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The Mud Life Issue 14 May 2020

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Last month I turned 53, it was a weird birthday of course. I received the odd text and a couple of birthday cards, but it was mainly spent staring lovingly at Deux Smurf and the Volkswagen Amarok press car, both parked on the street outside Muddy Towers, both looking forlorn. If I wasn’t gawping outside, I was upstairs in the back bedroom/office writing articles for this issue.

The Mud Life Issue 14 May 2020
The Mud Life Issue 14 May 2020
Publication Information
Cover Price: Free
Format: Digital, 98 pages
Frequency: Monthly
Subject: 4×4, Off-Roading, Green-Laning
Publisher: The Mud Life
News, Reviews & Adventure

The Mud Life Issue 14 May 2020

Turner’s Torque

Last month I turned 53, it was a weird birthday of course. I received the odd text and a couple of birthday cards, but it was mainly spent staring lovingly at Deux Smurf and the Volkswagen Amarok press car, both parked on the street outside Muddy Towers, both looking forlorn. If I wasn’t gawping outside, I was upstairs in the back bedroom/office writing articles for this issue.

In a change from Radio 2, I spent the day listening to a non-stop eighties radio station, which was my era, and of course that got me reminiscing of the good ole days.

In the very early eighties I remember cycling to my local Land Rover dealership after watching Tizwas on a Saturday morning, and cheekily taking a brochure or two, telling the salesman that they were for my Dad. I especially remember jumping into a LWB Series III Safari that was sat in their showroom. Ah, good times, and yes, I still have those brochures!

On the subject of reflecting, did you know that this is the 14th issue of The Mud Life Magazine?

We’ve been going longer than 14 months of course, Muddy Madam and I started the website back in 2016. Our first magazine came out in December 2018, and the first few issues were every 6 or 7 weeks before we got into the swing of things and went monthly.

It’s been quite the learning curve running a magazine, I can tell you that. As I always tell people who are willing to listen, I (normally) have the easy job of going on car launches, driving press cars and green-laning, all I have to do is take the photos and write about them. It’s Muddy Madam who has the difficult job of turning my often badly written notes into what you see in front of you, and we hope you agree that it’s become a decent looking, and pretty well thought out magazine.

All hail Muddy Madam!

Damian, Editor-in-Chief

What’s in this Issue

TURNER’S TORQUE 5

NEWS 6-19

WHAT’S ON 20-21

LANING LIFE 22-26

VEHICLE REVIEWS
  • Isuzu AT35 28-33
  • Subaru XV e-Boxer 35-40

INTO AFRICA… 42-47

GOODS & GEAR 48-53

GREEN-LANING – PHOTO OP 54-60

RAV 4 – THE STORY SO FAR 62-67

FB PAGE OF THE MONTH 68-69

SEMERWATER 70-73

OUR GARAGE 74-75

LOCKDOWN CAR CARE 76-79

READER’S RIDES 80-85

READER’S FURRY FAMILY 86-88

GREEN-LANING – TIME TRAVELS 90-93

RETRO SNAPS – EASTNOR 1998 94-95

DIRECTORIES 96-97

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