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Old March 21st, 2011, 05:04 PM
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Northern Ireland trip, Defender content

I spent last week visiting family in Belfast (N.I.) Of course, there were defenders everywhere I went. Some being driven by the Police (PSNI, formerly the RUC) but mostly privately owned trucks many of which were modified to some extent: From daily drivers with mud tyres to full on expedition prepped 110's they were everywhere.

Anyway, I spent Tuesday doing an off road driving course at Clandyboye Estate with the guys from Ireland Off Road Experience. These guys were formerly the Land Rover Experience instructors for Northern Ireland, until LR pulled the plug and ran off back to England. They stuck it out and my brother and I had a great day getting their truck (a lightly modded 110 puma) nice and muddy.

Below are some pictures I took during the day. The interior shots are mostly taken from the back seat while my brother drove the course. The exterior shots are our truck during a tea break. The water crossing was at the bottom of an unwalkably steep section, yet the 110 just chugged right down, then back up in reverse (the guys showing off the puma's fancy traction control system).
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Old March 21st, 2011, 05:06 PM
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Land Rover Dealership in Belfast

On my way to the airport for the trip home I stopped at a LR dealership and picked up a few odds and ends (floor mats and seat covers). Here are some pictures I took inside, and out in the forecourt.

The odd thing is that the black 110 obviously has a zero missing from the price in the window
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Old March 21st, 2011, 05:08 PM
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Winch Challenge Defender on Disovery auto chassis

Just as the title says, this was a project the OR guys picked up in England... They were working on it the day I was there. 300tdi automatic discovery with a defender body.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 06:55 PM
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I'll take the black and silver at those prices!! Cool pics. How was the driving adventure?
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 09:38 AM
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It was a great day out for sure. The course is buried deep in the woods at Clandyboye Estate (http://www.clandeboye.co.uk/), so the setting is beautiful. There were pheasants just standing on the edge of the trail watching us chug past. The instruction was one-on-one and I drove some stuff I'd have thought impossible in a stock truck (the only mods on the 110 were the addition of a spacer kit).

The guys running the course are http://www.ni-offroad.com/ and I'd certainly recommend it for anyone visiting the province. In fact I'd recommend heading north of the border to anyone visiting Ireland.
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Old March 23rd, 2011, 06:04 PM
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Great stuff, I was in NI a few years ago for some work-tickets are purchased for the GF and I (along with her sis and brother in law) to go this summer; I convinced them that we had to go up north. Very much looking forward to showing them around Belfast-and now wondering if Ireland Offroad could get added to teh agenda.
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Great stuff Alastair! So you are ready to bring your NAS 90 out on the trail now? :D
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Great stuff, I was in NI a few years ago for some work-tickets are purchased for the GF and I (along with her sis and brother in law) to go this summer; I convinced them that we had to go up north. Very much looking forward to showing them around Belfast-and now wondering if Ireland Offroad could get added to teh agenda.
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Belfast is a fun town, even more so now that the Republic is in a bit of a slump. Take in the Giant's Causeway while you're up north too. The Ireland-Off-Road guys were great; very easy going and friendly. I'll be stopping in to see them again on my next trip home.

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Great stuff Alastair! So you are ready to bring your NAS 90 out on the trail now? :D
I've got some videos I took from the trail too. As for my truck, the water pump went the night I got home and I've just replaced that and all belts . When are you hitting the trails again?
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