The Big 60th Birthday Party of the Portafold (12th International Portafold & Ansfold Gathering) (i.e. 2020)

Help us set a new world record at the big 60th birthday party!

Ironically, the current record is 59 Portafolds and Ansfolds (at the 2016 Newbury Retrofestival), so we want to smash this by getting well over 70 there next year. As of last year we have a new area that will take that number of caravans and the show itself is a fantastic event that will not disappoint. There really is something for the whole family.

So put the dates 7th, 8th, 9th of August 2020 in your diary now and get those dates booked off work early. Be part of a record breaking event that will go down in history.

Show Address: Newbury Showground, Priors Court, Hermitage, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG18 9QZ

Don't book direct with the show organisers, just contact me to get your pitch saved.

Now this is a boat caravan!

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Now this is a boat caravan!

Post by Admin » Wed, 03 Aug 2016, 9:49 pm

There's a very old Chinese-whisper that keeps coming around that the roof of a Portafold was designed to be a boat, well I've had it confirmed straight from the horses-mouth that it was never considered. But, this is more of a boat/caravan:
Nomad Caravan advert 1963.jpg
Matthew
portafold.co.uk
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Wanted: Any original Portafold, Ansfold or Mini-Motel brochures, adverts or magazine articles.
Also, any chassis numbers for the above caravans!

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Re: Now this is a boat caravan!

Post by phunkie hiboy » Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 6:17 am

The story I heard, it had been considered, but the idea was dismissed.
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Post by Admin » Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 11:57 am

Having re-asked the question to the last remaining designer of the Portafold, he confirmed that the 'roof as a boat' was very briefly thought about, but in the same way that almost every possible design tweak is talked about at some point when you're creating something from scratch.

The only reason it came up was that another manufacturer was producing a caravan with a roof boat, but they quickly dismissed any further thought along those lines as the height and weight of the caravan were paramount in their design plans. They needed to ensure that you could see over the top of it with normal rear-view mirrors and they needed to keep the weight at an absolute minimum to keep it viable for any 1960's car, and both of these would have been compromised.
Matthew
portafold.co.uk
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Wanted: Any original Portafold, Ansfold or Mini-Motel brochures, adverts or magazine articles.
Also, any chassis numbers for the above caravans!

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