From his experience in the rough terrain of Death Valley [Charles] Manson decided that dune buggies were just the vehicles for his mobile snuff squad. They were great for outrunning cops in the abyss. They were light enough so that two or three of the gore groupies could lift them over boulders and precipices… Dune buggies, ah sacred dune buggies — they were battleships. He would later outfit dune buggies with huge gas tanks giving them a 1000-mile assault field. They put machinegun mounts on them and Manson’s command buggy was fixed so that it could be slept in. There could be food dune buggies, ammunition dune buggies, dope supply dune buggies, etc.
— Ed Sanders, The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion