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VOLKSWAGEN has launched a search for the area's hardest-working 60-year-old tradesman to share the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Transporter commercial vehicle.

Since the Volkswagen Transporter was first introduced in the UK in March 1950, the vehicle has undergone five generations of body style and more than 10 million have been produced, making it one of the most popular vans on the country's roads To mark the Transporter's 60th anniversary, Volkswagen is searching for tradesmen with the same staying power as the Transporter.

Jeremy Phillips, brand manager at Sinclair Van Centre Cardiff on Wharf Road East and Swansea on Gorseinon Road, said: "We are looking for local tradesman who are equally hard working, enduring, have evolved through the decades to become better at what they do and, above all, are 60 this year.

"We're asking anyone eligible to contact us and tell us what they do, how long they've been doing it and why they believe they're the hardest working tradesman in the area.

"We'll pick a winner and they can share in the Transporter's 60th birthday celebrations, complete with a cake!" added Jeremy.

The first generation of the Transporter, known as a split screen or camper van, was an instant success among Britain's motorists. Since then, the Transporter has been through various stages of development, seeing a diesel engine introduced in 1980, and a four-wheeldrive version in 1985. Later models have received a host of awards including the Van of the Year accolade by What Van? in 2004 The latest Transporter model, T-5, arrived on forecourts earlier this year, offering lower CO2 emissions, improved torque and a wide range of standard safety and optional features, including industry-leading Lane Change Assist.

However the design has evolved over the years, the first and the latest Transporter share the same badge on the front and the same design principles - a generous load-space and an enviable reputation for quality and durability.

Any tradesmen in Cardiff sharing the Transporter's 60th birthday this year are asked to send details to transporter60@connectgroup.

com or make contact via Twitter at www.twitter.com/volkswagen-cv by August 31.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jul 18, 2010
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