A mum from Milton Keynes has won a car and caravan worth £38,000 in a competition run by the Camping and Caravan Club.
Rachael Gurr collected her New Generation Hyundai i30 and a Swift Basecamp camping crossover vehicle (CCV) at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show held at the NEC Birmingham, joined by her husband Noel and 9-week-old Benjamin.
The family also won a year’s free membership to the club and a caravan manoeuvring course for beginners.
The Hyundai New Generation i30 is a dynamic and refined hatchback. Spacious on the inside, economic and enjoyable to drive, it’s perfect for adventurous holidays and everyday driving.
The Swift Basecamp is compact and lightweight for easy towing, and it is packed with mod cons so outdoor enthusiasts can refuel, relax, get out and do more.
Rachael, 32, said: “We feel like we’ve outgrown tents as a family but had never really thought about caravans.
“I want to explore the UK with my husband and I think the first place we’ll visit is the Peak District. Noel is American and we haven’t been able to travel and see that much of the UK yet – perhaps now is the time to do it.
“We would not have been able to afford to buy a caravan so winning the competition opens up a whole new way of holidaying that just would not have been an option for us. We’d like to get away for long weekends and it feels easier than staying in hotels. We’ll see if we can squeeze the dog in sometimes too!”
The prize was awarded by the club, Hyundai and Swift as part of the club’s ‘No B+E Licence? No Problem!’ campaign, which runs to reassure drivers who passed their tests on or after 1 January 1997 that they can tow plenty of modern car and caravan combinations despite only holding a category B driving licence.
Those motorists who passed their test after this date automatically hold a category B car licence, which enables them to tow car and caravan outfits with a combined maximum authorised mass of no more than 3,500kg. However, there are plenty of family car and caravan combinations that fall within this limit which can be legally and safely matched and towed in comfort.
David Pugh, marketing director at Hyundai UK, said: “The New Generation i30 is a hugely popular family car that doubles as a very capable tow car too. We wish Rachael and family many happy years of driving and touring.”
Nick Page, commercial director at Swift Group, said: “Basecamp is built for adventure, and we hope Rachael and family enjoy plenty of adventures with it in the months and years to come.
“Cool and compact, Basecamp can be towed by a smaller car so couples and small families can embrace the Great Outdoors without passing another driving test.”
Simon McGrath, senior communications manager at The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “Rachael and family are the perfect winners for this prize, and will undoubtedly enjoy the flexibility and freedom that comes with this prize combination.
“They’re now able to hitch up and set off on a weekend away at a moment’s notice, while having the facilities on board needed for having a little one in tow.”
Following the success of the ‘No B+E Licence? No Problem!’ campaign, the Club has launched a new competition to win an All-New Hyundai KONA and Swift Basecamp Plus for 2018. Visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/competitions