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Land Rover just released the new 2020 Defender. It has some amazing features, like a display setting that shows the vehicle’s front wheels driving over the actual terrain outside while rendering the vehicle itself invisible. That’s seems like a truly handy feature for picking your way through difficult terrain. It also has some odd features like a body-colored square in the middle of the rear window of the new Defender 90 that seems to have no other purpose than creating a huge blind spot.

The previous generation of the Defender went 33 years without a major redesign. I’m not smitten by the look of the new generation but have a look for yourself in these twin videos that appear to be taken at them same press event. Even the walk-ons by the hosts, one, Richard Hammond for Drive Tribe, the other, Henry Catchpole for Carfection, are basically the same. Funny.

The second video appears after the jump. Hat tip to my good friend Greg McDonald for calling this one in! Read the rest of this entry »

If you’re thinking about buying a Range Rover Classic (or even if you’re not), you might enjoy this Australian promotional video for the 1988 model year.

Last Sunday I took Illabot Creek Rd., in Washington’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, up to the Slide Lake trailhead for some winter fun and snow driving. Here are some photos and some trip notes at the end in case you go.

Chained up and ready to go.
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Australian map and app company Hema is mapping the Continental Divide more their North American mapping app. They’ve also created a cloud sharing service where users can upload and share tracks. Here’s an example.

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Through my illustration shop, shop.l-dopa.com, I illustrated and designed this vintage Ford Bronco t-shirt. I draw them in original, factory colors, and am really happy with the way they’re turning out. This one is a 1973 in Carmel Bronze.

If you’d like to have a look, check them out here. More colors after the jump.

Link:
Ford Bronco tee at L-dopa.com

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Another beautiful film from Petrolicious detailing one owner’s decades-long relationship with his Toyota FJ40.

Here’s a beautiful video from Petrolicious about a man who learned to drive and camp with his parents in a ’50s-era Willys jeep. He still has the jeep and the original camp trailer they would tow. This what camping and making memories is all about.

 

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All photos: Gregory McDonald

Greg on his way to Overland Expo 2015

Dear Readers!

I apologize for the radio silence the past few months. I’d like to get the WCXC ball rolling again with series of posts about last spring’s Overland Expo 2015. I had initially invited my good friend Greg from gadmachine to go with me. When a scheduling conflict came up, Greg, always up for adventure, accepted our press pass (kindly provided by Overland Expo) and headed to Arizona solo. He had a great time, met some great people, and took the fantastic photos you see here.

I’ll cover the Expo in four posts: Trucks, Products, Camp Vibes, and the Obstacle Course.

Next year’s Overland Expo will be held May 20–22, 2016 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The event offers a chance to work on your overland driving skills, attend workshops and classes, watch films and demos, and offers a tangible air of camaraderie. They’re already taking reservations. If you’re interested, click here.

On to the trucks! The Expo is a great place to see adventure vehicles. Here’s what Greg spotted. Read the rest of this entry »

This English couple has written a photo book about their 5-month trip, north to south, through Africa. To do it they bought an 80-series Land Cruiser which they named “Indlovu,” the unstoppable elephant.

They’re currently pre-selling their book on Kickstarter.

Link:
Indlovu on Kickstarter

Bolt-on portal axles from TIBUS Off-road engineering

You are no doubt familiar with portal axles (found on the likes of Unimogs, Hummers, and Volvo C303s) that raise ground clearance by porting the axle above the wheel’s centerline. Usually the portal ends and the axles are built as one piece. Did you know, however, that portal axles are available in bolt-on form?

A German company called TIBUS Engineering offers them for popular overlanding marques such as Land Rover, Mercedes, Toyota, and Jeep but states on their website that they can be fitted to almost any vehicle. There’s a lengthy forum discussion on Expedition Portal started by a guy that worked with them to get portals fitted to his Land Rover Defender.

Interesting stuff.

Links:
TIBUS Engineering
Expedition Portal, portal axle forum post