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60 YEARS VW BULLI – THE BOOKIt was one of this year's automobile events that caused an exceptional amount of excitement. A total of 71,000 visitors converged on the Hanover Exhibition Centre last October, where the International VW Mini-Bus Meeting was held to celebrate 60 years of the Volkswagen Transporter. 5,100 VW Mini-Buses and VW Transporters made their way to the meeting, and 11,500 camping enthusiasts from 28 nations celebrated their cult-mobile, the Volkswagen Mini-Bus. Lutz Schilling (author) and Cliff Serna (photographer) have now compiled an endearing documentation of the event. “60 Years VW Bulli – The Book” will be available for ordering before Christmas. Just weeks after the event, the book is due to be published in A4-plus format in German and English. The book will cost 14.90 euro (plus shipping charges); VW Mini-Bus clubs will be able to place collective orders; and the work will be available via the www.vw-bulli.de website from December 14. A special link will be placed there. This book will be a must-have Christmas gift for all VW Mini-Bus enthusiasts, old-timer fans and, of course, for everyone who visited the event in October. The book features 330 pages of both studio shots of the most stunning VW Mini-Buses and their owners as well as a catalogue of photos of almost all the registered participant vehicles. A list of VW Mini-Bus owners is also included, and scene shots taken at the event bear witness to the devotion of the enthusiasts to their VW Mini-Bus “buddies”. Needless to say, the story of this automobile (originally soberly named “Type 2”) is also detailed in the book, with the author looking back on 60 years of the vehicle’s development history. Photographer Serna has added shots of the finest exhibits displayed at the Wolfsburg Automobile Museum as well. “The International VW Mini-Bus Meeting was a truly remarkable experience,” says Harald Schomburg, the member of the board of management responsible for sales and marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and the man whose brainchild the event was, “not least, of course, thanks to all our loyal fans who brought their mini-buses along. For all those people, this book will surely be a perfect memento of an unforgettable event.” Schomburg concludes that, “The book will let the hearts of VW Mini-Bus fans everywhere beat a little faster.” The author-and-photographer team Schilling and Serna had specially set up a studio in one of the exhibition halls in October in which to take the high-quality shots that would later make up a good proportion of the photo material for the book. The portraits of more than 440 VW Mini-Buses and their owners were created in that temporary studio, with a team of 14 helpers at hand to ensure the smooth running of this logistically challenging project. Photos were also taken of all the VW Mini-Buses that were independently driven through the gates for the admission of registered participants. Among the most spectacular studio portraits are a black-and-red stretch conversion of the VW Mini-Bus, a mint-coloured T1 pick-up with a camper trailer and a bright yellow T3 converted to an “ambulance van”.Tags: