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From Gypsy Adventure to the Mint 400
HotVWs, July edition
About the time the first issue of Dune Buggies & Hot VWs was hitting newsstands in summer 1967, 28 year old LeRoy Wickham and three buddies were planning to make some history of their own – a record setting 580 mile off-road drive from Las Vegas to Lake Tahoe in two 40-horsepower VW buggies.


Desert Racing Broke My Brain And Las Vegas Ate My Kia
Jalopnik, May 26, 2017
This story starts at Buffalo Bill’s Resort And Casino in Primm, Nevada at around 9 p.m. on Friday, March 3. Now Primm is not Las Vegas. Primm is where you fall if you trip over the state line, which is why a small handful of cigarette-stained gambling establishments stand there. It’s got all the soul-suckery you love about Sin City without any pesky delusions of glamour.

Canepa Cars and Coffee Season Opener April 8th, 2017 from Canepa on Vimeo.

Canepa Design Cars ‘n Coffee, April 8, 2017
We make a cameo at 2:30 mark. I’d been driving around looking for parking to check out the cars and the guy guarding the Canepa driveway yelled at me to park in there.

600bajabugThe Best Cars And Trucks We Drove In 2016
Jalopnik, December 23, 2016
Much like kicking Anakin Skywalker into a river of lava, we end 2016 with some bittersweet memories of the good times in between the bad. Yes, we do march into an impending dystopian future, but we drove some nice cars on our off days.

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HotVWs, December 2016
Desert Dingo Racing gets a shout out in the HotVWs feature on the incredible build of John Mofidi’s Baja Bug, started by our sponsor Wallentine Motorsports.

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Here’s Some Great Behind The Scenes Pictures From The $3.2 Million Opening Of The Grand Tour
Jalopnik, November 18, 2016
I think for many of us, it was the $3.2 million opening scene of The Grand Tour that really made the show. Following some cranky, paunchy Englishman from a wet London cab across an ocean, into a crazy modified Mustang, and then into the desert, where he’s met by a flotilla of amazing, insane cars, was perfect. And we know someone who helped make it happen.

vwshootHow To Watch The 2016 Baja 1000 And Who To Root For
Jalopnik, November 18, 2016
Thousands of rich rednecks, uh, I mean, “off-road enthusiasts” are descending on Mexico’s Baja peninsula this week for the 49th annual Baja 1000– a race of epic proportions in a beautiful setting featuring readily available tacos. Here’s how to check it out, and who to pay attention to if you’re a new spectator.

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Go To Death Valley If You Want To See Secret Prototypes
Jalopnik, August, 26, 2016
There’s nothing quite like Death Valley to shake down a car. Not only is it the hottest place in the United States, but the twisty park roads and scenery are quite lovely—so long as your car works. So, naturally, we saw quite a few automotive testers when the LeMons Rally took us straight to Car Hell.

NBC Coverage of the Mint 400
May 29, 2016
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We get a cameo on NBC’s coverage of the 2016 Mint 400.

Desert Dingos – About the Baja 1000
Bos Wagens, March 2, 2016

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Beetle Dune
Hot VWs, February issue
Volkswagen introduced the New Beetle “Dune” at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November 20-29. The rooster model, which is reminiscent of the legendary Baja California dun bogies, is characterized by an eye-catching design with numerous off-road accents, late 18-inch wheels and a higher ride height.

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AutoWeek, January 14, 2016
The whole trip was looking pointless even by the admittedly freewheeling standards of press trip pointlessness. My esteemed colleague, Ryan Beene of Automotive News, and I were dutifully plodding through the Nevada desert in — brace yourselves — a Volkswagen Beetle Dune. Yes, this was the low point of the new year so far in terms of newsworthiness. The current Beetle hasn’t exactly been a hit for Volkswagen — the beleaguered company sold just over 13,000 Beetle coupes in all of last year, down by 25 percent from the year before. So in an attempt to move even a handful more, VW came up with a trim level called “The Dune.”

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Driving a Classic Baja Bug is a Scary, Heavenly Experience Everyone Needs to Try Once
The Bold Ride, January 13, 2016
It was about 44 degrees, and nearly freezing rain and unnecessary amounts of wind were pelting me from every angle. I was exposed to the elements, and the only thing between me and the pavement was a dented up 1969 Beetle so high off the ground I could nearly see the Vegas strip from the middle of the desert.


Volkswagen Beetle Dune, Al Vázquez | Review en español
January 6, 2016


2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune First Drive Review: Baja Bug Reimagined
The Fast Lane, January 5, 2016
The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune comes in only one color but is this really the “Baja Bug” for the 21st century? It has a lift. It is using front-wheel-drive. It comes in a Convertible. Is it worth the additional cost? Roman Mica drives the latest Beetle Dune through the Nevada snow storm in search of the “Baja” spirit.

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