Motors: Caravanners Unite against Clarkson

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), October 20, 2006 | Go to article overview

Motors: Caravanners Unite against Clarkson


Byline: By David Whinyates

YOU'RE hardly likely to see Jeremy Clarkson at this week's International Caravan and Motorhome 2006 Show in Birmingham.

In the wake of the withering attack on caravanning on a recent edition of BBC's Top Gear, towing enthusiasts have been given a chance to tell the presenter "enough is enough".

The BBC was swamped by complaints from thousands of caravanners following the Top Gear stunt.

One of the most sought after "accessories" at the NEC show is turning out to be a window sticker issued by the show's organisers and which will be appearing in the back windows of thousands of caravans in the weeks and months to come.

Organisers says that the Love Caravans, Hate Clarkson sticker provides caravanners with the opportunity to declare their passion while at the same poking fun at the controversial presenter.

It shows Clarkson being roasted on a spit over an open fire.

"He likes dishing it out - let's see how good he is a taking it," says Sam North, show manager. "We expect every caravan in the land to be sporting the sticker so when he gets stuck behind us he'll have to look at it. Hopefully he'll become as sick of it as we are of him making jokes about us!"

The sticker puts a fun twist on the show at the NEC - but it's serious business for the caravan and camping industry which are aiming to do millions of pounds of business.

It is the UK's biggest ever caravanning exhibition - over 1000 models of caravans and motorhomes are on display across 85,000sqm of space, supported by dozens of accessory manufacturers, retailers and service providers, as well as a farmers' market, cookery demonstrations and amusements. …

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