Big Bear Bash
July 14-16, 2000
Huell Howser from "California's Gold" attends Big Bear Bash 2000 to video tape Manx Club TV Special
The Manx Dune Buggy Club trip to Big Bear Lake, Calif. was selected by "California's Gold" TV program for a segment of their show to be aired this fall. We again camped at a church campground near the edge of the lake. We had a total of 106 (a new attendance record) buggies show up for the event in the pine trees. The weather was perfect for the event and the TV video taping that took place during the weekend.
After arriving on Friday night and setting up camp, we got an early start the next morning. On Saturday morning we lined up the buggies for the "Show & Shine". Huell Howser and his camera man arrived early and interviewed Bruce Meyers as well as several club members
Bruce Meyers brought "Old Red" for the first time to a Manx Dune Buggy Event. Old Red is the world's first fiberglass dune buggy and has been stored in museums for the last few years. Old Red has been recently put back in running condition and will take part in the upcoming Baja 2000 race festivities. Bruce plans to drive Old Red to the tip of Baja with several other ancient off-road race cars to commemorate the Baja race of the millenium. Bruce is being honored with other early drivers for their participation in the Baja races. Bruce and his friend Ted Mangels set the first record in 1967 driving Old Red from La Paz to Tiajuana (the length of Baja) in 34 hours and 45 minutes.
At 10 AM we split into four groups and left for a trip through the mountains on the east side of the lake. The first group was the "Posey Sniffers" who chose to take the scenic route during the afternoon. They were followed by two intermediate groups who wanted to drive through some of the rough roads but did not want to risk the most difficult trails. Bruce Meyers led one of the intermediate groups with Huell Howser as his passenger. The trip was video taped for the "California's Gold" TV program and we were told that copies of the program will be available from "California's Gold" after the segment airs in the fall (See showtimes and how to order tapes). The most difficult group chose to try some hill climbs that ended up breaking a couple buggies and taking an extra 3 hours to retrieve them.
On Sunday we got up early and left camp at 7 AM. The size of
the group necessitated that we split up again, so half drove off
the Holcolm valley and the others drove to the top of Bald
Mountain and climbed up the rock path to the fire station
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Manx Dune Buggy Club "Show 'N Shine" Winners
BEST OF SHOW Jim Guthrie - #33 BEST MEYERS MANX 1st - Rick Brown - #731 2nd - Jim Guthrie - #33 BEST TOWD 1st - Steve Widdowson - #469 2nd Bob Lee - #121 BEST OFF-ROAD 1st Gary Dionne - #764 2nd Roger Edwards - #1100 BEST STREET 1st Marlin Albert - #1019 2nd Rudi Mueller - #5 BEST SR 1st Bill Grice - #740 2nd Rob Hardifer - #771 MOST IN NEED OF TLC - Doran Dobranszky - #761 PERSON WHO DROVE THE FARTHEST Bill Loftin - #1185 from Colorado Springs, Colorado NEWEST MEMBER PRESENT William & Helen Lejak - #1428 PHILIPPE AWARDS Galvin Bartlett - #182 - Tavis Hale - #956 - Gary Dionne - #764
Last updated Sun Jul 23 13:27 PDT 2000