PROFILE / Rob Wollschlager

THE LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE

Proust/Solihull Questionnaire

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bribery.


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

Muddy Chef Challenge / Pre-Running the Madava Trail

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

 

 

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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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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.

In The News / MCC on NELRC

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LINK TO THE ARTICLE HERE

KRMG TV / 2014 Land Rover Muddy Chef Event

The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge 3

Where

Lime Rock Park
497 Lime Rock Rd Rt 112
Lakeville, CT 06039

Upcoming

9:00 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cost

Buy

Categories

Events,  Other

Registration for the 2014 Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge PLEASE NOTE – IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETELY FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM AND COMPLETE THE “CONTACT THE ORGANIZER” SECTION YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE CANCELLED.  We need the info to register your vehicle and a way to contact you.  A blind e-mail is not enough information for us to process your registration.  Please provide the following information by clicking the “Contact The Organizer” button. The year and model Land Rover you will be driving. The name of your Challenge Meals (e.g. – Texas Tornado BBQ)If you would like to be located in the “family” areaIf you are bringing petsIf you have additional equipment (pop up awnings, etc)Please note, registration is limited so be sure to reserve your spot today!Be sure to visit www.muddychef.com for updates, news, challenges and more!If you have any questions please e-mail info@muddychef.com

 

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Muddy Chef Challenge 4

Muddy Chef Challenge 4

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

REGISTER HERE

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

Please visit …

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Peter Becks Village Store / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

Peter Becks Village Store is Becky Belcher and Pete Feen’s reincarnation of an old Salisbury staple, The Village Store. Since the late 70’s the Village Store was a place for Salisbury residents, Appalachian Trail hikers, and passers-thru to get outdoor gear, sporting goods, and clothing for exploring the area’s trails or inns and antique shops. Peter, a prep school fundraiser with roots in Litchfield County, and Becks, a Lakeville native who previously worked as a sales representative for Vineyard Vines, decided that it is their mission to revive this Salisbury institution with their own twist. Feel free to come by, take a load off by the fire, and buy clothing and gear that will enhance your Southern Berkshire lifestyle.


Becks is a 4th generation Salisbury resident and therefore has always felt a very strong bond with the area. After working in the apparel/outdoor industry for 10 plus years, Becks saw an opportunity to bring The Village Store of Salisbury back to life with it’s own twist, now Peter Becks Village Store. Becks has enjoyed combining her passion for the outdoor industry with her heritage in Salisbury. No one has final say without Becks stamp of approval–well maybe Salty.


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Pete and his wife Becky own and operate Peter Becks Village Store. Pete enjoys relaying his knowledge of the area to locals and passers-by alike; in particular recommending the best hiking trails which he explores often with his golden retriever, Salty.

Highly invested in the region: Pete is also a realtor with Elyse Harney Real Estate and consults for The Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative, a community based organization that works on economic, marketing and tourism initiatives in Litchfield County.

As a volunteer Pete sits on the board of The Marketplace of Salisbury, helps organize the HYSB Bearcat 5k at Hotchkiss and is on the Marketing Committee for the Salisbury Ski Jump.

Pete on a bet once drove from Albany, NY to Denali National Park in 72 hours.


Luke was born and raised in East Canaan, CT. He attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School. In his spare time, Luke enjoys playing hockey, golfing, fishing, hunting and playing with his dog Harry. Luke is in charge of the social media and marketing at Peter Becks Village Store. Luke currently attends University of Rhode Island. ” People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks.”- Brick Tamland


Lea is a life long Salisbury resident, she grew up on a small dairy farm outside of town with her two sisters, and is now married and raising two children in Salisbury. Summer is Lea’s favorite season and spends as much time as possible on Twin Lakes, boating, fishing and swimming with her family! Lea has been with Peter Becks since 2010.

Teams and Food / 2014 Muddy Chef Challenge

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It’s impossible to view these and not start smiling!

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PETER BECKS / OFFICIAL EVENT SPONSOR

Peter Becks Village Store is Becky Belcher and Pete Feen’s reincarnation of an old Salisbury staple, The Village Store. Since the late 70’s the Village Store was a place for Salisbury residents, Appalachian Trail hikers, and passers-thru to get outdoor gear, sporting goods, and clothing for exploring the area’s trails or inns and antique shops. Peter, a prep school fundraiser with roots in Litchfield County, and Becks, a Lakeville native who previously worked as a sales representative for Vineyard Vines, decided that it is their mission to revive this Salisbury institution with their own twist. Feel free to come by, take a load off by the fire, and buy clothing and gear that will enhance your Southern Berkshire lifestyle.


Becks is a 4th generation Salisbury resident and therefore has always felt a very strong bond with the area. After working in the apparel/outdoor industry for 10 plus years, Becks saw an opportunity to bring The Village Store of Salisbury back to life with it’s own twist, now Peter Becks Village Store. Becks has enjoyed combining her passion for the outdoor industry with her heritage in Salisbury. No one has final say without Becks stamp of approval–well maybe Salty.


31851_435766010814_4872524_n.jpg

Pete and his wife Becky own and operate Peter Becks Village Store. Pete enjoys relaying his knowledge of the area to locals and passers-by alike; in particular recommending the best hiking trails which he explores often with his golden retriever, Salty.

Highly invested in the region: Pete is also a realtor with Elyse Harney Real Estate and consults for The Northwestern Connecticut Planning Collaborative, a community based organization that works on economic, marketing and tourism initiatives in Litchfield County.

As a volunteer Pete sits on the board of The Marketplace of Salisbury, helps organize the HYSB Bearcat 5k at Hotchkiss and is on the Marketing Committee for the Salisbury Ski Jump.

Pete on a bet once drove from Albany, NY to Denali National Park in 72 hours.


Luke was born and raised in East Canaan, CT. He attended Housatonic Valley Regional High School. In his spare time, Luke enjoys playing hockey, golfing, fishing, hunting and playing with his dog Harry. Luke is in charge of the social media and marketing at Peter Becks Village Store. Luke currently attends University of Rhode Island. ” People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks.”- Brick Tamland


Lea is a life long Salisbury resident, she grew up on a small dairy farm outside of town with her two sisters, and is now married and raising two children in Salisbury. Summer is Lea’s favorite season and spends as much time as possible on Twin Lakes, boating, fishing and swimming with her family! Lea has been with Peter Becks since 2010.