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For as early as I can remember, I've been in love with anything automotive. From cars to trucks to motorcycles, I've never been bored. As a young child, I used to go to the Honda motorcycle shop and sit on the little 50 they had in the show room at the time. I owned both my first car and my first motorcycle before I was even 16, which was the earliest you could drive in New York, where I grew up. I remember SPEED BUGGY as a child and that is one of the vehicles that stuck in my mind.

Flash forward to 2006: My buggy story actually begins with a co-worker overhearing a conversation. He heard the word "Buggy" come out of my mouth and interjected that he had one of those, and that I should have a look at it sometime. After inquiring what kind of buggy, he informed me that it was one of those "fiberglass jobs". Don't ask me how my mind spit out the right information, but when I sat in front of the computer to search for buggy images, "Meyers Manx" came out and got typed into the search box. As soon as the images were displayed, he said, "Yup, it looks just like one of those". Well, not wanting to pass up the opportunity to have a look at the car I've always remembered as fun, I decided that having a look at it sometime, was going to happen that very same evening. I happened to have my camera with me, so I got some great shots.

After getting a good look at it, my co-worker mumbled that he wished he had more room in his garage for his Camaro projects. Before that point, I wasn't even aware that he wanted to unload it. AND I had no idea that I was going to be a buyer! After a brief negotiation, it was mine and the following evening, I had 1/2 of the project pieces loaded on my trailer.... I've been a happy buggy owner ever since.

"Year one" was assembly (in a storage unit I was renting just for this project) and the project was done on the cheap with the parts included in the sale (Aside from updating the brakes, steering wheel, and a new wiring harness). Part way through that first season, I was wanting more power. The car was cool and got tons of looks, but the 1300cc wasn't cutting the mustard. I found a 1600cc Dual Port motor in Boston, and it was in and moving the buggy in no time.

Over the winter, I was craving yet more power. I did a lot of research, and decided on a turbocharged VW engine. I was thinking something over 2liters would be good. I scoured the ads for turbo systems for my project, and when I came acros a system for sale locally (In CT) I sent an email. Fortunately, I didn't get any response, and I continued my research. I was slowly leaning toward the Subaru motor for both cost and longevity of the engine.

With the help of this great web site, I met Paul from Dune Engines, and began asking him all kinds of questions about the Subaru motor. That's when I realized that having Paul in my corner for the tech assistance as well as his experience was going to be the way to go. Now I'm sporting a 2.0L Subaru WRX turbo motor in my buggy, coupled to a VW tranny.

I love the hobby and can't keep from helping in any way I can to make it better. For me, that means helping out with images for the site.