19 October, 2006
The Caravan Club Explorer of the Year
The Caravan Club Explorer of the Year, hosted by The Caravan Club and sponsored by The Explorer Group, is the only motorhome and caravanning award that recognises the special achievements of touring trailblazers.
The award recognises the achievements of anyone who has undertaken a fantastic journey, taken a caravan or motorhome to the extremes, or even used their vehicle in a very unusual or exceptional charity fund raising way.
The inaugural award was presented to Maureen Middleton, who at the age of 63 had just returned from a truly monumental journey that began on April 6th 2002 and ended 282 days and 28,000 miles later. Grandmother, Maureen, had travelled through some of the world's biggest troublespots but was undaunted in her quest. Having given her 12 year old motorhome ‘Womble’ a full service she then boarded a ferry from Hull to Rotterdam, travelled onwards through Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, along the Black Sea coast to Georgia, through Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kurdistan. Maureen then returned via Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Iran and along the Turkish Mediterranean coast to Greece, Italy and France.
It was this endeavour that merited the creation of the award.
Now in its 5th year this prestigious award has grown year after year and due to the increasing interest and number of entries received has been expanded to 4 categories:
* The Caravan Club Domestic Explorer of the Year—are you the UK’s top tourer in 2006, travelled more miles or stayed on more sites than anyone else?
* The Caravan Club European Explorer of the Year—have you toured Europe extensively and sampled the cultures of pastures new?
* The Caravan Club Worldwide Explorer of the Year—have you spread your wings even further this year and embarked on a breathtaking adventure spanning continents?
* The Caravan Club Special Achievement Explorer of the Year—Has your caravan or motorhome been used in an exceptional or unusual way, perhaps as part of a trek for charity or made an exceptionally special journey?
All of the category winners will be invited to attend a special gala awards dinner as guests of The Caravan Club in February 2007, at which The Caravan Club Explorer of the Year 2006 will be announced.
Last year's proud winners included world-wide category winners, Kenneth and Paula Kidd, who sold their house, bought their first motorhome and toured North America covering over 40,000 miles. Joining the winners was Constance Hall, 82, who won the esteemed Special Achievement award, and who despite her age and the loss of her husband, continues to tow her caravan and enjoys travelling extensively in Europe, a pastime she has enjoyed for over 42 years.
Trevor Watson, Director General of The Caravan Club said: "With each year the competition is going from strength-to-strength. We are delighted to be able to award the true characters and lifeblood of our industry, whether they have been on a personal quest to explorer the world or a charity escapade for a worthy cause."
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