• 10 Jubilee Strike in Club Concorde Norway at Aurdal Camping in 2017
    10 Jubilee Strike in Club Concorde Norway at Aurdal Camping in 2017
  • Idyllic by the water, the Concorde club got the whole area for itself
    Idyllic by the water, the Concorde club got the whole area for itself
  • Idyllic by the water, the Concorde club got the whole area for itself
    Idyllic by the water, the Concorde club got the whole area for itself
  • Ove Strøm, head of Club Concorde Norway
    Ove Strøm, head of Club Concorde Norway
  • A joyous bunch that enjoys life
    A joyous bunch that enjoys life
  • Svein relaxes outside of her second home
    Svein relaxes outside of her second home
  • Concorde Liners are for life lovers
    Concorde Liners are for life lovers
  • Karin and Svein are on the go with the bus for much of the year
    Karin and Svein are on the go with the bus for much of the year
  • Stylish kitchen. There is nothing left here
    Stylish kitchen. There is nothing left here
  • Nothing to delay sleeping comfort
    Nothing to delay sleeping comfort
  • The small car has its own garage and is convenient for shopping and small trips
    The small car has its own garage and is convenient for shopping and small trips
  • On the way to fairy tales and 10's celebration in Kjeldarstogo
    On the way to fairy tales and 10's celebration in Kjeldarstogo
  • Here there was enough prawns for all
    Here there was enough prawns for all
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Text and photo: Kristin Smedsrud
Caravan and Caravan magazine, No. 1 February 2018

Summer hits in the Concorde club: The gang who enjoys the bob scene on the top shelf

The sun has broken through the skylight over Aurdal Camping. We are visiting the Concorde Club Summer Reaction. Club Concorde Norway is a motorhome club for camping enthusiasts and travel-minded individuals with travel fever in the blood. 50 exclusive donations have taken place along the waterfront in a completely new area of ​​the campsite. The club has 10's anniversary this year and it must be duly marked.

At Aurdal Camping, I am greeted by a gentle rocker Ove Strøm, chairman of Club Concorde Norway. This was a bit of a collection- I open the conversation. "Yes," replies Ove, "" It is increasing and we have never been as many as here now. "- How often do you meet? - "We have hits three times a year. It's Easter, sky break and autumn hits. During Easter we are often in Strømstad, but last year we were in Frederikshavn. Himmelfartstreffen is always carried out at the Aschback factory in Germany. There often gather over 300 members, "- says Ove.
"And now you are here in Aurdal?" "Yes, this is really great. Beautiful scenery, quiet and calm along the water and so we have got this whole area for ourselves, "- he confirms.

starten

- Can you tell me a little about how the club was established? "It was Bjørn Arild Rake who started the Club Concorde, with a desire to gather the environment. In the first few years we only communicated with each other by mail. In 2011, I thought it was time that we came together and established our first hit. So in 2012 / 2013, Bjørn Arild left me as a new leader. But I do not like to call me then, "he flies. -How many members do you have? - "We are now 350. Among these, we also have some Swedish and Dutch members. It is a large environment in Norway, in relation to the population. There are similar clubs in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany, which has five members, "said Ove proudly.

The car in the luggage

These are exclusive and expensive buses. Who is the typical owner of a Concorde?
- "Most are good adult couples where the kids have moved out, but there are also some children's families. A new Concorde costs from approx. two million and upwards and it's a high investment, "- adds Ove. -What do you get for that price? - "Great comfort," - says Ove. The models are built on truck chassis, for example. from Iveco and Man. They have large water tanks, water closet, shower and separate septic tank. The heating is based on gas and supplies radiators and underfloor heating with circulating hot water. In addition, there is the possibility of solar panels on the roof. Lots of equipment freaks.
- "You may like to camp" at Hardangervidda in 40 minus degrees. Most models have their own rear garage with space for small cars. Convenient for driving locally in places you visit. Full fridge is important »- adds Ove and we break into laughter.

Super Luxury Bus

How did you become the owner of a Concorde? - "It started seven years ago." - Ove tells about the story as owner of a number of different cars. From four converted Chevy Vans to a totally converted bus. - "We tore out all the fittings and installed tanks and water closets, beds and kitchen utensils. It was "a Scania Cruiser," he adds. "" When the kids became big and would not be with us anymore, we bought a camper. It became too tight, so we bought an even bigger motorhome. An impulse purchase we deleted was not satisfied with. Later we found the dream car, a Concorde Carisma 2006 and rolling around in it still, "- Ove smiles happy and adds that the next car will be even bigger - it will be our retirement car.

Fair sponsor

We walk around the square where people have gathered to enjoy the fine afternoon sun. A gang has settled down outside one of the donations. Here is the moody and cold white wine. Ove says that the importer Arve Opsahl AS is a very easy sponsor who always sets up. They have their own representative here at the meeting and tonight organized is the big team where we celebrate the 10 anniversary celebrations. - "Do you want to inspect one of the biggest models here?" - asks Ove. "" I saw that Svein was in and would certainly like to receive a visit. "-

For feinschmeckers

We leave the smoothies and go up to one of the biggest Concords where Svein invites you to a visit. It's just heaven with your eyes all the expectation. - What model is this? Svein proudly says this is a Concorde Liner Plus - the only top model. Built on the Mercedes 15 ton chassis, here is the driving license class C that applies. We settle down in comfortable leather chairs. - Is this their first car? "" No, we've had three Concorde before this donation came in July 2016. - We brought this to ourselves at the factory. Built according to our specifications and wishes, Svein says. Can I ask about the price tag? - "Oh, it's on about 4,3 million. For us this is our second home and will spend half the year here. We sold the house and the company and retired. So now we have a small apartment in Son and one in Spain. We drove around Spain and several countries throughout last winter and were at the World Cup in Skiskyting in Ruhpolding. Now we have been north of Norway and the next goal is Trysil before Spain again in the winter. "-

Passenger Garage

The interior is delicate in bright cream colors, obsessed with dark contrast colors. A large flat screen hangs on the wall over the driver's seat and there are integrated lights and spotlights in the roof that can be dimmed. We are looking around while Svein tells about air conditioning with separate zones in the bedroom and living room. Integrated awnings on all windows and exterior LED lighting around the entire bus. - "Superb when you go back or go outdoors in the dark," - explains Svein.

The kitchen and bathroom are elegant and well-equipped. There is absolutely nothing left here. At the back we find the bedroom with a huge king size. "" Better underneath the car garage, shall we go out and take a look? "- says Svein, pointing to the bed. Outside, Karin opens up the tailgate where a little Fiat appears. "It's so convenient to use it" - says Karin. - "If we have found a good place to go, we will not lose it when we can take this car. Nice for shopping and sighinging, for example, in small Italian villages and other places with poorer accessibility. "

More news

It is nearing the celebration of the evening and people flowing towards the party room. It has been an experience to see another dimension of the bob scene. Far above what most people can imagine when talking camping. And importers brought even more news and even more luxury, if possible, from Concorde at this year's Caravan Fair.

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