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The Mud Life Issue 25 April 2021

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We have two celebrations this month, one is that this is our 25th issue of The Mud Life magazine, and the other is that apparently I turn 54, which is weird as I still feel like I’m in my early twenties. Actually, that’s not entirely true, I act like I’m in my early twenties, but I’ve definitely become more grumpy, and my body doesn’t work like it once did.

The Mud Life Issue 25 April 2021
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Cover Price: Free
Format: Digital, 114 pages
Frequency: Monthly
Subject: 4×4, Off-Roading, Green-Laning
Publisher: The Mud Life
News, Reviews & Adventure

The Mud Life Issue 25 April 2021

Turner’s Torque

How the hell did we manage to create 25 magazines??

We have two celebrations this month, one is that this is our 25th issue of The Mud Life magazine, and the other is that apparently I turn 54, which is weird as I still feel like I’m in my early twenties. Actually, that’s not entirely true, I act like I’m in my early twenties, but I’ve definitely become more grumpy, and my body doesn’t work like it once did.

Annoyingly, both Muddy Madam and I missed out on our birthday celebrations last year (and Muddy Madam’s was a big one), and it looks like this year will be the same due to lockdown, but when we’re eventually let out we’ll have one hell of a celebration!

We also have a new addition to The Mud Life team who has come aboard as our advertising superstar, so if you get a phone call from the lovely Emma you know she’s legit.

Anyway, enough about what’s happening (or not) here, let’s talk about 25 issues – how did 2 people in a bedroom make that happen?

For starters, I think it’s because we are a bit bonkers, but we wouldn’t still be around if wasn’t for you lovely folk reading and subscribing to our little mag (if you haven’t already subscribed click here), so thank you from both myself and Muddy Madam.

Onwards to the next 25, but before then, by all accounts we’ll all soon be able to venture out green laning again for the first time in ages, which I can’t wait for.

I’ve also ordered a bunch load of new camping gear, from a Robens Tipi style tent and tent stove, to new sleeping bags, so I’m looking forward spending a few nights under the stars!
How the hell did we manage to create 25 magazines??

Damian, Editor-in-Chief

The Mud Life is all about 4x4s, and enjoying the great British outdoors.

Damian and Karen Lee Turner A.K.A. Muddy Madam, The Mud Life Magazine
What’s in this Issue

TURNER’S TORQUE 4-5

NEWS 6-11

LANING LIFE 13-16

DIRECTORIES 18-21

LAND ROVER VELAR R DYNAMIC 22-31

SUZUKI IGNIS 32-41

LAND ROVER DISCO/VELAR DAY OUT 42-57

GOODS & GEAR 58-67

EXTREME E RACE SERIES 68-83

SIMON SAYS 84-85

ROAD TO MOROCCO PT.3 86-96

READER’S RIDES 98-103

TWO GO MAD IN STRANRAER 105-109

RETRO SNAPS 110-11

BACK ISSUES 112-113

Muddy Madam’s Moment
Not the eco issue I was expecting!

I’ve never tied myself to a tree or picketed a supermarket to get them to stop using single use plastic packaging (though I agree with the ones who do), but I am a bit of a closet eco-warrior, which can sometimes be at odds with Damian’s (and probably your) love of four-wheeled fuel-guzzlers.

When press cars arrive, if it’s BIG, STUPID and loves to GULP FUEL, then Damian’s eyes turn to big heart shaped discs (I think these are the same reasons he loves me too!). I usually have a tendency to roll my eyes, but I have also been known to get rather too excited over power (I once got a little hot’n’bothered with a Bentley Continental soft-top at a race track, but let’s leave that there), so I try to uphold my eco-credentials by buying better, and changing my bad habits.

With that in mind, and seeing as it is Earth Day on the 22nd, I thought I’d source some products for the Goods’n’Gear section that are better alternatives to the norm, so we can all do a bit to improve our footprint on the world. Due to Brexit issues (and a stuck cargo ship) causing products from abroad to be delayed in transit, a few of the products I wanted to review haven’t arrived yet, but I did manage to get a few in there.

Damian and I were also trying to make this issue more of an all-round ‘Eco’ issue with lots of electric/hybrid car reviews, but with COVID still around, some car manufacturers are still a bit wary of sending press cars. We did manage to include a bit of the eco theme as Damian did get his hands on Land Rover’s latest hybrid offerings, and I’ve done an in depth look at the new Extreme E racing. series.

Despite all the issues, I am proud to say we have reached issue 25, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy putting it together.

Karen Lee A.K.A. Muddy Madam

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