Manx Mayhem

In Progress


The dream..... A fuel injected turbo/supercharged Meyers Manx dune buggy which will turn heads, attract chicks and haul arse. Something that will blast down the beach with it's front wheels two feet in the air and spitting out two big roostertails of sand from the rear wheels like an open-class ocean powerboat on dry land.

The reality..... A rusty, badly weather beaten "thing" with a naturally aspirated 1200cc VW engine that looks something vaguely like a Manx if you squint really badly and strain your imagination.

We have a long way to go, but at least it's a starting point.

It's not pretty, but it has potential!
The starting point. Not pretty, but it has potential.

What the hell is a Manx, anyway?
The history of off-road VWs, especially Bruce Meyers' brilliant creation.
A story of alcohol, adrenaline, horsepower, more alcohol and stupidity.

You paid HOW MUCH for that thing?
It took a bit of effort (and a shovel), but we eventually got all the bits into the workshop.

(Floor) Panning for gold
It's tempting to start working on the engine, but first things really should come first.
We strip off the bodyshell, engine, steering and suspension and get to work on the chassis.

Engine/gearbox cleaning
Hey! There's some alloy under all that grime!
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it. Preferably somebody expendable, like Richard.

It's alive, Igor! It's ALIVE!

Coughing, popping, farting and making black smoke. (The Manx, that is. Not us.)
We hook the battered VeeWee mill up to a lightning rod and zap it into life.

Clashing Colours
Cleaning, painting and reassembling the engine, gearbox and rear suspension.

The colours may not be to everyone's taste, but we think it looks good. (Well, Richard does.)