Home made caravan wins ‘Vantastic’ prize

A Creeslough carpenter claimed the top prize in a unique camper van festival challenge in Co. Louth last weekend.

A Creeslough carpenter claimed the top prize in a unique camper van festival challenge in Co. Louth last weekend.

Roscad man, Enda McFadden, won the top prize of €500 worth of Dewalt power tools after he designed and built his own mini-caravan to place on show at last weekends ‘Vantastival’ festival in Dunanny.

A number of months back the Vantastival organisers announced a competition for festival goers to build their own ‘teardrop’, a small scale two-person caravan complete with utility and kitchen area.

29-year-old Enda began work on the project a number of weeks ago and with the assistance of girlfriend Laura McGrogan, completed the task in time for the event.

The Teardrop drew strange looks and many questions from intrigued campervan enthusiasts all weekend and many of the children attending the event revelled in the chance to draw on the black board painted sides.

At the end of the three day festival, which featured music from Alabama 3, The Frank and Walters, Whipping Boy, the Casanova Wave and Albrechts Pencil, organisers deemed the caravan the winning design.

The presentation was by made by Vantastival founder, Benny Taaffe.

As well as the camper show and music they featured a number of unique camper van events including the campervan Cook-off in the format of a ‘ready, steady, cook’ style competition with contestants having to provide a two course meal from a list of provided ingredients. The event was sponsored by Cully and Sully and was judged on taste, presentation and how clean the chefs managed to keep their VW campers. A special ‘Scrap Heap Challenge” took place where a Mercedes van was converted into a home made camper with one lucky festival goer taking home the vehicle after a raffle.