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MEYERS MANX The Buggy That Took On BaJa By SCORE Journal Staff Photos by Jack Wright nMedia3 Arguably, the first “buggy” to compete in Baja was Bruce Meyer’s Meyers Manx. This dune buggy body on a VW chassis competed in the Production 2WD Buggy Class at the first Mexican 1000 with Vic Wilson and Ted Mangles, who drove it to a first-place finish and made history in 1967. The success of winning the Baja race catapulted Meyers into Baja history. Meyers named the original Meyers Manx “Old Red.” The 1964 buggy was restored by Baja racing veterans Drino Miller and Sanford Havens. It is powered by a VW 1595cc four-cylinder that makes about 50 horsepower. The air-cooled, horizontally-opposed, overhead valve engine uses a Solex 28 one-barrel carburetor and a tube header exhaust system. The drivetrain is a four-speed transaxle from a 1963 VW connected to a VW swing axle rear suspension that uses air springs and coil-over shocks.  Most of the suspension and drivetrain are taken from the Volkswagen, including the front trailing arms with torsion bars and conventional shock absorbers. The vehicle also uses the VW hydraulic drum brakes on all four wheels. The body is a fiberglass monocoque two-seat design that was made to fit into a Volkswagen chassis, and is supported with steel tubing for added rigidity. SJ Bruce Meyers was the originator of the Meyers Manx buggy. Approximately 7000 Manx dune buggies were built by B.F. Meyers & Company. Meyers was inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978 and is also honored on the Baja Walk of Fame in Ensenada, Mexico.

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