Malaysian fans visit Volk­swa­gen as­sem­bly plant as part of epic round-trip in three T-campers and one Bee­tle

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Five Malaysians have spent three months driv­ing 12,420 miles in their clas­sics to visit VW’s Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles as­sem­bly plant.

The fans left their home­land in three VW Bullis (col­lo­quial term for Volk­swa­gen Ts) and a Bee­tle at the be­gin­ning of March. Cliften Nathaniel, Ter­ence Moses, Stephen Pang, Mon­ica Xavier and Ud­haya Ku­mar dropped in at the Han­nover fac­tory late last month.

Volk­swa­gen Ger­many’s Friedrich Mat­tiszik says: ‘ We know we have Bulli fans across the globe, but to see them travel such a long way to us in their clas­sics is some­thing we’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

‘It was a great hon­our for us to show our plant to these glo­be­trot­ting fans. This is, af­ter all, the birth­place of the vast ma­jor­ity of T-se­ries ve­hi­cles.’

T1 owner, Stephen Pang, says: ‘This is a dream come true for us. We al­ways wanted to go to where the Bullis were built. Now we not only know how well these ve­hi­cles cope with a long jour­ney, but also we’ve seen where they orig­i­nated over the gen­er­a­tions. It was im­pres­sive watch­ing hu­mans and ro­bots work­ing to­gether.’

The Bulli fans are now plan­ning to visit Bel­gium, France and Scan­di­navia as part of their ad­ven­tures. They are vis­it­ing or­phan­ages in var­i­ous coun­tries and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a num­ber of char­i­ta­ble events.

Af­ter trav­el­ling a to­tal of 50,000 kilo­me­tres (over 31,000 miles), the trip will fin­ish back in Malaysia.

The VW fans fi­nally made it to Volk­swa­gen’s Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles as­sem­bly plant. Next stop – Bel­gium!

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