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?
Denys Finch Hatton
Taylor Swift. I mean have you seen that video with her and the Rovers?
This week we interview Muddy Chef competitor and category winner Rick Liwush. Rick and his Son Andy are world class fabricators and builders of one of the most fearsome Series II trucks on the planet (and he’s a super nice guy too!).
1. If Land Rover made an aircraft would you fly in it? Why/Why Not?
Probably not. Unless they teamed up with those who made the Concord. That would be a flight to remember. Just think the first land rover into outer orbit.
2. Tell us a little about your background, your career and where you live.
Even though that it’s fairly new, the Love to Overland bug has bitten me. The ability to drive in the outback and sleep under the stars and get up, break camp and do again the next day is just over the top, it should be on every ones bucket list. Have two grown children, Andy and Victoria. Restoring and building modified vehicles and spending countless hours cooking with both my children is a fathers’ dream. Was born and raised in Rochester New York, presently living in Williamson NY. Spent the last 35 years working in Contract Manufacturing for KAL Manufacturing.
3. How many Land Rovers have you owned and which was your favorite?
7 Land Rovers to date. Our favorite is the 1964 Big Tire series IIA or the LR3. Depends on the function and the mood.
4. What’s the best thing about owning a Land Rover?
The attention it brings, love the thumbs up from other drivers. It is a great way to break the ice at any event. The social aspects outweigh any negative possibilities. Being a Land Rover Owner puts you in a very special class, I have never met any LR owner who doesn’t follow the same rules when you’re behind the wheel, “No Land Rover ever left behind” Each person we have encountered have brought so many great experiences to the table, everyone is so helpful and kind. All are willing to lend a hand or whatever they have to help if you are sidelined. We have done many other events with many different clubs etc… but none are of the class of those who have the ownership of a Land Rover.
5. What’s the worst thing about owning a Land Rover?
People keep calling it a Jeep.
Maybe the leaks when it rains.
6. Been on an adventure? – tell us about it
Just got back from SCARR in Texas, what a great show. The people were so friendly and over 100 land rovers in attendance. Fantastic trails, unbelievable views and trails for all types. Interesting weather. Out of this world event dinner on Saturday. This club puts on one great event. If you haven’t done it is worth the time off from work. When we were invited to SCARR I was told that that if you could only go to one event this year, this would be the one we should go to. The challenges of the terrain is so different than what we entertain ourselves out here in the east. The Red dirt, gets everywhere were still washing it out of our LR. The networking of new friends was over the top. We even bumped into one of our sponsors’ of Muddy Chef.
Carnage, of course there was, we saw all different kinds, but without carnage where is the challenge. But there was one instance where you just have to hand out the award of “what were you thinking?”, Driver of a Landy minus brakes = totaling your front end, Driver came to event knowingly that his brakes were not in great shape but still proceeded to go wheeling anyways. After crushing his left front due to lack of braking on a downward slope, all the driver wanted to do was blame everyone else, “Here’s your sign”.
7. How do you plan to beat the competition this year at the Muddy Chef Challenge?
If everything is done proper, like having individual tents for each category with no more than 3 judges per tent, so that to eliminate long lines and food getting cold this event should be one of the best ever. You can’t always make everyone happy but each year you learn for the year before, and the biggest squawk was the long time to present to the judges Eric if you really want to make this an all-star event than we need to step it up and separate the judges into their respectable classes.
Which in turns creates less stress on all involved both participants and judges.
Make time for those who plan on doing both the standard competition and for those who are also competing in the iron / chopped/ top chef event.
So to answer the question fairly, if the above is accomplished then we as participants can let the food do the talking. We been preparing for this since the last event, our thinking and testing of recipes are from simple to way outside the box thoughts. It really isn’t about winning it’s about sharing the experience and bring them home with you. Pass the donuts please… ohhhh they were so good…..
So get ready judges, sit back, take a big bite, close your eyes and let us entertain your culinary pallets.
8. If you could ask Land Rover for a particular type of vehicle what would it be?
A vehicle similar to the defender 110 but with some larger tire options and make interior roll bars standard, for the Queens sake we all know that most of these are used for work or Fun. We are not purchasing them to sit in the driveway. We are men of means and with that said make one that we all can afford here and on the other side of the pond. Just use the data that Ford motor company did in the sixties, build a fun, smart looking and affordable vehicle, make your target the middle class and build hundreds of thousands of them and watch your sales and profits rise.
9. What upgrades/modifications does your Land Rover have?
As seen at the last event the 1964 has been slightly modified…lol, heck, it’s been over hauled to the max. let’s start with the 37 inch Maxis Trepador competition tires, under the bonnet is a Ford 302 punched out to 347, McClould clutch, Spidertrax housing front and rear, Spidertrax ultimate 60 knuckles with Spidertrax bearings, Spidertrax rotors and drive flange kit, Spidertrax 35 spline axils up front and Dutchman 35 spline in the back, Hi-9 s front and back with 4.56 gears, ARB air lockers , Atlas 3.8 transfer case, Tom Woods drive shafts, PSC full hydro double ended ram steering, Griffen Radiator. ARB compressor, Wilwood 4 piston calipers, Currie anti rock sway bar, Wilwood peddles , Out front is a RED Winch Hornet – S , 18 gallon fuel cell, King coilovers on all four corners, bump stops and Pro Comp limit straps. Lighting by Baja, Kirkey Seats and 4 point harness all custom metal work was laser cut at KAL Manufacturing, External cage, 4 link’s custom built by son Andy Liwush.
10. If you were on safari what three people (living or dead) would you pick to bring along?
Bear Grylls, , to learn how to survive in all different situations
Thomas Jefferson, to have those star light campfire talks sipping on fine wines and tasting special preserves and talking about everything related to food.
Bill Clinton, for his love of Cigars… need we say more.
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 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.
Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge News
For the first time ever. Lime Rock Park is allowing guests to bring their pets. Obliviously the usual common sense rules apply. Vanilla and Brady – my two English Chocolate Labs are howling in delight!
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PHOTO: Seven Wonders of The World
What is the 8th Wonder of The World?
THE NEW SITE LOCATION OF THE MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE.
IT’S SO BIG WE ADDED ANOTHER DAY TO THE EVENT. NOW – JULY 31, AUGUST 1,2,3 2014.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES – COMING SOON!
Yahoo! We just finalized the dates for the 2014 Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge. August 1,2,3 2014. We are looking for a place to have the event and your suggestions would be welcome. Last year it was at the Mystic, CT KOA Campground. Which was both good and bad.
On the good side, we had electricity, running water, pool, places for the kids to play, etc. It was close to the trails. On the bad side we had nowhere enough room and it was kind of a pain for our friends to visit, etc. Also, as we booked the event really late last year there were not enough campgrounds and it was a bit crowded.
So, I’m searching for an alternative site but planning to use the KOA as a backup. I’d like to have room to stretch out and build a really big bonfire!
We have a website up www.muddychef.com and I’d invite everyone to visit and be patient as we get things running. There will be a registration page soon and a bunch of other neat stuff.
One of the biggest problems I had last year was getting info on the attendees and their vehicles (my fault), also my awards cameraman was “in his cups” so the awards video (who got what and for what) vanished and I’d have liked to have had that.
As always, this is a firmly grassroots event. We ain’t tryin to make a profit. I’ll keep the costs as close to zero as possible.
For now, can I get either “I will come” or “I want to come” or a “Hell no, I ain’t coming”
Also, your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
We are excited for August!