By William Coleman
Last week we brought you the results of the Caravan And Motorhome Club Motorhome Design Awards that were held at the National Motorbike Museum in Birmingham. We were there to film to event and speak with the winners of each award. So here are the winners and their thoughts on taking home the gold.
This year marked the 20th annual Design Award that at the National Motorbike Museum. For 2 decades the The Club have carefully selected judges to asses almost a 100 vehicles across the NEC Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show.
Each van is assessed on many levels. It is not just about how pretty the motorhome will look once pitched up, the judging go a lot deeper than that. Each judge will look into criteria including electrics and safety, comfort, kitchen/washrooms, air conditioning, heating and ventilation systems, technical aspects and stowage.
Although the judges did not drive the vehicles, the scoring of the vehicles still evaluated driving elements such as seating positions, handbrake positions, visibility, safety whilst travelling in habitation area, front seat comfort and driver ergonomics.
This year saw a staggering 19 entries in the Dealer Special categories. For those who do not know a dealer special is a motorhome that must be badged and named differently to the manufacturer’s model. You can only purchase the stand out models directly from the dealer, or network of dealers.
At the awards we had the opportunity to mingle with dealers and manufacturers and get to know the people behind the products and find out more about what goes into each van. On top of that we go to interview the winners just moments after they found out that they had won!