OWNERS of motor caravanettes made by Torcars of Torrington will be returning for a final visit to the factory in which they were built. Some 14 vehicles from the Suntor range are booked into the Smytham Manor camp site for a four-day celebration of 40 yea

OWNERS of motor caravanettes made by Torcars of Torrington will be returning for a final visit to the factory in which they were built.Some 14 vehicles from the Suntor range are booked into the Smytham Manor camp site for a four-day celebration of 40 years of Torcar history.The first of the early vans converted to motor caravanettes rolled off the production line in 1969 from a converted workshop in South Street, at the rear of the Londis store. The A60 half-ton van range were the first vehicles converted and these were followed by the Marina range, Sherpa, Commer and Toyota.In around 1971, production moved to purpose-built premises at High Bullen. Here, the Marina became the highest selling micro-camper of the seventies, more than 500 being made.Torcars gained a reputation for good quality, hand-built workmanship.Jim Matthews, from Gainsborough, Lincolnshire has compiled the Suntor Register, listing the vehicles still on the road, some are in fine form, some have been or are being restored.The 14 vehicles booked in for the anniversary event will be in the area from Thursday, May 14.On Saturday, May 16, they will stage a cavalcade through Torrington at about 4.30pm on their way to the former factory at High Bullen for a photo shoot.This will be the final pilgrimage to the factory, which is being demolished and the site re-developed.