The Elddis Owners Club was formed in 1973 when 76 Elddis Caravan Owners attended an inaugural meeting at Gosforth Park, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Several of those original members are still active in the club.
In the early 1970’s clubs wishing to hold rallies had to apply to the relevant planning authority for each one, but by 1976 the Club had persuaded the Department of the Environment that it was fit to be granted an exemption certificate.
With the exemption certificate, rallies of up to 120 hours duration could be held anywhere in England and Wales as long as the landowner’s permission was obtained.
By Easter 1978, the Club was celebrating its 100th rally, and by August 1987, it was celebrating its 1000th! In 2007 we reached our 3000th rally.
We continue to hold about 70 rallies every year. We rally throughout the year and across the length and breadth of the country. Most years we have at least one continental rally as well.
On January 1st 1998, the Elddis Owners Club Limited was formed, and all the assets ofthe Elddis Owners Club were transferred to the new company.
Incorporation as a legal company is an enormous step for any club to take, but it is generally agreed to have been the right step for us.
In recognition of this, and other indications of the ordered way in which the club is run the Department of the Environment, Transport & the Regions granted the Club a Certificate permitting us to run rallies of up to 28 days duration.
The Elddis Owners Club was the first owners club to be granted this Certificate, and is I believe the only one to date.
In August 2001 the Club’s rules were changed to enable the affiliation with overseas clubs that have broadly similar membership qualification requirements. The first (and to date, only) such affiliation has been with the Elddis Caravan Club of the Netherlands.