The Muddy Chef Challenge in the new issue of Land Rover Owner International. Sam Watson covers the event in his column – THE OVERLANDER (click image to enlarge)
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.
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
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.
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
EBC Rotors and Pads
If you were on safari which three (living or dead or fictional) people would you pick to bring along?
McGuyver, My Girlfriend, Jeremy Clarkson
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.
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.
We are very excited to announce our partnership with the Prestige family of fine cars and and Arkonik – builder of bespoke Land Rover Defenders. Be sure to visit the VIP chalet at Lime Rock during the Muddy Chef Challenge. Prestige and Arkonik will have a number of new Land Rovers and Arkonik Defenders for you to experience and drive. Most Land Rover enthusiasts will never have a chance to experience an Arkonik and this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about these beautiful, hand-crafted Land Rovers. Here’s an introduction to Prestige and Arkonik:
Welcome To The Prestige Family of Fine Cars
At Prestige, we strive to make every customer a customer for life. We are proud to serve multiple areas around the country including New York and Connecticut while our New Jersey dealerships have been serving the Tri-State area for over 45 years. Our promise is to keep delivering the same award winning service and value that our community has come to expect from all of our dealerships through the years.
The Prestige Family of Fine Cars is the leading vehicle dealer network in the Tri-State Region, with over 50 years of service to the car-buying public in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Having established its first showroom in Montclair NJ in 1947, it has now offers superior service, huge selection and unbeatable prices in the towns of Wappinger’s Falls and Middletown NY, Paramus, Mahwah and Ramsey NJ, and Stamford CT
Prestige partners with British Company Arkonik to restore vintage Land Rover Defenders.
Classic Land Rover Defenders have traditionally been hard to come by in the U.S., but a firm called Arkonik has changed that. From its base in England’s West Country, Arkonik seeks out vintage Land Rover Defenders in the U.K. and Europe, lovingly restores them to meet the requirements of its customers, and delivers them all over the world. Arkonik was born in CEO Andy Hayes’ driveway, where he repaired and sold Defenders to U.K. buyers. The company grew to market the vehicles throughout Europe and North America.
Prestige Land Rover is one of only two dealerships in North America to partner with Arkonik – proudly offering the classic styling and robust performance of the Defender to Americans whom enjoy shopping for vintage Land Rovers. The Defender is legendary, and with good reason. To join the ranks of many Defender-lovers, a client can go to the Arkonik website and configure exactly what he or she wants in a Defender. From this point, it’s 18 to 20 months before the client takes delivery on a bespoke vehicle. During this time, Arkonik sources a Defender on the client’s behalf and performs a 10-week, bare-chassis restoration that will render what is basically a better-than-new vehicle. It’s all about attention to detail.
As a proud partner with Arkonik, Prestige Land Rover in Paramus has a number of in stock bespoke Defenders available for immediate delivery in their showroom. Customers can visit Prestige to view these one of a kind vehicles and learn more about how they might order their own custom Defender today.
Read an interview with Andy Hayes of Arkonik. CLICK HERE