Retro 1956 Supalite caravan A perspex Supalite sign adds a distinctively retro touch to the front ofthe van. It lights up at night when there is a light on inside the caravan.
Retro 1956 Supalite caravan Not much is known about the Supalite brand of caravans, except that they were built in the Sydney suburb of Leichardt.
Retro 1956 Supalite caravan The Supalite has a dinette at the front, kitchen in the middle, and a double bed at the rear. Cupboard space is limited, but a high shelf runs along the walls.
Retro 1956 Supalite caravan Glenn had the dinette cushions professionally covered with a grey fabric to match the pale grey Laminex on the table. The original curtains had to bewashed very gently to make sure they didn’t fall apart.
Retro 1956 Supalite caravan Glenn has added a personal touch to his retro caravan by displaying some of his period memorabilia.
Retro 1956 Supalite caravan Glenn’s brother, Jeff, is a sign writer, and painted the Old Blue sign for him.
Retro 1956 Supalite caravan The 1956 Supalite Cadet is nicely matched to a 1960 FB Holden panel van.
Retro 1956 Supalite caravan The van still has its original icebox and two-burner stove.

This lovingly-restored vintage 1956 Supalite caravan is named after its owner’s four-legged friend.

Glenn cleverly had a 240V powerpoint installed in the access hatch, which is convenient for outdoor lighting and cooking, but doesn't spoil the retro appearance of the van.

We have met vintage caravan enthusiast Glenn Redman many times at vintage van get-togethers over the past seven years. Nearly every time we meet, he is
caravanning in a different van. Each has been a retro caravan restored to its original, or maybe better than original, condition. All Glenn’s vintage caravans have a distinct personality of their own, and he has given each one a nickname, painted flamboyantly on the side or rear of the van. There has been a Matilda and a Rosie and a teardrop caravan called the Splinter Hilton.

So when we attended the Vintage Caravan National Meeting in Cowra, NSW, we weren’t surprised to see that Glenn had the name Old Blue painted on his recently-restored 1956 Supalite Cadet caravan. In fact, we could even guess why he had chosen the name.

Back in 2007, we photographed an amazing retro-style teardrop caravan that Glenn had built out of pieces of junk. Bill, his blue heeler cattle dog, was there and posed next to the van for some of the photos. Sadly, Bill passed away a few years later. But his memory now lives on in the name of the vintage Supalite.

The full version originally appeared in Caravan World #519, November 2013. Why not subscribe today for more?

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