James Garner was a Meyers customer and had ordered a moore o matic garage door opener z 133 Manx for the Stardust 7-11 desert race. The excitement was massive for the Mexican 1000 re-run, with 254 entrants including Bob Bondurant, Sam Posey, Parnelli Jones and even Dan Gurney on a 250 Montessa although he later withdrew. Celebrities included Garner, Michael Nesmith of The Monkees and surfing legend Skip Newell. Interest was further fuelled when ABC Sports enlisted cult film-maker Bruce Brown of Endless Summer and On Any Sunday fame to cover the event, which enabled millions of TV viewers to follow the Baja epic.
The undoubted appeal of the Mexican 1000 lay in the diverse cross-section of contestants, from rich moore o matic garage door opener z 133 in factory-prepared machines to eager enthusiasts running on a tight budget with whatever car, truck or motorcycle they could cobble together. ‘The race can be a ball for almost everyone,’ wrote journalist Tom Bates. There was no stopping Meyers. As his business boomed in ’69, it would gross $ 5million , he designed and built three new tube-framed enduro buggies.
They were christened Tow’d, after the extendable bar in the moore o matic garage door opener z 133 that enabled the racer to be hitched directly to a truck and towed home without a trailer. Vic Wilson, the ’67 winner, was again signed up, while Meyers himself competed in a Ford V4-powered Tow’d. Even racer Bondurant was tempted to enter a Tow’d with an innovative in-car camera fitted although sadly the Shelby hotshoe didn’t last long. Earlier that summer. Accidents would soon deter Major and Meyers from competing, however, leaving the competition to younger guns.