
In spite of being a relative newcomer to the motor caravan market only three years ago, Bailey has already established a strong track record in this prestigious competition with three second places, two class winners, and one overall winner—the Approach SE 745 in 2012, according to a company news release.
Currently the best-selling layout in the Autograph range, the 740 motor caravan features an elevated front lounge with twin parallel seats which convert into a double bed, a central kitchen, a fixed double bed, and a rear corner washroom with separate shower. It includes a fully-specified Alde radiator heating system, so owners have everything they need for relaxing and enjoyable holidays.
The judges said it was “hard to find fault” with the winning Approach Autograph 740, and considered it to be “a beautifully presented, well thought-out vehicle” which offered “tremendous value for money.”
The Approach Autograph’s on-road performance was recognized for its combination of its fully-specified Peugeot Boxer cab (supplied with a 2.2 Hdi 130 bhp engine and 6-speed manual gearbox), ultra-low profile AL-KO AMC chassis, and high performance Alu-Tech bodyshell.
In what turned out to be a ‘Battle of the Baileys’ in this price class, the six-berth Approach Autograph 765 took second place behind its sibling and was praised by the judges as, “a true family motorhome at an affordable price.”
The 765 is a low-profile family motorhome that provides six berths and six belted travel seats. Its unique feature is a ceiling mounted longitudinal drop-down bed located above a side dinette which creates an additional double sleeping space without compromising accessibility to the rest of the living area consisting of a large rear lounge plus a central kitchen and washroom.
Simon Howard, marketing director of Bailey of Bristol, collected the cut-glass trophy at the awards ceremony which took place at the Institute of Civil Engineers in London this week.
“We’d like to thank The Caravan Club for running this annual awards competition, particularly in light of the logistics involved,” Howard commented.
“We really value the feedback we receive from the judges which is useful in helping design better vehicles for our customers in the future.
“The Approach Autograph range certainly seems to have ‘hit a chord’ with the buying public as we are currently enjoying our best year to date in terms of motorhome sales. It is great to see this reflected with the receipt of this prestigious award from such a respected source.”
Bailey of Bristol
Founded in 1948 Bailey Caravans is the longest established UK manufacturer with over sixty years experience in caravan design and production.
During this period it has grown to become not only the UK’s number one caravan brand, accounting for approximately one in three new caravan sales, but also now one of the largest in Europe.
The Bailey Owners Caravan Club (BOCC) is dedicated to the hobby of rallying with Bailey caravans and motorhomes on a nationwide basis and is now over 40 years old with more than 530 member units.
BOCC is founded on friendship, fun, and freedom, in an independent club run by and for the members with the full support and encouragement of the factory.
Postal Address: Bailey of Bristol, South Liberty Lane, Bristol, BS3 2SS
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