August 10, 2007, We’ve already written up the fact that it’s 60 years since Volkswagen produced the first Transporter (nee Kombi, nee Bulli, nee Camper) but when we saw this sketch that started it all, we got all weak at the knees and felt compelled to do it all again. Inspired by a vehicle staff had built to transport heavy panels around Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg factory, this is the actual concept sketch that led to the first Volkswagen T1 van, famous for its split-windscreen.

For those who have subscribed to the philosophy of the Kombi, there’s an international event celebrating its prolific history at the Hanover exhibition centre in Germany from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October 2007.

There are over 3,000 parking spaces available and a weekend ticket costs €25 per vehicle. For more information, or for anyone with a Volkswagen van or camper wanting to attend, the event website can be found here.