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History of Music and Vans

Celebrate 45+ years of the Transit Van and how they formed a partnership within the music industry.

History Of Music And Vans

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The History of Vans and Music

Folk and traditional song lyrics

Seamus Moore: The Transit Van - "There we five patrol cars fully manned in hot pursuit of the transit van"

Paul McCartney and Wings: Used a Transit for a tout (1972) - Paul McCartney and Wings travelled around on tour in a Transit Van. How Rock 'n' Roll!

The KLF: Justified and Ancient (1991) - "Make mine a 99" refering to the typical British ice cream. "They justified and they ancient and they drive an ice cream van." To promote the song the band hijacked an ice cream van and gave out 99's.

Motorhead: Ace of Spades (1980) - Lemmy, lead singer Motorhead famously wrote the hit ' Ace of Spades' whilst travelling in a transit van at 90mph. VROOOOOM!

Famous songwriters/musicians with the name 'van'

Van Halen - American Rock band, sold 80 million albums worldwide, 2012 saw them release their first album in 14 years.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Composer/pianist, born 1770. Wrote 9 great symphonies, 32 superb piano sonatas and 16 masterful string quartets.

Van Morrison - Know as 'van the man', sold 75 million records worldwide, Irish born.

Jummy Van Heusen - Songwriter for film and television, born 1913 and worked wih Frank Sinatra, won Four Oscars and was inducted to the songwriters hall of fame.

Transit Van History

Originally introdued in 1953 as th FK1000, born in Cologne, Germany, FK stood for Ford Clon taken from the town it wa built in. It was a redesign of the Transit family, however, it was the first vehicle to wear the Transit badge. From 1961, it was named the Taunus and actually looked like a VM campervan. This motor had a four year production run and ceased build in 1965.

  • UK Mark 1 - 1965 to 1978
  • UK Mark 2 - 1978 to 1986
  • UK Mark 3 - 1986 to 1991
  • UK Mark 4 - 1991 to 1994
  • UK Mark 5 - 1994 to 2000
  • UK Mark 6 - 2000 to 2006
  • UK Mark 7 - The current model is still being produced as the seventh generation of Ford Transit Van