2010 Spring Newsletter

During the last three months the various cold snaps brought chaos and disruption to the country as the various transport systems literally froze to a standstill. The writer began seriously to consider the merits of hibernation as a viable alternative to sawing logs and ferrying full coal scuttles from the cellars whilst listening to Classic FM’s umpteenth rendering of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons –‘Winter’. But now the days are a little longer and the weather has been consigned to the record books, we can begin to make preparation for the coming caravanning season. Our Club is in fine fettle following the new year subs. renewal - to date only one resignation, a member and wife who have decided to concentrate on their restoration projects and attending most of the shows and steam fairs country-wide.

New Members. We have several new members this Spring. We look forward to meeting them on the rally field.

Carlight Die-cast model. The Hon Sec has been kindly sent details of a 1950’s/60’s model Colonial acquired by someone in Glasgow. Strangely enough it was purchased in Lincoln, it was made by a firm called Automec, the model no. is T101, & is 4.5’’ long and was part of their Highway series. It was called a basic kit, which meant, at that time, that the casting required a fair bit of fettling and also painting. The model is very good bearing in mind the die-casting facilities then available and the writer reckons that Carlight must have had some input or contribution to achieve such a good model.

photo of die cast model another photo of die cast model

It contrasts with the somewhat puerile likeness of a Carlight on the bone china-ware marketed under the Sleaford banner a little later. There is no reference to any sort of model in the Club archives and this is the first the writer has seen. Owners of the modern 16/2 will note the ten ventilators in the lantern roof of the old Colonials compared to their measly two, but will take consolation from their myriads of roof vents to the model’s one. Are there any more out there? (pricey!)

Wanted –In spite of the writer’s comments about the Carlight crockery mentioned above, we have members quite keen to purchase some. Please contact the secretary if you have some for sale.

For Sale – 1980 Commander 15/2. Second owner from new, always stored under cover, new water heater, mains, 12v charger, new tyres 2 years, non-smokers, no pets, selling because of owner’s age, not van’s. (This is not from a Club member but appears to be a bargain at about £1000).

Future Rallies –Spring Rally & 28th AGM, North Runcton, details enclosed with this Newsletter. Members are reminded that the Hodgson brothers, Chris & Robert, are putting their Carlight Collection on show at Vantage Caravans, 57 Sleaford Rd, Tattershall, Lincs. on 15/16 May this year. This is a rare opportunity to see some equally rare Carlights altogether in one place and take some photos. For those members committed to DIY jobs, some of the old workforce will be on hand to have their brains picked and their memories jogged. Note dates coincide with Spring/48th AGM rally. Autumn Rally Watlington, 16th- 21st Sept.. Joint Rally with CEC 8th -13th July – see below

Written by P White Hon Sec. Edited by R Magson for website May 2010

This page revised May 2010