After months of preparation and with the support of an industry it helped create, Meyers Manx Inc. today proudly announced details of its completetion to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary. It entered company founder Bruce Meyers in the 2014 CABO 1000.
The iconic Meyers Manx dune buggy (“Old Red”) was invented by Meyers in a small garage on the Balboa Peninsula of Newport Beach, California and first driven in May of 1964. The spirited and ever-enthusiastic Meyers is now 88-years old.
Besides being an artist, boat builder and beach lover, Meyers was also instrumental in founding off-road racing by setting the first trans-Baja four-wheel record that was faster than the motorcycle times in “Old Red” with Ted Mangels in June of 1967. That feat was the spark for the inaugural National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) Mexican race later that year — a race won by Vic Wilson and Mangels in a Meyers Manx buggy.
The project is entitled the “Destiny in Dust Tour” — and for good reason. Despite years of trying in the sport’s earliest days and then again in the first part of this century, Bruce Meyers has never finished an off-road race. To aid in his quest, he will be joined by an experienced team of off-road racing veterans including Baja and Dakar Rally star Andy Grider, 2013 Baja 1000 class winner Rafael Navarro III.
In addition, a group of buggy enthusiasts from the official Meyers Manx Club joined the trip to cheer on their legendary friend and hero to “finish unfinished business,” as Meyers says.