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In the early sixties, when the youth of LA already cruised around in Beach Buggies, the VW scene in the UK slowly began to realise their was a hole in the market. The first Buggies to be seen in Britain were Manx imported from the USA. GP Speed Shop was one of the first companies to catch on an actually start building their own buggy.
They won the design copyright battle against Mr Bruce Meyers himself. And that's how the GP remained the staple diet of buggy heads throughout the 60's and 70's.
With moulded windscreen frames and integrated side panels, the introduction of a long wheelbase version and the MK2 was the beginning of GP's input into the design and development of the UK`s own Buggy. Once a few kits got into the hands of perfectionist Show Car builders the scene exploded with buggies featuring regularly in VW shows and events since the early 70's.
Due to decline in interest in the early 80's, GP was forced to sell the original mould, since then the GP kit has been handed down from person to person. Today, the original MK2 mould is still in production but has more than seen it's day.
(source: Low Budget Club)
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