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Books by Andrew Jenkinson

  • The Static Caravan Story

    Andrew Jenkinson

    Product Code: BXXQE
    Paperback
    This is the story of the static caravan holiday home, a staple of the classic British holiday, from its 1930s/1940s origins when touring caravanners found a spot on a plot of land on a farm and pitched up until winter. Sites quickly sprang up, and manufacturers began designing caravans for this sole purpose. The mobile home first appeared with postwar housing shortages but by the 1960s holiday caravans were larger and specifically designed for holiday let. The '60s/'70s saw new models become more home-like, and the 1980s saw another surge in designs. With over 30 manufacturers, exports into Europe were high too. With 140 images and many contributors' memories, this book brings the story up to date and shows how sophisticated the static holiday home has become.
    • £11.19
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  • Swift Caravans

    Andrew Jenkinson

    Product Code: BLZAQ
    Paperback
    Starting in 1965, when Swift found success with its early models, this book follows the development of Swift Caravans to the present day, where it has grown into a multi-brand leisure vehicle producer. The author describes the early models, which became popular with distinctive features such as the tri-front window. By the early 1970s, the Swift name had become established and the company started to move into the upper clubman market with the introduction of the Corniche range. Continuing into the 1980s with a spirit of innovation, Swift improved its designs with wind-tunnel technology and produced lighter tourers alongside the manufacture of coachbuilt motorhomes. The company continued to expand with the acquisition of Cotswold Coachcraft and later Sprite Leisure, Bessacarr, Ace, Award and Autocruise, plus a tie up with US Airstream travel trailers. The author also covers the latest developments in what has now become the Swift Group, including further brand acquisitions and expansion abroad. Written by an acknowledged expert in caravans, motorhomes and holiday static caravans, this book is an essential guide to a great British manufacturing success story.
    • £12.89
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  • The Story of Eccles Caravans

    Andrew Jenkinson

    Product Code: BIAAI
    Paperback
    This unique book about Eccles caravans is a tribute to a great and successful British caravan and motorhome manufacturing brand. Eccles is the pioneer of the caravan and motorhome of today. This book describes how the company became a major force and the biggest producer of caravans in the world during the 1930s. Drawing on his unique knowledge of the caravan and motorhome industry and an archive of material dating from 1919, Andrew Jenkinson takes us from the early development of the Eccles caravan and motorhome by the Riley family, through the war years when their skills were devoted to military equipment, and into the 1950s, when competition in the caravan and motorhome market began to grow. Not only did the company design and build innovative vehicles, they also marketed them successfully to the public. Purchased by Sprite caravans in 1960, Eccles continued to be a by-word for sophisticated design and innovation, making it a market leader by the 1970s. With its sale to the Swift Group in 1982, Eccles once again demonstrated its genius not only for survival but also for innovation in construction methods and interior design on a sound base of British caravan heritage.
    • £14.89
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  • The Story of Caravans International

    Andrew Jenkinson

    Product Code: BGMQB
    Paperback
    Founded in 1963 with the merger of three leading brands - Sprite, Eccles and Bluebird - Caravans International was a formidable combination of British caravan heritage. Drawing on his unrivalled knowledge of the British caravan industry, Andrew Jenkinson describes the history of the individual brands within CI as well as the growing success of the company as a global brand. He follows the changing fortunes of the company in the face of increased international and UK-based competition until its collapse in 1982. The fall of CI rocked the caravan/motorhome and holiday caravan industry both at home and abroad and, despite a temporary resurgence through a management buy-out, the company was completely finished by the early 1990s. The author describes the wide variety of vehicles that were produced under the various CI brands, some of them highly innovative, and he also draws on first-hand interviews with company employees and a remarkable collection of photographs and leaflets. With his unique access to the CI archives, including interviews with the founder of Sprite and Caravans International, Andrew Jenkinson has written the definitive history covering the highs and lows of one of Britain's leading caravan and motorhome manufacturing brands.
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  • The Touring Caravan

    Andrew Jenkinson

    Product Code: BBMOX
    Paperback
    From the original horse-drawn caravan to the sophisticated and well-appointed luxury leisure vehicle we know today, this book follows the dynamic evolution of the touring caravan over the last century. Using a selection of images from his archive, expert Andrew Jenkinson reveals how technical advances as well as interior design revolutionised the touring caravan in the United Kingdom, and how caravanning became a culture and a lifestyle choice. Covering well-known brands such as Eccles, Sprite, Swift and Bailey, this lively and informative book will appeal to caravan enthusiasts and social historians alike, and rekindle happy memories for anyone who has holidayed in a touring caravan.
    • £7.89
    • RRP £7.95
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  • The Story of Sprite Caravans

    Andrew Jenkinson

    Product Code: ABTDI
    Paperback
    • £13.19
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