Wednesday 18th of September saw the annual “Motorhome of the Year Awards 2020” by Practical Motorhome.
The venue was held at Hampton Manor a stunning Grade II listed building built-in 1855, by Sir Frederick Peel son of former Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel who also owned the 45 acres of Victorian walled gardens and woodlands on the estate before his passing (Fun Fact: As Home Secretary, he also created the Metropolitan Police in 1829, leading to the nicknames of ‘bobby’ and ‘peeler’ for London’s police officers.).
Hampton Manor was predominantly used as a residential home for adults with learning difficulties before being sold to new owners that have converted it into a beautiful hotel and Michelin-starred restaurant (called Peels, named after the aforementioned). Hampton Manor is 3 miles from Birmingham Airport and 4 miles from the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham and is definitely a place we would recommend visiting.
The food was exquisite, and you can see what was on the menu below:
Smoked Salmon, Crème Fraîche in a Sesame Seed Cone
Cheddar Cheese on a Burnt Onion Cracker
DuckCroquette with an Orange Gel ontop
Chicken, Leek, Cep Mushroom, Puff Pastry
Celeriac Wellington, Leek, Cep Mushroom (vegetarian dish)
Pear Tarte Tatin, Caramel Ice Cream and Pecan Tuile
The Spee’Wah Crooked Mick Viognier, Murray Darling (white wine), Gran Cerdo, Gonzalo Rioja (red wine)
The evening was ecstatic with key figures from around the industry with a mixture of manufacturers, dealers and sponsors all coming from around the UK to be at this amazing award ceremony. The Southdowns Motorhome Centre team (Andrew Ayling and David Williams) attended the evening to not only to show support for our industry but to also accept an award (more on that in a minute!), the conversation flowed with guests (as did the wine!) and it was good to see familiar faces and meet new ones, we would like to thank MB&G Direct for sponsoring the event.
The list of Practical Motorhome awards categories was:
- Best innovation
- Best rising-roof camper
- Best high-top van conversion
- Best budget ‘van
- Best compact motorhome
- Best rear-lounge model
- Best motorhome for couples
- Best family motorhome
- Best luxury motorhome 3500kg or under
- Best luxury motorhome over 3500kg
- Overall Winner
Out of the shortlisted motorhomes we had five of our brands represented in the categories of which two won and one getting the top award!
Our brands that were nominated were:
Best high-top van conversion: Knaus Boxstar 500 Lifetime XL and Compass CV60
Best model with a rear lounge: Bürstner Lyseo TD Harmony Line 744
Best luxury motorhome 3500kg and under: Hymer Exsis T-580
Best luxury motorhome over 3500kg: Carthago e-Line 64QB XL (on Mercedes)
With the award for Best high-top van conversion went to Compass CV60.
The Best luxury motorhome over 3500kg went to Carthago Chic E-line I 51 QB.
and the top award for the Overall Winner went to Compass CV60
The Compass Avantgarde CV60 is new for the 2020 Season, a fresh and unique layout joins the Compass range of Campervan’s that launched only last year – but already proving a bestselling success! We recently wrote about the Compass CV20’s coming back in stock after selling out throughout the UK > Click here to read that article
Practical Motorhome had this to say about Compass winning: “The top gong, our prestigious Motorhome of the Year, is the Compass Avantgarde CV60. This campervan has a winning combination of a clever layout, a high spec level, and a fantastic price tag.” they went on to say “‘After coming top in our Best high-top van conversion category, we think that this ‘van really is the most interesting and innovative motorhome to be launched this year.”
The award Best luxury motorhome over 3500kg went to the Carthago Chic E-line I 51 QB which we accepted on their behalf, Practical Motorhome has this to say about the motorhome “For 2020, you can have any of the four models available in Carthago’s luxury range on a Mercedes Sprinter, instead of a Fiat. The 64 QB XL is also one of two to feature a 5.5-tonne chassis – Carthago is the first manufacturer to offer this option” and went to say after the announcement “[the Chic E-line I 51 QB] offers truly spectacular kit levels. The Carthago Chic E-line I 51 QB is the ultimate combination of sophistication and practicality on a Mercedes base.” We have a number of new Carthago’s in stock click here to view them, If you are looking for a used Carthago we have the 2014 Carthago Chic e-Line I 51 QB YACHTING Click here to view that model here.
Here is a selection of photos from Motorhome Of The Year Awards 2020.