Congratulations to Bentley Motorhomes, whose Renault Trafic-based Indigo was announced overall winner in the Caravan Club’s Annual motorhome Design & Drive competition for 2011.
Practical Motorhome’s Nick Harding and Gentleman Jack Bancroft were among the judging team that decided the Indigo stood out among the 52 motorhomes entered into the competition.
Bentley’s Renault-based low-profile two-berth also won its category (Coachbuilts, £43,000-£54,000). It’s an amazing achievement for a company that only came into existence last year, although, as we reported on this site, its foundations are the extensive experience of father and son team Gordon and Richard Bentley, formerly of Autocruise and Cockburn Holdsworth.
The full line-up of winners is:
Van Conversions up to £40,000
East Neuk Fifer S (runners-up: East Neuk Fifer Touring M and Wheelhome Vikeste)
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Van Conversions over £40,000
Murvi Morello (runners-up: East Neuk Fifer L, Autocruise Rhythm Champagne)
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Coachbuilts up to £43,000
Elddis Majestic 145 (runners-up: Swift Sundance 530 LP, Autocruise Starspirit)
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Bentley Indigo (runners-up: Bentley Cobalt, Auto-Trail Tracker EKS)
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Coachbuilts over £54,000
Auto-Sleeper Marquis Worcester LP (runners-up: Auto-Sleeper Executive, Elddis Aspire 240)
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Hymer Star Edition 514 (runners-up: Dethleffs Esprit I7090, Concorde Charisma 840 RL)
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Look out for our Nick Harding’s report detailing his first hand experiences of judging in the event in our August issue of Practical Motorhome (on sale from June 8). Also, read editor Rob Ganley’s review of the Bentley Artisan Indigo here, which appeared in the February 2011 issue of Practical Motorhome.