Gday, my name is Franni and i thought i should be upfront from the beginning and confess: 1. my van is a pom!. A1968 Pearman Briggs Safari 13' 2berth built in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. 2.[close your eyes Cobber] my dear old hubby won't have a bar of ...oh oh oh dare i say it, slot head screws. ooh that was scary and doesn't feel any better for the confession. he loves his tekscrew gun 3. i'm sure there was something else …. oh yes. i had a brief internet affair and spent the night in an anguish of desire. 'Fessed up to dearly beloved and he said "Show me" so i did and he said "Wow" and a few other things like "Lets buy her" so we did and she came with stories of great adventure which i'll tell you if i am not ostracised for the above confessions. she is the cutest little bundle of wood rot and borers and fits so well into our world of unfinished projects. we have called her Shirley. what an education. i think it is a great forum and i love reading about other peoples restorations and get much courage from you all. thankyou Franni
Your second post on the forum and you are in the confessional already, but have no fear you have not sinned
By 1968 most caravans were being mass produced using those other screws ... the days of the craftsman built vintage caravan were almost over .... But English vans still had style I do know of a 1958 P&B 4 berth van that has recently been rescued in the UK, the only one in existence apparently, it is in the hands of a bloke who will do it justice.
I look forward to seeing photos and hearing the history of your van. By-the-way, I agree with the sentiments expressed in your first post ..... so we can still be mates
Gday & welcome Franni. I reckon the pic size is good.Able to see more definition but of course you can use a different process that uploads at a smaller size & when clicked on expands the size.Great looking `van & sure you`ll have plenty of (gritted teeth) fun along the way.
Queenstown Tasmania. 1948/52 Mercury Teardrop. 1959 Phase III Vanguard Vignale.
then shipped to Australia. i have been told she travelled around a bit before becoming a child's play house, then left to rot in a backyard somewhere in the Adelaide hills. she was rescued in the early eighties and renovated by the gentleman from whom i bought our "Shirley" last August when she was well and truly due for another restoration
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Post by Don Ricardo on Jan 26, 2015 15:28:48 GMT 10
Now that's a caravan trip worth doing! I nominate you to organise the next vintage caravan tour - back to Stroud of course! Although...we may have a bit of trouble getting through the Khyber Pass, post 9/11 and all that!
It's fascinating to hear the story of the vans on the forum. Thanks for posting.
today we are about to put back the aluminium front panel but it has 2 tears about 50 mm long near the window. what is the best way to repair these and make it watertight but also look good. hoping someone can advise please franni
we've been stripping layers of paint from our English Safari and scraped away most of this sticker, placed low down near the door.
i think the white lettering on black is national caravan council, but which nation and what the rest of the sticker says is anyones guess. it was on the original paintwork so is probably between 30 and 46 years old, could be England or Australia or somewhere in between. any sleuths out there like to try and guess. i don't suppose it is important really but we love to grab hold of any little thing that might add a bit to the history of our old vans, don't we.
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Post by Don Ricardo on Jan 27, 2015 20:44:11 GMT 10
The National Caravan Council is the peak body for the UK caravan industry - click here. If no-one on the forum can tell you what the sticker says maybe you can send the photo to the NCC and ask them if they can tell you about it. They may be interested to know where the sticker (and the caravan) ended up.
You might be interested in some photos from the NCC and shown here. No Safaris I don't think, but great pics all the same.
Sorry I can't help you (yet) regarding the sticker but, I have to agree with SGTL when she suggests you keep questions and posts regarding the 'Little pommy immigrant' under that thread... particularly the post about how it got from the UK to Oz. you could even copy that post and transfer it to the 'Little pommy immigrant' thread if you want
It's a very interesting story and it doesn't deserve to get lost in the 'General board' (it's already slipped down to page 2) IN FACT IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE ADMINISTRATOR COULD MOVE THE 'LITTLE POMMY IMMIGRANT' POST TO THE MEMBERS PHOTO ALBUM BOARD (with your permission)
Anyway.... You are not on your own, lots of people start the story about their vans in the 'General' board
thanks Don, Cobber, SGTL. i was unsure about where to put the posts. not sure about copying and relocating but will have a go later. it is all very exciting have emailed NCC in uk so hope to have a bit more info. thanks for your response franni
i've just had a reply from Brian in the UK and the sticker reads 'approved manufacturer, national caravan council' NCC established 1953 to set standards of manufacturing for caravan makers. logo changed around end of 60s so we just got in with the old one
oh @#%&**** i've just changed the subject line to 'the little pommie immigrant' in all my threads in the hope that they would all be together but now i have 3 threads with the same name. how can i get them all together . please help, i'm not very computer savvy. franni