Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge 2016

The 2016 Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge is in the books. A special thank you to Eric Yohe & Kristen Feeney & all of the great sponsors below for their dedication & contribution in making this one of the best Land Rover events around. Photos below:



About the Muddy Chef:

The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge is the largest event of its kind in the world.  Open only to Land Rover owners, the Muddy Chef Challenge is a three day event that has been described as “Top Gear meets Top Chef”.  Over the course of three days owners will face a series of off-road challenges, overland events and sporting field events (sporting clays, shooting, land navigation, etc.).  Highlights of the event are two world-class vehicle based cooking challenges.

Pick Up Cab Roof Finally Put Together

After rummaging through the barn for a few days I assembled all of the bits to this pick up cab top for our 1965 Series IIA. I had purchased the roof nearly 20 years ago on a trip to England with Peter Goundry & friends.

Off Road Camp Trailer Beginning To Take Shape

Based upon a brand new Humvee military all aluminum trailer, this is being designed as a camp trailer that mates to a Unimog 416. Pictures below show the frame building progress and the modified extended trailer tongue.

Russian 'daredevils' to drive monster trucks to The North Pole

Wow! Watch this video!

Published March 21, 2016

Santa Claus is getting some visitors, and they’re not elves.

A team of eight self-proclaimed "daredevils" from Russia is hoping to be the first to drive to the geographic North Pole and back.

The Car Transarctic Expedition has built a gigantic 6x6 vehicle for the task. The Burlak – a Russian word that describes someone who pulls cargo barges up rivers – is a self-contained vehicle with four beds that is also equipped with cooking facilities and a shower with a sauna. It was designed to give its occupants internal access to its engine and other components so that they can perform repairs without being subjected to the arctic elements.

The monster truck is powered by a 3.0-liter diesel engine and combines parts from the BTR armored personnel carrier, Gaz 66 military cargo transporter, and Toyota Land Cruiser. Its low-pressure tires are five-and-a-half feet tall and over two feet wide. The aluminum-bodied creation can also float and has a propeller in the likely event that it encounters any breaks in the ice.

Expedition member Vasily Elagin drove to the North Pole in 2009, but his team was airlifted out and left its vehicles left behind. This time, he hopes to get there and back without any outside help. Two Burlaks will be built for the trip, each towing a supply train behind it that will carry all of the fuel, food and equipment that they need.

Russia Today reports that the Burlaks will make a test run to a polar station in the remote Severnaya Zemlya archipelago next year, and go for the North Pole in 2018.