Road Toad Dune/Street Buggy Does Autocross

At the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #4, there was a notable stand out of a car, or rather, a vehicle.  It was the project buggy that Rick & his son had just completed, after 3 years of work.  They brought it out as part of a sort of shake down run for this project.  In fact, there were only 100 miles on it.

The frame/cage/chassis was purchased as a knock down kit & the pieces were welded together.  This buggy is fully street legal & licensed.  Since there are no body panels, Rick had to zip tie some side cardboard pieces to be able to ID his buggy number & class with painters tape.

There are still some final touches to go.  Although the color theme is currently gloss black & chrome, the lime green Road Toad logo on the engine cover is a hint of other enhancements to come.  Rick informed me that he will install a green canvas top for shade & wind buffeting protection.

The engine & chassis pieces come from a 1973 Volkswagen donor “Bug”.  The engine is completely stock and Rick says it gets 32 MPG.  And hold on, this buggy “screams” around with 60HP!

Rick & his son have enjoyed this project – it was an enjoyable learning experience.

Racing Ready has said it before:
The family that races (& does projects) together, stays & plays together.


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2 thoughts on “Road Toad Dune/Street Buggy Does Autocross”

  1. For now, sticking with blogegr and this template, as I’ve got to upload all posts lost and to tie up loose ends before Spain.I kind of like the template actually — simple and clean. The orange titles and blue links are like, so tropics, you know? Plus, less is more. As well, serif fonts are much better for reading. The Georgia/Trebuchet seems elegant.When I return from Spain, I’ll reconsider the entire project. I wanted to buy, but it’s not available. I contacted the owner and haven’t received a response. (Of course, that’s the last thing that’s going to be on my mind when I stand breathing the crisp cool mountain air in Asturias!)Ah … torn between two paradises … what can I say?

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