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Arizona’s Dan Savage posted this one of his buggy…

“The story I was told the frame came out of Woods Wheel Works, Phoenix, Arizona; they were responsible for the white spoke wheel craze in the ’70s. Three frames were built. I don’t know where the others are or if they exist. This one was born about ’72ish. It is currently running a turbocharged 215 Buick. I’m about the third owner but always been the same group/family.The title says first registered in 1974. I have changed a few things but basically it’s the same. Its had it’s share if different engines through its life.”


From Findlay, Ohio comes Jim Launder’s beautifully restored 1970s era Sand Toys ST5 sandrail

Per Jim…

” It was an out to pasture piece of junk last Thanksgiving. I laid up the seats and console and built it the “Old School” way with a few twists. It has a 2054cc VW engine with dual Weber carbs. The wing is custom fabricated with integral LED tail lights.”

Jim has a sign business on the side which provided the basis for the wood side panels.

“I did all of my pattern work on the computer and plotted it out to cut. The aluminum side panels were done that way. Once I had the pattern, I found wood panel artwork online. I then paneled them together to make pieces large enough to stencil out the needed shapes. There are about 30 shapes to get the shading right. It was then printed and wrapped on the sides. I wanted to call it “Sportin a Woody” but was out ranked by my wife and called it “Wild Woody.”

Jim’s buggy is an example of his creativity, skills, and prioritization to accomplish a stunning sandrail in just eight months.