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

 

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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An afternoon of Polo at the Fairfield Hunt Club, Westport, CT ~ Aug 28, 2016

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Join Arkonik and The Muddy Chef Challenge crew for an afternoon of Polo.   This is the sixth annual Gold’s Dragoons Polo Cup match.  Watch Gold’s Dragoons battle Squadron A.   Come early so we can park alongside each other and tailgate in style!  Pack your Yeti coolers and grab your pop-up canopy, lunch baskets, and head out for an amazing afternoon of polo.  

The match is held at the Fairfield Hunt Club.  Located at 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.  Tailgating starts at 1:00 and match play begins at 3:00.  Prizes are awarded for the best ladies hat and the best tailgate.   As this is a Muddy Chef Challenge affiliated event, the price of admission is – FREE!

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Don’t want to pack a lunch or cooler?  No worries, you can buy drinks and a catered lunch at the club.  The lunch is $25.00 for adults and $15.00 for kids.  

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Land Rover stopped manufacturing the Defender on January 29, 2016.  After being produced in various forms for the past 68 years, the iconic Defender – the quintessential safari vehicle is no more.  What’s a US based enthusiast to do?  Have you seen the prices on e-bay?  Huge sums for Defenders in a wide variety of conditions – from rusted out hulks to “brand new” models of dubious legal status.   We’re talking serious risk and serious money.  What can a potential buyer do to find and purchase the Defender of their dreams?  Have one custom made.  Your color, your options, your ideas, your dreams.  Arkonik is dedicated to creating the finest Land Rover Defenders in the world.  100% legal for import to the United States.  

Visit with Tom Maxwell of Arkonik at the polo match to learn more (and perhaps take a test drive) in one of their bespoke Land Rover Defenders.  

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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.  

SPONSOR PROFILE / Rodney Brooks of Performance Unlimited and D.A.P. Enterprises

Four questions for Rodney Brooks of D.A.P. Enterprises and Performance Unlimited:

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


Of Course I would!  Seems like that could be a very entertaining adventure!

Tell us a little about yourself, family and background.

I am a native Vermonter. I grew up in Springfield/Wethersfield area.  I have been involved with various forms of motorsports since I was a teen.  I have worked in professional racing of several types including drag racing, rally racing and road racing sports cars. I’ve been involved with overlanding since the early 90’s. I have worked as project manager and manufacturing manager for several industrial companies.  Throughout the years I’ve always been involved in working on others vehicles to help support my hobbies.  I am very passionate about all forms of motorsports and love the community.  The people involved are the best people in the world.

Can you tell us about Performance Unlimited?


In January of 2009 I started Performance Unlimited as a full time endeavor in a 2 car home garage.  By March of 2010 we had expanded enough to move into a 2500 sq./ft. shop in Woodstock. In 2014 we moved to our present 8000 sq./ft. location in Bridgewater Corners, VT.  Performance Unlimited is in the business of modifying and renovating vehicles for customer demands.  Whether that is for off-road, overlanding, road racing, street performance, or anything else, if it has 5 wheels (4 on the ground and one to hold onto!) we will make your dream come true.



Now that you have acquired the Land Rover specialist firm D.A.P. Enterprises, how to you plan to integrate their business into Performance Unlimited?


DAP Enterprises (Pronounced Dee A Pee, think Darn Awesome People!) was formed in 1976. In February of 2015 I acquired DAP to add to our growing team.  DAP performs world class restorations, repairs and renovations and is a Land Rover parts supplier to customers throughout the US and many other countries as well.  We have integrated the mechanical work into our Bridgewater facility and are expanding our parts inventory at a rapid rate.  Our goal is to supply the Land Rover community with any part that is needed. We are introducing new suppliers and inventory on a daily basis. We have an EBay store up and running with lots of specials, and will have our ecommerce site running in early 2016.



Be sure to stop by the Performance Unlimited/D.A.P booth in the Vendor Village at The Muddy Chef Challenge.

DAP Enterprises & Performance Unlimited / OFFICIAL SPONSOR

 

 

 

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ABOUT PERFORMANCE UNLIMITED

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.

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

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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? ​

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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PROFILE / Max Simmons

THE LAND ROVER MUDDY CHEF CHALLENGE

This week we interview attorney, new father, style icon and sunroof-less Discovery owner Max Simmons.

Proust/Solihull Questionnaire


 

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

 

I’d always trust a Land Rover to get me to the remotest location. I’d want an aircraft carrier there waiting for me in the event that it assumed the British position when I went to start it the next morning.

 

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

 

Blue-eyed blond welfare baby born to a teen single-mother in small-town central Illinois. After working my way through college (and I do mean working — ask me sometime about some of those jobs!) I spent nearly a decade working for non-profits and politicians in Wisconsin till opting for law-school. I now live in New Haven with my perfect wife, Abigail, and our perfect children, Emma-Marguerite and Francesco. My eyes are still blue but the hair is gray.

 

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

 

My ’97 Discovery is my first. It’s perfect for me. Stepped roof, alpine windows, and super-robust frame and drivetrain echo the original safari-mobiles while the ABS, airbags, A/C and side-impact beams update it just enough (my friends say it’s perfect for me because it’s a little bit redneck and a little bit elitist). After a long region-wide search (I wanted one without sunroofs) I found it hibernating mostly rust-free in an East Haven garage. The owner bought it as a project that he never got around to starting.

 

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

 

Two things: (1) Seeing it waiting for me in the parking lot: It promises adventure and escape, even if only once in a while, and (2) the friendship with my mechanic.


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

 

The friendship with my mechanic.

 

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

 

Besides the Muddy Chef? So far the adventures have been the steep learning curve in roadside repairs using bubblegum and duct tape.

 

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

Lock Eric Archer and Chris Copeland in the basement till August 3rd.


 


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

 

An updated NAS Defender 110 (or a 130!). I’m a family guy, and I’d love to have a suitably sized Rover for hauling the whole herd into some more remote locations.

 

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

TrueTrac diffs, front diff guard, JATE rings, and . . . new headliner!


 


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

I probably should say Selous, Stanley and Schweitzer, but more likely I’d prefer Groucho Marx, Julia Child and Ansel Adams.



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.

Hemmings Motor News covers The Muddy Chef Challenge!

Get Your Vintage Mud On!

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Muddy Chef Challenge

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.

Land Rover Series III for sale! / Need a ride for The Muddy Chef Challenge?

REALLY A SERIES III?

A Land Rover Series III for sale?  Wow!  So you want a classic Series III Land Rover but ain’t a bank president.  Or you are a bank president and you want an immaculate Series III Land Rover…  The car below could be either.  It’s an amazing original Land Rover with a huge amount of extra parts and some extremely rare stuff.  Have you ever seen the original tool roll and the protecto-plate ID plate?   No?  Neither had I.

WHAT’S IT NEED?

Almost certainly a frame.  It’s crusty.   But, the truck drives and runs fine and has an overdrive.  That’s important for going somewhere closer than the local beach or camping trip.

 WHAT’S IT COST?

Well, that depends.  You can buy it one of two ways.  As it is and do the work yourself.  Or negotiate a new frame and have an amazing barn find truck to drive anywhere.

I’M INTERESTED!

PM me at info@muddychef.com and I’ll hook you up with the seller.  I’ll tell you in advance he ain’t looking for bargain hunters or tire kickers.

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WINNING! / CHECK YOUR MAILBOX!

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If you have registered for the Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge be sure to check your mailbox this week for a surprise!  What better way to get psyched for the event than with a surprise.  We are working on adding additional challenges to the event.  These might include equestrian, water, mud (lots and lots of mud) and field engineering.

In The News / MCC on NELRC

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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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A whole bunch of photos from the cooking challenge.  Just CLICK the image.  Please enjoy and distribute however you like.  Please be sure to thank our sponsors by tagging, hyperlinking, and with social media.  Most of the apparent duplicate photos in the directory are HDR images.

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.


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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.

Land Rover lovers, it’s the Muddy Chef Challenge at Lime Rock; created by Madison man

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Above, 1982 Land Rover 109 Stage 1, owned by James Wollschlager of Mystic. Photo by Eric Archer of Warwick, R.I.

LAKEVILLE >> Calling all Land Rover enthusiasts. Pack up your oriental rugs, leather chairs, Land Rover flags and signs, gourmet grub, camp grills and lots and lots of gusto and head up to Lime Rock Park for a weekend of off road adventure, fine food and drink and lots of camaraderie.

The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge 3 is an adventurous weekend for Land Rover drivers who want to push their vehicle to the limits in rivers, over mountains and through woods, all under supervision, of course. No wonder its founder calls it “part Great Race and Iron Chef.”Planned for July 31 through Aug. 3, Land Rovers will descend upon Lime Rock Park and spend the weekend at area venues and proving what rugged, sturdy vehicles they really are built to be.Muddy Snack from Christopher Macecsko on Vimeo.

Preregistration is required at http://muddychef.com/.

Aside from a camping fee of $35 a night, the event is free. Proceeds from a weekend raffle will benefit Autism Speaks, for more info visit http://www autismspeaks.org#sthash.iaELlP2p.dpuf.

“Land Rovers are your sort of rugged, safari, adventure-type vehicle,” says event creator Eric Yohe. As an owner of an unrestored, 1961 Land Rover Series IIA, the Madison resident is passionate about all things Land Rover and is a foodie.

Yohe arranged the first Muddy Chef in Stowe, Vermont and went on to host last year’s event in Mystic. Bringing the road race/cook-off to Lime Rock was a natural progression and embraced by the park’s Director of Business Development Walter Irvine, another Land Rover enthusiast, and former owner of a Land Rover LR2, who enjoys the “culture.”

“Off-roaders (are) very adventurous, typically very philanthropic, really up to doing crazy stuff like off-roading all day and then coming back and putting on a blazer and making a gourmet meal AT their truck,” Irvine explains.

Cooking a gourmet repast is part of the challenge. Attendees may cook whatever they can transport in their Land Rover. The dishes are then judged by an esteemed panel of fellow epicureans. No one walks away hungry and everyone has lots of fun concocting what they think is the tops in haute cuisine.

“It’s exciting and it’s nerve-wracking and you have to adapt, but it’s tons of fun,” says Madison participant Kristen Feeney.

How do fresh Nantucket bay scallops on a bed of local roasted sweet corn sound? To Yohe it sounded like a winning entry last year. Alas, other venturesome gourmands apparently served entries better tasting, better presented and better liked by the judges.

Away from the rugged terrain, attendees will put on their best cocktail attire – blazers and shorts and Lilly Pulitzer shifts – and visit two local venues.

The Falls Village Inn, complete with a taproom designed to honor the Lime Rock legacy, is “intimate and comfortable…A feel that honors not only Falls Village, but also that of Lime Rock Park, our famous neighbor,” says their website, http://www thefallsvillageinn.com/taproom.php.

Up the road in Dutchess County, New York, a long winding road will take guests to the Madava Farms where Crown Maple Syrup is tapped and refined to make a one of a kind maple syrup. While feeling like they have entered a Napa Valley winery, guests may partake in a maple syrup tasting in a finely appointed tasting room complete with a copper bar, website: http://www.crownmaple.com/visit-madava-farms.

Some of the events sound outrageous: “For those of you who want super rock crawler, smashed body panel gnarly you have access to Old Florida Road and MaBelle in Western, MA,” according tomuddychef.com. Yet Yohe stresses there is something for everyone.

“What I like about it the most is, despite the stressful things you have going in your life you really can’t think about anything else in your life except how am I going to get this vehicle and myself through these woods, over this obstacle,” Robert Wollschlager says. “It’s fantastic.”

Wollschlager, of Mystic, will join in on the fun with his dad, James. They will bring two of their four Land Rovers – a 1972 Land Rover Series 3 88 and 1982 Series 3 Stage- 1 V8 109.

Each morning there will be vehicle inspections and safety talks. The only prerequisite is that “your vehicle should be in good repair without any serious frame rust and able to handle basic off-road challenges.”

“The majority of our vehicles are the rare ones, the early ’60s ones, the ’70s … the classic Land Rovers,” Yohe says. In addition, the event draws drivers of “the Defender, which is what you see on safari…we get lots of those.”

Every morning, before venturing out there will be vehicle inspections and safety talks. The only prerequisite is that “your vehicle should be in good repair without any serious frame rust and able to handle basic off-road challenges.”

In need of a break from the rigors of off-roading, guests can head over to Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, New York to experience sporting clays at “the oldest permitted shotgun shooting club in the country,” they boast on http://www.orvis.com/sandanona.

Back on the road, how about the Overland Challenge in the Housatonic State Forest?

“It’s sort of a high-tech Easter egg hunt,” says Yohe. “Drive to a spot with the GPS, get out and use the compass to go in the direction we tell you to go, start walking and you will find what ever it is. Somewhere in that forest is something to find like an orange flip-flop nailed to a tree.”

Whether you are an experienced off-roader or want to try it for the first time, love adventure and the thrill of the ride, or want to spend a weekend in the country learn more at Facebook/The Muddy Chef Challenge.

OutdoorX4 Magazine / MEDIA SPONSOR

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The mission of OutdoorX4 is to promote responsible 4×4 adventure travel along with the utility of 4×4 and dual-sport vehicles to enjoy all forms of outdoor recreation. In essence, we want to help create solidarity amongst all communities of adventure enthusiasts because at the end of the day, enjoying the great outdoors should be a right of which we all share rather than a privilege.

The Magazine

So what makes OutdoorX4 different from other publications? Well, for one our content is a hybrid of all areas of outdoor recreation and adventure. Whether you’re an avid 4×4 adventure traveler, mountain bike enthusiast, camp cooking aficionado, world-class fisherman, dual-sport motorcyclist or weekend warrior, OutdoorX4 is focused on providing the most engaging and unique content to appeal to the broadest range of outdoors enthusiast while providing expert advice in the field, suggestions on places to visit along with an expanded perspective on the history of the areas we travel, as well as dynamic photography that inspires the outdoors enthusiast to choose the road less traveled.

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Frank Ledwell, Editor-in-Chief

Frank is an avid explorer, adventurer, and advocate of responsible outdoor recreation and off-highway travel. Frank has had the fortune of traveling throughout the world, including destinations throughout North and Central America, as well as across Eastern and Western Europe. When he’s not cycling across Texas on his road bike or climbing in the Swiss Alps, he is touring the backcountry in remote destinations throughout the United States and abroad in his diesel Grand Cherokee.

Frank is the Editor-in-Chief of OutdoorX4. Additionally, he was the Co-Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of JPFreek Adventure Magazine from 2006 through mid-2012 as well as publisher of several industry journals. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, and his articles on off-highway travel, adventure destinations, and product reviews have been featured in numerous publications. Frank resides in Texas with his family.

 

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John Herrick, Publisher

With a deep and varied background in business and a nose for keeping work fun while doing what he enjoys, John Herrick publishes OutdoorX4. John makes sure the book gets to subscribers and the newsstand while enjoying as many adventures as possible the rest of the time which also includes producing CRAWL Magazine as well as producing special outdoor events.

He’s been published as both a writer and photographer, an avocation he took up in his late teens.

An avid Jeep owner, John also enjoys desert racing, rock crawling, and other motorsports. With an eye towards responsibility, he heads the CRAWL Trail Foundation which promotes grass roots trail preservation.

John lives in Northern Nevada in the shadow of the Eastern Sierra, with his wife Pam of 30 years.

 

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Phil Golden, Director of Technology, Contributing Editor

Phil was born with a determined desire to explore. Whether by Jeep, dual-sport motorcycle, mountain bike, road bike, kayak or on foot, Phil pushes himself to go further and do more. Phil can often be found alone on his adventures as he enjoys the purity of being surrounded by nothing but wilderness. He recently traveled solo on the Continental Divide trail from Mexico to Canada, self-support by Jeep and completely off-highway. Additionally, he has logged over 6,000 miles and numerous legs of the Trans America Trail via dual-sport motorcycle from Tennessee to Oregon, and owns the oldest active geocache in the state of Louisiana.

Phil is an avid endurance cyclist, randonneur, and runner. When Phil is not pushing himself to the limit, he is on a mission to raise awareness for the rare terminal disease his son has called Adrenoleukodystrophy. He has written numerous articles and conducted several interviews regarding his awareness campaign – Expedition Awareness. While his passion runs deep for the great outdoors, it does not compare to that of his family.

Phil resides in Wichita Falls, Texas with his wife and three children.

 

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Jonathan Hanson, Overland Columnist

Jonathan Hanson’s expedition experience encompasses land and sea-scapes from Baja, Mexico to the Beaufort Sea, from the Libyan Desert to the Namib, and modes of transportation from sea kayaks to sailboats to bicycles to Land Cruisers and Land Rovers.

He has traveled among and worked with cultures as diverse as the Seri Indians and the Himba, the Inuit and the Maasai.

Jonathan has taught wildlife tracking, natural history writing, 4WD techniques, and other subjects for many conservation and government organizations. He is an elected fellow of the Explorers Club, and a charter member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. His writing experience spans a dozen books and two dozen magazines, including Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Nature Conservancy, Sea Kayaker, and Backpacker.

Jonathan and his wife, Roseann, are the creators and owners of the Overland Expo, the largest adventure travel event of its kind in the world.

 

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Kraig Becker, Gear & Adventure Author

Kraig is a freelance writer and world traveler who covers mountaineering expeditions, polar exploration, adventure travel, and other outdoor pursuits.

He has served as the Media Director for the Primal Quest expedition adventure race and is the editor of The Adventure Blog.

He is a regular contributor to travel site Gadling.com and the outdoor blogs for The Clymb and the Wenger brand. He has also published stories with Outer Edge Magazine, National Geographic Adventure amongst others.

Kraig resides in Austin, Texas.

 

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Wes Craiglow, Contributing Author

Wes was bitten by the adventure bug at a young age, spending his boyhood exploring the family farm from sunup to sundown, annual vacations on lonely backroads across the rural South, and dedicating his summers to staff employment at a Boy Scouts camp.

When not on extended paid vacations to Southwest Asia for Uncle Sam, Wes can be found guiding backcountry trips and documenting routes, destinations, and stories in the U.S. and Central America.

Wes is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Central Overland, an online magazine dedicated to vehicle-based adventure travel, and resides in central Arkansas with his wife and two kids.

 

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Mark Stephens, Contributing Author

Mark is an adventurer who was born of, reared by, and educated in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.

He has climbed the walls of Devil’s Canyon, trekked the trails throughout the Rocky Mountains, slept on the ground in most National Parks, rope-swung into a river here and there, driven the back roads of the southwest U.S. and Mexico, enjoyed song and cerveza in the cantinas of the Baja peninsula, and otherwise traveled like a backpacking pilgrim from British Columbia to Peru.

Mark holds a degree in English from Arizona State University; he learned from composition maestros such as Jeanne Dugan, Robert Krut, and G. Lynn Nelson. His work has been published in Overland Journal, Nissan Sport Magazine, Arizona Outdoorsman, and JPFreek Adventure Magazine. Mark and his wife are also the curators of Adventure Parents, a resource focused on the adventures of raising children to enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Mark resides in Arizona with his wife and two children.

 

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Allan & Jackie Ellis, Contributing Authors

Alan & Jackie are avid off-highway enthusiasts who have immersed themselves into a lengthy list of outdoor activities, be it land, water, or air.

Their primary recreation vehicle is a Jeep Rubicon and it has traveled all over the continental United States on backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sailing, and skydiving adventures.

Additionally, Jackie and Alan are professional skydivers and work as instructors at Skydive Dallas in Texas.

You can follow their adventures on their site at Jackie and Alan’s Outdoor Adventures.

 

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Andrea Ledwell, Contributing Author

Andrea is the better half of our Editor-in-Chief.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Andrea spent her time as a child adventuring while on her bicycle and called the Smoky Mountains her second home.

Andrea is an avid explorer, artist, musician, mother, wife, adventurer, seeker of truth, and on a quest for all things beautiful and good.

 

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YETI Coolers! / Event Supporter/Sponsor

We are pleased to announce Yeti coolers will be providing gifts, stickers and materials for The Muddy Chef Challenge!   Yeti and Land Rovers go together!  What a great way to support the MCC than via great stuff.  Stay tuned for more information about Yeti Coolers!

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MCC3 Merchandise – Ball Cap $15.00

The perfect accessory for your Land Rover or your grilling adventures!   This washed cotton, chino cap features a cloth strap with antiqued bronze buckle and grommet. Made of 100% washed cotton; it has 6 rows of stitching on the pre-curved visor and a quilted sweatband and contrast accent on bill.  The Muddy Chef Logo and Mascot are embroidered on the front.  The back of the cap has our motto “I COOK AND LEAK OIL” and the Muddy Chef Website (www.muddychef.com). 

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With your MCC3 hat firmly in place you tell the world that you are not only rugged and adventurous, but deadly in the kitchen too.  Extremely limited stock.  Want one?  You can buy them at Lime Rock Park starting on Thursday July 31!

Want one but not going to be at the event?  e-mail info@muddychef.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

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Raffle Prize / High Torque Land Rover Starter from British Starters

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The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge supports Autism Speaks.  Beginning Thursday July 31, and continuing through Saturday afternoon and early evening, raffle tickets will be sold with all proceeds donated to our Charity.  David Austin from British Starters has donated a Series high torque starter or a Land Rover V8 high torque starter (winners choice).  These things are works of art.  Help a good cause and enter to win one heck of a deal!

PHOTO 1: LAND ROVER V8 STARTER PHOTO

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1.9 Horsepower Nippondenso Gear Reduction Starter machined specifically for the Land Rover Aluminum V8.  Our starter is brand new, and comes with a lifetime warranty to the original owner with free technical support via phone or email.  This unique, high torque, gear reduction starter will outperform your old original starter.  The difference is amazing.  No more clicking or labored cranking when you push your starter button or turn your key!  These starters have a built in solenoid which can easily be bypassed if your car uses an external solenoid.  It works in both positive and negative ground setups.  It is stronger and lighter than the original starter with no permanent modification needed to you vehicle. Simply remove your old, tired starter, and bolt ours in place.  This is a simple upgrade that can be done by most owners with basic mechanical skills.  The quality and performance of this starter has made us the go-to supplier for a number of Restoration Shops whose customers demand only the very best performance parts for their classics.   Electrical Hook-up:  This starter has one large bolted terminal for the positive battery cable from your vehicle.  There is also a second small solenoid terminal (1/4″ male spade connector) which connects to the wire from your vehicle’s ignition switch. You have the option to bypass this starter’s solenoid for simplicity and to retain the use of your truck’s original external solenoid.  Lifetime Warranty

2: LAND ROVER SERIES STARTER

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1.2 HP Nippondenso Gear Reduction Starter specifically machined for the Land Rover Series trucks, including the 2.25 4cyl and the 2.6L 6cyl variants.  This starter works in all year vehicles and in all engine sizes/configurations.  This unique, high torque, gear reduction starter will outperform your old original starter.  The difference is amazing.  No more clicking or labored cranking when you push your starter button or turn your key!  These starters have a built in solenoid which can easily be bypassed if your car uses an external solenoid. This particular unit uses a 2 bolt mounting pattern.  It works in both positive and negative ground setups.  It is stronger and lighter than the original starter with no permanent modification needed to you vehicle. Simply remove your old, tired starter, and bolt ours in place.  This is a simple upgrade that can be done by most owners with basic mechanical skills.  The quality and performance of this starter has made us the go-to supplier for a number of Restoration Shops whose customers demand only the very best performance parts for their classics.  One year full warranty from date of purchase.  Electrical Hook-up:  This starter has one large bolted terminal for the positive battery cable from your vehicle.  There is also a second small solenoid terminal (1/4″ male spade connector) which connects to the wire from your vehicle’s ignition switch. You have the option to bypass this starter’s solenoid for simplicity and to retain the use of your car’s original external solenoid.  

One Year Warranty 

Be sure to visit one of my favorite of Dave’s websites – British Barn Finds.  It’s really cool.

 

Our Charity – Autism Speaks

The Muddy Chef Challenge is a unique event.  Unique in that it’s completely FREE and run entirely by a dedicated VOLUNTEER staff of Land Rover lovers and enthusiasts.  This is no a “not for profit” event, it’s a ZERO profit event.  So when you consider other events that charge registration fees.  Ask yourself where does that money go?  This year we decided to go the extra step and find a charity to donate to. Classic Car Performance has donated a High Torque Land Rover (Series or V8) for a charity raffle.

We will sell raffle tickets at the event and donate 100% of the funds collected to Autism Speaks.

We figured if Wayne did it, we should too!

 

Harpoon Beer Muddy Chef Challenge Event Sponsor!

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ABOUT US

Dear Friends of Harpoon,

Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary, co-founders of Harpoon BreweryWe started the Harpoon Brewery in 1986 because—like today—we loved beer and wanted more quality choices.

There was only one problem: we were beer lovers, not brewers. We knew what we wanted to drink, but we needed some help actually brewing it. So we enlisted our first brewer, took over some warehouse space on the Boston waterfront, and began introducing fresh, local craft beer to Boston drinkers. We tried to do it in a way that captured the spirit of fun that had brought us to beer in the first place. From that warehouse, surrounded by fish companies on the docks of South Boston (neighboring what is now the Seaport District), we couldn’t imagine that craft brewing would become what it has today.

We still remember our days on the other side of the bar, and have spent as much time spreading the joy of beer drinking as we have focusing on recipes, ingredients, and brewing equipment. Hopefully our sense of gratitude is reflected in both the quality of the beer and the spirit of fun and enjoyment surrounding our beer and breweries. We invite all of you to visit our Boston brewery, where it all began, and our beautiful brewery in Windsor, Vermont.

We look forward to having a beer with you soon!

Register now – less than 30 spots left!

In this case, good things DO NOT come to those who wait.  We are rapidly running out of registration space for the event.  Remember registration is free, the event is free too.  The only thing you have to pay for is camping fees to Lime Rock park at a reasonable $30.00 per night!  Tons of prizes and free swag.  Shooting at Orvis Sandanona, beautiful Lakeville, CT location, race cars, Land Rovers, Crown Maple Syrup, what else do you want?

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FOR SALE – 1984 Defender 110

Our good friend and supporter Eric Riston (Atlantic British) is selling his ridiculously tricked out Land Rover Defender 110.  At under $30 grand this is a serious bargain.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the price insanity on e-bay.  Consider this – if you worked at a Land Rover parts supplier would you skimp on anything?  NO WAY.  At that price this thing will be gone ASAP.

1984 Land Rover “Defender” 110 Diesel – $29500 (Clifton Park NY)

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1984 Land Rover 110 Diesel manual transmission title : clean

1984 Land Rover “Defender” 110 Diesel. It is a 2 door hard top right hand drive on a galvanized chassis with a 300Tdi mated to an R380 5 speed transmission. The inside has seats out of a 1995 Defender that where just recovered, 2 jump seats in the back for occasional passengers also has a LaSalle fiber headliner.

It has a long list of upgrades that where recently done.

ARB Air lockers FT and Rear
Front Great Basin pegged diff
Front HD axles from Rovertraxs
Air tank with front and rear outlets for tire inflation
Xbrake handbrake added for extra safety
Warn 8240-50 winch
Synthetic winch rope
HD Steering rods
Steering skid plates
Diff protection plates

In the last 300 miles the following is new
Radiator
Steering box
Steering hoses
Steering pump
Fan and Fan clutch
Battery
Fuel lift pump
Fuel injectors
Valve seals

I have been into Rovers for over 20 years and this was my dream truck that I built to keep, but bad knee is forcing the sale. 

Orvis Sporting Clays – Shootin stuff at The Muddy Chef Challenge

The fine folks at Orvis Sandanona have offered guests and participants the opportunity to shoot sporting clays and spend time off-roading with an instructor at Sandanona.  We have negotiated a $75.00 per person rate.  June 6, 2014 – Well, they changed the rate to $100.00  However, the increase includes the gratuity for the coach.  As a Ski and Driving Instructor I can appreciate a built in tip.  Shooting includes the targets, a Trapper, a fine sporting shotgun and ammunition.  That is a serious value!  To book your reservation for Friday August 1, 2014 please call Orvis Sandanona at 845-677-9701.  Make sure to mention you are a participant in The Muddy Chef Challenge!

 

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Sandanona Shooting Grounds

3047 Sharon Turnpike Road
Millbrook, NY 12545 | 845-677-9701
Email: sandanona@orvis.com
Open 7 Days a week, 9am – 5pm
Take a virtual tour

 

WANT TO BE A SPONSOR?

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Interested in becoming a Sponsor or Vendor at the Muddy Chef Challenge?  Be sure to visit our Sponsor section for more information.   Alternately just send an e-mail to info@muddychef.com and we will respond to you within 24 hours with a sponsor information package.

 

 

Real Merchandise! Muddy Chef 3 Stickers

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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!

One for $3.00

Two for $5.00

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

Stay tuned.  We are prepping event T-Shirts, Off-Road Safari Style Shirts, Hats and Water bottles.

Camel Trophy Spork Case / MCC Exclusives

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Used by Navy Seals, Recon Marines, Boy Scouts, SAS Commandos, James Bond, and Special Forces Operators world wide.  The Muddy Chef Challenge Camel Trophy (not really, but it sounds cool) Spork Holder is the perfect accessory for your Land Rover.  Compact, rugged, and utterly useless (like the speedometer indicators above 60 mph on a 1960’s Series IIA).

The SporkCase makes it easier to bring along your Spork regardless of if it’s a hike a trek or a trip to the beach. With its snap closure the SporkCase keeps your Spork clean on the way out and your pack clean on the way home. Made of polypropylene material the case is as tough as it is attractive and is available in a variety of colors. Eyelet allows it to be hung around your neck. Fits 1 or 2 Spork Original Titanium or Lefty. Comes with 1 BPA-Free Tritan� Spork.

Features:

– Keeps Spork clean inside a pack and keeps a pack clean from a dirty Spork!
– Includes 1 BPA-free Spork made of Eastman Tritan�.
– Case constructed from durable polypropylene.
– Carries 1 or 2 Spork Originals Titanium or Lefty.
– Tight snap closure and eyelet for hanging.
– Durable and dishwasher safe.
– Weight (w/ 1 Spork): 1 oz. (29 g)
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Features:

  • The SporkCase makes it easier to bring along your Spork regardless of if it�s a hike a trek or a trip to the beach
  • With its snap closure the SporkCase keeps your Spork clean on the way out and your pack clean on the way home
  • Made of polypropylene material the case is as tough as it is attractive and is available in a variety of colors
  • Eyelet allows it to be hung around your neck
  • Fits 1 or 2 Spork Original Titanium or Lefty

MCC Exclusives Price: $89.43

MCC Exclusive / Mobile Kitchen

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COST: $42,000

Tired of being beaten by a frustrated Culinary School/Top Chef Dropout?  Want bragging rights and the respect of your peers?  Then look no further than The Muddy Chef Challenge Mobile Kitchen.  While this is technically a violation of the rules of the MCC3, effective bribery of select officials will allow you to compete with pride.  We have specially modified this trailer to meet the vigorous demands of off-road gourmet activities.

  • 6″ Lift with Old Man Emu Gas Shocks and Old Man Emu Springs
  • Rovertym sliders with NATO recovery loops
  • 2″ thick steel plating across the entire bottom of trailer (IED protection)
  • Nato Trailer Hitch and D-Shackles
  • Gun ports, gas mask racks, weapons racks, utensil racks, etc.
The 24’ trailer comes with a host of standard features and includes cooking equipment to meet your needs. Trailers come standard in black, red, white, green, blue, or yellow. But what’s critically important is to stand out in the crowd and make it your own. Let us help your personality shine through with customized graphic wraps. Please contact us at 800-Mud-Chef

 

NEW EVENT LOCATION AND ADDITIONAL DAY!

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR PROFIT versus NOT FOR PROFIT

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FROM OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

Unlike other events,  the Muddy Chef Challenge is NOT FOR PROFIT and it NEVER WILL BE. We don’t believe in charging our attendees one cent. Last year we took up a collection for food, drinks, etc. I think everyone who paid felt that they received an excellent value. Everything else was due to the generosity and participation of attendees. This is a grassroots event with a soul. The soul of our participants and our Land Rovers.

I believe in keeping it honest, valid …

Muddy Chef Challenge Posting on Guns and Rovers

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Muddy Chef Challenge 3 – August 1,2,3 Mystic/North Stonington CT

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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!