Author(s): Don Jessen
The kiwi retro caravan craze is in full bloom - clear from the ever-increasing number of vans parked up at idyllic holiday spots, vans spotted at car events around the country, the magazines and online chatter on the subject, and a general yearning among the population for the sort of carefree holidaying that caravanning offers. Don Jessen profiles some of the country's prettiest and most interesting vans, and gives a bit of history on what is an enduring and endearing hobby for many. Foreword by Kevin Milne.
One of my bigger regrets in life is that I never petitioned harder for my family to hang on to my nana's classic orange and brown caravan when she passed away. It was a beauty, and home to dozens of childhood memories - the twisty foot pump for the sink, the rickety blinds, the musty orange awning. This book brings all of those back to life with its cheerful chronicle of vintage caravans - now seeing a fevered renaissance among those old enough to remember peeling off long strips of sunburn of a summer evening. Author Don Jessen has found out the stories behind some of New Zealand's most well-preserved and attractive retro caravans - some as sleek and chromey as a classic car, some gloriously homey. He includes before-and-after shots, close-ups of interesting hubcaps, curtains, and cushions, and plenty of lavish exterior photographs. If you grew up in New Zealand, this book is bound to tug at some deep-felt summer memories. - Naomi
Don Jessen is the son of Tek Jessen, founder of Liteweight Caravans Inc. of Hillcrest, Hamilton, New Zealand's most successful caravan manufacturing company over four decades.