Caravan and Motorhome Club Hits 110th Birthday
On the 14th of June 1907, J Harris Stone started a caravanning club after being inspired by holidays he had taken in his own custom-built caravan. In those days, the Caravan and Motorhome club was simply called ‘The Club’, and it wasn’t until February 2017 when the name of the club was officially changed to the Caravan and Motorhome Club, to recognise the fact that 40% of the 1 million members of the club are motorhome owners. This year, the club reaches 110 years old!
The company is now the biggest touring organisation in Europe and has come a long way since those humble beginnings of J Harris Stone and his caravan, yet the early morals of the club still hold fast. The patron of the club is HRH Prince Phillip, who has patronised the club since 1952.
The history of the club has seen it survive through the advent of motor vehicles over the horse and cart, which began in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that caravanning really took off in the UK. The core values of the club back in the time of J Harris Stone included bringing together a community of travellers who were interested in the concept of ‘vans as a pastime’, which involved improving as well as supplying vans for its customers, and arranging camping groups and listing campsites for club members to utilise on their journeys.
Director General of the Caravan and Motorhome Club, Nick Lomas, said in relation to the anniversary: “We are very proud of everything that the Caravan and Motorhome club has achieved throughout its history and we’re excited about its future. We will continue to provide people with opportunities to experience great adventures and build lasting memories. For the past 110 years, our community has been passionately sharing its collective knowledge and experience of touring holidays and we look forward to this continuing for the next 110 years.”