Third-Generation Bailey Autograph range launched.

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The third-generation Bailey Autograph motorhomes were launched this week.

Available in eight layouts including new fixed bed and fixed island bed variants, and with and without dedicated rear travel seats. They represent what you might call “the real deal” with a Peugeot drive train, AL-KO chassis, Alde heating and a policy of no hidden extras so a dedicated motorhome owner can be assured that the level of luxury will meet or exceed expectations.

The full eight-model range – which I have to say look pretty attractive to me – will be on show in Hall 19 at this year’s NEC Show October 15th to 20th.

It is interesting how time plays tricks with our memories. Back in 2011 when Bailey announced its first motorhomes it seemed a very big deal indeed – a brave move perhaps – and certainly a strong signal that the caravan-only company was prepared to innovate, change and move with the market. During the last eight years the company has continued to dominate the caravan market – so no loss of focus there – and has become a serious and successful motorhome manufacturer fighting its way with the Hymers, Rapidos and a string of other UK and continental European manufacturers. We all know that companies often struggle with change; they either don’t change or don’t do it very well and are burdened by their history.

Not so Bailey I would suggest.

The launch was held at the delightful Stanton House Hotel near Swindon and whilst obviously the launch was the all important part, I had a bit of a trip down memory lane. The original manor house was renovated and hugely improved to meet the demands of Japanese guests from the nearby Honda car factory and their suppliers. I was a fairly frequent visitor there because of my automotive background and although the hotel has for many years embraced all visitors with or without a Honda connection, the signs are bilingual, the website is in English and Japanese and the restaurant has an exceptional Japanese influence as well as catering of course for European tastes.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Norfolk Broads CAMC site does it for me!

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Located on the broads near Wroxham and not far from Great Yarmouth this is a gorgeous site and definitely a holiday destination. The Dog Inn is two hundred yards one way and the broads and a shipyard are two hundred yards the other way. Stacks to do – or just chill out.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Brighton CAMC

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As we all know, Brighton is a great town to visit with loads to do and inundated with good restaurants and pubs. The open all year 155 pitch Brighton site is outstanding and so easy to get into Brighton from it. Unsurprisingly this Caravan and Motorhome Club site is kept immaculately and gets a five star rating from the members. Top that off with sunny weather……..

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

The Aire in Montreuil sur Mer is well worth a visit.

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Montreuil sur Mer is about an hour from Calais and is an attractive small town with plenty of bars and bistros and a town rampart you can walk most of the way round. For me, the killer app however is the aire which is no more than two hundred metres from the town square.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

The Caravan and Motorhome Club at Beaulieu.

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The Club has a strong presence at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu – a stone’s throw from the ever popular New Forest Black Knowl site – with its records stored, looked after and catalogued. The display booth tells the history of the Club and shows a video of today’s club and what is on offer.

Well worth a visit with dedicated motorhome and caravan parking and electric car charging for those who have moved across to the future!

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Winnats Pass

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Turn right out of the Castleton CAMC site and go through the town and out the other side on your way to Chapel-en-le-Frith and there is the exquisite Winnats Pass. Hard to believe that millions of years ago it was under the sea.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Cambridge Cherry Hinton CAMC

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Am at Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan and Motorhome Club site which is yet another gem on the Club’s network. It’s one of the smaller sites with just 56 pitches and set in an ancient quarry works – with a pub a short walk away.

And preparing for 32 degrees tomorrow!

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Thetford Forest CAMC is a must!

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Set in Forestry Commission woodland, the site has attractive pitches and loads of walking trails. Non-members are welcome; no loo block. It’s a classic “get away from it all” site combined with the exceptional high standard associated with the Club.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews