As a junior manager in his father’s whip and bridle factory, Arist Dethleffs was often away on business trips for weeks on end. Inspired by the ideas of his fiancée, Fridel Edelmann, the couple tinkered with ideas to avoid these long periods of separation. “Something like a gypsy caravan in which we can travel together, that would probably be ideal for us,” noted Fridel in her diary. In 1931, as a wedding gift, Arist put their plan into action and built – the camper car. Its maiden voyage took place on Easter Tuesday in 1932 – the early test drives were followed by thousands of kilometres spent travelling together. With their “camper car” the couple had invented an entirely new kind of travel: caravanning! A new form of holiday and leisure that has since attracted millions of devoted enthusiasts.