Ron Harrington / PROFILE

The Solihull Questionnaire

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

Yes, as long as a good mechanic was maintain it and if it had parachutes to put on.

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

I am a native Vermonter, I live in North Pownal, VT. I have been a Construction Contractor for 22 years.  I like to build and maintain things, probably why I am still driving a Land Rover.  I learned to drive off road at the age of 12 on VT class 4 roads and logging property.  I enjoy a lot of camping, kayaking, fishing and off-roading. I have own many off-road platforms, but Land Rovers are my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your team name?

Team Harrington or Bee Team is what go by when we compete it events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I have owned only one my current 2002 D2 Kalahari Edition.   I have had the
opportunity to drive some other models.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Owning a Rover

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

Owning a Rover

Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

I have been on many exploring, camping and off roading adventures throughout Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, New Jersey and New York.   There are many good stories to be told around the campfire with a Bourbon or two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I would like Land Rover to make a 100 inch wheel base Defender with a powerful V8.

If you were on safari which three (living, dead, or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?

Lazz Mckenzie, living, because he is an essential on any trip.  If you have met him you know why.  Marlin Perkins, dead, because who wouldn’t want him on safari.  Bumble Bee, fictional, because who doesn’t want an alien robot that turns into a car around.

Adventure Dog Tiberius

 

Paul Odelson / PROFILE

The Solihull Questionnaire

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

No. Hell no. Don’t want to play the “what’s that noise” game at 5,000 feet 

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

Born in New York City, Staten Island to be exact, aka the cousin Oliver of the boroughs. Grew up in Jersey. Went to college in New Hampshire fell in love with New England and never left. I practice real estate in Boston, but live about a 100 miles out of town in rural New Hampshire in a town with no post office and more dogs than people.


What’s your team name?

Team Blockheads. When you see my yellow labs it makes total sense


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

A 73 Series 3 88, 96 Disco, 93 RRC, 95 RRC and currently a 60 109, 67? Lightweight and a 98 D1. By far the lightweight.  Actually has a little speed, for a Rover


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

They give you a sense of humor and patience and if they don’t, nothing will


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

I’ve heard good things about something called “heat” inside vehicles. Hoping Land Rover decides to look into that one day.


Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

Are we talking a breakdown adventure? Because I don’t know how much room I have.


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

A lhd 130 would be nice but a vehicle from Rover chock full of lightweight parts would be nicer.  You know how tough it is to source lightweight parts in the States??

If you were on safari which three (living, dead, or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?

George Adamson


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Taylor Swift. I mean have you seen that video with her and the Rovers?

EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 27, 2017

PLEASE NOTE:  This is an estimated schedule only.  Events and activities are subject to change. 

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.     MEETING SITE: The Orvis Company Flagship Store in Manchester, Vermont.  The address is 4180 Main St, Manchester, VT 05254.  The Muddy Chef Staff will greet you at Orvis! From there you will leave for your off-road adventure and arrive at the Muddy Chef Campsite and HQ.

5:00 p.m.        Adventure Gates close. Course sweep and clearing.

5:30 p.m.        Non-Adventure registration opens at campsite.

6:00 p.m.        Vendor Village opens. Vendor presentations, tech sessions, etc.

6:30 p.m.        Arkonik presentation.

7:30 p.m.        13th Street Cocktails opens!

8:00 p.m.       Non-adventure challenge registration closes. No more admissions to the campsite until following morning.

11:00 p.m.      Quiet hours.

Friday, July 28, 2017

9:00 a.m. –  1:00 p.m.    Late registration arrivals at the Orvis Company Flagship Store in Manchester, Vermont.  The address is 4180 Main St, Manchester, VT 05254.  The Muddy Chef Staff will greet you at Orvis! From there you will leave for your off-road adventure and arrive at the Muddy Chef Campsite and HQ.

9:30 a.m.       Safety meeting in the main tent.

10:00 a.m.     Departures for off-site activities:

Off-Road

Falconry

Shooting

Fly Fishing

Outlet Shopping

10:30 a.m.     Off-Road presentations and instruction in the main tent.

11:00 a.m.      Multi-Track Activities:

Test drives in Arkonik Defenders.

Off-Road driving at campsite.

12:00 p.m.     Lunch on your own.

2:00 p.m.       Return to campsite to prepare for fancy dress cocktail party and Chopped cooking challenge.

3:00 p.m.       Depart for the offsite party and Chopped Challenge.

4:00 p.m.       Arrive at EVENT SITE – TBA

5:00 p.m.       Chopped Challenge begins.

6:00 p.m.       All meals must be turned in for judging.

6:30 p.m.       Judging complete. Trophy and prize awards.

7:00 p.m.       Return to campsite.

7:30 p.m.       Target shooting competition with Airguns of Arizona

7:30 p.m.       13th Street Cocktails opens.

11:00 p.m.     Quiet hours.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

9:30 a.m.       Safety meeting in the main tent.

10:00 a.m.    Guided off-road adventures:    

Green with Brad, Eric and Max (light off-road and overlanding)

Blue with Peter and Peter (more challenging off-roading)

Black with Chris, Gene, and Logan (challenging off-roading)

10:30 a.m.     Unguided departures:

Falconry

Bromley Mountain Adventure Center

Fly Fishing

Vermont Country Store via overland

12:00 p.m.    Lunch on your own.

4:00 p.m.      Return to the campsite.

4:30 p.m.      Judges meeting.

5:00 p.m.      Muddy Chef Challenge begins:

5:00 p.m.      Appetizer preparation.

5:30 p.m.      Appetizer judging.

6:00 p.m.      Main course preparation.

7:00 p.m.      Main course judging.

7:30 p.m.      Dessert course preparation.

8:00 p.m.      Dessert judging.

9:00 p.m.      13th Street Cocktails Celebration (Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka)

Sunday, July 30, 2017

10:00 a.m.    Muddy Chef Challenge prizes and awards. Also assorted prizes and awards.

12:00 p.m.    Campsite closes – SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF SPONSOR LIST 2017

TAKING THE MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE | LAND ROVER GLOBAL

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TAKING THE MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE

10 AUGUST 2016

Since 2008, Land Rover enthusiasts in the North East have been having fun cooking and camping in the annual Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge.. This year’s challenge at Lime Rock Park, CT was a culinary overload, says Bill Gonyea, General Manager at Prestige Land Rover, the event’s title sponsor.

What is The Muddy Chef Challenge?

This is passionate, die-hard Land Rover enthusiasts getting together in the picturesque grounds of Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for three days of cooking, camping and a lot of fun. It’s been going on since 2008 and this year there were around 110 Land Rover vehicles with owners, families and friends attended, over 350 attendees in total. They hold lots of off-road adventures, seminars, fancy-dress parties, vendor displays and plenty of sampling of adult beverages around the campfire. It really is a fun event. The organizers like to describe it as Top Gear meets Top Chef.

 

Why the big focus on cooking?

The guy who founded it, Eric Yohe, is a passionate Land Rover enthusiast and an equally passionate foodie. I think it started out as a few friends taking their Land Rover vehicles camping and having fun cooking out. It has grown from there. Now, over the Muddy Chef Challenge weekend, there are two major cooking competitions with teams having to prepare gourmet meals using only locally-sourced ingredients, and only using cooking equipment they can carry in their Land Rover vehicles. It was amazing how elaborate some of the kitchens were, with huge tents and grills.

Who takes part in the event?

Passionate Land Rover enthusiasts, first and foremost. These are mostly Heritage enthusiasts who brought along their Defender, their 110s and 90s, their Series II, their LR3 and Discovery vehicles. It also draws in owners with newer LR4 and Range Rover vehicles. They come along with their families and friends, set-up their tents and focus on having a great time.

Prestige Land Rover was the title sponsor. Why does the dealership get involved?

This was our first year as title sponsor. The main attraction for us is the opportunity it gives us to increase exposure for our new models. We trucked-in twelve new Land Rover vehicles – Discovery Sport, LR4, Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport. We also provided a few LR4 vehicles for the organizers to use as shuttle vehicles to move people around. We had test drive opportunities during the weekend and on the Thursday before the challenge, we held an off-roading event for customers at the nearby Orvis Sandanona clay-shooting grounds in Millbrook, New York.

You were also a judge in the cooking contest. How was the experience?

Both myself and Chris Turner, who is President of the Prestige Group and owner of a restored Land Rover Defender 110, were judges for the Saturday night contest. You have to remember that over 90 teams take part, that’s a lot of food to taste. Then there’s the added dimension that they pair most of the meals with a different beverage from some of the event sponsors, like Hillrock Estate bourbon or Thomas Tew rum. It was a long night.

Will you be back next year?

Most definitely. We’ve already had meetings with the organizers talking about ways the event might grow and how they might widen the appeal. I really do think it has the potential to be a much larger event in the future.

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PROFILE / Zack Griswold

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

No, because even if you were able to make a successful flight, there’d be so much oil on the runway you could never land.

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

I’ve been a photographer for nearly a decade. I linked up with Rovers North to start doing product work for them. I became deeply involved with the company, and more importantly the brand. I live in Vermont, where there is a variety of trails to be driven, and fish to be caught. 

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

I have only owned 2 Land Rovers. 2002 D2, and now my 1995 D1. The D1 is far more desirable. The 300tdi is the correct engine for that vehicle, and the 5 speed is right at home.



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

Go anywhere.

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

 Long distance highway travel.

Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

 I’ve been on many adventures in Rovers. Exploring the Grand Canyon, Telluride, Moab, deep Maine woods, etc. You can literally go anywhere.

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

A re-release of the 06 ROW (Rest of the world) 300tdi trucks. The last year before the puma.

What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

300tdi, 5 speed, Air lockers, 4.11s, D/C shafts, RTE/Fox suspension, the works… 

If you were on safari which three (living or dead or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?

Brandon Rabbie, can’t go anywhere without that guy.


Probably Sinuhe Xavier, a safari needs a proper photographer.


Also probably Adam Check, because of his recently acquired skill of fly fishing.

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Join Zack and the rest of the Rovers North crew as they compete in the cooking challenges at the Muddy Chef.  Also, Rovers North has provided sweet prizes and gift certificates for the competition.

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Registration is limited to the first 100 Land Rovers – CLICK here to sign up!

Meguiar’s / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

Meguiar’s® Celebrates More Than 110 Years of Polishing the World’s Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Passion Still Remains Strong to be “The Surface Care Specialists”

What began a century ago as a simple furniture polish laboratory and plant in the garage of founder Frank Meguiar, Jr., now spans the globe as an international car care brand. Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2011, Meguiar’s®Inc. has become one of the world’s leading surface care product companies, providing highly specialized products for almost every conceivable type of surface.

Barry 01The difference for the Meguiar’s® brand has been the inborn passion for what we do; it fuels the driving force that moves us forward and exhilarates us every day. We view the company as much more than a business or an opportunity to make money; Meguiar’sproducts are a way to provide car crazy enthusiasts an opportunity to express their utmost pride with their vehicle and overall passion for the car hobby.

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In his wildest dreams, it’s doubtful that in 1901 Frank Meguiar, Jr., could have foreseen what his first bottle of furniture polish would evolve into over the next 110 years. When Meguiar first began, he made one bottle of polish at a time using an eggbeater. Eventually, he was able to produce enough products at night, to fill the orders he would generate the next day and pay for the family’s groceries.

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The arrival of the first horseless carriages turned Frank Meguiar’s attention to the automobile. Made out of wood, they were initially coated with the same finishes that were applied to furniture. It was an easy transition that set the course for the company’s preeminence in the car wax business today.

From his first bottle of furniture polish, Frank Meguiar, Jr. was steadfastly determined never to sell a product unless he was convinced it was the very best of its kind on the market. To this day, the company follows that dictate and, as a result, has generated millions of enthusiastic users around the world. We describe our customers as “raving fans.”

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When Frank Meguiar, Jr. passed away in 1950, his three sons, who were his business partners, took the company to the next level. Maurice, the oldest, was the sales manager. Next came Malcolm, who shared his dad’s love for formulating and created most of the products that the company offered, some of which are still marketed today, including Meguiar’s Cleaner Wax, which is still one of the best selling liquid car waxes in America. The youngest of the three brothers, Kenneth, was in charge of production. It was the perfect partnership and through their hard work and leadership the company thrived through its second generation.

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In the early years,

Barry 06Meguiar’sMirror Glaze polishes and waxes, intended for professional use, were primarily used by car manufacturers, car dealers, body shops and detailers. Most custom painters polished their customer’s automobiles with Meguiar’sproducts, so the majority of cars put on display in car shows reflected finishes achieved with the use of Meguiar’s professional-line products. As car shows became prevalent in the 60’s, those attending began to recognize that the use of Meguiar’s polishes was the key to create brilliant, high-gloss finishes. Growing numbers of people began pressuring retailers to stock Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze products. Compelled by the demands of these enthusiastic fans, the family formally introduced its Meguiar’s brand of consumer automotive products in 1973, headed by current President of Meguiar’s Inc. Barry Meguiar, the son of Malcolm Meguiar. Fast forward to today, the Meguiar’s line of products still saturate the consumer marketplace, offering car care solutions for the hobbyist and the do-it-yourself lover alike.

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From its inception, Meguiar’s has been an active participant in the collector car hobby. Barry Meguiar explains, “We are car guys who happen to be in the car wax business. The ultimate experience for us comes when our two passions merge in the exhilaration of “Best of Show” winners who regularly use our products.”

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Meguiar’s sponsors and staffs more than 100 car show events across the country and around the world each year featuring every type of collector car from hot rods and muscle cars to exotic sports cars and vintage classics. In addition, the company supports more than 3,500 car club events every year. At almost every car show and automotive museum in the country, you will find an abundance of Meguiar’s products proudly used to maintain and showcase prized automobiles.
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Meguiar’s love for the collector car hobby is also expressed on the country’s airwaves. Barry Meguiar hosts Car Crazy radio and Car Crazy television on the Velocity Channel, providing listeners and viewers from around the world with an insider’s look at icons of the collector car hobby.

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M. LaHart & Company / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

About M. LaHart

M.LaHart & Co is offering an assortment of official Muddy Chef products – click here to view and purchase.

Since 1996, M.LaHart & Company has been committed to offering students, graduates, alumni and their families with the finest quality products to honor their proud university affiliations. The driving force of the company has been the belief that only gifts of the highest integrity can faithfully uphold the traditions of America’s finest institutions. This commitment, matched with white-glove service, has made M.LaHart & Company one of the fastest growing and most respected businesses in the collegiate market.

In Spring 2006 M.LaHart & Company established an exciting partnership with world-renowned brand TAG Heuer to create TAG Heuer University watches, custom-crafted for each institution and exclusively available at M.LaHart.

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M.LaHart & Company first became known for reviving the lost art of commemorative timepieces. Based on the success of the watches, the M.LaHart Collection now includes accessories for both men and women in gold, sterling silver and pewter, created specifically to accommodate a wide range of gift-giving occasions.

As the product line has expanded, so has the M.LaHart roster of schools, which now includes all of the Ivy League schools, the United States’ service academies and a selection of prominent universities from across the USA. M.LaHart & Company regularly adds new schools to its roster and would be pleased to notify you when the Collection is available for your institution of choice. (info@mlahart.com)

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At M.LaHart & Company we pride ourselves on personalized customer service. We offer custom engraving on all our products, and our representatives are more than happy to assist you with selecting exactly the right gift for your needs.

Michael LaHart

M.LaHart & Company relocated in 2007 from New York City’s Flatiron building to the picturesque countryside of historic Litchfield, Connecticut. M.LaHart & Company is now housed in the oldest commercial building in the entire state of Connecticut, Dr. Reuben Smith’s Apothecary dating back to 1740.

Company founder Michael LaHart graduated from Duke University and received his MBA from Insead, Europe’s premier business school. He began his career on Wall Street, then spent 8 years working in Europe. While there, he developed relationships with some of the finest jewelry designers and manufacturers in the world. These influences are reflected in the company’s high-end product offerings and devotion to exceptional customer service.

Click here to read the article written in The Litchfield County Times.

Private Off-Road Experience with Prestige Land Rover Paramus

LIME ROCK DRIVE EVENT

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Join Muddy Chef Challenge title sponsor Prestige Land Rover of Paramus, NJ for an exciting day of off-road adventure and driving.  Our expert staff of coaches and instructors will guide you through a series of obstacles that will highlight the unique qualities of your Land Rover.  This is your chance experience the heritage and quality that make Land Rover – The Best 4×4 By Far!

CLICK HERE or the BANNER to register. 

Logan Spencer / STAFF PROFILE

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

I would.  Air travel is typically very boring and predictable, and I feel like an aircraft made by land rover would make it a lot more entertaining.

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

I reside in Winhall, Vermont, and I make a living doing carpentry, bartending, and coaching alpine ski racing.  I am currently attending Castleton University where I am majoring in Pre-Med and will be one of the coaches for their D2 NCAA alpine team.

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

I have owned 6 land rovers, and my favorite one would be the 1999D1 that I currently own

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

The excitement of going through a day of wheeling with nothing going wrong, and the look on jeep owners faces when I go through something with complete ease and no drama at all after their $45,000 rig just got shut down.

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

Trying to buy parts at a regular auto parts store and explaining what a land rover is…

Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

Of the several adventures I have been on on with my countless rovers, the one that stands out in my mind would be when I took my 3rd Discovery I wheeling for the first time and the fuel pump relay gave out.  Being young and very new to the rover world, I had no idea what was wrong.  Luckily I had my friend Conine with me who was a Triumph enthusiast and was very familiar with English electrical systems.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to fix the problem and wound up hiking out 13 miles at about 4am.  When we got back to the truck the next afternoon, we hard wired a switch to the fuel pump straight off fo the battery and it started up and drove out no problem.

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

Just bring back the 101 and throw in a set of portaled axles.

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What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

RTE Front Bumper – RTE Rear Bumper – RTE Sliders

RTE Lift Springs – Rovers North Trailing Arms

Rovers North Diff Guads – Rovers North Front Steering skidd

Rovertracks Steering linkage – Terrafirma Steering Stabilizer Re-locator

Terrafirma Shock Towers – Terrafirma F & R Dislocation cones

Terrafirma Pro Sport +5” shocks – Terrafirma Rear Shock mounts

GBR Rear Half shafts – Detroit TruTrak Rear Diff Carrier

Ashcroft 4.11 Gearing – Tom Woods Double Cardan Drive Shafts F & R

Rover Racks Custom roof rack. – Recon 10,500lb winch

Wolf wheels – 235/85R16 Wrangler Duratracs

AUX LED lighting all around – Braided SS Brake lines

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If you were on safari which three (living or dead or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?

McGuyver, My Girlfriend, Jeremy Clarkson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FASTER THAN YOUR LAND ROVER / Your chance for hot laps at Lime Rock Park!

 

Thursday July 28, 2016 – Opening day of The Muddy Chef Challenge

This is your chance to take a one of a kind thrill ride around Lime Rock Park with a professional driver.  This event is FREE but is only open to registered attendees of The Muddy Chef Challenge.   Registration is first come come first served. 

 REGISTRATION BEGINS MONDAY.  

Field Guide / MUDDY CHEF MAGAZINE

Every year we e-mail PDF files that include directions, event times, event locations, maps, etc.  We also include an event schedule in everyone’s welcome gift bag.   Somehow these seem to disappear or folks forget to print the directions, maps, etc.  This year we are creating a full color, high quality magazine.  The Field Guide will contain interviews, maps, the schedule of events, advertisements and coupons, and an assortment of great articles.

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Want to advertise in the Field Guide?

NOTE – THE ORDER FORM SAYS “GET TICKETS” THAT’S INCORRECT.  YOU ARE ACTUALLY BUYING SPACE IN THE FIELD GUIDE. 

Prestige & Arkonik / TITLE SPONSOR

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

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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.

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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.

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Arkonik-homepage-hero44172-largeClassic 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.

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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.

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Read an interview with Andy Hayes of Arkonik.  CLICK HERE

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DAP/Performance Unlimited / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

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!

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ABOUT PERFORMANCE UNLIMITED

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 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.

 

 

 

ABOUT DAP

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.

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SPONSOR PROFILE / Kristen Feeney – GS Promo Source

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

No, I wouldn’t….unless I could get a HUGE life insurance policy. I wouldn’t get into a submarine they made either. If they made a Land Rover refrigerator I’d be screwed because Eric would have to have it, and I’d end up with a fridge that would overheat all the time with door lights that would never go on, and I’d have to replace the fridge’s drive shaft immediately or it would impale the ice maker. Not good.

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

I grew up in Massachusetts in a family that valued great food and education with an extremely overprotective father (read…. was taught to shoot at an early age). I went to private schools my whole life. I got full scholarships for college and grad school, but living in Boston was not cheap, so I bartended and waited tables in some awesome places to get by. I currently live in Madison, CT, but I’m really looking forward to moving closer to NYC –  the food and shopping Mecca of the US at the end of June. I own my own marketing/design company that specializes in promotional products and apparel called GS Promo Source, LLC. If you ever need the perfect product to thank existing clients, promote your business, give away at a trade show, incentivize your employees or promote a sales or HR program, I’m your gal. I am also the mom of a teenage son, named Jack and Eric Yohe’s better half aka Mrs. Muddy Chef.

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

One and only one. I have a 2004 Discover II. I started referring to “her” as Maya as she is Mayan Gold, and it just stuck. I am comforted by the fact that if I ever get stuck, I will be found quickly as Maya is so “bright” that she can easily be seen from space.

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

 There are several great things about owning a Land Rover – versatility of terrain you can handle is my favorite – i.e. if Eric misses the drive thru we can just jump the curb and get into the lane – no worries. I also love that the my “girl” is gold and glamorous, yet versatile enough to jump a curb and beat the Maserati driving towards the parking space I want right outside Nordstrom’s shoe department.

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

The worst part is that I can’t afford the Holland & Holland Edition Range Rover…yet. Really. It also bums me out that FCP Euro doesn’t offer replacements for every single part on my car…can you say lifetime warranty?

Been on an adventure? – tell us about it.

Right after I got my Discovery, Eric decided to give me an off-roading lesson. I’ve been told that I should be ashamed to say that I am the ONLY person that has EVER asked if I could put my car into 2nd gear (instead of 1st or 3rd).

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

The Range Rover Holland & Holland Edition in that gorgeous dark green with matching Holland & Holland shotguns! A vintage remodeled Airstream to tow behind it would be a welcome addition as well.

What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

The stairway to nowhere on the back door. A cool Bluetooth radio, that’s  hands-free and has a great DVD player so I can watch movies when we’re broken down and Eric is fixing the car. Eric also added heated seats for me!

If you were on safari which three (living or dead or fictional) people would you pick to bring along? 

I would like my dad as he was so much fun, a great shot (read protection), cooked yummy breakfast and gave the best hugs ever. I would also like (the character) Sabrina from B’witched, as she was naughty, fun and could snap her fingers to get me anything I wanted to eat, drink or instantly clean up messes. Sabrina could also make sure I was fully caffeinated and that my hair looked freshly blown out at all times (regardless of rain or humidity levels), elevating my mood while minimizing danger to my other companions. Finally, I would want Eric as he is my favorite person to be around, fun at a campfire (and his cigars keep the bugs away) and, (of course) I will need him to fix my Land Rover as Maya is sure to overheat or breakdown in the worst  possible place, and he always has his toolbox, basic spare parts and plenty of extra oil and water handy. Who could ask for more?

 

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OUR COMPANY

The Bullen Insurance Group is a boutique insurance brokerage and risk management firm with a thriving business in personal lines and commercial products. For more than a century we have been among the best in the business at advising high-net-worth individuals and families on the protection of their valuable property. Bullen also has a significant commercial presence, especially among hedge fund and family offices aligned with our sophisticated client base. Increasingly, our commercial clients are moving beyond just property insurance to professional liability protection in the current business climate to include family offices, multifamily offices, and businesses with a wide variety of specialties. Additionally, we offer advice and execution of Group Excess Policies for private or public entities.

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Ball and Buck / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

Ball and Buck is a hunting-inspired Made in the USA clothing brand. In addition to our online store (www.ballandbuck.com), we have a retail store location on Newbury St. in Boston, where we only sell apparel and products made in the USA.

Our Mission

To build products and experiences that set the industry benchmark for quality and become more valuable with age.

 

 

What’s in a name?

During the American Revolution, George Washington encouraged his troops to use “buck and ball” loads for their muskets. This loading method, that used smaller pellets to make a greater impact on target, inspired those of us here in the birthplace of that revolution. Here in Boston a new kind of American company has been born. With a revolutionary twist on an American tradition (pun intended), Ball and Buck is a company with an ambitious vision and strong principles. We may be starting small, but we’re fighting for the greater good.

With your help, Ball and Buck will bring America back to the very roots on which she was founded — one product at a time.

Made In The USA

We’re an all American company — born and bred with red, white, and blue running through our veins. The things that make us American, have always been the things we create. By incorporating the freedom and honor fought for by our forefathers whilst emphasizing American quality over foreign quantity, we’re refocusing on the pride America once had. Through hard work, honesty, & integrity, Ball and Buck is bringing America back to her roots.

Upon the founding of Ball and Buck, many monumental decisions were made. One of our decisions that we are most proud of was the decision to manufacture all of our garments and other products in the USA. There were a few factors that influenced this decision and here at Ball and Buck we proudly stand behind them.

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First, we are firmly against labor exploitation–in our country or any other. As a new brand, it’s hard to compete with major corporations when they are paying a fraction of what we pay for labor and make millions of dollars doing it. But there are realities about outsourcing that are much harsher than the loss of American jobs. Garment manufacturing is the number one industry in developing countries. The labor doesn’t require workers to be skilled which draws a lot of uneducated workers into the factories. These workers, acting on dreams of a better life for themselves and their families, give up everything and move far away from home to work in these factories–expecting to make lots of money to send back to their families. Many times, all workers actually get from these factories are amputated limbs and terminal illnesses.

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Developing countries don’t have the health and safety regulations that more stable countries, such as the United States, have. This is what allows the workers to be paid next to nothing and completely exploited. What’s worse–American corporations know about all of these things and still choose to outsource their labor. You can pay “fair wages” or “living wages” which are a step in the right direction, but unless someone is physically in the factory monitoring what is going on everyday–there is no way to control the conditions in which products are made. The new American mindset is that making money is the most important thing; once you get your own then you worry about everyone else. At Ball and Buck, we find this deplorable. We would never exploit another human being to take a stride forward–no matter how big a stride it may be. We know we can accomplish our mission without endangering lives or exploiting labor. Most factory workers are in their 20‘s and 30‘s, the same ages as we all are. They could be our best friends, our cousins, our peers. We recognize the suffering they go through to make a living, but we won’t contribute to it. Even if manufacturing in the USA is the road less traveled, it’s the only road on our map.

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Because we were founded in 2008, the second consideration was a no-brainer. The economic recession has hit Americans harder than they ever thought it could; unemployment rates are the highest they’ve been since the Great Depression (and in some places, they’re even worse.) It seemed completely unfair to outsource the jobs we had to offer to other countries–the founding of the company gave all of us a future, it would be unjust not to pay-it-forward. So that’s what we’re doing; paying premium prices for labor that we could have gotten cheaper somewhere else. Is this a disadvantage for us? Not at all. The garments we get from our manufacturers are not only of the highest quality available on the market, but we also get peace of mind and moral values that will stand the test of time. After all, garment manufacturing was one of the industries that made the American dream possible–maybe a return to our original values is exactly what the US needs to pull out of this economic disaster. At least we know we’re doing our part.

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So that’s where we stand. With manufacturing facilities on the East Coast, we make your garment when you order it in the factory that’s closest to your home. Less time from assembly line to you, less pollution in the environment. We’re creating jobs for Americans, running an honest business, and reducing our carbon footprint. We see that as a win-win-win situation.

Ball and Buck, A TRUE American brand.

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Thomas Tew Rum / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

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THE PAST:

As the sugar trade grew in the American colonies in the early 18th century, so did the production of rum. In those days, the distilling was done in the colonies and in particular, Newport, Rhode Island. By 1769 twenty-two distilleries were operating in Newport and it had established itself as the rum capital of the world. Using black strap molasses, pot stills, and local water these distillers created a flavorful rum that was enjoyed throughout the world. However, the second half of the century proved to be much more difficult for the industry.

First, the Sugar Act of 1764 increased the cost of getting sugar and molasses from the Caribbean. Second, as Newport was one of the cities that was occupied by the British during the revolution, many of the merchants that made and traded rum there fled their homes and businesses. Finally, by the turn of the century, settlers had moved west and began to turn their corn and barley in to whiskey which was a much less expensive spirit.

By 1817 only two distilleries remained in Newport. Economics, changing tastes, and political turmoil had taken its toll and in 1842, John Whitehorne went bankrupt and the final distillery in Newport closed. Shortly there after, in 1872, Rhode Island’s last distillery, the John Dyer distillery in Providence, shut down. For 135 years the once thriving Rhode Island distilling industry lay dormant. Finally, in 2007, Newport Distilling Company received the first license to distill in the state since the close of the John Dyer distillery. Naturally, the goal is to recreate the rum that had been world famous 250 years ago. Using the same blackstrap molasses, local water, and pot still techniques, this rum has been resurrected and is now called Thomas Tew.

THE PRESENT:

In 2006 Newport Distilling Co. became the first licensed distillery in Rhode 11027468_844558932281903_6679793168889191020_nIsland in 135 years, resurrecting the rum of the 18th century, now called Thomas Tew, after the Rhode Island Pirate and resident of Newport. Newport Distilling uses the same methods, equipment and ingredients in its rum as the distillers of Thomas Tew’s time, to be as authentic as possible in a modern interpretation of the rum of long ago.

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The first batches of Thomas Tew were released in Rhode Island in 2008. For the first 7 years of the Distillery, distribution was limited to the Ocean State, due to the long aging process. However, as of February 2013 Thomas Tew Rum can now be found across the nation. Distribution continues to expand as new markets are identified as perfect, rum-loving places where rum fans will fully appreciate the complexity and history of Mr. Tew!

THE RUM

Each batch of Thomas Tew Rum is aged in a SINGLE barrel and is never blended with the spirit of another barrel. This provides the opportunity for each barrel to impart its own characteristics into each batch of Thomas Tew.  This results in slight variations to the spirit, per each barrel. Some batches may have a stronger vanilla PROFILE, some may be smokier due to the charring on the inside of the barrel, and some could have a darker amber color than the batch right before or after.

This element in the AGING PROCESS allows for unique qualities for each batch of Thomas Tew Rum distilled in our facility, and chances for rum fans to find different versions of our rum. Presented here is a glimpse into the individualized process that goes into creating each barrel of Thomas Tew SINGLE Barrel Rum. This is only part of the picture of a complex procedure to yield a unique and flavorful spirit.

Our notes as distillers tend to assume a certain amount of quintessentially “Thomas Tew” characteristics, so if, for example, you don’t see mention of a trait like “brown spice” it isn’t because it isn’t there, it is because its presence didn’t strike us as particularly different than most. We are careful to mention that to most people, ~90% of the barrels we release would generally be indistinguishable from one another. In our notes, it is usually obvious the ones that we feel may be. Single barrel is about origin and whether two barrels are identical or not, that connection to an individual barrel from start to finish is important to us. We hope this information helps you feel the origin of your bottle the same way it does for us.

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PROFILE / Lorenzo Gaudioso

 

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

Only if it was first serviced by Lars Vigen over at Madison Motor Works…that way there is a better chance that it won’t go down, and if it did at least

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

I’m an Italian/American originally from Bridgeport, CT and relocated to a little town in Litchfield County where my Landy has plenty of room to play. I am a Certified Financial Planner™ and I focus on investment strategies for companies and individuals that are strategic by design and tax efficient by purpose (because hey, if they are going to justify tax dollars being spent to crush Rovers then why give them any more tax dollars than you have to?). I know a lot about food, wine and travel and piece, by piece I’m learning how to fix up my Disco (practice for a IIA)

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

This is my second Rover. I had a Range Rover P38 named Gertrude. We had a love/hate relationship. Mainly because of a fried ECU which controlled the switch from Hi-Low and an affair she had with the 3 Amigos…still hate those guys. I now have a 97′ Discovery.


I’m getting through her at a snail’s pace but it is a fun trip. She is a work horse on the farm and starts up every time…which why I forgive her for her leaky sunroof and lack of foot wells (rusted through). But I can say that her lack external beauty is made up for by her will to live. The question is will she end up as a camper or as a mobile kitchen for future Muddy Chef events? I loved them both for different reasons.

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

When I first bought Gertrude it was all about getting from one place to another no matter what the weather. While she proved herself through the winter of ’13 it became more than that. I love the community. It is like a fraternity of owners. Most have gone through the trials and tribulations of owning a Landy. Those folks also know it is about how they look when covered with mud and not when they are covered with wax. It is about a friendly wave to a fellow owner or knowing that an owner stuck in a ditch has a very good chance of being pulled out by another owner (try doing that in the Prius club)

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

They are never “done”.

Been on an adventure? – tell us about it

My only adventure has been to the 2015 Muddy Chef over at Lime Rock. It was my initiation into the community. It took about 30 seconds for my neighbors to come over and introduce themselves and within a minute they were helping with my gear and offering up all the tools I had forgotten. By the time the first campfire died out in the little hours of the morning I knew I was hooked.

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

In 2015 I came very ill prepared. I had no idea what to expect. That being said me and my cousin formed “The Cooking Cousins” and took home the trophy for the iron-chef portion. We also teamed up with Co-Bro’s to take home an award for the Muddy Chef portion. This year I plan to have a lot of fun, be more organized and cook what I want to eat and what I want my fellow Landy Owners to enjoy. I’d love to take home the trophy again but this year I’m committed to meet more great people, make memories and smoke more cigars.

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

A new Series. Leave the yuppie bells and whistles out of it (leave the A/C in). 30 Grand, leave the top off, factory snorkel extra fogs and a winch, It doesn’t need to get over 80 mph but if it could get to 55 in a hurry all the better.

What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

It’s the HSE package which gave it a lift out of the factory and apparently it is a big deal that it has chrome bumpers. Previous owner upgraded the stereo but not much else. First I’ll get it proper, then I’ll work on special.

If you were on safari which three (living or dead or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?

Tough one. I’d want Lars Vigen around because let’s face it…there is a good chance that something is going to break on a Landy so having someone around who can fix it is awesome. It would be even better if the Safari was driven in his truck.

Eric Yohe because for some reason good cigars and bourbon always seem to follow him. Let’s face it…no good story started with “while we were drinking water and chewing gum…”.

Finally, my cousin Tonino as long as he left his cell phone home. He is a good shot with a rifle if things get hairy, is a good cook (the other half of the Cooking Cousins), is funny as hell after a few scotches and he would never let me live it down if I left him home.

Hillrock Estate Distillery / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

HILLROCK STORY: 200 YEARS IN THE MAKING

avatar.jpg.320x320pxIn the early 1800’s, New York produced more than half the young nation’s Barley and Rye and the Hudson Valley was the country’s breadbasket. With abundant high quality grain, local craft spirits flourished and over 1000 farm distilleries produced Whiskey and Gin reflecting the unique terroir of the region. In the 1930’s, Prohibition forced these distilleries to shut their doors and this wellspring of American spirits was left dry.

Hillrock Estate Distillery is changing this. Our mission is to produce the finest hand-crafted spirits made with our own grain, floor malted, craft distilled in our copper pot still, aged in fine oak and hand bottled at our estate in the Hudson Valley Highlands. Crowned by a fine 1806 Georgian house built by a successful grain merchant and Revolutionary War Captain and meticulously restored to its original beauty, Hillrock Distillery overlooks our rolling barley fields and the distant Berkshire Mountains. Like our premier spirits, every detail refined, no expense spared, quality steeped in the tradition of 200 years of rich history. Hillrock is proud to be one of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world and the first USA distillery since before Prohibition to floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate grown grain.

Hillrock’s commitment to quality embodies the rich history of artisanal distilling in the Hudson Valley. By controlling every aspect of production from planting & harvesting heirloom grains, to smoking our malt, to crafting whiskies in our copper pot still, to aging in small oak barrels and hand bottling, we are able to create the highest quality whiskies reflecting the unique local terroir.

 
THE ART OF FINE CRAFT DISTILLING HAS MADE THE JOURNEY HOME…

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PROFILE / John Almstead

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

Hmmm…. Depends how high are we flying. No, just no.

 

 

 

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

By day I am an Industrial Designer working for Unilever, and night I am a father/husband/Cub Scout leader/Rescue Diver for Newtown and surrounding areas/Adjunct Professor at Bridgeport University and Rover want-a-be mechanic (not that good at it yet)

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

My first is my current 1982 Series III 109 wagon which I have had for 3 years. So this is my favorite at the moment. My father works for Land Rover in Darien CT. and I have had the opportunity in helping out during the summers. I was fortunate in running swaps from dealer to dealer in the tri-state area. Also was able to take part in the off-roading events when they used to have Defenders in their line-up.

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

Defiantly the community of Rover owners. The people that I have met these past years are great people.

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

Winters, I would have to say New England winters. Since I drive my series as my primary vehicle the heat isn’t the best, and the salt has eaten my frame. But I do enjoy driving in the snow and knowing I am going to get were I need to go when heading out in the storm.

Been on an adventure?

Last year I took a road trip up to Rovers North in VT. I was delivering a bad gearbox that had been recently been swapped out. I took the long way up Rt7 through CT, MA and VT The ride up was fantastic. Having a Rover your forced to slow down and enjoy the journey and not the destination.

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

Seafari Rovers has some new tricks for this year. It will involve custom tableware and one of a kind take aways for the judges. Stay Tuned…

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PHOTO: Seafari was serious about incorporating local ingredients to their creations at the Muddy Challenge.  That’s a receipt from the nearby Sharon Farm Market

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

Rover Boat… doesn’t have to be fast

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What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?

The engine was recently upgraded to a 200 Tdi from a 2.25 Huge difference. Thanks to Rover Resources and North American Overland for this! You can see the video on Mike Sandones Face Book page North American Overland Tdi conversion. Here is the link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mks-6mxi65Y

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If you were on safari which three (living or dead or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?

This is hard… many names come to mind. But I would have to say my wife, Aimee and my two boys Ben and James. I would want to share that experience with them, as it was the main reason for getting the 109 5 door for adventures and fun.

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WE JOINED! Tread Lightly!

The Muddy Chef Challenge is for Land Rover owners.  Land Rovers work best where they were intended – in the wild!  We give owners the opportunity to drive vintage and modern Rovers in challenging real-world settings.  As such, we take off-road trail use seriously.  Our events do not destroy ancient town roads.  We don’t pull down trees, or drive off predetermined trail routes.  At every opportunity we collect trash and litter.

As a Tread Lightly! member we strive to promote responsible off-road trail usage.  We hope everyone who joins our events will consider becoming a Tread Trainer to help spread the word!  For more information about becoming a Trainer, click HERE. 

 

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The Muddy Chef Challenge gets a cameo on Car and Driver

Eating a plain can of tuna for dinner tonight (don’t ask, #dietssuck) I came across this article on Road and Track.  Crazily, the article was originally found on the Car and Driver website.  Wow is that the work of a serious slacker.  “Hey, let’s post content from the competitors website”.  Anyway, as I read the post, the vehicle seemed familiar.  After scrolling through a few pictures – lo and behold – it’s a Muddy Chef car!  Great photos too.  Here’s the article and a link to the e-bay listing.

Buy This Vintage Land Rover From When 4x4s Actually Went Off-Road
No nav, no heated seats. This stalwart comes from the days when a 4×4 was a working machine.
BY NICHOLAS WALLACE / CAR AND DRIVER (ORIGINAL LINK HERE)

Land Rovers have an undeniable charm. In America, we often think of them as little more than status symbols, cars practical only for those who can afford the high running costs. Elsewhere, however, the Land Rover name is synonymous with off-road capability and durability. No model exemplifies that better than the Land Rover Series II.

The Land Rover’s birth, much like that of the Willys Jeep, came right after the end of World War II. At the time, Rover’s car sales were struggling, so the British company explored the option of building a roadgoing truck that had the off-road capabilities of a tractor. The resulting vehicle was the Land Rover Series I. Initially, the truck was supposed to have a short production cycle, one just long enough to provide working capital for Rover’s other projects. Sales boomed, however, and the Land Rover brand was born.

In the late ’50s, the model saw several improvements, such as short- and long-wheelbase variants, revised exterior styling, and a new 2.25-liter gasoline engine that produced 72 horsepower. These models were called the Series II and Series IIa.​

This particular example, which is currently for sale on eBay, is a short-wheelbase 1966 Series IIa. The owner doesn’t state its mileage but does claim that it’s nearly rust-free and has been daily driven for the past six months (!). That’s the kind of commitment we love to see. And while a Series II Land Rover can go a lot farther afield, you could also take it to Whole Foods if you wanted.​​

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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD!  For a tasty $17,350.00!  Here’s the old ebay listing.   Hopefully that $$$ will go into another Land Rover.

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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.

D.A.P JOINS PERFORMANCE UNLIMITED

We are very proud to announce the merger of D.A.P. ENTERPRISES, INC. with PERFORMANCE UNLIMITED.  Rodney Brooks, owner and operator of Performance Unlimited is a long time associate of D.A.P. By joining forces, D.A.P. and Performance Unlimited are now able to offer a complete range of services all under one roof. From Land Rover restoration to off road modifications on all types of vehicles – the sky’s the limit!

  • Performance Unlimited brings to the table a superb, innovative staff providing in-house painting and body work together with mechanical and fabricating capabilities.
  • D.A.P. will continue to offer competitive parts pricing and our experienced expert staff are available to assist you with your Rover needs.

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A.W. Tocci Jr., Retired
P.H. Allen, Managing Director

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SPONSOR PROFILE / Dave Austin of Classic Car Performance and British Starters

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

If my life insurance was paid up, the pilot didn’t need the instruments to get us to our destination, and if it was a great glider for when the carb vapor locks and the motor cuts out……..

Tell us a little about yourself, family and background.

I’ve been in to cars and trucks since before I could walk.  I was drawn to a Land Rover Series IIa 88 parked in a driveway 1/2 way between Manchester and Arlington, VT on the old Route 7 at the ripe age of 7.  It looked just like the trucks I’d see on Sunday nights on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.  So rugged, so much cooler than a Jeep CJ.  I was hooked.

My first car out of college was a 1960 Austin Healey 3000 (still have it) which has since morphed into 14 British cars and 3 Land Rovers tucked neatly into my barn.  My ’73 109 5-door and I had a cameo this year in the opening minutes of a show called “Naked Speed”, episode 2 on the Velocity channel, where I found a free 1972 Norton Commando in a school bus, in the woods, and had it professionally restored into a Cafe-style race bike.  Yeah, I got that British bug pretty bad.

I now live in Saratoga Springs, NY with my lovely (and very tolerant) wife Kim, my inquisitive 5 yr old daughter Mae, and her rambunctious little 2yr old brother DJ.   The kids squeal with excitement when I take them out in the 109.  They sit up high in their car seats and have a panoramic view of the world in the 2nd row.  The wife is still warming up to it.  I sell Medical Diagnostic Services by day, and car parts by night (thank you Al Gore for inventing the internet).  Selling parts has allowed me to meet many wonderful people from around the world with amazing car and truck stories, and it has helped me find the awesome attendees of the Muddy Chef event.   I’ve mingled with MG people, Rolls-Royce people, Ferrari people, but it’s the Rover folks I feel most at home with.  Down to earth.  Fun loving.  Always willing to lend a hand.  Great stories – on, off, and on the side of the road…….

Your business is the world’s number one source for high performance gear reduction starters.  Can you tell us how you became involved in British (and Ferrari) starters?


 The company was started by a physician back in the 1990’s who contacted a machinist friend and asked if he could help come up with a more reliable starter for his 1970 MGB.  The two found a Nippondenso High Torque starter that would fit and they custom machined a mounting plate to fit the MG.  They made 3, and sold the other 2 in less than an hour.  Made 10 more, then 30 more, then 100 more.  Then people were sending him their starter to copy and make into a high torque unit.


Then a Ferrari guy got wind of it, and one was made for his 308, then his Dino.  The medical practice was getting too busy to do both, so in 2010, I bought the company and continued to expand it offerings.  I am expanding into the Porsche, Lamborghini, and Maserati world in 2015.  We sell to restoration shops, brick and mortar parts dealers, online resellers, and shade tree mechanics everywhere.  For LR folks, we now have starters for 200/300 TDi, and 4cyl diesels to go with the 2.25/2.6L petrol starters and the 3.9L – 4.2L v8’s.


We ship 10-30 starters daily to classic car and Land Rover owners around the world.   BritishStarters.com. If you don’t see a starter for your classic on our website, let us know.  Odds are we can make one for you.

 


 

You own a pretty unique Land Rover 109 – can you tell us about it?

While rubber-necking on the back roads of CT, I spotted a neglected ’73 2.6L RHD 5-door next to a garage.  The owner was more than happy to accept my offer and make more space in his driveway.  The rear cross member was rotted, the tranny groaned and moaned with each shift, and the motor needed a quart of oil every 50 miles, but the rest of the frame was solid, body panels straight.  After a season of buying more oil than petrol, I decided on a major change for reliability and safety reasons.


The rear cross member was the first to get attention.  Atlantic British provided a Defender part with extra-long arms to reach up past the spring mounts.  It immediately took the sag out of her rump.  The motor was the next to go.  She was tired.  A diesel would be a good upgrade to pull that long wheelbase series truck around.  Some research found the Aussie military used Isuzu diesels in their Land Rovers.  That would keep the truck in the spirit of “original”.  I found a 4BD1T motor with a stage 1 turbo that was in a 1969 Pontiac Catalina station wagon of all things.


A company called Advanced Adapters helped me mate it to a Dodge Ram 5-speed NV4500.   Next were the axles and brakes.  Hauling my 2 kids around dictated maximum stopping power a necessity.  $200 and a craigslist search later, a pair of Disco 1 axles and driveshaft were in my garage.  Now I had modern four wheel disc brakes.  Online forums told me I couldn’t mate disco axles to a leaf-sprung series truck.  I proved them wrong.   The steering wheel was moved over to the left side so that my wife could drive it comfortably.


A Range Rover P38 power steering box was sourced to improve drive-ability And as the truck was coming together, I kept thinking back to that first Rover I saw in Vermont.  Although my truck was a series III, the IIA nose kept coming to mind.  So, a grill and fenders were sourced through a friend to complete the look I was after.  The size of the motor pushed the Summit Racing radiator right to the back of the grill, so original headlights were out of the question.  LED headlights, with their shallow design, and buckets from an ex-Military 109 I have proved the perfect match.  A $200 full length roof rack from the “British Invasion” car show found its way over my safari top, and the last touch was the $15 of LED ribbon lighting from eBay I added both under the hood, and in the channel along the inside roof line.  My daughter calls them the “disco lights”. (EDITORS NOTE – They are absolutely DISCO lights!!!)


After 15 months in surgery, I have a truck that doesn’t leak, stops on a dime, and gets 23mpg city and 28mpg highway.  I got her up to 92mph on the highway then backed it down because the doors started shuttering and I chickened out.  BUT, like an original series truck, it is still loud, smelly, and it rattles.  It rattles so much from the diesel that I have nicknamed her “The Paint Shaker”.  While purists will balk at the changes I made to her, I love it, the kids love it, and most importantly, I saved her from what would have most likely been a flatbed to a junkyard had I not driven down that quiet CT road………

Tell me about your experience as a Judge during last year’s Muddy Chef Challenge and what you are looking forward to this year.

I was blown away by the ingenuity of the contestants and what they were able to make “in the field”.   It was a fun event and the judges took their rolls very seriously.  2015 promises to bring even more wonderful recipes and presentations.  I wonder if someone will take a door or tailgate off to bring us their entry (the hood was already done in 2014)!!!


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As sister and brother growing up in Massachusetts, we always dreamed about not only working together but also working for ourselves. In the spring of 2009, after one of us had spent a few years working in New York and the other had just graduated from college, we came up with an idea: Steve was perpetually in search for the perfect fitting baseball cap (something he could never seem to find) and one that didn’t have brand names or team logos on it. Sarah had grown up needlepointing belts and pillows for family and friends, and we thought about how cool it would be to put needlepoint stitching on a baseball hat (something we had never seen before) and to give profits back to environmental organizations.

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We went searching for over a year to find a manufacturer that could not only meet our high standards creatively, but also environmentally and socially. For us, knowing where, how, and by whom our products are made is paramount. Our manufacturer is FLA (Fair Labor), WRAP (Worker’s Rights) and SA8000 (Social Accountability) certified, and is known for meeting the goals of eco-friendly brands from around the world.

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PROFILE / Robert Nimkoff

THE LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE

 

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.

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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.

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LIME ROCK PARK / Track Improvements

Last week I visited Lime Rock Park to check on the upgrades and changes to the track.  Perhaps the most interesting change for Muddy Chef participants can be seen on the map below and highlighted in yellow.  If you were with us last year, you may remember the hospitality tents were setup on a hillside.  That hill is no longer there.  The new paddock showers and bathrooms should be fantastic!  I’ll post photos shortly.

Checkout the press release from Lime Rock below for more information.

 

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Lime Rock spending millions as it builds a better competitor and sanctioning-body experience

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (April 16) – Lime Rock Park Track President Skip Barber recently committed more than $3 million to a wide variety of projects to significantly rebuild Lime Rock’s infrastructure, with a primary goal of providing vastly improved facilities to specifically benefit competitors and sanctioning bodies.

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“We’re changing Lime Rock’s competitor-supporting infrastructure from pre-historic to near state of the art. And it will all be beautiful,” Barber said.

By early summer, the project will result in acres of trackside pavement significantly larger than at any time in Lime Rock’s history. The A- and B-Paddocks will be perfectly smooth asphalt and combined, there are 7 acres of paddock pavement. Both paddocks will also be attractively landscaped.

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Not since Lime Rock Park’s race track surface itself was re-built in 2008 has a construction project of this magnitude been greenlighted at the famous 1.5-mile automotive and motorsports venue in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner. Some of these projects will be complete in time for Lime Rock’s season-opener – the Memorial Day Weekend Trans Am Series, and Royals Sunday Car Show, May 22-24 – and the rest in time for the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar weekend July 24-25.

“In 2008, the track itself had to get done – it was exceedingly bumpy, it needed more guardrail, better run-off areas. Now we’ve addressed the paddocks in a significant, competitor-centric way,” Barber said.

“We’re doing what we need to do – what we want to do – to ensure the track’s professional racing future,” Barber says. “Major sports car races have defined Lime Rock since the day it opened, and I’m making sure that continues well into the future.

“It’s important to note that everything we’re doing, all the changes, all the improvements… all will make Lime Rock more useful, easier to navigate, more sensible – but all with an eye to making Lime Rock even more beautiful than it already is. I have no doubt that, just in the case of our paddocks, Lime Rock’s will be the most useful and attractive in the U.S.”

Of the multitude of Road to 60 projects underway, the highlights are…

A-Paddock
To be completely re-done and much larger, plus: laser-graded-and-paved to eliminate standing water; it will be landscaped; there’ll be defined spectator walkways and cobblestone curbing; and the roadways through the paddock will be much wider. The new A-Paddock is specifically designed to allow two complete race rigs, tractors included, to park in-line – with a walkway in between – from inside Big Bend up to Victory Circle. Additionally, it will provide large and extremely efficient driving exercise and hospitality acreage for automakers as well as other ride-and-drive, press day and driver-training clients.

April 2015: A-Paddock will have an attractive retention pond behind the all-new Big Bend inside guardrail

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B-Paddock
To be completely re-done: Paved in its entirety (and also laser-graded to eliminate standing water), there’ll be much more usable space.

Hospitality Acreage
Manufacturers and teams now have choice of three large areas of Lime Rock property dedicated to corporate, race team and VIP hospitality. The popular Outfield hospitality acreage remains essentially the same but the existing hospitality area in the Infield (between the Chalets) has been significantly increased in size and laser-graded. The third is an exciting new hospitality area that overlooks the Righthander and No Name Straight. “The locations of our hospitality facilities will be second to none,” Barber says. Lime Rock also has three chalets, and multiple (and recently refurbished) trackside meeting rooms.

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Infield Spectator Hillside
Completely re-done: Close to 100,000 square yards of earth was moved, re-contoured, re-sloped and/or removed to dramatically improve and expand the sightlines as well as make Lime Rock’s famous “picnic-blanket-and-lawn-chair” experience even more enjoyable. Thanks to the re-working of the hill, close to 45 percent of the track can now be seen from this Hillside – with just a turn of the head.

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Additionally, the Infield Spectator Hillside has been extended all the way through the inside curve of the Righthander, creating an entirely new and exciting viewing area of No Name Straight and the Uphill. The Hillside reconfiguration has also allowed the spectator fencing to be moved even closer to the circuit in many locations.

A-Paddock Rest Rooms
The Men’s Room will be completely rebuilt – designed by Sam Posey and David Moore – and the Ladies Room totally refreshed.

Handicap Access
It will be improved and/or added throughout much of the facility.

Also: There’ll be a new PA system; expanded and robust wi-fi; improved cellular service; and improvements and expansions to the other spectator areas

 

 

PROFILE / Keenan Langlois

THE LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE

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?

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

  • Kate Upton-because why the hell not?

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

 

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PROFILE / Eric Archer

THE LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE

This week we are interviewing Muddy Chef competitor (and category winner) ) Eric Archer

Proust/Solihull Questionnaire

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

Sure! Experts with aluminum, strong build qualities. Although I would be quite concerned about the environmental impact of all the leaking oil!

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

Live in Rhode Island with my wife (Linda). Our son went to University of Vermont and still lives there after graduating. Our daughter starts working in Boston with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in September. I’m enjoying retirement after a fulfilling career in the staffing & recruitment industry. Spending my time bicycling and 109 restoration.

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

Three. Defender 90, Defender 110 and recently acquired 1959 Series II 109 station wagon. Currently working hard to restore the 109 with hopes of bringing it to the Muddy Chef! This is clearly my favorite; a direct correlation to the hours, joys and tears currently being invested!!

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

Unique, rugged, timeless; and they come with membership into the informal (but real) club of Land Rover owners. It’s a culture…might even say a cult!

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

Fortunately, I haven’t experienced the constant breaking down that I often hear about. Expect this may change when the 109 is on the road?? Worst thing is my backside is a few sizes too large for the driver’s seat and drivers seating compartment. How come the driver’s seat doesn’t slide back further!!

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

Land Rover adventure? Life adventure? Been on both….. “What happens on adventure Stays on adventure”

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

My wife and children showed little to no interest in attending the Muddy Chef last year, so I invited Chris Copeland (a neighbor) to join me last year. Ends up he’s not only a car guy but a Foodie!! Chris is joining me again in 2015!!

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Keep producing Defenders!

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

Not much. Pretty much stock.

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

Marlin Perkins (Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom) – Guide and expert. Enjoy, understand and avoid being eaten!

Ernest Shackleton – Bring us home despite conditions or equipment

Robin Williams – to entertain us at the evening campfires OR Tarzan for that special bond and translation skills!

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WhistlePig Rye Whiskey / The best in the world?

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 World Class Whiskey – From Vermont?

 Larry Olmsted

I’ve been writing on wines and spirits for over 15 years, and living in Vermont for even longer, but the two have never had much in common – until now.

Unlike vodkas made from Maple syrup or even lactose (really), WhistlePig, which is bottled on a farm in rural Shoreham, Vermont, is not just another marketing gimmick – according to many critics it is the best rye whiskey in the world.

As I reported recently with the launch of a high-end rye from boutique bourbon maker Knob Creek, super-premium rye is the hot new spirits category. America’s favorite before Prohibition, rye is again all the rage among bartenders heralding a return of classic cocktails like the Manhattan and Old Fashioned. But WhistlePig is almost too good for this, and can be appreciated on its own.

Introduced in mid-2010 and made in very limited quantity (1000 cases), the story behind WhistlePig is unique. Industry legend Dave Pickerell, the longtime Master Distiller for the renowned Maker’s Mark bourbon distillery in Kentucky, decided to devote himself to a quest for the best rye possible, the next evolution of boutique bourbons. He wandered the earth trying rye whiskies, until he found what he considered its finest expression in the form of a new Canadian version, made from nothing but rye grain (law requires the majority of starch to be rye in order to be labeled rye whiskey, just as it requires 51% corn for bourbon, but pure ryes are rare).

For various reasons, including the fact that rye grain is considerably more expensive than corn, but also because a straight rye distillation is very tough on equipment, gumming it up with sticky residue, few distillers have bothered with pure rye whiskey. But the Canadians solved the sticky problem with two solutions, using malted rye and by developing a special strain of yeast-like fungus for distillation (for much more detail on this issue, check out this article from a great site devoted entirely to Canadian whiskies).

So Pickerell teamed up with WhistlePig founder Raj Bhakta, a former contestant on The Apprentice, who purchased a two century old working farm in Shoreham and renamed it WhistlePig Farm and began growing his own rye. Bhakta purchased the incredible Canadian rye whiskey, still in bulk storage, brought it back to Vermont, hand bottled it, and it blew critics away with rave reviews. At the same time, Bhakta and Pickerell, now Master Distiller for WhistlePig, have set up their own distillery on the farm and are working towards producing their rye from start to finish going forward.

But where it is made is not nearly as important as how it tastes.

Pickerell fell in love with the stuff because of its strength, purity (100% rye grain) and maturity – he calls the combination of proof and purity 100/100 and along with 10 years of aging in new American oak barrels, claims it hits “the sweet spot” in all three categories. I think he is right, and the balance between the higher than usual strength, higher than usual purity, and lengthy aging is perfect. It certainly does not taste like 100 proof, or half alcohol, because the woodiness for the aging perfectly balances the strength. It’s got just a hint of herby spice, maybe a little mint or cinnamon, but nowhere as much as many whiskies and less spicy zing than most ryes. Rather it j tastes of grain, its essential component, in a good, earthy, bread-like way, with the caramel-rich mouth feel of well-aged whiskies. I hesitate to call it straightforward, because that makes it sound simple, but its straightforward – it tastes like rye.

I’m not the only one who likes it. When the first batch was just released in mid-2010, it immediately earned a whopping 96-point rating from Wine Enthusiast – the highest rating the prestigious magazine has ever given to a rye. The Tasting Panel magazine gave it 94, and F. Paul Pacult’s acclaimed Spirit Journal gave it the highest possible 5-star rating. Details magazine simply called it “America’s Best New Whiskey,” while the Wall Street Journal named it one of the top five whiskies of the year. There was no shortage of other accolades.

And the odd name? Well to really appreciate that, you have to listen to the funny story in first person audio from Bhakta on WhistlePig’s website, but hey, it’s as good as lots of names, and to go with it, they created a suitable logo which reminds me of the Monopoly board game guy crossed with a pig. If I’m going to buy a $70 bottle of rye from anyone, it’s as likely as not to be a cartoon high-roller pig with a top hat and cigar.

But seriously, as whiskey lovers continue to enthusiastically embrace WhistlePig, there is likely to be a lag between the sellout of the limited first batch and future production, so hesitation might not be the best strategy.

We get a shout out on Jalopnik

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

Andrew P Collins

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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:

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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.

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Get Your Vintage Mud On!

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Photo courtesy The Muddy Chef Challenge.

Owners of classic cars have more vintage race, rally and touring events to choose from than ever before these days. But what about owners of old-school, 4 x 4 off-road machines?

Fortunately, the crowd that loves to get dirty now has some options of their own.

The Muddy Chef Challenge, first contested at Vermont’s Mount Stowe in 2008, returns to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut for the second year in a row and its fourth iteration overall from July 30 through August 2.

The organizers of the Copperstate 1000 vintage rally—now in its 25th year—have added an off-road event, the Copperstate Overland, with its inaugural running happening from October 18-21 in Arizona.

The Muddy Chef Challenge, which is open exclusively to Land Rover owners, combines camping, off-road challenges and a cooking challenge along with sporting clays target shooting and even a chance to get dolled up for a white linen cocktail party. The cost of registration is $75, plus $25 per night to camp at Lime Rock. But participants need to bring their own food, cigars and whatever other party supplies they might need for three days of hanging out with like-minded Land Rover enthusiasts.

The Muddy Chef Challenge seems not to take itself too seriously. Making friends, sharing food and playing around getting Land Rovers muddy—the way they should be—seem to be the goals of the organizers and participants alike.

The Copperstate Overland is open to more than just Land Rover owners (though we suspect that plenty of Rover owners will be involved), but anyone wishing to enter will need an off-road vehicle from the 1979 model year or older. At $6,850, the cost of the Copperstate Overland is quite a bit steeper than the Muddy Chef Challenge, but that price includes all meals and double-occupancy lodging for the driver and co-driver/navigator, including a final night’s stay after the rally and awards dinner the final night.  A portion of every entry fee goes to benefit the Men’s Art Council of the Phoenix Art Museum.

In addition to not staying in tents for that significant entry fee, the Copperstate Overland will feature a mix of off-road and on-road rallying amid some very beautiful Arizona countryside that is a contrast to the potentially very muddy Lime Rock experience.

Different events for different tastes—and budgets, but both guaranteed to get your car dirty.

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Robert Parker: Monkey 47 gin deserves 100 points
25 February, 2015
By Martin Green

The world’s most famous wine critic has thrown his weight behind Black Forest craft gin brand Monkey 47.

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At a press conference in London this evening Robert Parker, famous for “making or breaking” wine brands by scoring them out of 100, said that if ever a gin deserved 100 points it was Monkey 47.14801.photo.2

 

 

 

 

 

Parker said: “Monkey 47 is the greatest gin I have ever tasted. It’s as good as it gets. If ever a gin deserves 100 points it’s that.

“The aromatics on it are just amazing.”

He added: “I tweeted about it and the owner sent me a letter, he was really pleased and he said they tried to make this gin like a wine.”

Wing Commander Montgomery Collins of the RAF created the gin when he was posted to the British zone of Berlin after the World War II, inspired both by the local flora and his upbringing in Madras.

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Collins also sponsored a monkey in Berlin Zoo and later opened a guesthouse called the Wild Monkey. When the house was being done up at the start of this century the recipe was rediscovered and the gin was reborn as Monkey 47.

Monkey 47 is distributed by Spirit Cartel in the UK and retails for £40-£50.

Harvey Nichols’ wine and spirits buyer Ivan Dixon describes it as “a perfect combination of background story, quality of liquid, versatility and genius branding”.