Issue 27 – October 2007

Athico – The new Benimar A Class

 

EDITORS COLUMN

I was hoping to be able to give you some good news about Benimars being imported into the UK again. But despite phone calls, e-mails and an arrangement to meet me at the York Motorhome Show I have had no information from Vivanti.
I hope that this is because Peter Duff is too busy with his business and not because they are following the same path as the “new” RDH who turned out to be all talk and no action.
I have managed to get some information from Benimar Spain, mainly by their new website which they are currently introducing. Hence the Cover Picture of the new Renault based A Class. Other details can be found in the rest of the magazine.
If it does transpire that the UK continues without an importer then, for the club to thrive, we must all do our best to encourage existing Benimar owners to join. So if you come across one on your travels tell them about the club, the website and give him a membership form (there was one included in your last magazine).
We seem to have a number of inclusions with this issue.
Firstly there is a Membership Renewal Form together with a standing order mandate – so please renew your membership now while it is still fresh in your mind.
Secondly there is a form to say what you think the Club should do with respect of Acceo membership.
Thirdly, Roy has obtained, at great expense, stickers to place on your number plates to advertise the Club.
Enjoy your Autumn and enjoy your Benimar and then enjoy writing about it for the magazine.
The next issue is due out by early January. Input to me by Dec 24th please.
Ron Smith


 

MEMBERS’ LETTERS

Terry and Val Gordon
I am writing to inform you that my wife and I will be resigning from the BOC at the end of the year when our present membership expires. This is because we have now retired and moved to Northern Ireland and we have also sold our Benimar Motorhome.
We send our best wishes for the future to the Club and all it’s members. Many Thanks.
Lisa & Gary Smitherman Gary and I purchased our first motorhome as a wedding anniversary present to each other in June this year. We have no experience of camping, caravans or indeed motorhomes, but did know a good thing when we saw it (or at least Gary thought he did) and knew we (Gary) could be comfortable in our 2003 Anthus 6000ST – I’m sure you’re picking up on my initial reservations! Our intentions were to see how we would get on touring around the UK, much of which we haven’t seen, and then find the confidence to venture farther a field into Europe, in particular, Spain and Italy next year.
At the time of writing we have had our beloved van (yes, I’ve changed my tune!) about 10/11 weeks and with the exception of one, we have been away every single weekend! It’s just a shame we have to work, it interferes with our Benimar jaunts!! On the whole we have managed to work things out for ourselves, but it was so helpful and informative to go along to a rally and ‘learn’ from others and their experiences. There quite simply is nothing Gary (in particular) doesn’t know about our new addition to the family – she has pride of place on the drive (possibly more to do with her size!) and is cared for in such a special way. We would whole heartedly recommend any other Benimar owners to sign up for a future rally(ies), we were made so welcome by everyone, learned so much and had a really good time, a very special thank you to you all.


 

LINCOLN SHOW RALLY REPORT

Mary Pennington
It is so long since the show I will have to get the grey matter going to remember what went on being as I was conned into doing a report………
As we arrived at the showground on the Thursday afternoon it seemed we had just missed a marvelous display from the Red Arrows they appeared again briefly on Friday .A total of 18 or was it 19 vans by Friday evening parked on what thankfully was solid ground so there were no problems getting off.
For a lot of the weekend it was rain, rain with some dry periods where we were able to get out and chat to each other the selling area was a mud track it dried up for awhile then the rain soon had it back to mud wellies were the order of the day. Don’t think any big purchases like new vans were made.
Due to the weather the Jacobs supper planned for Friday night had to be cancelled. Fortunately Saturday night was beautiful for the open air concert the sun shone the music was good Gerry of the pacemakers was looking old like the rest of us.
We all enjoyed a relatively dry Sunday coffee morning which was the only get together of the weekend probably the worst Lincoln weatherwise we have had but in Benimar style we made the most of it !!!!!


 

SUSSEX RALLY REPORT

Honor Hewitt
We arrived at the Laughing Fish pub and CL site. Friday 3rd – Monday 6th August.
Lovely place, large field behind the pub and CL site with electricity beyond this. We were all self sufficient in the field.
The attendance was:
Pip, Vic and Merlin, Tim, Jessie & me, Dawn & Mike Bottle, Jo, Alan & Zac Williams, Vi & Pete Jennings, Bruce & Janet Lawson, John & Jean Porter, Evelyn & Dave Hill, Sylvia, Ian & Scraggy the cat Tilley and a friend called Margaret, Dennis & Beryl Peer, Lisa & Gary who were on their first rally, so welcome and it will probably be their last looking at the list above.
That’s 23 people, 3 dogs, 1 cat and 1 parrot.
On Friday evening the 19 who had arrived all went to the pub for dinner. It was a lovely evening – good food, good drink, good company especially for £5 a night.
Saturday morning the rest arrived and we had a coffee morning (coffee and marsbar cake). We each had to produce a baby photograph of oneself. These were pinned to a board and we had 24 hrs to put a name to each one. Well, Vi and myself won and I got to keep the prize because Vi didn’t need it.
On Saturday evening we had a BBQ – Pete, Tim, John and Dave cooking for all of us. Earlier that day Pip brought a bag of goodies for each man and they had to produce a cake. Of course there were sweets in the pack so Tim only had half to do as Jessie ate them.
Pip did a salad and rice etc for the BBQ and also profiter rolls and sticky Sussex sponge and cream. Waist lines were growing by the minute.
Again, a lovely evening. Alan thanked Pip and Vic for the weekend although Vic was not feeling too well and had to go home to bed. We still gave him a small token of appreciation – a box of Lemsips to help him recover.
Sunday – coffee morning – carrot cake and lemon cake – everyone was well caked over the weekend. The cakes from the men sere judged and as they had all made a great effort their names were put into a hat and guess who won – Tim.
We all went to the pub at lunchtime for a Sunday roast. 2 ½ hours later we wished we hadn’t bothered, it was awful, nothing like the food we had on Friday night.
Sunday evening we had a quiz night at the pub. Some of the campers had left but there were still 14 who attended. Our group Dennis, Beryl, Margaret, Sylvia, Vi, Evelyn and Honor came last, and won the booby prize. Pip, David, Alan, Jo + 2 children (sorry can’t remember their names) came about 4th – a lovely evening.
Monday – eventually everyone went their own way. A great big thanks to Pip and Vic for making the weekend well worth coming all the way from sunny Spain. And thanks to all those who attended. Hope more attend next year.
Love to all our Club Members, new and old,
Honor, Tim and Jessie
Footnote
On our way back from Spain, halfway through France, two motorcycle police pulled us up, searched the van for cigarettes not bought in France. Of course we were innocent but did have a lot of Sangria and floor tiles – no problem – so watch out.
Webmasters Warning.
After checking with French Customs you must not bring into France from the original EEC countries more than 5 Cartons of cigarettes. 10 cartons can be brought into France if you obtain a SAD document at a Customs Office (possibly at the border into France.) This must be done by your request BEFORE they ask you “How many Cigarettes”. See Webmasters Ramblings.


 

MALVERN RALLY REPORT

Dave & Evelyn Hill
If you would like to try something different – try Malvern“. Lovely setting, country (USA) music, country town, ‘different people’ …… so we did.
The music was good, not all country, a chance to Line Dance, Jive, etc. Top of the bill was probably Scooter Lee (US Country hall of fame) who was excellent as she danced away on top of the tables!! Only a small contingent from BOC plus a group of friends and a couple of Benis dotted around. But this made for mixing more with others, quite a lot of caravans and fellow campers taking on the Cowboy and Indian theme. Many in quite spectacular dress. The main preoccupation for security was checking cowboy holsters for loaded shooters – blanks one hopes, although the only bangs were from re-enactment shows!
Many stall holders were West Country or Welsh and included a business venture selling mud flaps for vans …… boring but useful. Quite a lot of USA gear for sale, from flags to Indian head-dresses and we ended up with cowboy hats!
It was not the largest show but there were two sizeable halls for entertainment. Saturday saw a large exodus to Great Malvern on a good coach service at £1.50 return, well worth a visit especially the Priory Church.
We can recommend this weekend and hope to go again. It is best to go with the club as non-club pitches can be a long way out.
Special thanks to Colin and Francesca ….. who went several extra miles to host the BOC bunch.
Pictures of Malvern appear in the Gallery.
Benimar in MMM
In the October issue of MMM (the 500th edition by the way) there is an article by Mel Cropley on fitting a motorcycle rack to his Benimar Anthus with some good pictures.
” ….I remembered when we bought our Anthus, that the large payload was one of my criteria…..”
2 adverts for Benimars – a 2004 Anthus 6000ST for £29,500
and an Aereo with under 30,000 miles for £27,500.
Spanish Motorhomes in the UK
I see that Davan Caravans are to import Moncayo Motorhomes into the UK. Moncayo are the other manufacturers of Motorhomes in Spain. There factory is outside Zaragoza on the road to the Pyrenees.


 

GLENNMILLER FESTIVAL 2007 RALLY REPORT

Graham Baines
Well, what a fabulous weekend it turned out to be. The weather, so important to an outside event like this, was very kind to us.
We arrived Friday late lunch after an overnight at C.C site Clumber Park in Notts. and a rather convoluted tour of Bedford centre! After arriving on site and a water tank fill up at gate 4 we moved down the lane to gate 6 where Rally Marshall Geoff Follows welcomed us, Geoff was expecting about 10 units for the event. The weather was improving all the time with promised highs of 21 deg. things were looking good.
The live music doesn’t start until Saturday so Friday evening saw us under Geoff and Edna’s awning for drinks and nibbles where Edna had very kindly rustled up some quiche and pastries, very enjoyable. The music line-up saw the return of some of the popular big bands of previous years but with the promise of something a little different this time, the inclusion of a dedication to Elvis Presley for the 30th anniversary of his death. Other extras included the rather tongue in cheek Kremlinaires and the Zotans Band. For those who haven’t attended previously, here’s a brief scenario.
The Festival is held each year at Twinwood airfield (now non operational) at Clapham just north of Bedford, for more details see their website at -www.twinwoodairfield.co.uk/twinwood -airfield-glenn-miller-festival-2007. html#Twinwood-Airfield-Glenn-Miller-Festival-2007
This is the airfield from which Glenn Miller last flew on that fateful night of December 15th 1944. The base is now privately owned and features a museum in the Control Tower where Glenn waited for his flight to Paris that night. The area to the right of the tower features a small stage for alternative and supporting acts with catering and seating for dancers, Mess style breakfasts are also served here in the mornings. If you are within earshot of member Nichol Thomson you might be lucky enough to overhear one of his hilarious scenarios such as WW2 but suffering modern technology! as he pondered ‘ordering items for the front on the ministry phone line’.
“Hello, welcome to the new Min-def order line, if you require guns press 1, if you require ammunition press 2, if you wish to speak to a General please hold” etc. all in his rich Scottish tones not unlike those of Chic Murray, I’m sure you get the picture. He and Lorna had to miss this year, hopefully they’ll be back next time.
`A short walk towards the Arena along the cinder track, little changed from those bygone days, we pass various WW2 re-enactment groups with Burma troops ‘digging in’ in the woods on the left and groups of servicemen working on WW2 vehicles to the right, with the BOC field just beyond. Continue another 50yds to the arena and we might pass other concert-goers dressed in civvy and service outfits of the period, it certainly adds to the atmosphere.
`The arena is surrounded by a banking and features a large dance floor, the stage is cleverly designed with a roof of corrugated steel and camouflage in the form of a small hanger. Some bench seating is provided at the front but most people take their own chairs, picnic rugs etc. for the day.
Around the arena perimeter are stalls selling good quality snacks, indeed the only burger stall I saw was run by an organic team who grew, butchered and made their own produce. There are private boxes at the back of the arena for hire to corporate and private clubs / individuals, they hold about 10 people each for inclement weather (or this weekend to shelter from the sun!). At the top of the banking, offering a good view of the arena and stage are decked areas with bars, food and seating. Beyond those are trade stalls selling memorabilia, historical and services clothing and medals, together with CD’s and videos of the era.
Saturday morning saw us with a leisurely start until 12:30 when 40’s DJ Terry Elliot played music to listen or dance to. This was followed by a fashion show of the era and then the first Big Band with Gary Allcock and a tribute to Miller. This took us through to 15:30 and a Lindyhop dance lesson, yes a few of us did try, including one or two up on the banking. Terry Elliot then filled in with music including interruptions from John Miller, Glenn’s Nephew until the superb flyover of an RAF Spitfire.
Vi, complete in her tin (plastic) Wardens Hat, welcomed the ‘boy in blue’ as he approached directly over the BOC site, while those of us in the arena waited in expectation. Each year the fly past differs in which aircraft the RAF provide, last years line up included a Hurricane and a Lancaster.
This year, all three displays were by Spitfires with a slightly different display each day.
Back on stage, we saw the Jim McAllister All Stars Band with a superb tribute to Sinatra. Terry Elliot took us up to 18:40 when we were entertained and very impressed by the brilliant performance of Richard Atkins, an Elvis Presley look and singalike, who, along with the official RCA Band is on a European tour. After that, dancing continued down at the control tower end until midnight, where, during the day there had also been featured a vintage fairground organ, hanger dancing to Chris Reynolds Swingshift, and the Mainline Big Band. ~ and so to bed.
Sundays offerings began with the Sally Army band on stage with the Morning Service followed by another Lindyhop lesson. Then, Stickey Wicket, Jive Aces, Spitfire display, Blue Harlem, Lindy dance display team and finally John Miller and his orchestra played Glenn Miller until close.
Monday started with ‘Radio Days’ a group re-enacting some 40’s comedy shows. The Kremlinaires were next, a sort of Russian Kenny Ball sound! with lots of tongue in cheek references to Bolshovics and ‘our great leaders’, sometimes sounding more like Peter Sellers in his spoof Bond Movie. A dance display by the Cambs and Beds Lindy Experience turned our heads again to the dance floor, where we were very impressed by the skill and agility of these dancers. The Zoltans a Swing and Jump Jive band were next followed by the final Spitfire display.
The final two and a half hrs featured the renowned Chris Smith and his String of Pearls band. Chris served his time with the likes of Sinatra – Garland – Peggy Lee -Tony Bennet – Jack Jones – Tom Jones – Lulu – Bassey & Diana Ross, need I say more?
All in all, another gem of a weekend, sincere thanks must go to Geoff and Edna Follows who were our Marshalls.
Also my thanks to all who contributed the pictures. They are featured in the BOC Website Gallery.


 

TOUR DE FRANCE

We crossed the channel on June 24th, using Sea France for the first time (cheap, good ships and decent food). After a night of France Passion at Strazeele we stayed at Le Nouvion on a super little municipal site. Weather was cold and wet (not quite as wet as in the UK though). Here we were visited by 2 flying Benimars returning from the South of France piloted by Mary & George and Roger & Helen.

After bidding farewell to our friends we headed south via a Trout Farm and a Charolais Farm to the Jura. We only spent one night here at Pontarlier – it was cold and wet and the forecast was for much worse – so we moved south-west to find some sun. We ended up in Fleurie in the heart of Beaujolais region. This was another very good municipal site with lots going on. The weather improved enough for some bike rides and walking. We had a guided tour of the wine co-operative (wine and tour were very good). I learnt that Beaujolais is the only appellation where all the grapes have to be hand picked to ensure the quality.
Our main objective was to watch the Tour de France at Le Grand-Bornand for a stage finish and start. On our way there we stayed at an ostrich farm near lake Annecy and an aire at Poncin. Unusually for us, we had booked the campsite at Le G-B which was good planning as it was full to bursting.
Bastille Day – the stage finish was 250 metres from the campsite gate. We picked our spot 120 metres from the finish line at 11:00 am for a 5:15 pm finish ! By now the weather had changed completely and it was hot (high 30’s and sunny) The time passed quickly enough, a big TV screen across the road provided pictures of the Bastille Day parade in Paris and then live coverage of the race itself. The Tour caravan provides lots of gifts – 2 radios, lots of coffee, caps, hats, fans, pretzels, chilled water etc etc.
The amount of organisation building the Tour “city” overnight and taking it down the next day to rebuild it somewhere else is mind boggling.

After watching the start the next day, we moved South to the Drome, via lovely FP farm then to a very busy site at Luc for a few days, lots of school groups and Dutch (surprise surprise). Now it was time to move Westwards to begin our return. We stopped at 2 FP places in the Auverne – an Auberge where we camped outside the fire station and another trout farm, very remote.
The Municipal site at Salers (Cantal) was good but Salers itself disappointing – much busier and more touristy than when we last visited about 25 years ago. The route there was via Pas de Peyrol which was a nightmare – heavy rain then into the clouds. The road is very narrow with a few passing places – only just got past one van with touching folded mirrors and wheels half over a drop. Judy did not enjoy it. The road is restricted to E-W in the morning, and W-E in the afternoon for buses, lorries and motorhomes.
A little north of Clemont Ferand we found another super looking Municipal site at Gannat but it was full so continued on to St Pourcain and another v good Muni where we stayed for a few days and got some cycle rides in. There is a super Aire here, we discovered later, next to the river and close to the town.
Time for home now so a stop in Champagne country at Bouzy (very apt) at a Snail Farm (see picture below) and then at an Auberge near Calais. We arrived at the docks over a day early but no problem (or charge) to change – except that Sea France’s computer went down for 20 minutes as we were being processed.

Ron Smith


 

MEMBERSHIP

It is renewal time again.
With this magazine there will be a Membership Renewal Form, together with a Standing Order Mandate. The Standing Order will provide a convenient method of payment for those who are away for the winter months and those who can’t remember to pay their renewal subscription before the end of the year.
Whichever method of payment suits you best do it now !
Please send completed renewal application form to the membership secretary (name and address at the front of the magazine) and submit the standing order form to your bank, no later than 30th November.
Payments will be collected on the 15th December. Regards, Alan
A warm welcome to the following new members :-
Gary & Lisa Smitherman of Orpington
Alistair & Toni Evans of Canvey Island
Keith & Felicity Marshal of York
That makes 169 members (84 couples +1)


 

A SOOTY TALE

Camping at St. Céré in The Lot – France, we, that is Christine and Graham Baines plus Sylvia decided we would go on the Tourist Train at Martel, about 30 kilometres away. To make it more interesting we decided to go on Sunday when the steam engine is put to work. We decided to travel on the 11:00 train so that we could do the trip and afterwards have some lunch in Martel.
On the journey there I was navigating, didn’t need the Sat. Nav. I knew the way, we took the scenic route from St. Céré to Martel via Carennac, where the road crosses the Dordogne, needless to say we missed the turn and there was some very interesting scenery on some of the minor roads until we eventually joined the road required to take us to Martel. My excuse was that just before Carennac, a police van pulled out in front of us, causing a few cross comments, it must have been his tea break. I’m glad Graham was driving the Yaris, not the motorhome.
We arrived at Martel in good time to book a ticket and relax. The train departed at 11-10 hours (not all trains in France are punctual). We were in the next to last carriage at the rear. The journey out had a diesel locomotive doing the work, the steam engine wheezed at the rear. The train travels down the Dordogne Valley to St. Denis les Martel, about 10 kilometres, but quite high up the escarpment, so there are some good views down the valley. There is a good viewpoint where the train makes a photographic halt and then onto St Denis.
On the return journey because you keep your place, we were in the front of the second carriage. Now these carriages have open sides and open ends with a roof, good for viewing. The line climbs all the way and the steam engine gives it some welly. Those of you old enough to remember the days of steam will know that an awful lot of soot and grit comes out of the funnel when the engine is working hard. The soot etc. went over the first carriage and entered the second just where we were sitting. A hastily erected brolly kept off some of the muck, but our faces and clothes were well spotted with the stuff and it doesn’t wash off that easily. The moral is to take some wipes to have a bit of a wash before facing the world, especially if you are planning to go for eats.
We went to a bar for some food and a drink. We then had a look at the Municipal Campsite, about 300 metres from the bread shop, a paper shop and a small supermarket, plus the bar where we had our food. The site is only small but very clean and tidy. A man comes from the Mairie in the morning to collect the money. Across the road from the site is an auberge. Martel is only a small town, so the site is close to town centre. Whilst we were eating the rain started, so our timing of the trip was fortuitous, but the rain did not last long and we knew the way back.
The moral of this tale is – be prepared!
This was a Baines, Gill production


 

DIARY EXCERPTS

Excerpts from a Dog’s Daily Diary

08h00 – Dog food! My favourite thing!
09h30 – A car ride! My favourite thing!
09h40 – A walk in the park! My favourite thing!
10h30 – Got rubbed and petted! My favourite thing!
12h00 – Lunch! My favourite thing!
13h00 – Played in the yard! My favourite thing!
15h00 – Wagged my tail! My favourite thing!
17h00 – Milk bones! My favourite thing!
19h00 – Got to play ball! My favourite thing!
20h00 – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favourite thing!
23h00 – Sleeping on the bed! My favourite thing!
Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary
Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Ahhh…
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow – but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.
The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.
For now…


 

WPC 2007

This year’s entries are still dribbling in, 11 so far, the latest being :-
Man in hat – Sylvia & Roy Gill
Sand & Fence- Helen & Roger Foster
Cheeky walk in the wood – Graham Baines
Where’s Willy? – Pip Rowe & Vic
Greek Door – Dave & Evelyn Hill
Dave did send in another which I have disqualified due to bad taste !
Keep them coming in.
Winner will receive a prizelet at the Peterborough Rally
Ron Smith

PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
Two cavemen were talking. One said
” I don’t understand it. I have a low fat diet, plenty of fruit and vegetables, and it is all organic. I don’t smoke or drink alcohol. The air I breathe is clean, no pollution. I am not stressed and I get plenty of exercise and my life expectancy is 38.!


 

ODDS & ENDS

LAFUMA ELASTIC
Many of you probably have Lafuma reclining chairs. They are a bit pricey but supremely comfortable. Ours are getting on a bit in years and one of them (Judy’s) suffered from broken elastic.
I found a site on the internet and they supplied 2 kits by return. They are available in navy, green and white and cost £7.95 – enough to replace 1 RSX chair. Although the ad says it is an 8 metre length the ones I received contained 4 pieces of the correct length with the toggle ends attached.
The website is bakersandlarners.com They are located in Holt in Norfolk.
FIRST MOTORHOME TRIP ?
The first trip by a motorhomeis believed to have been made by a Dr E H Lechwass. He left Hyde Park in 1902 in a 25 hp Panhard and Levasseur that had been fitted with an “omnibus” body with sleeping berths. The intended trip was to Moscow (a bit adventurous I think) but only lasted 2 weeks before the Panhard’s engine succumbed to the harsh Russian winter.
The vehicle cost £3,000, that’s about £170,000 today.
DONATION TO THE CLUB
Gloria House donated a number of motorhome related items which were sold at the York Show Rally and a nice sum was gratefully received by the Club. Thank you Gloria, hope to see you at one of our events next year.
ITEMS FOR SALE
Protex cover made to fit Europe Top with left hand door. Cost £500 and has not been used.
Silversreen, by Taylormade, to fit Fiat Ducato / Peugeot Boxer (not the latest model, the one before that) about 4 years old, in good condition.
Any reasonable offer accepted- Colin Varley Tel: 01376 321280
HANDBOOK CORRECTION
On page 9 of the handbook, section 10: The DEFRA Exemption certificate is valid until 12th Dec 2011, not 2006 as stated.
NORTHERN ROCK
Just wasted a whole day queuing up at the Derby branch of Northern Rock to get some money out and came away with nothing. Apparently you have to have a savings account with them !


 

BENIMAR NEWS

Benimar are in the process of creating a new website. Currently there is no English or French version, just the Spanish.
There is now an A Class – the Athico which is based on the Renault chassis. There are 2 layouts – the 640 with a fixed bed across the back and the 690 with an island bed at the back. See back cover for the layout pictures.
There is also a Benivan which is a Fiat based panel van. This comes in 2 versions. The 120 which is a 3 berth and the 180 which is a 4 berth. There is a picture on the back cover.
One model has a clever split mattress that can be raised to enable a bike to be carried inside.
The Perseo range is 5 models with a variety of layouts.
Alongside the Perseo is another low profile called the Tesseo. This appears to be a lower specified and therefore cheaper, range than the Perseo. It is based on the Ford Transit and comes in 3 versions.
The 400 is a 3 berth with transverse rear bed. The 440 is a longer version of the 400. The 490 has an island rear bed and is again a 3 berth.
The Europe and Sport ranges continue much as before.
There are no details on dimensions, prices and specification yet.
The details can be found on the Benimar website www.benimar.com.es which may well have more information and have an English version by the time you read this.
As you know they are building Chaussons on the same line as Benimars so I guess some models will be very similar.
Production is/was 850 ‘vans in 2006, 1450 this year and 2000 for 2008.


 

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