Caravanners are an intrepid lot, and back in the 1970s a 13-strong group decided that they were going to set off and tour Russia, a rather more difficult proposition than it is even today.

The June/ July 1979 edition of En Route detailed their jaunt that also took in East Germany and Poland. From descriptions of unreliable roads – five out of 13 cars sustained windscreen damage from loose stones – to a visit to the construction site of the 1980 Olympic Stadium, it’s a fascinating description of a Cold War world where the formalities were onerous but the people friendly and helpful.

You can read the holiday diary here – it’s well worth it.

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