There is so much to love about this short video.
There is so much to love about this short video.
If rumors are correct (Jalop link) Jeep will launch its latest model, the Fiat-based Renegade, at Switzerland's 2014 Geneva Motor Show, which starts tomorrow. The vehicle, which is said to make use of a 9-speed transmission (an industry-first for small SUVs) paired with a small-displacement diesel engine, is sure to turn some heads.
With the 5th generation 4Runner gaining more notoriety in the 4WD world, we’re starting to see boatloads of new products coming to market that are relevant to overlanders and technical 4WD enthusiasts alike. The Shrockworks rear bumper and tire carrier not only gives you the additional protection you’ll need on the trail, but relocates your vulnerable spare tire from underneath your vehicle, to the back where it belongs.
It’s been a few months since we first took delivery of our Mummert Phoenix wood burning stove and due to a very kind winter, as in virtually spring-like since Christmas, we’ve had ample time to put it to good use. With the real spring right around the corner, we feel it is time to give the Phoenix a proper mid-term evaluation. Before we dive into the performance details, it’s probably best to start with a proper introduction to the stove itself.
Marc Mummert of California is first and foremost a master craftsman dedicated to the art of making fine knives. He also creates unique tools and just recently launched his Phoenix wood burning stove. Constructed of 6AL/4V titanium, the Phoenix is a lightweight, seven panel stove that folds flat for easy transport. To say it folds flat is a bit of an under statement. With all seven panels stacked tightly together the entire package might be 1/8th inch thick. On our scale it also came in at just under a pound. As wood burning stoves go, that’s impressive but not all together unusual. What is exceptional is the strength, size, and features of the Phoenix. With a wide base and five “winged” pot supports, the Phoenix is capable of shouldering any size pot with a maximum weight of ten pounds. The five-sided structure includes one panel with a generously sized door to facilitate easy access to the flame within, and the elaborately shaped vents keep the fire breathing for an optimal burn.
Overland International was born out of the desire for adventure. Founder and CEO, Scott Brady was working in higher-education software consulting during the early 2000s, commuting between Arizona and institutions throughout the country. The flexibility of consulting allowed for intermittent travel, but not far enough afield to satisfy Scott’s wanderlust. The few trips Scott did take were recorded in his first personal blog, called Expeditions West, which was launched in early 2002 and then formed as an LLC in February of 2004, 10 years ago this month.
You’ve probably heard the old joke––the only thing better than having a boat is having a friend with a boat. That somewhat applies to exotic overland machines. Not that overland vehicles are as financially draining to maintain as a boat, but they sure don’t come cheaply. As such, few of us will adorn our garages with Sportsmobiles, super decked out JKs, or even a well modified Land Cruiser, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have access to them. Tonto Trails is a Durango based company renting authentic adventure in the form of the aforementioned overland vehicles. Their inventory of trucks is not your standard fleet of clapped-out beaters for hire. They offer only the finest, most purpose-built rigs appropriate for authentic overland travel.
via West County Explorers Club: Imagine Dr. Frankenstein pulling the sheet off his creation and, instead of recoiling in horror, people stood back and said, "Huh... He looks good."
Well, somewhere under a full moon, in a strange lab in Germany, a dead Type 2 T3 Westy was dissected and grafted on to the back of a living, 1965 Unimog 404 (with a 6-cylinder, gas engine, and a six-speed, manual transmission). It was given twin 33-gallon fuel tanks, a 24-volt, 140-amp alternator, six Hella 4000 driving lights, olive green paint, and a full exo roll cage.
You might think cutting the face off of Volkswagen bus and grafting it onto a Unimog might lead to a horrible freak of nature, but no. This thing actually looks good.
OK--sure. You can't look too closely. The interior looks like a velour-covered, Unabomber shack on wheels. And the roof-top tent has got some tears. But the asking price is $18,500! You can't get a normal Westfalia Syncro for that. Or a normal Unimog, for that matter. This is both!
I guess we can file this under the heading of More Things We Cannot Have, but what the heck, this stuff is fun to gawk at, right? Before you is an interesting addition to the world of adventure motorcycles. The CCM GP-450 Adventure blurs the lines between race whip and adventure bike. Heavily influenced by the Dakar Rally and its 450cc engine size limit, this CCM is aimed at those riders who favor rally inspired speed and agility above all. Although it only produces 40 hp, it also only weighs 289 pounds. Throw on the optional soft luggage and you can probably make it to your proposed camp by noon with a huge grin on your mug.
In 1954 Timex ran a series of “Torture Test” advertisements with one ad featuring boxer Rocky Marciano pounding away at a Timex strapped to a heavy bag. The tagline born of that campaign is now the legendary phrase: “Timex takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” Touted as the toughest watch in the world, and made available for reasonable prices at nearly every corner store in North America, the Timex was a hot seller. By 1960 one in three watches sold was a Timex. In the years since, little has changed with Timex watches still commanding a sizable portion of the watch market. They are to this day, reasonably priced, durable, reliable, and available nearly everywhere.