Buggy Newz 2.4

The Official Organ of The Buggy Pilots International

Nov./Dec. 1994


Roberto Magi, loyal Buggy Newz subscriber from Urbino, Italy (self-described as the Italian Buggy Maestro) sends along the current Wind Sport News. Reports of events and a 1995 schedule of buggy events in Italy. Included was this shot of the Aeolus Buggy. Derived from the Lynn buggy, it has been modified with a novel rear axle structure that no doubt changes the suspension / comfort / traction / maneuverability / etc. aspects of the buggy. The newsletter is in Italian, so the details are sketchy.

Upcoming events in April at Monte Petrano, in August at Porto S. Gregorio, and the Italian Buggy Cup in Cagli August 9-31, 1995 in Urbino, Cagli.

The Buggy Pilots International is an informal organization dedicated to spreading the fun and glory of Kite-powered Buggy-riding around the world.

The common ground of wind-powered traction kiting transcends all boundaries except those of wind, gravity and drag. BUGGY OR DIE!!

Intentional Lunacy '95

The annual desire to hold a buggy event immediately after the KTA will climax next month (January 1995) outside of St. Augustine, Florida at Crescent Beach. The KTA show ends on Sunday the 15th and then we all head north to Crescent Beach and find rooms. Intentional Lunacy '95 runs Jan. 15-18, 1995. Crescent Beach is on the Atlantic coast of Florida about 90 miles north of Orlando and 65 miles south of the Jacksonville airport. It consists of 10 miles of uninterrupted, wide, hard-pack beach. Monday , 16 Jan, is the full moon. Low tide is 2pm at which time there should be over 200 ft. of hard-pack.

Winds will probably be sea breezes in the mid-day (11am till 4:30pm) swinging northeast or southwest in the evening depending on the position of the nearest frontal system. The beaches are buggy-able in most any wind condition at low tide.

Lodging: The hotel of choice is Beacher's Lodge at 6970 A1A . Call 800-527-8849 for reservations. Mention Phillip Chase and the buggy event so they know you're part of the group. During our stay, they have a special in which you get three nights for the price of two. Rates run from $49/nite to $84/nite depending on size and upstairs/downstairs preference. Auto campers may want to check out Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort 25 miles north. Call 904-471-3353 for reservations.

If you cannot get a room at Beacher's, there are many hotels 4-5 miles north. Try La Fiesta Oceanside Inn at 904-471-2220 (800-852-6390) or the Ramada at 904-471-1440. The Bryn Mawr has reasonable daily rates on a trailer.

For more information, contact Phillip Chase at 904-378-6893 Fax: 904-392-3760. Send mail to PO Box 15146 Gainesville, FL 32604 USA For the best service, send e-mail to on the Internet and include phone and fax #'s.

A 10 Commandments of Kites:

  1. Thou shalt always sleeve thy Spectra lest the gods become insulted by thy insolence and break thy line in the middle whilst flying over a tree of thorns.
  2. Thou shalt always wind thy lines clockwise lest ye become victim to the curse of death by tangles.
  3. Thou shalt always respect all forms of flying things, whether tethered by one line or a multiplicity of lines for even the humble Indian has line sharpened to cut thee from the sky. It is because of thy disrespect that the wind always gets better the time comes to pack thy kite away.
  4. Thou shalt always wear thy helmet whilst riding thy buggy lest the gods become angered by the sight of thy uncovered head and spill thee to the ground breaking thy leg.
  5. Take heed not of the false prophets that shall be sent amongst thy people. Frank Kenisky and Mick Parsons are known by the people, but beware that others lie in wait to steal in the night the friendship and community that is rightfully thine.
  6. Thou shalt always ask permission before copying a kite. And when asked, thou shalt always grant freely. In this way thou shalt live long and happy in the land.
  7. Thou shalt never patent the bleeding obvious, lest the gods heap burning coals on thy head. Long before thou wast conceived, the heavens were filled with many kinds of flying things beyond thy wildest imaginings. It has all been done before.
  8. Thou shalt always shade thine eyes from the radiance of the sun, though they hide the beauty of thy face and pattern thy features like a panda. In this way ye shall not grow weary when tested to stand in the shadow of thy kite, nor find thyself standing in the shadow of thy buggy.
  9. Thou shalt not anchor thy power kite to the ground. This angers the gods greatly and they will smash thee to little pieces without mercy.
  10. Thou shalt not jump with thy kite. The gods shall laugh at thy folly but will have no pity for thy broken body on the ground.
Note: There are other instructions for good flying, such as "Wear not the wrist straps lest thy wrists be crush'd and painful" and "Buggy not into the sign inscribed 'Fly Safely'" but the Kite Oracle would have you learn these 10 first.


In January 1996, the KTA is having their trade show in San Diego and immediately afterwards, we plan to gather at El Mirage Dry Lake and have ourselves another fabulous Buggy Boogie Thang!!

El Mirage is about 3-4 hours on the interstate from San Diego, near Victorville. There are no flashy casino/hotels glittering in the distance. This is a different kind of High Desert experience.

The terrain is different too. Off-road travel is encouraged in this part of the desert. Many moto-cross type trails criss-cross the area surrounding the lakebed. Ground cover in the desert is sage brush about 2-3 ft. high, and the occasional Joshua tree. Stay on the trails and try to miss them.

The El Mirage at 22 sq/miles, is slightly smaller than Ivanpah's 35 sq/m. The long cross reach at the top end where we sail is about 1 1/2 - 2 miles. Still, big enough.

Accomodations are in Adelanto (10 miles E), Victorville (20 miles E) or Palmdale (40 miles W). We must carry everything we need with us.

Details on rooms and food in a future issue of Buggy Newz. Stay tuned.

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Steve Shapson of Force 10 Kites fame is bringing The 15th Annual Snow & Ski Sailing World Championships to the USA. Specifically to Madison, Wisconsin's Lake Mendota on February 16-19, 1995

Competitors from around the world (or at least the part that freezes), including Canada, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Finland, the Baltic Republics, Russia, and the USA are planning to attend. A variety of racing technologies will be on display and in use including the inflatable UpSki ventable canopy, the KiteSki, the ParaWing,

quad-line foils, the FreeSkate, the SkimBat, adapted wind surfers (which proved fastest on the snow last year), and a variety of home-made rigs. All are welcome to participate. Contact Steve at 414-241-8862.


The 10th Annual Valentines Day Kiteski & Kitefly on Presque Isle Bay in Erie, PA on February 11-12.

Described by organizers Lee Sedgwick and Sue Taft as "a good time for all - no competition, just good honest kiteskiing fun and learning for those who want to use kites to ski with." Contact Sue at 814-864-0511

The inaugural Great Lakes Sport KiteSkiing Competition will be held in Michigan the weekend of February 25-26, 1995. Organized by the Mackinaw Kite Co Call Steve Negen at 616-846-7501.

Much of the above information was shamelessly copied from a sidebar in the Winter 94 issue of American Kite. Thank you. To them.


Always play it safe and wear appropriate clothing (long pants, heeled shoes, gloves, eye protection, helmet).

Play where it is appropriate. Respect others. Set a good example to the public. If you teach others, wait for the right conditions.

If you are a retailer and plan on selling the buggy... Take the time to become proficient before setting customers up with this sort of powered craft.


Fritz Gramkowski, perhaps America's hottest buggy rider, will be maintaining his enthusiasm by heading to Ivanpah Dry Lake (outside Las Vegas) over the Turkey Day holiday, and again next spring during his Spring Break from college. Dates for the Ivanpah Buggy Blast are March 4-12, 1995. Fritz and his dad were there last year and had a blast! They invite all other buggyers to join them on the lake bed, and they hope to have some little bit of organization, enough to allow some pursuit racing and perhaps a circuit race (following the rules of the Argyle Park Buggy Racing Club of New Zealand) The emphasis (as always) is to have fun! (with as few rools as possible.)

The organized part will most likely take place March 5-7, the early part of the week, to allow anyone on their way to New Zealand's International Kite Festival, to stop along the way and enjoy some High Desert Buggy Fun!

Accommodations are available at the Prima Dona Hotel/Casino at the top of the lake bed. Seriously. A bright light honky-tonk casino shining it's neon lights as a beacon across the desert. A nice place with very reasonable rates. Cheap food and lots of it. Quite a contrast with the stark barrenness where we buggy, about 6 miles south along the dry lake.

If you haven't experienced the High Desert from the seat of a buggy, you don't know what a buggy-gasm can really be! Make plans now! Call Fritz at 215-662-5469 or e-mail him at

Buggy Instead of Study! Fritz Gramkowski


The first rule to learning the buggy is to use the smallest kite that will work and medium winds. Don't let anyone (or yourself) talk you into more than you can handle. Work the kite to gain power and learn to steer the buggy to turn the power into speed.

Get comfortable with the kite before jumping on the buggy. If the kite crashes, get off the buggy and point it downwind before relaunching the kite. Trying to relaunch without pointing the buggy downwind can pop you out sideways. Keeping the kite overhead and dropping it into the power when you want to go lets you apply power gradually. The bottom lines of quad-foils only brake the kite, not the buggy. The result is slack lines and wrapping them around your axle (The Bryan Brake). A set of 4'-6' dacron leads from your handles saves your spectra lines should this happen.

There are three ways to stop the buggy: 1. Steer the buggy into the wind with the kite overhead. 2. Drop the kite behind your direction of travel for a moment then bring it back overhead. 3. Spin a quick 180 turn with the kite overhead.

The surface you are buggying on is a consideration as well. Hard-pack dry lakes and pavement need less power, while sandy beaches and grass fields require a bit more for the same performance. Winds 8-16 mph and a really big place (100-200 yds minimum) with a clear area downwind (in case anyone has to release their kite) is acceptable. The bigger the space the better. Add power a bit at a time. Use the larger kites for lighter winds. Smaller kites can go faster (less sideways drag).

On quad lined kites, 50' - 75' lines offer the best compromise between control response and power. Long lines (> 75') allow the kite to develop more power, but drag increases significantly.

Share this with other beginning buggyers.


For buggyers with a desire to explore new buggy worlds, there are a number of suitable sailing sites in north-western Nevada within an easy drive of the S.F. Bay area. Nice to have a map. It is a rather desolate region.

Once you know where to look, any good road map will get you there. The sites are scattered, Stagecoach being on Rt.#50 just east of Reno and Carson City, while Edwards and Smith Dry Lakes are 60-80 miles or so further east on Rt.#50. The Smith Lake area contains a 10 sq/m pucker bump field. White and Flanigan are north of Reno up Hwy#395. Adobe and Bluewing are reached off Hwy#34 /#447, which is the best route north out of Reno to the granddaddy of the Nevada sailing sites... The Black Rock Desert.

The Black Rock Desert, fabled in story and song, offers a variety of terrain and vast wide open spaces for every level of rider. Alkali flats stretch out to the horizon, their barren whiteness glaring in the relentless sun. Carry water.

Damn cold in the winter, the winds come out of the mountains and send every living thing scurrying for protection from it's freezing effects. Few if any services in this part of Nevada. Lots of unpaved roads. Plan ahead. Be careful at the end of the day as darkness quickly follows sunset.

Take pictures when you go and share them with the rest of us.


Buggy the Great Plains at the 95 AKA convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A trophy sport this year, buggy race winners will be honored with trophies during the annual convention banquet.

Preliminary schedules have the buggy races as a pre-event. We will probably start the weekend before the main convention. Perfect... the fields to ourselves. Let them just try to kick us off! We were here first!

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The World Cup is going to Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia in November 1995. Buggy riders are invited to participate in various buggy opportunities during the week of the festival. Immediately after the World Cup, a group of Buggyers will depart on the Buggy Safari into the Australian outback.

Contracting with an outback safari group allows us a freedom to explore some beach buggying along the Indian Ocean coast southeast of Adelaide and buggy some salt lakes up north into the Australian deserts.

Reservations are now being accepted. There are a limited number of positions available. Don't delay to get your name on the list. Plan on a 5-7 day trip. Estimated costs are $50-$70 a day (including meals). Ground transportation within Australia is included. Airfare to Australia is extra.

Naked Buggy Rides are extra.


The North America Land Sailing Association (NALSA) is in the verge of creating a separate class for kite-powered sailing craft. A solidly addicted wind sailor, Scott Dyer, has been working for the formation of a Class 8 racing schedule that would be included with any of the NALSA events already taking place.

Membership in NALSA is by organization. Buggy Pilots International will be the member club.

Most racers will no doubt be on standard three-wheel buggys like we are familiar with, but soon someone will remove the mast on a land sailer and power up a big Peel and gain a stability advantage in high winds that will send many pilots back to the drawing board. Eventually, different designations within Class 8 will probably be necessary, but just getting buggyers to attend and race should be the first goal.

The advantages are obvious. All the infrastructure needed to organize and hold races is already in place. Necessary liability insurance is established. With the limited number of buggy pilots, we can keep more racers on the course instead of in the scoring tent. More events, more opportunities to play on our beloved buggys. A variety of buggyists demands a variety of chances to try the buggy different ways. Going around a course is not heaven to all riders. The more ways we can play with the buggy, the more reasons there are to buggy.

Next year the Olympics!


Loyal reader Pierre Fabre from Paris forwards this shot of a new buggy. The Seagull debuted at the Paris "Salon Nautique" (Dec. 5-12,1994.

While not able to take it for a spin, Pierre reports the design to be stable and comfortable. It is not too cumbersome (easy to pack in a car trunk) and quick to assemble and break down.

The designer, Jean-Phillipe Krischer, is a well-known land-yacht designer and constructor. Prototypes are available as the design process continues. Costs are about $500 US plus taxes and shipping.

For more information, contact Seagull Chars-Voile, Statue de la Liberte' - 56880 PLOEREN (Vannes - France). Tel: 97 400 600 Fax: 97 400 637

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Did you buy a copy of Stunt Kites II for the buggy plans and figure you can build one cheap yourself? The joy of building is in the doing. Hiring someone else to do the metal-work is an option, but often expensive for the quality work.

Using different metals or bicycle parts are options too. Remember, bikes generate mostly up/down forces while buggys make more side-to-side. Stress fatigue can be a hard-learned lesson.

No other land-sailing craft (except the kite-skates) packs so compactly. That convenience is very important. Maintaining the structural integrity of the buggy while providing that feature alone was the result of much experimentation.

Do you plan to embark on your own series of prototypes as you perfect your original design? Perhaps you assumed the first try would be the perfect model?

Logic says to copy the Peter Lynn design. Are you a skilled enough engineer to know which aspects of the PL design are the most important to copy accurately? Or do you plan on guessing? By the way, if planning on building a copy of another's design, did you first ask permission?

When your butt is 4" off the ground and you're scooting along at 30-40 mph, how much confidence does any savings in cost instill in you? The motives to embark on building your own buggy have to go deeper than saving money.

Get off your wallet and onto a buggy. If you spend half as much time practicing kite/buggy skills as you do worrying over money, you'll be a great buggy rider inside of 6 months!


Judy at What's Up is no longer importing Peter Lynn Buggys and I have purchased all her Buggy parts from inventory. Now I offer them to YOU!

If spare parts on hand is a concept you agree with, let me list the pieces I have: Complete Frame (no wheels, bag or seat) $ 300 Red PL Buggy

Bag - $45 Rainbow Web Seat - $ 30 Rear Axle $ 70 Seat Tubes $ 30/pr. Tandem Hitch $45 Skinny Spoked Front Wheel, Tire & Hub (w/Bolt) - $75. Peter Lynn Video - $7.50 Rear Axle Bolts - $2.50 Front Axle Bolt w/ spacers - $7.50/ea.

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This is not about the sex life of bicycle-crazed dos-heads. The ability and desire to know how far and how fast goes beyond sex. Buggy riders are pleasured by the heightened sensation of speed while cruising so close to the ground. Still, many w ant to know: How fast? How far? Not just any cyclocomputer will do. There are certain desirable features and even a challenge involved. Speed, Distance and Time are basic functions.

Top Speed Memory is the most wanted bonus feature. There are many times when looking at a tiny readout is not how you should be spending your time.

Usually a cyclocomputer must have 7 or 9 functions before TSM is available. Also, check that the unit can be programmed to a 16" wheel size because our wheels are smaller than the usual bicycle wheels.

Ultimately, any of these features are available to those willing to pay the price. Wireless infrared cyclocomputers are already available.

The challenge is to get the necessary functions and pay $25 or less. Wait for an end-of-season sale or the January retail doldrums. Ask around the local bicycle shops, maybe you can find last-year's model and they might give a discount for

Mounting Tips:

Wheels: Check the magnet (sender unit) for how it attaches to the wheel. For the Fat Tire plastic rims: GOOP can be used to affix it to the rim or a hole can be drilled through a rib. Skinny Tires use the standard spoke mounts.

Forks: Our fork tubes are large. Look for variable length adjustments or add a longer screw to join the two ends of the bracket. Too long? Vinyl tubing may be used as a spacer.

Frame: There are as many ways to mount the computer to the buggy as there are buggy riders. Here is a simple and clever way. Cut the bottom out of a 35mm plastic film can Strap the mounting shoe around the film can. If the strap is too short, slit the film can and compress it until the strap fits. Wrap the velcro strap around the downtube (between the seat and front fork) and through the film can. Cinch everything tight. Wire can be wrapped around the frame to keep it from hanging loose. Tape in place to avoid being pinched by the fork hitting the tube or catching on the rider. Readout can be moved along tube (to the limit of the wire) to adjust for individual preference.

Remove computer and clean & dry after each use. Corrosion is not our friend. Change your batteries once in a while. Always wear clean underwear.


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We came to the Jersey shore after the season had ended. Even the late season was over. Everything was closed except for a few gift shops, two restaurants and a bar. We managed.

Low tide, and usable hard-pack beach for buggys, was shortly after sunrise at the beginning of the week, but into the afternoon by the final

Sunday and Monday.

Early morning,, we met at the buggy tree and trekked out to the beach. Soon the sky would painted by these big, brightly colored foils as they made their way up and down the beach.

On Monday we had wind at 90 degrees to the beach and that was offshore. Many times we passed unlucky souls who were dragging water-soaked bags out of the ocean.

Most times we had a quartering wind and getting upwind took time and dedication. Most stayed near the end of the beach where the convention was to happen, but you could often spot a quad or Peel far up the beach, working their way around a little point and further into a long upwind reach to a rock jetty that blocked further progress.

The TV show Beyond 2000 was there filming Dominique Scholtes and Phillip McConnachie for an episode to air in March or April.

Mike Greenholz brought some funny helmet covers as this was an AKA event. The beach was soon covered with pigs, devils, sharks and dinosaurs as we all got into the spirit of the event.

Saturday saw gale force winds 25-35 mph and only a few hardy souls with small kites busting through the windblown dunes. What a Buggy Week!


Ted Dougherty is with Skynasaur in Colorado and they are producing the new QuadTrac foils. More elliptical and sporting a trick adjustment feature in the main bridles, the QuadTrac takes the next step in efficiency and power for traction user

Full range of sizes. Sail is 1 oz. ripstop, the bridle points are reinforced at the sail and balanced nicely as the sail has few wrinkles.

The QuadTrac-3 turns quickly and accelerates smoothly across the wind. Power is good at the edge and response on short lines is impressively precise.

Cross-vented end cells are available on request.

Bob-ski plays the pillow for the Sliceman (r) and Mr. Benson (l) as they take a well-deserved break after a solid afternoon of buggy stuff at the AKA convention in Wildwood New Jersey. [rogue caption for one of the awesome illustrations and outstanding photography that's conspicuous by it's absence] (windwiz)

By the way, Dean Jordan likes to see his name in print. But in this issue... That's all he gets.


If you buggy on coastal beaches, you quickly learn a respect for the power of the sea, and you learn the importance of tidal conditions on your buggy fun.

The Tidelog presents the tides and currents graphically (over M.C. Escher's "Second Day of Creation"). You see the whole week at a glance! I find the information greatly enhances my ability to plan my buggy time.

If you live or buggy on the East Coast (pity) there are books for No.

New England (Massachusetts, N. Hampshire & Maine coasts), So. New England (Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, Block Island Sound, eastern Long Island Sound), Mid-Atlantic (New York, New Jersey, western Long Island, western Connecticut, coastal Delaware and Virginia), Chesapeake Tidewater (Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, Washington & the Tidewater area of Virginia).

If you are fortunate enough to be out here in the west, there are books for Puget Sound (Puget Sound & north into the San Juan Islands), No. California (S.F. Bay and Delta, south to Monterey and north to the Nehalem

River in Oregon), and So. California (Los Angeles, San Diego, Catalina, south to Manzanillo, Mexico and north to Carmel).

The 1995 Tidelog is only $ 12.95 Write to Pacific Publishers, Box

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I have used the Tidelog for the last three years and find it invaluable. You will too! Tell them I sent you... It won't help, but they're interested.