Vintage Land Rovers & the Muddy Chef Challenge Take Vermont

11 of the very best off-road & overland-ready vintage rigs seen at the annual Land Rover gathering in Vermont

Vintage Land Rovers & the Muddy Chef Challenge Take Vermont

Author

Graham Hiemstra

Photographer

Graham Hiemstra

Camera

Contax T2

Film

Kodak Portra 400

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Field Mag's benevolent overlord, formerly of the PNW and now residing in NYC. We apologize in advance for his many mispellings.

Of all the off-road rigs in the world, few 4x4’s hold the allure—and fanatical following—that vintage Land Rovers do. Camel Trophy-era Discoverys, overland-ready Defenders, barebones “Series” models—it doesn’t get much better than that. Seeing such vehicles in the wild isn't an everyday thing, sadly, but over a recent weekend in southern Vermont we had the pleasure of camping among a few dozen of the most badboy Land Rovers in America at the Muddy Chef Challenge. Not to mention the chance to drive the all-new 2018 Discovery off-road at the Equinox Experience Center.

Started in 2008 in Stowe, Vermont, the Muddy Chef Challenge is the brainchild of a group of Land Rover aficionados who care for gourmet cooking nearly as much as they do off-roading. The three-day campout is perhaps best described as “Top Gear meets Top Chef,” with rare rig owners setting up safari-style campsites and cooking three course meals on the spot.

While we attempted to join in on the culinary fun at first, all hopes and dreams of wowing the judges were quickly abandoned (as New Yorkers, our take-out ordering skills far outweigh our actual cooking abilities) and instead, we simply spent some time wandering among the rigs. It was a fine decision in hindsight. Here are the highlights.

1994 Defender 90
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1994 Defender 90
1970-ish Series II A, military lightweight
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1970-ish Series II A, military lightweight
Early 1990's Defender 90 Station Wagon
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Early 1990's Defender 90 Station Wagon
L : Discovery Series II, 1999-2001, R : Series III 88" Hardtop, approx. 1972
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L : Discovery Series II, 1999-2001, R : Series III 88" Hardtop, approx. 1972
1993 Defender 110 Station Wagon
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1993 Defender 110 Station Wagon
1961 Series II A, 88"
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1961 Series II A, 88"
1994-96 Discovery Series I
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1994-96 Discovery Series I
Series III 88" soft top, approx. 1972
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Series III 88" soft top, approx. 1972
Front end from 2018 Discovery with late 70s Series III
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Front end from 2018 Discovery with late 70s Series III
All-New 2018 Discovery
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All-New 2018 Discovery
Obviously not a Land Rover, but one hell of a rig nonetheless
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Obviously not a Land Rover, but one hell of a rig nonetheless
All-New 2018 Discovery
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All-New 2018 Discovery

Published 08-18-2017

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