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The early days at Auto-Trail when they produced the luxury Van Royce caravan

Worlds fastest Winnebago

A serious overbid for a rusting Winnebago resulted in one of the coolest RVs ever that is billed as the world’s fastest. Dubbed the Blown Ringabago, it’s the ugly stepchild — so to speak. They had seen the 1971 Winnebago Brave up for sale at Barrett-Jackson. It passed through the auction lane the day before they arrived.So, they asked their buddy Bob Johnson, who knows his way around auctions, to pick up the RV if went cheap. They planned to park it on some property they own as a fishing hut.Well, apparently Johnson missed the part about bidding cheap. When the Mike and Jim landed at the auction the next day they were met with this distressing news: for $13,000, they had bought a rusting hulk of a 42-year-old Winnebago.

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Just to add insult to injury, after trying to cut their losses and sell it to anybody for $1,000, they paid $3,000 to ship it back to Wisconsin. Some scotch had fueled the idea of restoring it. Jim Ring said, “Let’s just put a big powertrain in it and have some fun.” Suddenly they had an RV that still looked like **** on the outside, but could do 0-60 the brothers claim in 3.5 seconds thanks to its 750-800 horsepower engine. (With some tweaks they could see it hitting 1,000 horsepower soon.) The brothers enjoy the reaction to their RV. “That engine can lift the front wheel off the ground,” Jim said. “It’s like trying to hold a 4×8 piece of plywood in a tornado. It’s meant to go 35.” Mike Ring has dreams of breaking a land speed record with the Blown Ringabago. “I’ve had it up to 95 and the tuner had it over 100. It’s capable of more but you need some with bigger cajones than me,” he said. Apparently the land speed record is about 120 mph in a traditional RV. A German company took a Sprinter RV to 136 mph.

The amazing transformation of this 1950 Bedford OB presented in bronze and contrasting yellow with ruby red leather interior is perhaps one of the finest examples of a bespoke luxury motor-home we have ever come across. From its modern running gear to the American walnut hand-crafted kitchen, Apple Mac computer and Bose sound system, we can safely say the 3000 plus professional man-hours taken to convert this classic bus to such a high standard have certainly not been wasted and would put any modern-day motor-home to shame.

A 6.5 ton, 2006 Iveco three litre HDi engine and running gear with rear air suspension have replaced the original setup with the engine having covered just 23,000 miles under a full service history. A ten point roll cage and side crash safety bars have been fitted to offer more modern safety standards with all but the roof having been re-panelled. We are told that this bus will comfortably achieve 90mph (if permitted) and would cruise at 70mph while towing perhaps your classic car to Goodwood, Silverstone Classic or Kop Hill and thus making you the envy of the paddock.
The sleeping arrangements include a double bedroom with en-suite in the rear with an additional fold out double in the seating area, there is also a large retractable roof so that you can enjoy the fresh air or atmosphere when static and plenty luxury features to ensure your stay is comfortable. With only 180 Beford OB's in existence today and this being the only one converted to such a high specification in the world, why would you opt for the modern alternative... or the stuffy hotel room. Indeed why not sell the house and spend the summer touring Europe's motoring festivals!
A more comprehensive list of extras include; 27" Apple Mac computer, Bose sound system, solar panels, two rear cameras, two 120a/h gel batteries, two battery conditioners, split charger generator, 240v electrics, 12v inverter, 120 litre LPG tank, 120 litre fresh water tank, 80 litre waste tank, 70 litre black tank, macerator electric lavatory, Alde full central heating system, Amtico flooring and Textura wall coverings and how about that 8ft sunroof

 
 

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