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Community News Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 9, 1997 21 /t' The Great White rail "The time has come," the walrus said, "To talk of many things. Of shoes - and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages - and kings..." With this quote from Lewis Carroll of "Alice in Wonderland" fame, the walrus and the carpenter discuss, among other topics, the sweeping of all the sand from the beach. "They wept like anything to see such quantities of sand: "if this were only cleared away," They said, "it would be grand" Which quite naturally brings us to the topic of dune buggies. In particular, the Great White Rail. The Great White Rail - conceived in confusion, built in usury, and driven in ignorance. Two years have passed since the concep- tion of this modem custom built dune buggy and only now does the distance of years allow an unemotional, though heart rending, review of the birth of the Great White Rail. For years our stalwart young hero (me) had toiled in the desert helping production companies produce movies, music videos, and ILommercials. Many times it was necessary to rent dune buggies to a-ansport people and equipment into the more remote areas of the sand dunes at Dumont. Often it was noticed that most dune buggies are built like small sports cars, comfortable to fide in, but an act of contortionism to get into and cut of. The books were studied- there are no books. Advice was sought. "It can't be done because it never has been done" Engineering sudies were undertaken. "We do it this way because Charley did it this way and he won a race." Many visits were made to the dunes studying what people were driving. Measurements were made, measure- ments on vans, sedans and golf carts were made. The principles of trusses were studied and the properties of materials were reviewed. Even methods of fabrication came under scrutiny. A design was drawn, and redrawn, and done again. It looked sort of like a racing golf cart. Large roomy front and hack seats. An overhead freight rack. An untrussed span allowing easy entry and exit. This span no greater than that on cars, vans, and golf carts. Power requirements were studied remembering that the first Jeeps did fine with less than 50 horse power. Gearing and flotation of tires studied. Maybe it will work. How much is it going to cost? Visit the builders. Very dangerous waters. Price should not have been my overriding concern. Passed up a lot of fellows that would build it at a fair price. Found a man that said he'd do it at a very attractive price. Looked good. Had a shop, a lot of buggies around and a book of racing clippings. This should be ok. Super low interest In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty credit card offer on six month loan and =m.:. were-'-- on our way. Build this thing in a . --i::!i! month and pay it off out of earned income. ;:: Simple. Please send me to the home for simple people. Nine months of broken promises and then the builder has a stroke. I end up with a bate frame and my one half deposit is long used up. Agony, panic, gloom, depression. Time to grow up. Find a fellow in Victorville whoql fmish the job for only another $6,000. He does it. Darryl Evy is the name and he did me right. I call together the-good oM boys and we set out to conquer the dunes in my new buggy. Oops. Seems to be a learning ,curve here. Spend a lot of time stuck learning the basics of driving in the sand. It starts to come together. We're making money and doing a few jobs. If only it ran a wee better. Enter Jim Hale from Victorville. He was one of the fellows I thought too pricey for the initial construction. Time after time he saves me from my own enthusiastic stupidity. He turns the engine, he sets the suspension, he gives a few driving lessons. He ads some very needed gauges and parts. I start to feel a bit confident. Time passes. I think we may have a winner here. The buggy is a worker. Can carry four in seats and four more on the side rails, plus 1,000 pounds in the overhead rack. It does go through the sand. Cast and crew immediately prefer the Great White Rail because of its large size and comfort. In and out is easy and Around Amargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn The People For The West road cleanup went very well. The VFW is holding one Saturday, October 11. Anyone who would like to participate meet at the VFW Post at 9 a.m. If everyone would pitch in and pick up some trash, or better yet just don't throw it on the roadside, this valley would look great. Don't forget about the prachute jump at Jackass Aeropark, Lathrop Wells Comer. The fun begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 11. Johnny will be cooking his yummy burgers. The big discussion at the last town board meeting was the voting policy. There were two proposals. Both would provide for absentee ,oting. Neither was passed and it was decided to stay with the informal way it's been done so far. Nominations for two positions will be taken next month on Oct. 30. If you would like to serve your valley by sitting on the board you are welcome to run. Elections will be held Thursday, November 20. Discussion on the bylaws and oath of office were tabled until the next meeting so tlie members could go over it some more. The commission has signed the Gate 510 Industrial Park Memoran- dum of Understanding. The board is waiting forit to be sent down so they may sign it. At the last commission meeting the town's transit business (room) license tax ordinance was passed. It provides for a seven percent tax to be collected on all rooms and RV spaces rented in Amargosa. One percent of that is collected by the state, of which the town gets a portion. The other six percent goes straight to the town. The animal ordinance was voted down. The fire department received ten new brush turnout gear from the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The iibrary is working on their computer net- working system. There are 60 new health and fitness videos being processed, so look for them soon. The senior center was given $8,000 by the com- mission to do repairs of the pipelines. Veterans Day is coming up. There are forms at the town office to enter the various events. There is the Tiny Tots Children's Pageant, parade, auction, Chili-Enchilada Cook-off, etc. If you would like any information or forms call (702) 372-5459. ,lue iamon user Cactus - Cactus Largest Selection in Nevada Desert Plants ~ Succulents Lots of native Nevada plants Including: Red Barrels, Cilia, Yucca, Mound Cactus, Clafiet Teddy Bear, Beaver Trail, Prickly Pear, Saguaro Golden Barrels, Organ pipe, Desert Willow Blue Pale Verde, Ocotillo, Mexican Fence Post and Extremely Nice Nevada Joshua Trees Free Cactus Say you saw it in the Gazette, limit of one. Over 4,000 Desert P ants in Stock!!! Open: 9 am ~ 5 pm Daily, Sun 10 am ~ 5 pm 12740 Blue Diamond Road 1/2 Mile off 160 W. on Blue Diamond Rd. (Hwy 159) (702) 875-1968 Fax (702) 875-1913 a Sald Itm ,,1 ld 1 graceful. No contortions. The cool white buggy is a definite winner. A little touch up paint is added as needed after each job and the look is sharp and efficient. Dependable is the name of the game and while all the other buggies may be Corvettes, the Great White Rail is a staid and stately Checker Limousine. The popular white custom buggy is used extensively by guests taking pictures of themselves sitting in the beautiful and powerful sand car. Multiple power points for plugging in radios, cell phones and lap tops make the parked buggy into an instant communication center. The slow graceful gait of the large buggy over the sand is appreciated by cast with elaborate hair and costumes that don't do well in high powered hot rodding buggies. The Great White Rail, a buggy par excellence, but much more. The Great White Rail was envisioned as a large gentle aid to transport across tim steep shifting dunes at DumonL and so it is. Two years have passed since the final design was submitted and construction was started. It was traumatic and stressful, but now the graceful white sand car loads over the roiling dunes earning its keep and helping the film folks do their job with minimum effort anda bit of pleasure as they travel the dunes. The Great White Rail has finally grown up and a fine and graceful machine she is. iCleaning Not Your Thing? I Call Mrs. Clean Commercial Seal Grout Clean -up & cleaning Residential Carpet Cleaning Windows and nlore**0o Senior Discount Lbmased I I I III ATTENTION ALL VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION MEMBERS: STARTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 13TH, 1997 ALL VEA OFFICE SERVICES WILL BE CONDUCTED IN VEA'S NEW MAIN OFFICE BUILDING LOCATED ON HIGHWAY 372 IMMEDIATELY WEST OF THE PRESENT MAIN OFFICE. SAME HOURS: 8-5 MONDAY- FRIDAY ALSO, NEW NIGHT PAYMENT DEPOSIT WILL BE LOCATED IN THE DRIVE-THRU WINDOW IN NEW MAIN OFFICE STARTING OCTOBER 13TH @ Valley Electric Association, Inc.