1986  WC: Frederic Veysseyre (France) – Yankee 86 / Yankee-Cipolla / Techno
TQ: Pedro de la Rosa (Spain)

The first ever official 1/8 Buggy World Championships were held in 1986, in Grenoble, France. Fittingly Frenchman Frederic Veysseyre racing a Yankee 86 powered by a Cipolla engine  held off to win infront of Pedro de la Rosa – former F1 driver and future two time Champion Maurizio Monesi in 3rd. Below is a fantastic historic video (in French) from Grenoble ‘86 note the amount of spectators! With a total of 7 drivers in the final France’s record stood, equaled by Japan twice (’90, ’92) but only surpassed 22 years later at Charlotte ’08 with finals now 12 cars and the US taking 8 spots in the final. The video shows how much has changed since the first Worlds – car handling, tyres, engines etc. However track design itself changed little over the next 10+ years, only in the mid 1990s did serious jumps start to be introduced. Out of the 117 entries 85% (99) of the entry field were European, 17 Japanese & a single American. Serpent the most popular car followed by the Yankee.

Whilst complete results from ’86 are hard to come by there are a few names in the finishing order who would go onto greater things in RC – 11th, Claude Lachat (future car designer & father to Philippe Lachat) – 32nd, Dieter Feldmann (father of future 1/5th World Champion Markus Feldmann) – 36th, Gil Losi Jr. (1/10 EL WC in ’85 & the only US driver to take part) – 38th, Pieter Bervoets (co-founder of Serpent in 1980 & the man behind Virtual RC) – 40th, Rody Roem (1/8 Onroad WC in ’85, would go on to form RB Products in 1992)

1986 undoubtedly belonged to Veysseyre, it would be the first of 3 consecutive final appearances from him and he remains the only driver to ever achieve the unofficial ‘double crown’ in 1/8 Buggy – winning the Worlds & Euros in the same year.
See our Grenoble ’86 image gallery for magazine scans & photos.

Frederic Veysseyre’s Yankee ’86

Mini Circuit de Montbonnot – Grenoble ’86 track