Join Arkonik and The Muddy Chef Challenge crew for an afternoon of Polo. This is the sixth annual Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup match. Watch Gold’s Dragoons battle Squadron A. Come early so we can park alongside each other and tailgate in style! Pack your Yeti coolers and grab your pop-up canopy, lunch baskets, and head out for an amazing afternoon of polo.
The match is held at the Fairfield Hunt Club. Located at 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880. Tailgating starts at 1:00 and match play begins at 3:00. Prizes are awarded for the best ladies hat and the best tailgate. As this is a Muddy Chef Challenge affiliated event, the price of admission is – FREE!
Don’t want to pack a lunch or cooler? No worries, you can buy drinks and a catered lunch at the club. The lunch is $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for kids.
Land Rover stopped manufacturing the Defender on January 29, 2016. After being produced in various forms for the past 68 years, the iconic Defender – the quintessential safari vehicle is no more. What’s a US based enthusiast to do? Have you seen the prices on e-bay? Huge sums for Defenders in a wide variety of conditions – from rusted out hulks to “brand new” models of dubious legal status. We’re talking serious risk and serious money. What can a potential buyer do to find and purchase the Defender of their dreams? Have one custom made. Your color, your options, your ideas, your dreams. Arkonik is dedicated to creating the finest Land Rover Defenders in the world. 100% legal for import to the United States.
Visit with Tom Maxwell of Arkonik at the polo match to learn more (and perhaps take a test drive) in one of their bespoke Land Rover Defenders.
If Land Rover made an aircraft would you fly in it? Why/Why Not?
Yes, I enjoy uncertainty and I have faith in myself to identify with Land Rover’s limitations and I would fly the Land Rover and maintain the Land Rover accordingly.
Tell us a little about your background, your career, and where you live.
I spent 15 years training for and working within safety critical roles within the demolition industry. My passion for Defenders turned into a business 10 years ago. I am now CEO of Arkonik, and work every day within the business, my primary role within Arkonik is product and business development. I live in a small home in the Somerset town of Midsomer Norton in England.
Arkonik names each Defender they build. My favorite is “Axel” What are some of the staff’s favorite builds (we know this is like trying to pick your favorite child, but indulge us).
We all prefer the simple and traditional builds, particularly; Puntjack, Denali, Savannah and Madeleine. My own personal preference is for a red Defender, any Defender “as long as it’s red”.
Tell us about the Prestige/Arkonik relationship?
Our relationship is born to provide a conduit into the USA for our shared passion for the Defender, the ownership and majority staff of each business are connected in the desire to do the very best we can do, at whatever we do, whilst having fun and working with like-minded people, we recognize our strengths and weakness, we support and care for our
Clients, we acknowledge that we are skin and bones and that Defender is metal and material. Like Defender we keep going when confronted with crisis or failure. We tread carefully but confidently. Through these shared understandings and values we are able to do business together and are able to provide an opportunity for discerning Clients to experience the utility of an Arkonik product within the luxurious and established Prestige setting.
Each Arkonik is a custom built Defender – what’s the most insane vehicle you have been commissioned to build?
It must be “South Beach” this was designed and built for a seemingly very unassuming man – we were surprised by his choices and delighted by the outcome. South Beach has a powder “baby” blue body with Chawton white accents, the interior materials comprise shades of white and tan.
How many Land Rovers have you owned and which was your favorite?
I have owned 1 Land Rover Defender for 20 years – it’s a 1983 110 V8 station wagon, I also have a RR Classic 3.9 V8 from 1994 which I have owned for 12 years. Recently I have purchased a hard top 110 V8 which I have stripped bare for summer use.
What’s the best thing about owning a Land Rover?
The ability to make it your own and the sense of potential it provides.
What’s the worst thing about owning a Land Rover?
Been on an adventure? – tell us about it
I spent a year travelling 25,000 miles across western and eastern Europe, the entire breadth of Russia and Mongolia and included a circuit of Australia by motorcycle, alone. I met many obstacles and adventurers on the journey including a good few Land Rover owners in Siberia.
If you were on safari which three (living or dead or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?
My son and my daughter and Oscar Wilde.
We are very excited to announce our partnership with the Prestige family of fine cars and and Arkonik – builder of bespoke Land Rover Defenders. Be sure to visit the VIP chalet at Lime Rock during the Muddy Chef Challenge. Prestige and Arkonik will have a number of new Land Rovers and Arkonik Defenders for you to experience and drive. Most Land Rover enthusiasts will never have a chance to experience an Arkonik and this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about these beautiful, hand-crafted Land Rovers. Here’s an introduction to Prestige and Arkonik:
Welcome To The Prestige Family of Fine Cars
At Prestige, we strive to make every customer a customer for life. We are proud to serve multiple areas around the country including New York and Connecticut while our New Jersey dealerships have been serving the Tri-State area for over 45 years. Our promise is to keep delivering the same award winning service and value that our community has come to expect from all of our dealerships through the years.
The Prestige Family of Fine Cars is the leading vehicle dealer network in the Tri-State Region, with over 50 years of service to the car-buying public in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Having established its first showroom in Montclair NJ in 1947, it has now offers superior service, huge selection and unbeatable prices in the towns of Wappinger’s Falls and Middletown NY, Paramus, Mahwah and Ramsey NJ, and Stamford CT
Prestige partners with British Company Arkonik to restore vintage Land Rover Defenders.
Classic Land Rover Defenders have traditionally been hard to come by in the U.S., but a firm called Arkonik has changed that. From its base in England’s West Country, Arkonik seeks out vintage Land Rover Defenders in the U.K. and Europe, lovingly restores them to meet the requirements of its customers, and delivers them all over the world. Arkonik was born in CEO Andy Hayes’ driveway, where he repaired and sold Defenders to U.K. buyers. The company grew to market the vehicles throughout Europe and North America.
Prestige Land Rover is one of only two dealerships in North America to partner with Arkonik – proudly offering the classic styling and robust performance of the Defender to Americans whom enjoy shopping for vintage Land Rovers. The Defender is legendary, and with good reason. To join the ranks of many Defender-lovers, a client can go to the Arkonik website and configure exactly what he or she wants in a Defender. From this point, it’s 18 to 20 months before the client takes delivery on a bespoke vehicle. During this time, Arkonik sources a Defender on the client’s behalf and performs a 10-week, bare-chassis restoration that will render what is basically a better-than-new vehicle. It’s all about attention to detail.
As a proud partner with Arkonik, Prestige Land Rover in Paramus has a number of in stock bespoke Defenders available for immediate delivery in their showroom. Customers can visit Prestige to view these one of a kind vehicles and learn more about how they might order their own custom Defender today.
Read an interview with Andy Hayes of Arkonik. CLICK HERE
See that smiling guy in the photo? That’s Rodney Brooks the owner of both Performance Unlimited and DAP Enterprises. We are very excited that Rodney will be back again this year for The Muddy Chef Challenge. DAP//Performance Unlimited will offer a few interesting technical discussions at the MCC. Specific details will be announced shortly. Welcome back Rodney!
ABOUT PERFORMANCE UNLIMITED
What does the term Automobile Performance really mean? Is that term reserved for people who want their cars to go fast, or to race in some way? In a really short answer: NO! For a true automobile enthusiast, performance can mean almost anything. Whether you want to make your car go faster, achieve better fuel mileage, look cooler through personalization of its looks, make it fit bigger tires for the rough roads ahead, or just want it to perform at the best that its designers intended it, these are all forms of automobile performance.
So whether you are an off-roader, a racer, enjoy car shows, are a hyper-miler, or just need a tune-up, you are at the right place! The professionals at Performance Unlimited are truly automobile enthusiasts, and speak your language. We pride ourselves on understanding what our customer needs from your visit, and making that happen to your satisfaction and beyond.
You want to be involved with the modifications so that you can tell your friends you did it? Sure, no problem! You want to drop off your restoration project on a flat bed and pick it up when its done? No problem! Know exactly what you want? Have just a vague idea how you want your custom to look? We are happy to work with you for whatever your needs are.
Here at D.A.P., we’re in our 40th year of the Land Rover Lifestyle. We defined the Lifestyle in North America as the oldest “Rover Only” specialist. Whether you drive a vintage Series or the latest supercharged offering from Solihull, we can supply parts and service at the best value. Please explore our web site, but keep in mind that it’s only a fraction of the vast inventory we carry. Take a few minutes to get to know us at D.A.P. Enterprises, and see what we’ve been doing for Rovers during the past 40 years.