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CARLENE Redshaw thought her husband Kev (right) should build a caravan, so he did it.
Now the couple, backed by the expertise of Wanganui craftsmen, have a retro caravan called Timeless, and this weekend it will be on show at the national caravan expo in Christchurch. Mr Redshaw owns Timeless Auto Restorations in Palmerston North and he has done a lot of work for hot rod enthusiasts.
Two of them are Willy Pelzers (centre, who owns WilPro Engineering, and John Fearn (left), owner of Gunzzini Kitchens - both are based in Wanganui. All three are members of the Wanganui Road Rodders, which provided the vital link that has made Timeless Caravans a reality.
Mr Redshaw created the fibreglass body, Mr Pelzers made the chassis and brake system, while Mr Fearn chipped in with the interior fit-out of the prototype.
Mr Redshaw said the idea of the caravan was his wife's. He has been restoring cars for a decade, mainly for other hot rod fanatics, but he said the couple always had a soft spot for caravans.
The Redshaws sat down with core people they had done business with before and came up with the concept.
Like the retro exterior, the inside carries on the theme, even though some of the fittings are state-of-the-art, such as cooker and refrigerator. Even the brand new vinyl, imported from Australia, resonates of the 1960s.
Wanganui Chronicle 3 October 2010.
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