This beauty was released by Tamiya back in december 1980. It probably arrived in 1981 in Norway. The first entry level so called 'dual purpose vehicle' for both on- and off-road use. Styled according to beach buggies of south california the Holiday Buggy body was placed on a very simple bath-tub chassis, with no dampers, open gear box and a RS-380S motor to keep the cost down.
I don't recall exactly, but I think I was 12 years (in 1982) when I got this, my very first RC car! My first love!!! :-)
Back then we lived in Moltmyra, Heimdalsbyen, Trondheim. A guy down the street named Are had bought a Holiday Buggy, and was having a blast on the paved internal streets of Heimdalsbyen. I was instantly hooked!
When my father finally let meg have a car, he had been on a business trip to Oslo, and tried to get one there. He'd reckoned the price to be lower there than
in Trondheim, but ended up paying NOK 720 in stead of 690, doh!
I was in bed sick with a throat infection, so I was extremely happy to get this wonderful thing right there and then! I had for years enjoyed Lego and
especially Techo Lego. But when I discovered RC I was in heaven!!!
One of the pictures are of my original car, when I was a kid. It has Rough Rider rear wheels. Blurry pic, but early 80s compact cameras were not like today's digital SLRs... I had so much fun with this car. And did lots of modifications on it. Upgrading from the 380 to the 540 motor. Nobody told me I needed a new motor mount, so that was a pain in the a*** at first! Tested with different front springs, and those were ball pen springs! Later fixed and strengthened the front suspension (long screw through the swing arm mount + large washers at the upper spring mounts). Even made it waterproof with the use of plastic and tape. And made sort of a dust cover for the gears from some blister pack transparent plastic. It was at first in the original colors, but ended up being all black before I sold it. I could only afford one car at a time, and had to sell it in order to buy the much hyped crazy Wild Willy! My father was the manager of a shop called 'Kvikk Husmorservice' (consumer electronics, TVs, washing machines etc) at that time, and my early RC cars were all sold in the display window of that store. On a velvet rotating stand... hard to resist!
Getting hold of this HB from my childhood would later turn out to be also my 'downfall'... this is where I for the 1st time discovered the dark side, more precisely ebay!!! I bought this car from ebay/US, and it was new built and in perfect condition. The only thing I did was paint it and do the tire lettering. I've only ever done tire lettering once before, and that was on my original HB. I had forgotten how time consuming it was! I had to do the painting of all the details two(!) times, as I used acrylic paint first. Being water based it was in hindsight not a very bright idea to try and get rid of the dust by showering it... It's 100% original, except that I painted the roof supports/bars gloss black, and the rear sun protection matte black. I think that looks better.
I also did not know then that you could 'snipe' ebay auctions, and I remember bidding in the middle of the night on my cell phone with a web browser. Under the bed blanket, while my girlfriend was sleeping beside me.Thank you gixen.com for ebay auction sniping service! Makes life so much easier!
I didn't buy any more cars after this 1st one for a long while... until I was googling for Kyosho Progress pics... and ended up on ebay again. Then it totally took off! Stopped at 75 cars! :-)
15.3.2013 update: Now with a picture of it from a temporary exhibition in 2012 at the Norwegian Technical Museum in Oslo - it's famous now!!!
If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Tamiya Custom Sand Rover - Pics Part 1/2 [GIVEN AWAY]