Land Rover's Defender 90
Obey only your sense of adventure and you've come very close to being an action-adventure superstar like Lara Croft-Tomb Raider. Lara Croft gets to plow through some movie magic-ed terrain in a special Defender 90 and so can you. Wild hearts can buy their very own Tomb Raider D90, as Land Rover will produce 250 Tomb Raider Limited Edition Defender 90 Station Wagons or Defender 110 Double Cabs.
"The Tomb Raider LEs will appeal to active drivers looking for a vehicle that delivers serious fun as well as off-road performance," managing director of Land Rover UK Mike Wright said.
The limited edition D110s will come exclusively in Bonatti gray, and have diamond-plate protection, a roof rack, alloy wheels, off-road spot lights, a rear step, rock sliders, and specially commissioned fabric seat covers. And that's just the fluff stuff. The real live action adventure comes with the burly Td5 turbodiesel with a high-pressure electronic injector system, traction control, four-pin locking differentials, coil-sprung suspension, and ventilated front disc brakes.
Other off-road appurtenances include a rollcage, a detachable winch with front and rear mounting points and in-board stowage, long-range fuel tanks, GPS, skidplates for the oil sump, differentials, a gearbox, a steering box, recovery hooks, an off-road recovery kit, and a fire extinguisher. We've just sold ourselves a D110! Too bad they will only be available in the UK. "God Save the Queen." The D90/D110 are priced between 22,995 and 23,995. You can check out the Tomb Raider LE at www.landrover.com or call 800/FINE4WD for more info.
35th Sierra Trek
The yearly Sierra Trek, hosted by the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, drew hundreds of vehicles and nearly 1,500 attendees from throughout California and the western United States. The infamous trek is a four-day event that begins at a main campsite in a 600-acre meadow near Meadow Lake, about 25-miles north of Truckee, California. The campers, wheelers, and attendees run trails, like the Fordyce Creek Trail with scenic mountainscapes and challenging rockcrawling. Next year's event will be held in the High Sierras. You can contact C4WDC for more information about next year's event at 800/494-3866. -Jack Raudy
Coolest Reading Place Contest-December WinnersAs always here's your chance for fame. The simple rules are:
1. Take a recent copy of 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine with you when you go anywhere that relates in some way to either 'wheeling or reading the mag.
2. Take a photo of you, your family, or friends reading the mag in front of your cool place.
3. Write the names of the people in the photo, the location, and your home address and phone number on the back of the photo.
4. Attach information including your name and a caption including where you are, what's going on in the pic, and where you are from. Mail the photo and info to our office, 4WOR Cool Places Contest, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., CA 90048.
5. Each month the "coolest" (that means most creative, insane, or extra-ordinary) staff selected entry will be published in Drivelines and the winner will get an official 4-Wheel & Off-Road license plate cover. (Submissions will not be returned.)
6. Be creative, have a good time, and Good Luck!