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Pete Townshend Changes Iconic Volkswagen Camper For A Transporter Sportline

Oct 8, 2008
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Pete Townshend, mastermind of The Who, has swapped his classic camper van for a stylish, new Volkswagen Transporter Sportline. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles now owns his old camper van and will be displaying it at a variety of shows and events.

`I was really sad to say goodbye to our camper van as my partner Rachel and I had good times in it, but the Volkswagen Transporter I'm driving now is much better to drive, modern and much faster', Pete Townshend confessed.

`I am using it to transport guitars and keyboards to and from my new creative studio, an hour's drive from home. Sometimes I take my entire pack of six dogs too. The journey is always pleasant. This is a superb sports van with excellent economy. But, watch out, if you put your foot down this thing flies!' he added.

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The distinctive styling of the Volkswagen Transporter Sportline includes 18 inch alloy wheels, lowered suspension, chrome side rails, rear roof spoiler, body-coloured bumpers, chrome upper and lower grilles above a lower front spoiler, and leather upholstery. It also has a 2.5-litre TDI engine producing 174 PS which can sprint to 62 mph in 12.2 seconds.

The Who and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have been project partners since the band performed at a special weekend event, hosted by Volkswagen in Hanover last year to celebrate 60 years of the iconic Transporter van.

For example, as a result of Roger Daltrey MBE being patron of British charity Teenage Cancer Trust, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles donated a 1965 `split-screen' Transporter van with a unique The Who `Magic Bus' livery designed by The Who's art director, Richard Evans, for a worldwide raffle which raised over 32,000.

`We really like working with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, as we all grew up with their vans - that's what gives authenticity to the cooperation. And we all still like today's Volkswagen models as well,' said Pete Townshend, who also drives a Volkswagen Lupo.

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