Area residents and long-time visitors have long known Mac Wood was the first to take a motorized ride on the Silver Lake sand dunes.

Now more people are getting the word.

Mac Woods Dune Rides was featured in the November/December issue of Dune Buggies and Hot VW's "Sand Sports."

The four-page feature complete with black and white and color photos chronicles the business from its roots in 1927.

"That was pretty exciting," said Bev Wood. "I guess it was a surprise they came to us."

Wood also was pleased the magazine featured the US Sand Nationals at West Michigan Sand Dragway in the same edition.

According to the article, author Michael Sommer took his dune buggy in 1985.

"Ranking high up there on the scale with that experience was the first time I went on a Mac Wood's Dune Ride," Sommer wrote. "The year was 1991, and I embarked on the breathtaking ride with a large group of friends, some of whom were from California and Arizona and the others were Michigan natives who took it upon themselves to introduce us 'first-timers' to the legendary experience that's unique to this region of the country."

Sommer also plugs Silver Lake in the story.

"When talking with other sand vehicle enthusiasts, and telling them about some of the places I've traveled for work, I'll always mention Michigan and the beautiful resort town of Silver Lake. Reason being that there's just so much to experience in such a small area. You can do everything from sand duning to watersports, spectate the sand drag races, attend a concert at Val-Du-Lakes, rent Jeeps and buggies and take them out on the dunes, race go-karts and much more," Sommer wrote. "There are several lakes and campgrounds in the area which also makes it the perfect location for families to take their summer vacation. And chances are when they get there they will, at some time or another during their stay, head over to Mac Wood's Dune Rides. I'm truly amazed at how every time I drive by the corner where the business is located, there are always a number of people waiting to go on their 40-minute long adventure."

According to Wood, a Studebaker magazine recently interviewed them for an upcoming story. Studebaker were the vehicles of choice for dune scooters for many years.