Don and Marilyn Jessen are passionate about all things vintage and retro.

For Don it’s about boats, aeroplanes, and anything with wheels, including cars, motorcycles and especially caravans. For Marilyn it’s about fabrics, décor and crafts, and her special field of interest, telling a story through photography.

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More Retro Caravans – Vantastic Kiwi Collections

More Retro Caravans is another showcase of lovingly restored retro and vintage caravans and creative new builds in retro style. From the Art Deco days of 1927 to the last years of the caravan hey days in the 1980s More Retro Caravans celebrates the quintessential Kiwi caravan camping holidays of days gone by and the wonderfully creative people who restore these caravans to their former glory.

Automania ~ Iconic New Zealand Collections

Automania is a showcase of incredible New Zealand vehicle collections from throughout New Zealand. From vintage cars to motorbikes, military vehicles to famous movie cars and exotic cars– the owners of these collections take us inside their garages to celebrate the vehicles that have captured their imaginations with their intriguing histories and restorations.

Don and Marilyn’s blog

It’s no secret that authors write some of the best blogs. Don and Marilyn are passionate about their subjects and love sharing their reflections and discoveries with their readers. You can click on any of the links to below to read the full article.

The Authors

Don first caught the writing bug with Retro Caravans after collecting photos and stories on the newly emerging retro caravan scene. From there he wrote the history of Liteweight Caravans, his family’s company, called A Great Indoors for a Great Outdoors.

Marilyn joined him on his third and fourth books, Retro Boats, and Vintage and Iconic Aircraft, taking the photographs. The aircraft book saw them touring New Zealand in their 1956 Liteweight Kiwi caravan covering 8500 kms.

At the same time, Marilyn wrote and photographed Her Space – She Sheds, Back Rooms, and Kitchen Tables, which features sixty ordinary New Zealand women doing extraordinary crafty, arty and creative things in their special spaces. Vintage and Retro Caravans Downunder, is their first collaboration on writing, and includes both Australian and New Zealand caravans.

Both Don and Marilyn love a good story, and enjoy the challenge of capturing the wonderful people they meet.


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