The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge 3 (www.muddychef.com)
Updated details about the MCC3. Perhaps the first and most important piece of news is the change of location to Lime Rock Motorsports Park in Lakeville, CT (we are still working out the details but should have everything ready for release soon. Also, an additional day has been added. The official dates are July 31, August 1,2, 3, 2014.
Eric, what’s new and cool about the Lakeville, CT location?
A historic, huge, secure, private campsite with electricity,running water, showers, bathrooms, etc. Also, the cost to camp is $35.00 per night.
Room to spread out, and have a proper bonfire!
More room for guests and their Rovers
Quiet location for families
Not so quiet location for cigars and libations
Three new private off-road locations spread across 100,000 acres (that is NOT a typo)
Trapshooting opportunities (Guns AND Rovers!)
A sunset Rover cruise to the top of a nearby mountain peak
Motorsport activities – you won’t believe this…..TBA
4×4 Lessons and Challenges
An ultra-hard core zero recovery gear challenge
Returning and new sponsors, a new Grand Champion Trophy, more prizes!
The return of the American Harvest Hospitality tent
and so much more!
All this under the general idea – that we do this because it’s fun and we like it! The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge is not for profit!
Watch this space for specific details shortly!
What is it?
Several years ago, a large group of like minded Land Rover owners got together in Stowe, Vermont for the first Muddy Chef Challenge.
A weekend event combining off-roading and a vehicle based gourmet cooking challenge (think The Great Race meets Top Chef).
LAST YEAR (2013) the event was resurrected! Held in August in Mystic, CT. We used the North Stonington KOA as our base camp for the event. More than twenty Land Rovers arrived and the event was a smashing success. Our Sponsors included Land Rover, Rovers North, Atlantic British, GS Promo Source and American Harvest Vodka.
This event is firmly tongue in cheek and is more focused on having a good time, meeting and getting to know the participants, and talking all things Land Rover.
When is it?
The 2014 Muddy Chef Challenge official dates are July 31, August 1,2,3 2014!
Where is it?
GPS – N41°55’51.57″ – W73°23’29.56″
Lime Rock Motorsports Park
60 White Hollow Road
Lakeville, CT 06039
How hard is the off-road part?
I’ve been told that stock Series vehicles can drive the course, so should be a fun afternoon. There are several routes for those who want more of a challenge. There will be instruction for those who want it. Professional Off-Road Instructors from Land Rover and Michelin will be guiding and helping with safety and recovery. We strive for zero body damage.
What does my vehicle need?
You need a solid recovery point on the front and rear of the vehicle. The recovery points should be installed before we hit the trail.
Your vehicle should be in good repair without any serious frame rust and able to handle basic off-road challenges. I could go into horrific detail here, but won’t. If you brung it and want to run it – fine. As with all events like this, YOU are responsible for your own actions. If you hurt yourself – you are responsible. We don’t need lawyers……
What if I break down?
Not a problem. You will be surrounded by some of the most talented and experienced mechanics and Land Rover experts on the planet (T. Congleton Rovers, etc.) Should you have a breakdown, just about everyone will go out of their way to lend a hand and get you back on the trail or road again.
What’s it cost?
We are unique. We believe that events like The Muddy Chef Challenge should be run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts. Unlike similar for profit events in the North-East, we are fully transparent with costs and expenses. Zero profit always!
SO WHAT’S IT COST?
Basically nothing. Last year the largest cost to attendees was campsite fees. These fees were paid to the campsite – not an unknown e-bank.
So, you pay campsite fees (TBD) and if you like, you can pay for breakfast cooked by MCC staffers. We imagine a $10.00 – $20.00 per person fee should cover the costs to feed everyone snacks and breakfast for Saturday and Sunday. Lunch is on your own. We would like to have a “everyone pitch in” type of arrangement.
What should I bring?
As this a vehicle based camping and cooking event. Participants need the usual camping equipment, tents, chairs, sleeping bags, coolers, cooking equipment, etc, etc. We encourage participants to set up an African Safari style camp. Oriental rugs, leather chairs, Land Rover flags and signs – go over the top! Prizes will be awarded for the most outrageous campsite. Our base camp last year was a huge Revolutionary War Canvas Tent!
If you forget something don’t worry everyone is happy to share and there are plenty of nearby grocery stores, farm markets and liquor stores.
WHAT CAN I HELP PROVIDE?
For the event – we could use just about everything. Tarps, banners, camp stoves, coolers, screened in porch thingies, a 10,000 watt PA system, and just about anything else that would add to the fun of the event. Please feel free to let us know what you can and want to bring.
We look forward to seeing you at The Muddy Chef Challenge 3!