This month, the Historic Vehicle Association announced that “Old Red”—the world’s first fiberglass dune buggy—will be the second vehicle to be listed on the National Historic Vehicle Register. In the spirit of fun, the HVA caught up with its legendary creator, Bruce Meyers, who shared his top beach-cruising performance tips.
No other vehicle in history captured that easy going, fun-loving West Coast aesthetic quite like the Meyers Manx. After its debut in the mid-1960s, this iconic vehicle’s unique style and innovative design captivated the automotive world and spawned hundreds of thousands of imitators.
The man behind the Meyers Manx is now deservedly recognized as an automotive visionary. In his Newport Beach garage, Bruce Meyers single-handedly engineered a one-of-a-kind car that was not only cool to look at but also made its mark as a record breaking, off-road performer.
Meyers is a genius under the hood and a master behind the wheel. So when the HVA caught up with him recently and he started talking about how to get the most out of a Manx, we decided to take some notes:
- Keep your PSI low (6-8 pounds in the front, 10-12 pounds in the back). Lower tire pressure allows you to float through the sand with ease and without getting your brains jarred.
- Twin pipes rob horsepower. While it may look cooler and is certainly louder, it doesn’t make you any faster and, in fact, will often rob you of valuable horsepower.
- Use light-weight wheels and tires. Along with a low PSI, light-weight wheels and tires provide for smooth sailing over even the toughest terrain.
- A real Manx sports a gel coat, not paint: Thousands of boats in thousands of harbors all over the world use this stuff [gel coat]. They sit out in the sun baking for hours on end and are all doing just fine. Additionally, thanks to the flexible fiberglass body and its inherent ‘boing-ocity,’ the gel coat ensures dents and scratches vanish with a little buffing here and there.
- Pick your line and go like hell. Once you’re in the dunes keep your momentum going. Any hesitation will result in more than a few problems.
Do you enjoy exploring the coast and getting off the beaten path in a Manx of your own? The HVA would love to hear from you. Take a minute to head over to our Facebook page, share your stories and photos and see what other HVA members are saying.