Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 16

| upfront feature VINTAGE VANTASTIC Australia’s best vintage caravans and their owners came together in Broken Hill for the vintagecaravan.com 10th Anniversary Rally. Here’s our selection of some of the best vans on show. 16 timetoroam.com.au Head-turning duo from the 1930s When Ray Griffin bought his first car back in 1968, he didn’t have much cash, so he had to settle on an outdated and unfashionable 1934 Pontiac. He paid just $100 for the car and has carefully maintained and kept it long enough for it to become an object of value. About 20 years ago he and wife Margaret decided to buy a caravan to match the Pontiac. They went for one built the same year, a celebrated art deco classic, the Don 120. Together, the two stylish vehicles turn heads and attract admiring glances wherever they go. Ray says the Pontiac (with Australianmade Holden body) actually tows the Don better than his Toyota Landcruiser. The couple from Somerville in Victoria are the second family to own the caravan, with the original owner still making occasional visits to see his much loved van. “Henry is in his 80s now and loves to come over and sit in the van,” Margaret says. “It has a distinctive Don smell he says takes him back to his childhood.” Margaret and Ray Griffin with their Don caravan and Pontiac