What is it?
Several years ago, a large group of like minded Land Rover owners got together in Stowe, Vermont for the first Muddy Chef Challenge. A three day event that combines off-roading and a vehicle based gourmet cooking challenge (think The Great Race meets Top Chef).
In 2014 the event was moved to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. The new location offered a perfect combination of space – the event has grown significantly, beautiful scenery (the northwest corner of Connecticut is breathtaking), access to sporting events (sporting clay shooting and fly fishing at Orvis, etc.) and challenging off-road driving – all while surrounded by Lime Rock Park’s 53 year history of automotive culture. In short – if you like motorsports, shooting, vintage cars, and Land Rover – this is the perfect place to be.
The Muddy Chef Challenge is firmly tongue in cheek and is more focused on having a good time, meeting and getting to know the participants, and talking all things Land Rover.
When is it?
The 2014 Muddy Chef Challenge official dates are July 31, August 1,2,3 2014!
Where is it?
GPS – N41°55’51.57″ – W73°23’29.56″
Lime Rock Park60
How hard is the off-road part?
We offer several levels of off-road challenges. For most, a stock Land Rover Series II can drive the course. There are several routes for those who want more of a challenge. There will be coaching and instruction for those who want it. Off-road instructors will be guiding and helping with safety and recovery. We strive for zero body damage. You will be impressed at how capable your Land Rover (any model or year) is off-road.
What does my vehicle need?
You need a solid recovery point on the front and rear of the vehicle. The recovery points should be installed before we hit the trail.
Your vehicle should be in good repair without any serious frame rust and able to handle basic off-road challenges. I could go into horrific detail here, but won’t. If you brung it and want to run it – fine. As with all events like this, YOU are responsible for your own actions. If you hurt yourself – you are responsible. We don’t need lawyers……
What if I break down?
Not a problem. You will be surrounded by some of the most talented and experienced mechanics and Land Rover experts on the planet (T. Congleton Rovers, etc.) Should you have a breakdown, just about everyone will go out of their way to lend a hand and get you back on the trail or road again.
What’s it cost?
We are unique. We believe that events like The Muddy Chef Challenge should be run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Unlike similar for profit events in the North-East, we are fully transparent with costs and expenses. Zero profit always!
SO WHAT’S IT COST?
The cost to camp is $35.00 per Land Rover per night (Support vehicles are not charged in addition). Camping fees are paid directly Lime Rock Park. After you register for the event you will receive an invoice from Lime Rock.
What should I bring?
As this a vehicle based camping and cooking event. Participants need the usual camping equipment, tents, chairs, sleeping bags, coolers, food cooking equipment, etc, etc. We encourage participants to set up an African Safari style camp. Oriental rugs, leather chairs, Land Rover flags and signs – go over the top! Prizes will be awarded for the most outrageous campsite. Our base camp last year was a huge Revolutionary War Canvas Tent.
If you forget something don’t worry everyone is happy to share and there are plenty of nearby grocery stores, farm markets and liquor stores.
For the event – we could use just about everything. Land Rover Flags and Banners, British Flags. American Flags, camp stoves, coolers, screened in porch thingies, a 10,000 watt PA system, and just about anything else that would add to the fun of the event. Please feel free to let us know what you can and want to bring.
We look forward to seeing you at The Muddy Chef Challenge 3!