History To Come Alive at Tecate SCORE Baja 1000

MrBaja

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Greetings to all,

We are pleased to help announce this very cool and historic project with Bruce Meyers and Meyers Manx Inc. for the 2002 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000...Artist renduring attached...

Best regards,

Marty Fiolka
The Rennsport Group


GOING BACK TO THE FUTURE: MEYERS MANX INC.UNVIELS RACE PLANS FOR 2002 TECATE SCORE BAJA 1000

-- Original Race Pioneers Bruce Meyers, Vic Wilson to Pilot New Manxter --

October 1, 2001 (Valley Center, Calif.) – To celebrate both the 35th anniversary of a race it helped create and to demonstrate the off-road worthiness of its new Manxter 2+2, Meyers Manx Inc. has joined together with race organizer SCORE International to announce an official factory effort for the 2002 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. The race car will be a street-legal version of the four-seat Manxter 2+2 unveiled by the company this summer – the first truly new dune buggy design in decades.

In tribute to the company’s early influence on the sport of desert racing and its most significant event, legendary pioneers Bruce Meyers and Vic Wilson will be listed as drivers of record for Meyers Manx at the upcoming race, along with a select group of journalists and members of the worldwide Manx dune buggy club.

Company founder Bruce Meyers not only invented the fiberglass dune buggy in the early 1960s, but in 1967 also used his first Meyers Manx to break the existing Tijuana to La Paz motorcycle record with partner Ted Mangels. Their feat not only catapulted the dune buggy craze into an international phenomenon, but it also became an important catalyst in the creation of the first Mexican 1000 later that same year. Together with Mangels, Vic Wilson piloted a factory-backed Meyers Manx to victory at the inaugural Mexican 1000 in November of 1967, winning with an overall time of 27 hours, 38 minutes. Mangels would eventually become the designer and engineer of the Toyota PPI factory off-road truck team before passing away in 1999.

Meyers, now 76 years young, has continued to make off-road runs in California and Baja on various weekend outings and club functions, while Wilson also enjoys exploring the desert in his latest state-of-the-art four seat buggy.

“The opportunity to join Vic and retrace our history more than three decades later is both wonderful and immensely touching,” said Meyers, whose new Manxter was unveiled in June. “We will need some help from the off-road community to make this dream come true, but the launch of our new car and this year’s SCORE Baja 1000 race format makes the timing just perfect. It’s one of those times in life when the past and future have come together in perfect harmony.

SCORE International has been the organizing the Baja 1000 since 1974, and is returning the race to its original Ensenada to La Paz route for the 2002 version of the race. Set for November 20-23, this year’s race will consist of a 1000-mile, one-way run through the tough terrain of the Baja peninsula, with more than 250 competitors from around the world expected to participate in the motorsports icon. SCORE International was instrumental in providing the opportunity for Meyers and Wilson to revisit desert racing history.

“In the last several years, we have seen a resurgence of interest in the colorful history of our sport and especially the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000,” explained Sal Fish, CEO of SCORE International. “Having two pioneers like Bruce Meyers and Vic Wilson take part in our 35th anniversary is going to add a fantastic element to this year’s race. Everyone in Baja is going to be rooting for them to make it to La Paz, but the challenge to ‘beat the Baja’ is as strong today as when the Meyers Manx originally helped establish the race in 1967.”

Considered my many to be one of the most groundbreaking automotive designs ever penned, the original Meyers Manx generated a worldwide industry that produced more than 250,000 copies and near look-a-likes. Like its historic predecessor, the new Manxter 2+2 also incorporates a VW-based frame and drivetrain components, but also improves the original design with such features as room for four adults, a curved windshield, opening front hood, a molded dashboard and a fully integrated roof support system and optional hardtop.

Currently under construction, the Baja Manxter is being assembled by several members of the Manx dune buggy club, always under the watchful eye of Bruce Meyers himself. In addition, several leading off-road chassis experts are providing their expertise as well. While the concept is to maintain as much of the Meyers Manx production components as possible, the car will adapt current off-road technology such as race-proven, VW-based suspension componentry and drive-train assemblies; state-of-the-art shock absorbers, power steering and the newest GPS and FM radio communications.

“There are several goals we’ve established for this project that dictate the entire process,” concludes Meyers. “We want to build a Manxter that not only remains true to the original concept, but also one that can, in reality, be constructed by a skilled enthusiast. We definitely want to reach La Paz. Most importantly, we want to have fun, because that’s what these cars are all about.”

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Rory

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Hey Marty,

Do you know if Dave "Big" Deal is driving with Bruce Meyers? Hope so, it would be nice to see them BOTH out in the desert again.

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MrBaja

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Hi Rory,

To answer this question, Dave "Big" Deal is part of the team helping Bruce with the reincarnation of his company, but there isn't a plan yet to have Dave drive the Manxter in Baja.

For all of you who don't know, Dave Deal is one of the most famous automotive artists in the industry, having drawn cars and cool cartoons for such companies as Jackman, Armor All, MG Mitten and others. His stuff was also in Road & Track -- including some Mexican 1000 cartoons. He also was one of the first to build a proper Baja Bug, and in the early 1970s, used a Bug with a Revell model executive to set the final Tijuana to La Paz record.

Attached is a cartoon he drew for the Manxter unveiling at June's VW Classic!

Best,

Marty Fiolka
 

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http://www.calgold.com/

DUNE BUGGY
Show #3002
First Aired: 2001
Back in a Southern California garage in 1963 something amazing was happening. A 37 year old Bruce Meyers was building a car that would that would become an icon, the Meyers Manx... better know as the Dune Buggy. This simple car really springborded "off-road" racing into the huge sport it is today, cutting more than 5 hours of the pervious Baja 1000 record in its 1st try. This in turn caught the eye of Hollywood: Elvis, Lucy & Desi, Scooby-Doo all had to have one.
To quote Road and track from 1976, "The Manx has to rank as one of the most significant and influential cars of all time. It started more fads, attracted more imitators... and was recognized as a genuine sculpture, a piece of art." Join Huell as he gets many smiles per mile with Bruce Meyers, and a bunch of Meyers Manx owners as they trek through the So. Cal. landscape.
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I was just watching a show on Africa (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia), & there was a Manx dune buggy cruising around the Namibia beaches. (the desert in Namibia goes right to the beach, sounds like Baja). The guide hitched a ride on the Manx, which was cruising in the streets of the beachside town. It was something out of Baja. (in USA, you would get a ticket by the cops..you know that story).

"Go for the Gusto, Go for the Overall"
-- Robby Gordon, SCORE off-road champion
 

JrSyko

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They cruised around in a Manx in the "new" endless summer while in Africa too. It was kind of a crazy one with a hard top. Good to see them back!

See ya in the dirt!
 
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