After months of preparation and with the support of an industry it helped create, Meyers Manx Inc. today proudly announced details of a new project to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary next month. It is entering company founder Bruce Meyers in next month’s 2014 General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 rally.
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 1000 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 and off-road historian and NORRA class winner Marty Fiolka.
In addition, a group of buggy enthusiasts from the official Meyers Manx Club will be joining the trip to cheer on their legendary friend and hero to “finish unfinished business,” as Meyers says.
Now celebrating its fifth anniversary, the General Tire NORRA Mexican 1000 is a four-day, 1,300-plus mile on-and-off-road rally featuring vintage cars and bikes. The rally offers overnight stops and a much more relaxed pace and atmosphere than grueling traditional desert races. Rally organizers strive to uphold their motto of hosting the “Happiest Race on Earth.” It begins on Sunday, May 10th in Ensenada, Baja, Mexico and ends on the shores of San Jose del Cabo on Wednesday, May 14th.