SPONSOR PROFILE / Jim Geroux, Research In Recovery

5 Questions for Jim Geroux of Research in Recovery

If Land Rover made an airplane would you fly in it?

If the correct maintenance crew had prepared it. I would fly in it.

Tell us a little about yourself, family and background.

I was born and raised in rural, upstate NY. I spent my childhood in the woods and fields around my parents’ home riding motorcycles and driving field cars (whatever I could find for little money). Which means I spent an equal amount of time in the garage fixing and maintaining them. Unknowingly I was training myself to be a land rover owner. I became a machinist in the late 80’s and still machine today. I’m always thinking up ways and ideas for making my vehicles better, tougher and more dependable. Machining allows me to make my designs reality.

We’ve been married for 20 yrs and enjoy living in upstate NY.

We recently had an opportunity to use one of your products for an off-road recovery.  Tell us a about your company and your products.

We are a very small company – just my wife and myself. Our goal is to build and design parts and components that are ultra-high quality, quality you can feel in your hands. I design and build the prototypes and test them in the field. Then we have a local machine shop manufacture to our specifications.  I go wheeling for some R&R which turned into our company name Research in Recovery. 

Do you have plans for any new products?

Yes, we have a few new products in the works. One of which we hope to unveil at Muddy Chef. We are also working on making some Rover specific parts and accessories which will be distributed through Atlantic British. We will be sure to let you know once they have parts in stock.

How many Land Rovers have you owned?  Which was/is your favorite?

One could say I officially have the Rover disease.

I own three Land Rovers and all are on the road and drivable.

1) 1981 Series III 88 RHD w/2.25 diesel

2) 1998 Discovery 1

3) 1992 Range Rover Classic

Which is my favorite?

That is a tough one! The series truck started it all he was my daily driver for more than a couple of years. Then came the Disco which is my daily driver now and has been to hell and back several times with me. Most recently to Moose on the Loose 2015 in the Maine north woods and performed flawlessly. The RRC is the latest edition to the family. It has its sights on driving to MOAB and back next spring for a bit of wheeling in Utah.

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They are all special in their own way and my favorite is the one that I am driving at that moment in time.

Thank you for having us at Muddy Chef.  We are really looking forward to it.

Jim & Kristen Geroux


Editor’s Note: Jim is famous for making the best paella anyone’s ever had!


PROFILE / Rob Wollschlager


Proust/Solihull Questionnaire


1.      If Land Rover made an aircraft would you fly in it?   Why/Why Not?

The Series 1 was first assembled with leftover aircraft parts and paint anyway, so a full on Land Rover plane isn’t that much of a stretch. Though I would hope all the gauges in the plane work, unlike any of the gauges in my series.

 2.      Tell us a little about your background, your career and where you live.

According to my father, Jim Wollschlager, my first words were “Injector Pump”, “Dad”, and “Money”, in that order, then followed by “Mom”. I grew up watching Camel Trophy videos, The Gods Must Be Crazy and any other Land Rover movie I could get my hands on. Land Rovers were always the passport to adventure with my family as they facilitated camping trips, off road excursions, and fostered the closest friendships I have to this day. My family and Series III 88 are back home in Mystic, CT, but currently I reside in Omaha, Nebraska with my dad’s Series IIA 109 pursuing a masters degree in Oral Biology before starting Dental School at Creighton University.

3.      How many Land Rovers have you owned and which was your favorite?

 One does not simply have a favorite Land Rover, rather there is an appropriate Land Rover for every occasion. The Series III Stage 1 V8 is ideal for highway cruises and long distance trips. Last summer it chauffeured a newlywed couple in NYC from the Waldorf Astoria to Greenwich Village.

 The Series IIA 109 is the ideal base camp/mild expedition vehicle, as it’s equipped with a winch, roof top tent, mud terrains, and plenty of room for camping stuff and friends.  My Series III 88 is the jack of all trades, it looks equally at home playing U-boat in a mud hole as it does sitting parked in front of the Ocean House. If I could keep these three rovers for the rest of my life, I will be a happy guy.




 4.      What’s the best thing about owning a Land Rover?

 The people. No other automotive community comes close. I look forward to rover events all year long to see old friends, make new ones, and commiserate over our wonderful taste in terrible British farm implements.

 5.      What’s the worst thing about owning a Land Rover?

 The risk. Somedays the risk adds adventure and thoroughly brightens an otherwise supremely mundane day. Other days when I really need to be somewhere on time, not smelling like oil or gas, and not covered in grease, I cannot bring myself to risk taking the rover.

 6.      Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

How much time do you have? Among the many, my favorite is still Winter Romp 2010. I was a senior in high school and drove the Series IIA 109 300 miles up to Benton, ME with my brother by ourselves. I was so excited and spent so much time in the woods that between leaving CT on Friday and returning on Sunday I only got 3 hours of sleep the whole weekend. To top it off, we made it home under our own power!

Others include Vermentation, Vermeat, and the Muddy Chef Challenge to just name a few.

7.      How do you plan to beat the competition this year at the Muddy Chef Challenge?


8.      If you could ask Land Rover for a particular type of vehicle what would it be?

Please bring the AA yellow NAS 90! It has to be yellow, black soft top, and Hellas across the top of the windshield. 

9.      What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

The 88 has a custom 4-point roll cage, winch bumper and warn 8274, 33″ BFG KM2’s, and a Detroit rear locker. It’s enough to get me in and out of a lot of trouble.

10.  If you were on safari which three people would you pick to bring along?

1: My dad. He’s my best friend, and I HATE that he’s always right. I have spent dozens of hours struggling with a particular nuance on a rover, he’ll let me struggle, then walk up, flick his wrist and fix whatever it was in a matter of moments, and proceed to blow cigar smoke in my face and chuckle. He knows these cars better than anyone I know, though he’ll never admit it. He’s an excellent camp host, exhaust manifold chef, driver and so much more.

 2: The George. If you have to ask, you’ll meet the man, the myth, the legend, my brother, at MCC4.

3: If we brought a third, we would need a bigger rover to carry all the food, booze, and cigars. Who said camping has to be roughing it? ​

Muddy Chef Challenge / Pre-Running the Madava Trail

The Muddy Chef (www.muddychef.com) staff and a select few volunteers recently visited Crown Maple/Madava Estate. We spent the day pre-running the trails and moving a log or two.  Lunch was served in the parking lot and everyone had a great time.  Video provided by Brad Andrews.





PROFILE / Robert Nimkoff



Proust/Solihull Questionnaire

1.      If Land Rover made an aircraft would you fly in it?   Why/Why Not?

Yes, but it would have to be a glider.

2.      Tell us a little about your background, your career and where you live.

Ex Seafood industry exec from Westport, CT currently living in Weston, CT. Punted the corp arena in 2008 to professionally pursue auto racing career and that’s how I’m depleting my retirement funds now!

3.      How many Land Rovers have you owned and which was your favorite?

My 1982 Stage One SIII is the first Land Rover for me. Ever since my Uncle bought a SII back in the 70’s (named Ralph) I’ve wanted one. Still want an 88 as well.


4.      What’s the best thing about owning a Land Rover?

Just being different and not having a carefree easy to drive car. It’s also very utilitarian for camping and farm work.

5.      What’s the worst thing about owning a Land Rover?

Not being able to smoke, drink and text at the same time because I’ve got to watch the road at all times!!!

6.      Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

Since it’s a new acquisition the Muddy Chef 3 was my first foray off road. Needless to say I had an adventure at Orvis when she rolled on the side in the articulation section. See photo!!

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7.      How do you plan to beat the competition this year at the Muddy Chef Challenge?

     Mario Batali is my co camper this year so I don’t need to say much more than that.

8.      If you could ask Land Rover for a particular type of vehicle what would it be?

Probably another gnarly basic off Series like vehicle. Jeep have taken this segment. Take it back.

9.      What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

Pretty stock. US trailer hitch.

10.  If you were on safari which three people would you pick to bring along?

Richard Leakey,  Jim Carrey (most recently in Dumb and Dumber to),  and my son.

Richard Leakey is Kenyan politician, paleoanthropologist and conservationist.












PROFILE / Max Simmons


This week we interview attorney, new father, style icon and sunroof-less Discovery owner Max Simmons.

Proust/Solihull Questionnaire


1. If Land Rover made an aircraft would you fly in it? Why/Why Not?


I’d always trust a Land Rover to get me to the remotest location. I’d want an aircraft carrier there waiting for me in the event that it assumed the British position when I went to start it the next morning.


2. Tell us a little about your background, your career and where you live.


Blue-eyed blond welfare baby born to a teen single-mother in small-town central Illinois. After working my way through college (and I do mean working — ask me sometime about some of those jobs!) I spent nearly a decade working for non-profits and politicians in Wisconsin till opting for law-school. I now live in New Haven with my perfect wife, Abigail, and our perfect children, Emma-Marguerite and Francesco. My eyes are still blue but the hair is gray.


3. How many Land Rovers have you owned and which was your favorite?


My ’97 Discovery is my first. It’s perfect for me. Stepped roof, alpine windows, and super-robust frame and drivetrain echo the original safari-mobiles while the ABS, airbags, A/C and side-impact beams update it just enough (my friends say it’s perfect for me because it’s a little bit redneck and a little bit elitist). After a long region-wide search (I wanted one without sunroofs) I found it hibernating mostly rust-free in an East Haven garage. The owner bought it as a project that he never got around to starting.


4. What’s the best thing about owning a Land Rover?


Two things: (1) Seeing it waiting for me in the parking lot: It promises adventure and escape, even if only once in a while, and (2) the friendship with my mechanic.

5. What’s the worst thing about owning a Land Rover?


The friendship with my mechanic.


6. Been on an adventure? – tell us about it


Besides the Muddy Chef? So far the adventures have been the steep learning curve in roadside repairs using bubblegum and duct tape.


7. How do you plan to beat the competition this year at the Muddy Chef Challenge?

Lock Eric Archer and Chris Copeland in the basement till August 3rd.


8. If you could ask Land Rover for a particular type of vehicle what would it be?


An updated NAS Defender 110 (or a 130!). I’m a family guy, and I’d love to have a suitably sized Rover for hauling the whole herd into some more remote locations.


9.    What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

TrueTrac diffs, front diff guard, JATE rings, and . . . new headliner!


10. If you were on safari what three people (living or dead) would you pick to bring along?

I probably should say Selous, Stanley and Schweitzer, but more likely I’d prefer Groucho Marx, Julia Child and Ansel Adams.

PROFILE / Keenan Langlois


This week we are interviewing Keenan Langlois – Muddy Chef competitor, professional Chef, LR4 owner,  and the man with one of the coolest campsites at last year’s Muddy Chef Challenge.

Proust/Solihull Questionnaire

1.      If Land Rover made an aircraft would you fly in it?   Why/Why Not?

Yes.  I would imagine if Land Rover made an aircraft it would be a helicopter, luxury on the inside with amazing maneuverability.

2.      Tell us a little about your background, your career, and where you live.

I am a chef at The Sinclair Kitchen in Harvard Square, and I live in Salem, MA just outside of Boston.  My family were Jeep owners since the seventies until I drove my sisters 2003 Disco a few years back.  I bought my first Land Rover in 2014.

 3.      How many Land Rovers have you owned and which was your favorite?

I have had the good/bad fortune of owning my first TWO rovers in one year.  This due to a wreck that totaled my first one in February.  I soon was on the hunt for another same year and color, which I picked up four weeks ago.

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4.      What’s the best thing about owning a Land Rover?

This year’s snowfall in the Northeast was abominable.  Loved just getting in the LR cranking it up, raise suspension and put it in drive. No shovel required!  This car also saved me a lot of pain from the wreck.  I walked away from a 60 mph head on collision.

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5.      What’s the worst thing about owning a Land Rover?

The temperamental warning lights.  What’s going to light up next?


6.     Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

My only great Land Rover adventure was MCC3, had a blast and looking forward to MCC4!


7.      How do you plan to beat the competition this year at the Muddy Chef Challenge?

I’m not looking to win anything in the chef challenge.  I just want to meet great new people and get into some serious mud.

   8.      If you could ask Land Rover for a particular type of vehicle what would it be?

I’ll leave the planning up to the experts.  Looks like they are going in the right direction with the Evoque and the new Disco Sport!

9.      What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

Since recommendations from new friends at  MCC3 I had added Johnson Rods and General Grabber AT 285/65/18.  Lost in the accident, but I will rebuild.

 10.  If you were on safari which three people would you pick to bring along?

  • Bear Grylls-because who wouldn’t want a survivalist by their side?


  • Gene’s Beans (Gene Schubert) to gently guide me through the rough terrain.

  • Kate Upton-because why the hell not?


















Join us next Monday for the next installment of “PROFILES” 



We get a shout out on Jalopnik

We Adopted A Terrible Toyota Truck To See How Reliable They Really Are

Andrew P Collins

We Adopted A Terrible Toyota Truck To See How Reliable They Really Are1

This is no diamond-in-the-rough. It’s not an “oldie but goodie” like Bowman’s well-storied Ram. This ravaged third-gen 4Runner a mean-muggin’ non-fucking-giving beater, and now we have the arduous task of taking care of it. Or, you know, destroying it.

Last night this lifted, bent, ratty Toyota 4Runner appeared at my doorstep like an abandoned baby in a basket. It smells faintly of Mexican food and everything aft of the front seats seem to have been converted to a sleeping/storage area.

At least somebody did put the wheel back where it’s meant to go, here’s the 4Runner as it sits at Truck Yeah HQ right now:

We Adopted A Terrible Toyota Truck To See How Reliable They Really Are234

The whole thing is this cool militaryish green/grey with a Rhinoliner’d hood (why?). The front grille is definitely not straight and neither is the (aftermarket?) trailer-hitch rig. But really, all it needs is a light bar and maybe some funky Plasti-Dip on those wheels. Next stop Wal-Mart, baby.

Okay the real story is the owner (a former colleague) lit off to San Francisco and didn’t feel like paying for parking, I think, so he bequeathed it to Truck Yeah!/Jalopnik for an undefined period of time “as long as we promised to document its destruction.”

I dunno, the whole arrangement’s pretty vague but I’m basically running a rusty orphanage up here and I just couldn’t turn those sweet three-spoke wheels away.

After a brief assessment and lap around the driveway, I’ve concluded it may be too nice to simply suicide… sounds okay, tires are great, and the 3″(?) lift looks professionally executed.

We Adopted A Terrible Toyota Truck To See How Reliable They Really Are

So what are we going to do with this hog? Chase polar bears up Canada way? Mud racin’? Make it my new guest bedroom? Should be a good rig to teach my fellow NY-based bloggers how to off-road this summer… at the very least.

Your turn: Ideas. Go.

Andrew P. Collins is Jalopnik’s off-road and adventure guy. Shoot him an email atandrew@jalopnik.com or hit him up on Twitter @andr3wcollins to talk trucks.

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You should come to Rovers on the Rocks this year, or Muddy Chef challenge up at Lime Rock if you want something more local to you.

Land Rover Series III for sale! / Need a ride for The Muddy Chef Challenge?


A Land Rover Series III for sale?  Wow!  So you want a classic Series III Land Rover but ain’t a bank president.  Or you are a bank president and you want an immaculate Series III Land Rover…  The car below could be either.  It’s an amazing original Land Rover with a huge amount of extra parts and some extremely rare stuff.  Have you ever seen the original tool roll and the protecto-plate ID plate?   No?  Neither had I.


Almost certainly a frame.  It’s crusty.   But, the truck drives and runs fine and has an overdrive.  That’s important for going somewhere closer than the local beach or camping trip.


Well, that depends.  You can buy it one of two ways.  As it is and do the work yourself.  Or negotiate a new frame and have an amazing barn find truck to drive anywhere.


PM me at info@muddychef.com and I’ll hook you up with the seller.  I’ll tell you in advance he ain’t looking for bargain hunters or tire kickers.



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hey event listing / 2015 MCC4

Muddy Chef Challenge 4

Muddy Chef Challenge 4

The date has been selected! July 30 – Aug 2, 2015. We are excited to continue our relationship with Lime Rock Park as event host. Also, since last year several million dollars has been invested there in infrastructure and grounds. That means all new showers and facilities! Heck, we even have a Tequila sponsor. It’s going to be great!


New this year – pick your campsite through an interactive map. We have VIP spots in reserve also.

Please visit …

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Atlantic British / OFFICIAL SPONSOR


About Atlantic British Ltd.

Atlantic British Headquarters Clifton Park NY

Why Shop With Atlantic British?

Our Story

Atlantic British Ltd. is a pioneer in Land Rover parts supply. In 1970, Atlantic British opened for business and became North America’s first mail-order resource for maintenance parts for Land Rovers. In fact, during 1974 – 1987, when Land Rover’s dealer network pulled out of the United States, Atlantic British was one of the very few sources available for Rover accessories and parts.

Many of our “charter customers” are still with us, as are many of their sons and daughters who have also been bitten by the Rover bug.

Serving Land Rovers owners for over 3 decades, we’ve tailored our service and products to meet the needs of the discerning Land Rover enthusiast. We’ve even expanded our line in British heritage vehicles with a full line of parts and accessories for MINI Cooper – available at our sister website, MiniCarParts.net!

Atlantic British Exceptional Customer Service Since 1970

Quality & Service

We know you want quality products and great service. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal and has been since we opened our doors in 1970! From pre-sales consultation through purchase and order follow-up, we strive to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied with their purchase and happy with their experience. Our knowledgeable Sales Representatives are more than just order takers, they are product experts that understand the mechanics of your vehicle and are ready to help you identify the parts or accessories that meet your needs and budget. Call us toll-free and ask an expert – we’re ready to help!


We know you want choices, so we provide you with a wide array of premium Land Rover parts, accessories and performance upgrades imported from around the world; many of which are available no where else in North America. As direct importers, we pay no licensing or import agent fees, and we are free to offer you the very best items for your Rover, be they Genuine Land Rover parts, Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts or quality Aftermarket parts and performance upgrades that enhance your driving experience even more.

Take advantage of our convenient and exclusive prepackaged kits! They come complete with everything you or your mechanic needs to do the job right the first time – nuts, bolts, pins, clips, seals, gaskets – everything! Convenient, prepackaged kits are a big reason why many home mechanics come back to Atlantic British for their vehicle projects and D-I-Y jobs.

Availability & Fast Delivery

We stock the parts we sell – and that’s more than 7,000 items and growing! The premise sounds basic and simple, but it’s very important when you’re considering a purchase. If it says ‘in-stock’ here on our website, it’s almost always on the shelf in our warehouse. In fact, with our expanded warehouses in New York and Nevada, we fill an average of 97% of orders from stock when you order by phone by 3pm eastern or order online before 12pm eastern, Monday – Friday. And with warehouses on both East and West coasts, we can offer fast and cost-effective shipping from UPS, FedEx and the USPS – from ground to overnight delivery!Read more…


We know you want to order with confidence, so everything you buy from us comes with our 1-year warranty against defects and a 30-day return/60-day exchange guarantee. (excluding electrical parts, shop manuals and videos). See our Store Policies page for more details.


We know you want information to help you maintain your land Rover in peak condition. Look for our convenient Product Instructions that will give you detailed information of product installation (you’ll find these conveniently tab-displayed on our product feature pages.) You will also find a special Tech Tips section for tips and pointers on properly maintaining your vehicle and solving common issues. We even have complete online Parts Catalogs for your Land Rover Vehicle with exploded drawings and assembly diagrams to help you find the part you need… And, of course, you can always Email Us or call us toll free for the most knowledgeable Rover Customer Service Reps in the business!


We know you want Rover enthusiasm and camaraderie, so we provide links to Land Rover Clubs across the continent where you’ll find fellow Rover enthusiasts gathering for off-road adventures. (When you join a Club, look for us there. It’s not unusual to find an Atlantic British staff member riding along.)

And, after all this, if there is still something you want that you’re not finding at Atlantic British, all you have to do is call or contact us and we’ll do our best to get it to you. Because you can’t stay in business all these years without being responsive to your customers. No matter how fast we grow or how big we become, that’s one thing about Atlantic British that will never change.

You have our word on that.

Happy Rovering,

Dick Taylor
Steve Springer

Partners, Atlantic British Ltd.


FOR SALE – 1984 Defender 110

Our good friend and supporter Eric Riston (Atlantic British) is selling his ridiculously tricked out Land Rover Defender 110.  At under $30 grand this is a serious bargain.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the price insanity on e-bay.  Consider this – if you worked at a Land Rover parts supplier would you skimp on anything?  NO WAY.  At that price this thing will be gone ASAP.

1984 Land Rover “Defender” 110 Diesel – $29500 (Clifton Park NY)

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1984 Land Rover 110 Diesel manual transmission title : clean

1984 Land Rover “Defender” 110 Diesel. It is a 2 door hard top right hand drive on a galvanized chassis with a 300Tdi mated to an R380 5 speed transmission. The inside has seats out of a 1995 Defender that where just recovered, 2 jump seats in the back for occasional passengers also has a LaSalle fiber headliner.

It has a long list of upgrades that where recently done.

ARB Air lockers FT and Rear
Front Great Basin pegged diff
Front HD axles from Rovertraxs
Air tank with front and rear outlets for tire inflation
Xbrake handbrake added for extra safety
Warn 8240-50 winch
Synthetic winch rope
HD Steering rods
Steering skid plates
Diff protection plates

In the last 300 miles the following is new
Steering box
Steering hoses
Steering pump
Fan and Fan clutch
Fuel lift pump
Fuel injectors
Valve seals

I have been into Rovers for over 20 years and this was my dream truck that I built to keep, but bad knee is forcing the sale.