Buggy books are one of our best sources for buggy history. Just like old yearbooks, they’re just fun to browse through to see how much things have changed and how much they’ve stayed the same. Teams no longer proudly describe their build process in detail as was common into the mid 70’s. Check out this description offered by ATO in 1968:
The “Golden Goose’s” design is based on the aerodynamic features of a teardrop and is constructed of a plywood and steel frame with a molded fiberglass shell. In 1959 air scoops were added to improve the aerodynamic qualities of the buggy … Despite good times last year, both buggies were disqualified because of failure to pass a brake test. This year the ATO’s will add improved brake systems.”
and by Beta in the same year:
The “00” consists of a flat aluminum and cardboard honeycomb to which the mechanism is attached. The driver lies prone, steering with his hands at his sides. The two halves of the molded fiberglass shell clamp together. The most interesting feature of the “00” is its braking system. It is powered by compressed air with free floating cylinders. When the brakes are released, they emit a loud hissing sound.
At the same time though, a lot of what is written would fit right into this year’s buggy book, which just shows how much we all have in common. It’s no wonder the conversation flows so freely between generations down at PHI around Carnival.
Browse through the entire collection here:
Buggy books are also now included on the summary page for each raceday in the history section. Enjoy! Need a prompt for comments … What’s your favorite cover design from the last 45 years?