Post by Don Ricardo on Feb 27, 2016 18:36:17 GMT 10
How wonderful to have you join the forum. We are always particularly pleased when one of the pre-1970 caravan builders - or one of their family members, such as yourself - make contact with us. Unfortunately many of the caravan builders of that era are no longer with us, and therefore we don't know as much as we would like about their involvement in the caravan industry, even basic things such as how they got involved, when they started and finished, and how many and what type of caravans they produced.
Your grandfather, Harry Belmore, is one of the people we know virtually nothing about beyond what is on this thread at this point, so anything you'd like to tell us about him would be greatly appreciated, especially by people interested in caravan history like me.
In relation to finding a Belvue caravan, I don't believe that anyone on the forum has one at this stage. Having said that, caravans built by some of the smaller firms of the 50's and 60's, such as Belvue, do occasionally turn up, and there have been a couple of instances of some of the rarer vans like that being found in the last year or so. So my best advice to you is to keep a watch on the forum and also put a 'watch' for Belvue on Ebay and Gumtree so that you get notified if a Belvue van comes up. If I see one somewhere, I'll also try and let you know.
Speaking of which, I thought you might be interested in this photo which was posted on our associated Vintage Caravans Facebook page a week ago, so it goes to show that there is at least one Belvue out there. This one is in Western Australia. May be time for a trip to Perth perhaps?
Don Ricardo Addendum - August 2018:
Additional photos of the above caravan copied from an auction catalogue published by Burns & Co in August 2018:
Description in the catalogue:
1961 Belvue Caravan Registration: To be sold unregistered Exterior Colour: Grey / Cream Interior Colour: Cream Badge: Belvue Extras: Standard Early sixties Caravan Features Purchased from the original owner from Mildura Victoria in 2012. Unrestored original. The only known ‘Belvue’ make of caravan in existence
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 19, 2018 15:17:50 GMT 10
Loriward hasn't posted on the forum since February 2016, and I'm not sure if she is watching the Belvue thread. However, I have sent her an email via the address she has registered for the forum to alert her to your message. Hopefully the two of you can get in contact.
I gather you were the successful bidder for the Belvue caravan at the auction in Perth yesterday? Congratulations, and welcome to the forum. As indicated in the auction catalogue, this van may be the only, or one of only a very few Belvues still around.
Oh no, I can't understand why I didnt get notifications for the responses to this thread? I was aware of the van in WA and had contact the owner at the time but he was not willing to discuss selling the van. I am happy to give you as much information as I can. Sadly pop died 12 months ago and had suffered from Alzheimer's for quite a few years however my grandmother is still with us and I am happy to get more information from her. She did all the colour selections and styling of the Van's. Pop owned the caravan park in somerton on the corner of cooper street and Sydney road where he built the Van's. Many stories I can share! Happy for you to get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org Look forward to hearing from you Lori
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 27, 2019 16:44:54 GMT 10
Unfortunately the moderators don’t have access to forum member email addresses (or at least I don’t), so we can’t give you Retyred’s email. However, we can email members through the forum platform. So I’ve emailed Retyred through the forum and asked them to email you to get in contact about the Belvue van. I’ve given them your email address.
Hopefully they will contact you. However, if you don’t hear anything from them within a few days, let me know, and I’ll try and track them down through some of my WA vintage caravan contacts.
In the meantime I will email you as I promised to do a while ago. Apologies for not doing so earlier.
Hi Gents i am the proud owner of what we believe is the only Belvue . It is still in Western Australia and much loved . It would be great to hear anything you have on the manufacturer . It is a true icon van in near original condition , I only say this as it may well be absolutely original . Cheers
Post by Don Ricardo on Dec 20, 2019 21:53:15 GMT 10
Good to hear from you and to hear that you have the WA based Belvue. That’s fantastic news, given the historical importance of that van.
I’m not sure whether you have looked through this thread, but if you look higher up, you’ll see some posts from forum member Loriward. She is the granddaughter of Harry Belmore, the manufacturer of Belvue vans. Loriward has been really keen to make contact with the owner of what is now your van, and her uncle has information about Belvue.
Loriward’s email address is given above, and I’m, sure she will be thrilled to hear from you. If you have trouble contacting her, let me know, and I will try and connect you. I have the details of her uncle as well.