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The Dune Buggy Phenomenon 2

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The Dune Buggy Phenomenon 2

By James Hale
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190mm x 205mm wide. 96 pages. 100 photographs and reproductions of promotional materials

ISBN: 9781904788669

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The second installment of the Buggy evolution and heyday recorded in photos and words.
Never before published period Buggy photographs and rare archive material
Unique reproductions of product advertising featuring dune buggies
Colour and black and white photos showing buggies, performance parts and accessories
A permanent record of Buggy development for Buggy builders, restorers and designers
Covers Buggies in the USA, the UK, Europe and Australia
Historic facts and information from buggy designers of the period
Includes amazing promotional material and buggy ephemera
Foreword by Alex Dearborn
Written by the worlds leading Authority on Dune Buggies


Dune (Beach) Buggies are still immensely popular today due to their fun factor, stylish appearance and lifestyle associations. This 2nd volume of the Dune Buggy Phenomenon explores the lesser known buggy brands from around the world. Employing exhaustive knowledge, unpublished photographs and rare archive material this is a fantastic addition to the collection of Dune Buggy literature.


After their initial advent in the 60s dune Buggies continued to grow in popularity and many diverse models evolved, in the 1970s they were a worldwide phenomenon. This book, a follow up to the hugely successful first volume, documents -in words and stunning archive photos-the development of the Buggy into the 1980s. Also featuring unique reproductions of product advertising using Buggies, promotional material and Buggy ephemera. This book is a must have for enthusiasts.

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Review by Paul Guinness for Classic Car Mart, May 2006

Part of Veloce Publishing's Those Were The Days' series, The Dune Buggy Phenomenon: Book 2 is a cracking little hardback title that offers 96 pages and plenty of fantastic photographs and illustrations for its £12.99 cover price. And it manages to get across the fun, frivolous and exciting side of the dune buggy concept just perfectly.

It's incredible just how many different types and marques of dune buggy were sold during the genre's heyday, both in America and here in Britain. In fact, the dune buggy became such an icon of 1970s culture, it ranks alongside Spacehoppers, Chopper bikes and platform shoes as a symbol of its era.

Don't make the mistake of assuming the dune buggy concept died with the dawn of the Eighties, though. In fact, even now there's no shortage of enthusiasts for one of the motoring world's wackiest concepts. And that in itself is surely a fact worth celebrating.

The two chapters simply headed 'The 1970s' and 'The 1980s' are fascinating in their own right. But my favourite has to be 'Buggy Advertising and Ephemera' and 'Buggy Front Covers', each containing some wonderfully nostalgic and fascinating images. I mean, can you believe that during the 1970s, otherwise sensible and conventional magazines like Autocar, Car & Driver and Road Test actually featured dune buggies as their main front cover cars? These weird machines were in danger of becoming almost mainstream!

Even if you're not a dune buggy obsessive, you'll love this book for its sheer Seventies-style nostalgia.


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