VW Bus parade of 350 vehicles from Wolfsburg to Hannover
Members of the Board of Management and Works Council, Hannover’s Mayor, the President of the ‘Hannover 96’ football team and stars of stage and screen join the convoy
Festival finale with variety of bands
Hannover/Wolfsburg, 6 August 2017 – A perfect, long summer weekend for all VW Bus fans: drawn from all over Europe, they celebrated at a huge open-air party on the grounds of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Hannover plant. The pop band Marquess, singer Jea and the DJ trio Adaptiv created the perfect festival atmosphere. Prior to the finale was a convoy of around 350 vehicles of all six vehicle generations from Wolfsburg to Hannover, where the T-series is made today. The event was the final highlight of the four-day VW Bus Summer Festival in Wolfsburg’s Allerpark, of which Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles was the main sponsor.
Members of the Board of Management and Works Council, Hannover Mayor Stefan Schostok, Hannover 96 Football Club President Martin Kind (in the club-branded ‘Alte Liebe’ T2) and stars of stage and screen took part in the VW Bus parade. The convoy symbolised the 1956 relocation of T-series production to Hannover, the state capital of Lower Saxony, where the Transporter has been built ever since.
Dr Eckhard Scholz, Chief Executive Officer of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, led the way, driving his own T1 (model year 1965, PS: 44, colour: cumulus white / aquamarine) and then greeted the fans in front of the Stöcken factory: “It was a fantastic experience to drive to the Hannover production site with so many proud VW Bus owners in order to celebrate the conclusion of the VW Bus Summer Festival here with even more fans. Our VW Buses are more than just a means of getting from A to B. They are part of a wonderful lifestyle feeling that constantly travels with you – and has done so across every vehicle generation. This easy-going lifestyle feeling could also be felt throughout the entire festival. It was simply lovely.”
Many VW Bus fans also took the opportunity to look at the many T-series collector’s items and recounted their own tales and experiences relating to all things Bus, for every vehicle tells its own, interesting story.
Bertina Murkovic, Deputy Chair of the Works Council: “VW Buses have a cult status, which the festival has shown once again. Our vehicles opened up Europe and the world to whole generations. This unique feeling of freedom travels with you in every VW Bus to this day. It is the VW Bus fans together with the many company employees that have made it what it is today: the greatest and most popular multipurpose vehicle in automotive history.”
Stefan Schostok, Mayor of Hannover, the state capital of Lower Saxony, said: “It was enormous fun to drive in the VW Bus parade to Hannover and then to celebrate this festival together with lots of fans at the Stöcken production site. The VW Bus has not only been safeguarding thousands of jobs here for generations, but all around the world it also stands for ‘Made in Hannover’. What is really impressive is that the VW Bus has been repeatedly reinvented over the decades and for that reason is so popular with fans of every age. That was particularly noticeable at the festival again today.”
More information on the festival is available at: www.bullisummerfestival.de