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Dune Buggy Handbook: The A-Z of VW-Based Buggies Since 1964 (Reference) Hardcover – July 15, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Reference
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing (July 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901295656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901295658
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,732,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This fascinating and comprehensive pictorial guide catalogues as many of these fun runabouts as has been possible, worldwide ... If you like beach buggies, you'll love this book." - Classic American

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Hale is the worldÆs leading authority on dune buggies, and has built, modified, manufactured, photographed and written about them for over 40 years. He has written five widely respected books covering the worldwide buggy scene, and he has regularly appeared in magazines and on TV and radio to talk about his passion for these cute and irreverent fun vehicles. His freelance feature and photographic work has appeared in leading automotive magazines including Ultra VW, VW Trends, VW Motoring and Volksworld. James is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians and an associate of the Guild of Motoring Writers. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the best (and only) guide I've seen to fiberglass buggies (Manx & knock offs.) The only regret I had was that my own buggy was not represented, even though it was mentioned several times with buggies that were 'sired' (copied) from it (the Balboa Lido). But overall it is a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Fiberglass buggies.
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James Hale hits a home run with this book. It is the first of my knowledge to ever attempt to organize and sort out all of the dune buggy makers. We have waited a long time in the VW hobby for the 'glass buggy to recieve recognition. You get to see everything from the original Meyers Manx buggies that started the fiberglass dune buggy revolution, to the hundreds of clones that were later spawned. Hale does a great job of mixing in facts and photos. This is also a pretty complete look at the rise and later fall of the buggy industry.
There were only a couple of things I didn't like about the book. First of all the organization of the different UK and US models was thrown together by alpha listing only. The problem here is a US buggy owner only gets confused while looking through the UK pictures while trying to track down his buggy. A seperate US UK directory would have kept things easier to follow.
Secondly, there are probably as many models that were left out of the book as ones that appear. I spoke with James after the book was finished. It was a shame the dune buggy archives website has twice as many US models Id'd. I was expecting Hale to have many models the archives website did not have. James had colaborated with many people to write this book and I congarulate him on it's success.
All together the book does have some excellent photography and alot of information on each buggy. It may not have every make ever made, but the ones it has are well presented. I guess it would after all be impossible to list everything about every buggy ever made, but wouldn't that be cool.
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Nice book but I was unable to find any info on either one of my fiberglass dunebuggies.
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By Red on July 3, 2014
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By Robert Baumgartner on March 1, 2014
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Bruce Meyers and the invention of the fiberglass dune buggy rates with the greatest contributions to the auto world.
his vision and skills are not equaled anywhere else in the auto industry.
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By SB on December 5, 2013
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Fantastic reference book. Every car enthusiast ought to have a copy of this for their library. I enjoy perusing through it every couple of years just for nostalgia's sake.
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By gypsy88 on October 4, 2013
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Very good & interesting. Enjoyed all the different pictures and lots of info. Would buy another book in this line.
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