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EARLY DAYS STORY ANYONE???
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TO THE PIONNEERS OF VW DRAG RACING
ANDERSON STORY BY THE ANDERSON...
Below are some words that Ron ANDERSON himself put down on paper... He was kind enough to allow me to post some of them here... That is very very cool as those words really help to capture the "behind the scene". Thanks Ron!
This is the upgraded shoe polish lettering Here comes da bug! Note the Cyclone sponsors stickers.
"One day at Rickís work they had posted an advertisement on the wall about a BUG Ė IN at Orange County Raceway. Sounds good to Rick but what is it? Checking into it more and we donít need to tell all you folks what it is. Rick and Ron talk it over and we have an old bug with no motor, no windows, just a shell on a frame on wheels. Our custom paint job that ended up to be FLAT BLACK spray can special. Now our transmission was the stock 36 hp. Crash Box Trans. Rick and Ron look at each other and says ďit has to work for a little while, ITíS GOT TO. Put the 1600cc motor in the little car, wire it all up and you now have a so called RACE CAR. With No windows or lettering on it JUST FLAT BLACK EVERYWHERE."
As far as I know, this is the very first advert showing the Anderson bros gasser! This one appeared in the adverts pages of Dune Buggies magazine (later Hot VWs...) from January 1970. Sponsor was Norris Cams and the ad insist on the Here comes da Bug defeated Dirty Dave Renfree sponsored I/G at Bug-in 3!
"Now we did notice that all the real race cars have a name to them. We had seen names like SUPER PICKLE, many other strange names. Our little car is small like a peanut. Hay why not SUPER PEANUT? Ron takes white shoe polish and letters the doors. This name was on the car for a while or so and it just didnít hit the spot for a name anymore. Then there was a song on the radio called HERE COMES THE JUDGE. Someone while working on the car said HERE COMES da BUG. WE all looked up and said thatís it HERE COMES da BUG. Next day Ron sands down the doors and repaints them with our very high class spray can special FLAT BLACK paint. Ron draws it out on paper to see how to lay it all out. We wanted our name in there also. Now Ron has it all laid out. THE ANDERSON BROTHERS HERE COMES da BUG in White shoe polish again on the doors before Rick gets home from work that day. Rick sees it and replies HAY THAT LOOKS and SOUNDS GOOD Ron."
Here comes da bug at speed at Bug-in 3! Note the "Sponsor wanted" sign on the roof!
Another picture at full speed at Lions dragstrip! Color pictures of that very early days are rare...
"October 1969 Bug-in 3 came along. Now we have a 2000cc motor a Race transmission with chicterslicks.I think our times were in the low 13 second area or a real high 12 second area. Looking at all the big boys out there we still had a lot of work to do. We had made a few runs and the car stayed all together for us. We got in a line where the Lightning bug was at. Got up in the burn out area and the Lightning Bug was going to make his pass. We watched the Lightnin bug. Yes it was fast, then near the end of the run. The Lightning bug started moving around and went left and onto the guardrail. The little blue car rolled, rolled and hopped along the guardrail for a long time. From the looks of things from the starting line there wasnít much left of the little blue car. It looked like the whole top was gone. Rick got out of our car, and was wondering what happened to the driver? Is he okay? Racing was down for a while to clean up the track. This scared Rick a lot, so much that Rick didnít want to make another run. Found out that the driver was alive with a cut on his arm and a few other bumps here and there. Rick was okay with that, we will still make another pass. By the end of the day, Here comes da bug got to be in the final for over all winners. Here comes da bug got its first victory that day. Now if that little blue car didnít go over on its top I would say that little blue car would have taken the whole thing that day. Here comes da bug just got lucky that day."
The very first Cyclone ad appeared in April 1970 issue of Dune Buggies & Hot VWs! Image is a thumbnail, click for more details...