VW Beetle Dune

A few months back, I had the opportunity to photograph Volkswagen’s new Beetle Dune. Along with the COTU crew, we shot video and photos from Beatty Nevada east to Valley of Fire National Park. We then headed south through Kelso Dunes, Joshua Tree national park and wrapped things up in Palm Springs California. Chris Stahl from Volkswagen North America was with us every step of the way- through flash floods, the toxic chemical fires in Beatty Nevada, late nights and early early mornings, and all the constant cleaning of the Dune Beetles’. We also had a the opportunity to meet the Desert Dingo Racing team. Not only did they bring their 1969 Baja bug for us to shoot, but they also brought a ton of great stories to share. But those stories are meant to be told in person and over a few cold ones.

 

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen and the Desert Dingo Racing 1969 Baja Bug. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

 

Desert Dingo Racing’s 1969 Baja Bug enjoying the clearing stomr and a double rainbow. Photographed Near Beatty Nevada by James Halfacre

Desert Dingo Racing’s 1969 Baja Bug enjoying the clearing stomr and a double rainbow. Photographed Near Beatty Nevada by James Halfacre

 

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

 

Desert Dingo Racing photo shoot with the new VW Beetle Dune. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

Desert Dingo Racing photo shoot with the new VW Beetle Dune. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

 

The Cotu crew along with Desert DIngo racing and Chris Stahl. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

The Cotu crew along with Desert DIngo racing and Chris Stahl. Photographed at the Valley of Fire National Park by James Halfacre

 

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed at Kelso Dunes by James Halfacre

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed at Kelso Dunes by James Halfacre

 

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed at Joshua Tree National Park by James Halfacre

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed at Joshua Tree National Park by James Halfacre

 

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed in Palm Springs, CA by James Halfacre

The 2016 Beetle Dune from Volkswagen. Photographed in Palm Springs, CA by James Halfacre

Here is a special Directors cut of the reveal video.

If you would like more  information on the Dune or see more images follow some of the links below.

The Orange County Register

Jalopnik.com

Autoblog.com

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