Re: Did the new VW Bug make a name for themselves in the desert races?
I may have seen the one you're talking about (could be a different one, though). Actually, I've seen two. Both were yellow, but one had a checked flag design on a strip toward the bottom.
These two weren't New Beetles. They were obviously VW based, using a rear engine design on a subframe (sandrail, pipe-buggy, whatever you want to call it). A New Beetle body was just attached to each. Look kinda nice to me.
But, we could be talking about two different things. You may have seen an actual New Beetle.