Bulli Forever. Liebeserklärung an ein Lebensgefühl by Jamie Tinney. Book review by Marcel Haan.
Everytime one of my daughters spots an old Volkswagen Transporter they start dreaming out loud; “When I have my driver’s license, I will buy that car and travel around the world”.
How did this classic MPV achieve such a cult status? We accept that they are painted in beautiful bright colours, often conveying a view of 'life by itself'. And of course we respect the perfectly restored version in concourse condition. But that’s not it, this car has become a symbol of freedom, an icon of independent minds living their lives on their terms. A joy de fivre.
"It is good to have a destination in mind but at the end, it is the journey that matters" Ursula K. Le Guin
"Travelling is not something you are good at. It is just something you do. Like breathing." Gayle Foreman
This new book on the “Bulli”, the German “nick-name” for the T1, tries to capture that feeling by images and quotes. This is not a car book, this is a book about a way of life, showing a way of life without people but only through the combination of cars and quotes and that's quite a challenge.
Did they succeed in this? Yes and no. Yes, when it comes to finding the right quotes and combining them with matching photos and colourful graphic designs.
But no, for the photos. The author made a selection from a wide range of photos and photographers. But the majority of these photos have not been made with the intent of capturing the T1's joy de fivre.
"Do not be afraid of perfection" Salvador Dali
"Not all those who wander are lost" J.R.R Tolkien
This book is published by Delius Klasing and available here.
ISBN: 978-3-667-10464-9. Please note that all quotes are in German.