The story of Sprite Caravans

The Story of Sprite Caravans By Andrew Jenkinson

This book tells the story of Sprite caravans, from the early primitive designs to the sophisticated Sprite of today. It describes how one man – Sam Alper OBE – was driven to provide the caravanning public with cheap affordable holidays, by bringing the VW/Ford ethos to the caravan industry.

The first book written on Sprite Caravans, and the first UK book to cover one brand of touring caravan.

Sprite became the caravan that brought many families into the hobby from the early 50s, and this book examines just how prolific the brand was, not only in the UK, but on a global basis too. It tells how Sprite mastered mass production in caravans, and how it pioneered rigorous testing procedures, with plenty of illustrations of this taking place.

Sam Alper OBE, the founder of Sprite, marketed caravanning as a pastime, and proved that caravans were safe and easy to tow, with simple designs both inside and out that could also be appealing to buyers.

Much of the rare promotional mock-up material he used to do this is reproduced in the book, along with rare press shots of stars from the Carry On films, some of which featured Sprite Caravans. Comprehensive, unique, and totally up-to-date, this is essential reading for enthusiasts and will be on sale in all good bookshops or direct from www.velocebooks.com in August 2011.

Models covered: Alpine, Aerial, Cadet, CI Group,Colt, Countryman, Escort, Fenman, Finesse, 400, Major, Musketeer, Sprint, Streamlite

Andrew Jenkinson has been following the UK caravan industry since 1969, and has amassed a vast archive covering over 80 years of caravan/motorhome information. He has written four books on caravan history, motorhome history, and second-hand purchasing, and wrote I-Spy Caravans and Motorhomes for Michelin.?Very prominent in the field, Andrew consults the caravan industry on its heritage. He has written two magazine supplements for Lunar Caravans and Bailey Caravans, profiling them, and contributes to all UK caravan magazines, often testing new and used tourers. He recently completed the 60th Anniversary write up for Witter tow bars. Andrew has earned his reputation of being the leading expert on the UK caravan industry.

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