Journey of a lifetime with cult Bulli VW’s

  • Malaysia to Germany by three intrepid VW Bullis
  • Round trip will cover more than 50 000km
  • Vintage VW buses, five guys, and a load of pluck
ACROSS ASIA TO VW PLANT: Welcome to Germany! The five intrepid Bulli pilots who drove from Malaysia parked outside the Hannover, Germany plant where their Bulli buses were probably assembled Image: VW / Newspress
ACROSS ASIA TO VW PLANT: Welcome to Germany! The five intrepid Bulli pilots who drove from Malaysia parked outside the Hannover, Germany plant where their Bulli buses were probably assembled. Image: VW / Newspress

HANNOVER, Germany / KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – It was the Bulli journey of their lives: three months, two continents, 20 000km but one destination: the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles assembly plant in Hannover.

At the beginning of March five Volkswagen fans left their homeland in Malaysia in three Bullis and one VW Beetle.

On arriving at VW Hannover the travellers were greeted warmly at the production site and even allowed to bring their elderly vehicles into the factory halls while their drivers watched production of the latest T-Series.

‘AN HONOUR TO VISIT THE PLANT

Cliften Nathaniel (T2), Terence Moses (T1), Stephen Pang (T1), and Monica Xavier and Udhaya Kumar (Beetle) were met by production boss Friedrich Mattiszik who told them:

“We know we have Bulli fans around the globe but to see them travel to us from such a distance in their vintage vehicles – we had never experienced this.

“It”s an honour to show our plant to these globe-trotting fans. This is, so to speak, the birthplace of the vast majority of T-series vehicles.”

Stephen Pang said: “This is a dream come true for us. We always wanted to go to the place where the Bullis were built. Now we know not only how quality vehicles drive but also where they originated through Bulli generations. How perfectly humans and robots work together and how large the factory is…”

‘WE WERE INDESTRUCTIBLE’

The Bulli convoy (two from model year 1967, one from 1978) passed through Thailand, Laos, China, Russia and Europe. Crewman Terence Moses said: “Bullis are simply indestructible but when they do need repair we can usually handle it ourselves.”

The convoy carried tyres, replacement parts and tool sets lashed to their roof rails, along with all their luggage.

The Malaysian Bulli owners joined a VW vintage meet in Hessisch-Oldendorf (Lower Saxony). About 45 000 fans attended this event to admire 900 vehicles from 28 countries – including the long-distance vehicles from Malaysia.

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The Bulli convoy was then scheduled to visit Belgium, France and Scandinavia to visit orphanages in various countries and participate in a number of charitable events for their #Live2drive campaign.

The crews will then head back across Asia, expecting to total about 50 000km before sleeping in their own beds again.

ACROSS ASIA TO VW PLANT: Welcome to Germany! The five intrepid Bulli pilots who drove from Malaysia parked outside the Hannover, Germany plant where their Bulli buses were probably assembled Image: VW / Newspress
ACROSS ASIA TO VW PLANT: Welcome to Germany! The five intrepid Bulli pilots who drove from Malaysia parked outside the Hannover, Germany plant where their Bulli buses were probably assembled. Image: VW / Newspress
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