Dune Buggy Shrub Removal Doesn’t End Well for Cocky Driver

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It’s funny how using a machine for a task it wasn’t made for often ends in an epic fail. Fortunately, this one was captured for all to see. This guy ties a rope around a shrub and tries to uproot it with his dune buggy with hilarious results. It’s the kind of thing that can happen when you try to use a vehicle made for recreation to handle a serious task.

Dune Buggy Shrub Removal Doesn't End Well for Cocky Driver

Dune Buggies are Recreational Vehicles

The problem here of course is that a dune buggy is far too light to uproot a large shrub. The guy behind the wheel obviously underestimated how deep and strong shrub roots are. Dune buggies are recreational vehicles and although they can be fitted with fairly powerful 6-cylinder engines, they have light body frames and just aren’t built for pulling and towing.


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Since these vehicles are typically made to traverse dunes and sandy beaches, the “dune” part makes sense, but did you know that the “buggy” part comes from the Volkswagen Beetle? Also known as the Bug, this car is the preferred donor for building a dune buggy. They can also be built from scratch or a combination of the two methods.

Why Volkswagen?

The Volkswagen Bug is preferred for dune buggies because of the position of the engine in the rear of the vehicle. The extra weight gives the rear wheels extra traction and is another reason why the buggy failed to pull the shrub out in a big way; with the position of the engine, you could see that additional force on the back could tip it back. That kind of makes you wonder if this task could have been accomplished by attaching a rope to the front of the buggy and pulling it out in reverse; but again, buggies are lightweight and that’s definitely not a small shrub, so I don’t think the odds are too good. But anyway, here are a few other reasons why the Beetle makes the best donor for buggies: 

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