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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2000, 02:47 AM
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Did the new VW Bug make a name for themselves in the desert races?

I have seen the old VW Bug race in Baja. Did you see the new VW there yet?

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Re: Did the new VW Bug make a name for themselves in the desert races?

the simplicity of the old beetle allowed it to be easily modified for desert racing. also they are dirt cheap. the new beetle is nothing like the old one. it is front engine, front wheel drive, and expensive so i seriously doubt that it will get raced in the desert in any kind of remotly stock form like te old beetle.

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Re: Did the new VW Bug make a name for themselves in the desert races?

They do have a Off-road ver of the new Beetle.. Gave it some agressive tires and about a two inch lift.. Saw it on there site and at the auto show... Not sure if the German definition of 'off-road' means the same as the US.. Or else it would have D-60's 4 linked front and rear with 15" of lift running 35" muds...



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Re: Did the new VW Bug make a name for themselves in the desert races?

The problem with the new Beetle is that it's a Jetta in disguise. The other problem is that most of those off-road racing bugs are air cooled and this is water cooled. Plus I think the new Beetle has on overhead cam and that's against the rules for that class.

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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.
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Re: Did the new VW Bug make a name for themselves in the desert races?

The new Beetle you're probably referring to is George Seeley's Class 5 bug, which is noted by its yellow paint scheme. The particular yellow he has going now (from what I remember him telling me) is from a 2000 Bug, which he thought to be much more appealing to his taste.

The Checker paint scheme on the lower half of the car (rocker panels), is indicative of his affiliation with the notorious Checker Pit Club. The club provides pit support to car and motorcycle club members.

As other members of this list have stated, George's Bug is highly modified, more a buggy than the original bug that you're used to seeing in the Class 5-1600 and Class 11 Stock Sedans. The Class 5 Seeley runs has a lot more wheel travel, more horsepower and posts two-times better times than the others. Seeley mostly races the SCORE off-road races down south in Baja.
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