SPONSOR PROFILE / Walter Irvine, Lime Rock Park

6 Questions for Walter Irvine of Lime Rock Park

Photo:  A 12 year old Walter Irvine in his dream car.

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Photo: A slightly older Walter Irvine now owns his dream car.

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

Fly, no.  I would occasionally taxi, slowly, within sight of the hangar.

Tell us about yourself, your background, and what you do at Lime Rock. 

My life began October 26, 1979 when I got my driver’s license in Warren, New Jersey.  Lime Rock Park was the second place I drove to.  Three months later Lime Rock was the first road course I raced on.  Eleven years later (after formula car training and competing in the Jim Russell Championship at Mont Tremblant in Quebec) I began instructing for the Skip Barber Racing School, at the time headquartered at LRP.  We instructed and raced at 30+ tracks around North America but Lime Rock was always the darling.  Then three years ago this August 1st, I quit the school after 24 years and began to work directly for Skip Barber- the father of the racing school and the owner of Lime Rock Park today. Officially as Director of Business and Sales.  Unofficially I help to keep Lime Rock Park strong and relevant going in to its next half century of racing and motorsports.

You are quite a car guy, and apparently the former owner of a fabulous Land Rover Freelander.  Tell us more about your collection.   

Definitely Anglo-centric and mostly 2 seat sports cars but I did successfully dabble in some performance-phobic wallet drainers, mostly “storied marques” 70’s and early 80’s vintage. The Freeloader was the moped of the cars I’d owned.  Very entertaining, incredibly capable and nicely purpose built.  Unfortunately I would have preferred clicking on The Kardashians before telling my colleagues I bought one.  It did everything immensely well except go more than 50k miles.  Some “friends” put Ford Escape badges on it before I made my first payment.

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What was your favorite memory from last year’s Muddy Chef Challenge? 

Learning off-road driving from a then-random Muddy Chef participant (Scott Brewitt) who invited me to right seat one of the afternoons.  A driver who understands and exacts the best things out of a Rover is no different than a racing driver doing the same in a race car.  They are both enthusiasts- one no better than the other.  It was a pleasure to have met and participated (as a passenger) with this gentleman, who was genuinely happy to share his expertise.

The free Harpoon beer was also an event highlight.

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Which three people (living or dead) would you like to attend the Muddy Chef with and why?

Scott Brewitt, who I just mentioned above.  In hopes that he would let me do some driving <insert canned laughter>.

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Annette, (Editors note: Ms. Annette is so strikingly beautiful we dare not publish a photo) who is my world, and a 2015 JEEP Wrangler ™ owner.

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Steve McQueen.  I always wanted to ask him why the double-clutch upshifting in “Bullitt”.  Seriously, it may sound cool but it just wear and tear. Come on Steve..

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Super tramp or Styx.  Why? 

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Definitely Boston. 

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That CD was jammed in my first Range Rover Classic (’88).  I put 131,000 miles on that truck and non-consensually listened to “Don’t Look Back” more times than Eric Yohe has consensually fawned over his Debbie Gibson collection.

 

 

Editors Note:           Like Debbie Gibson is a bad thing?  Yummy.

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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? ​

In The News / MCC on NELRC

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Ok, enough goofing around with phony $100,000 tables and spork holders!  We are finally getting around to the real deal!  The first item we have is a high quality sticker for your vehicle.  It’s UV coated, guaranteed not to fade and perfect to enhance your off-road street credibility!

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The stickers will be available for purchase June 1 at British by the Sea and on this website shortly thereafter.

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