We purchased a JURGENS in 1973 while living in Germiston. A caravan known to be one of the best of it’s time. It wasn’t new, but our famiy was. Our family then was made up of one six month old little cherub. Today as we holiday, camping at Croyde Bay in Devon, UK, she has her own cherub of 14 years old.
It was cream at the top and jurgens mushroom around the bottom. We felt privledged and lucky to have joined the ranks of Jurgens and couldn’t wait to test the open road. The attachment tents, we had two, had seen beter days! They were old, and green. Since this one was made, Jurgens had probably updated by some marvellous, swanky model, year upon year, but we had wheels to pull behind us and very proud too!
Jurgens were 21, the year we purchased ours in 1973!
(Singers feautured at celebration above are, The Country Legends at celebration 2012)
That first weekend as we hit the road, with the feeling of tremendous excitement, we were two adults acting like kids. We felt proud and privelidged to own a Jurgens. (already said that!) A one night stay in the Eastern Transvaal not too far from home was number one!
We met caravanners along the way, who had way superior vans to ours through the years!
This one is a great combination!
Many caravan holidays later, most of them involving the seaside and the Indian ocean; we moved to the South Coast of Kwazulu Natal. Our caravan came to rest at last, then only used as guest accomodation.
Today the Company Jurgens Ci, proudly call themselves, the leaders of leisure; with Gypsey and Sprite caravans to add to their collection. They export to Australia, Holland and New Zealand.
They started small!
“The Jurgens family arrived in Johannesburg in 1950 without much money, but with a determination to make a life for themselves in their new home. For 18 months they worked in the truck body building trade, learning the South African way. In 1952 they were ready to ‘show South Africa what we can do’, and opened their own factory in Germiston. It had three employees, the father and his two sons. Three months later a tradesman was added, and a year later the staff complement was 25.” (Extracted from, Caravan magazine, South Africa.)
This is my entry for Jennys Alphabe Thursday– letter ‘J’