Classic Sports Car

BRUCE MEYERS 1926-2021


The grandfathe­r of the beach buggy, Bruce Meyers died aged 94 on 19 February. A polymath with a range of talents and achievemen­ts, he was a musician, sailor, artist, surfer, engineer, and gunner on the USS Bunker Hill aircraft carrier during WW2.

Having converted a VW camper for sandy terrain, his first buggy attracted attention and Road&track dubbed it the Meyers Manx, encouragin­g him to start production. In April 1967 he beat the motorcycle record from La Paz to Tijuana, Mexico, by five hours in one of his designs and helped launch the Baja 1000.

In recent years Meyers restored his prototype buggy ‘Old Red,’ which he drove to events, and it became the second car to enter the Historic American Engineerin­g Record of the Library of Congress.

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