OVERVIEW Dune Buggies - The Fun Car Journal was first published in three quarterly editions as a Cycle World Special Edition.
The publisher was Joseph Conrad Parkhurst
in Long Beach, California. Parkhurst had created Cycle World in 1962, and he used a more objective approach to product evaluations.
After three quarterly publications, the magazine was launched as a full-sized, bi-monthly product in June, 1968. A year later it went to a monthly format, then in
April, 1970, the "fun car" aspect of the title was dropped and the magazine became Dune Buggies and Hot VWs. At this point content was nearly
100% off-road oriented.
With the summer 1972 edition, the magazine was sold to Wright Publishing in Costa Mesa, California. Jim Wright took over as editor and publisher.
Then in May, 2017, the magazine was purchased by Orange County International (OCI) Media. The new owner and publisher is Shin Mukai. The magazine is still published,
making it one of the oldest and most established publications centered on VW-powered performance.
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The publishers provided net paid circulation data to NW Ayer starting in 1970. Publishing volumes grew from 7,200 in 1970 to 18,000 monthly through 1990.
All cover images are complete through 1995.