Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 20

| upfront feature In like Flynn Graham Southy and his 1956 Flynn caravan Walking inside Graham and Linda Southy’s 1956 elegant Flynn caravan you sense a certain star quality. Perhaps it stems from its history as a former showpiece for Australian manufacturing. The Flynn first went on display at the 1956 International Melbourne Motor Show, held in Melbourne during the city’s golden Olympics year. Roadhaven was regarded as one of Australia’s top caravans at the time – in fact the country’s foremost caravan aficionado Keith Winser was the most famous owner and promoter of the brand – he owned four of them! Graham and Linda bought theirs six years ago. It had been used as a sleepout and kept under cover for 35 years, which explains its outstanding condition. Even today, the Flynn still stands out from the crowd, with its distinctive shape and quality inclusions. The Newcastle toaster It’s the vintage caravan that takes its name from the city where it was created. The Newcastle was built in 1960, using components including a complete body from the huge Carapark company, based just up the road in the Hunter town of Maitland. Bob “Cobber” Kerr and his wife Yvonne bought and restored the caravan six years ago. “It was built for a Port Stephens oyster farmer originally and kept on a jetty above a mangrove swamp,” Bob says. “It was in remarkably good condition due to its construction from “Reswood” - plywood impregnated with resin. “It was a very durable treatment of plywood developed in the 1950s by Sydney company Ralph Symonds Pty Ltd.” Bob and Yvonne with their Newcastle caravan 20 timetoroam.com.au