I had the new Range Rover on test a few weeks ago, and what a machine it is. However, it came in for a lot of abuse when I put photos on social media with most people saying that it’s about as far away from the Range Rover heritage as it can get. I agree, to a point.
JLR isn’t building cars for enthusiasts, it’s all about new blood, new money and future development
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The Mud Life 4×4 Magazine Issue 42 September/October 2022
We hope you appreciate the fruits of our labour, because as you can tell Karen Lee and I do a lot of work (and have a lot more work to do) to keep this magazine going, and we would love your help getting the word out by sharing articles, videos and posts – and generally bigging up The Mud Life with your 4×4 loving friends.
In other news, I had the new Range Rover on test a few weeks ago, and what a machine it is. However, it came in for a lot of abuse when I put photos on social media with most people saying that it’s about as far away from the Range Rover heritage as it can get. I agree, to a point.
Yes it has some nods to the Classic, but as I’ve said many times, the past isn’t where the money and financial security is. JLR isn’t building cars for enthusiasts, it’s all about new blood, new money and future development, as well as keeping up with the best. I don’t believe that they’ve lost their way, they’re forging new paths, they have to.
The Mud Life is all about 4x4s, and enjoying the great British outdoors.Damian and Karen Lee Turner (A.K.A. The Muddy Madam)
MUDDY MADAM’S MOMENT 4
TURNER’S TORQUE 5
DEFENDER V8 16-25
THE FALL GUY GMC K25 26-37
HONDA HR-V E:HEV 38-47
A TWISTED DAY OUT 48-53
GOODS & GEAR 55-65
WORDS FROM THE WILD 66-71
CAMPING LIFE 73-76
DRINKS ON THE GO 78-79
TOYOTA YARIS CROSS HYBRID 80-86
FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXCEPTIONAL 88-94
THE TALES OF LILLY 96-98
WOOF STUFF 99-103
READER’S RIDES 104-111
HARROGATE MG & CLASSIC CAR RALLY 112-116
BACK ISSUES 118-119
Before Damian tells you about what’s happening this month and in the future, I thought I’d address the question that we were asked quite a lot last month. Below is pretty much the letter that was sent
out to subscribers, but I thought it was worth letting the not-yet-subscribed know too.
What happened to September’s mag?
Damian and I have been making the mag for nearly 4 years now, and creating a magazine that has
100+ pages of original content every month, when there are only 2 of us, is a shed load of hard
We don’t have a ‘team’. Yes, we do have Lauren, whose Laning Life articles, and now her new Words
From The Wild section are brilliant, and the occasional guest writer, but everything else you see –
articles, photographs, the design of the mag, YouTube, stickers, t-shirts, the website, social media and all the background stuff – is done by the two of us, and us alone.
This means we both sit in front of a computer a lot, and on the rare occasions we aren’t, we are
usually travelling along a green lane or two so that reviews can be written, videos can be made and
mooches detailed (when I say we, I mainly mean Damian as he is the one that usually goes off greenlaning).
Basically, apart from the day a week when Damian works in a school counselling children, we
are both living our lives around creating this magazine.
In those 4 years Damian and I haven’t had a holiday, or any breaks that don’t involve car launches
or car events, and currently the magazine isn’t providing the lifestyle – work/life balance, travel or
money – that we were aiming for when we began.
Basically we were feeling a bit burnt out, and felt the focus of the magazine suffered because of it.
Therefore we decided to take a short break to re-assess what we want The Mud Life to be, and to
have a little time for ourselves.
In that time we’ve been having long conversations about:
- What do we actually want out of life?
- What the mag should be/become?
- Should we even continue with the mag, or are there better options (like YouTube, blogs, etc.) out there?
We have a few ideas that we are mulling over, but have yet to reach a final decision. We’ll let you
know when our ideas have formed into something more solid, but in the meantime feel free to tell
us what you think about the mag (good and the bad), and what YOU’d like us to do next.
No matter the decision about the future plans there will be another mag coming later this month
(this is that mag), so bear with us.
Karen Lee & Damian
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