Ropin’ the Moonbuggy

Season 7 Episode 4

Quick…answer this question…who put men on the moon? If you answered “gear heads” then you are right…but of course we call them engineers and rocket scientists now. However, that doesn’t change the fact that a bunch of hot rodders figured out how to get America into space, and today on GEARZ, Stacey takes a look at the amazing roots of the Space Program, and the incredible invention of the moon buggy. Then it’s out to the NASA testing grounds to see the annual Moon buggy race. Young engineers compete with schools from all around the world. If you think you’ve seen some weird projects, wait until you see what some of these young minds have dreamed up. You may think you’re on another planet… but you’re not…you’re just watching GEARZ!


History of the space program & Moonbuggy competition (Huntsville, AL Space & Rocket Center)

Speedway Motors

Universal, all Aluminum Fuel Tank, Remote Fuel Neck Assembly/Gas Cap

Stainless Works

2" Stainless Steel Tubing

Optima Batteries

Yellow Top Batteries

O'Brien Truckers

Finned, Aluminum Battery Boxes

Painless Performance

Dual Battery Kit

Watson's StreetWorks

Power Cut-Off Switch (for batteries)


1/32 scale digital race car sets


Performance XR3 Seats (SL-C Project)

Marsh Racing Wheels

15x14" Racing Wheels (British Supacat Project)

Interco Tires

6 Bogger Tires (British Supacat Project)