Okay, now let me just start by saying – Don’t be affraid, we’re not turning in to an all out Land Rover Defender fanatics journal – We just love the “they’ll eat anything you trow at them” kind of attitude….
That being said – Let me tell you about Alex Schepsman and Matt Mitchell and their 1994 Dusty Blue Land Rover Defender 90 (yes, the short one..) – Two filmmakers embarking on the quintessential American road trip in a British car… It’s beautiful irony don’t you think..?
Due to the sheer lack of Defenders in the USA (they’ve stopped shipping them to the USA in ’97 because of safety regulations the Defender couldn’t live up to – but, they are scheduled for a come-back in 2015) they decided to drive across the Southwest: four states, two weeks, and 3,000 miles. “It’s an epic beast of a truck that they haven’t shipped to the states in 20 years, so we decided to make a tribute film to the Defender and America.” Along with their buddies Drew and Justin, Alex and Matt showed their appreciation to the Defender with a stunning homage… – Pretty fun thing to do if I might add…
Beginning in LA, the crew loaded a 30-foot RV full of film gear and set off with both vehicles, planning driving distances of up to 600 miles in a single day. – The road trip spanned two weeks, four states, and three national parks—with Monument Valley, Yosemite, Moki Dugway, and the Bonneville Salt Flats among the highlights. – “We used this great app called Roadtrippers to plan our trip which allowed us to make sure we had some places and terrain that was not only beautiful, but would put the truck through it’s paces,” – Note: this was no “group of guys and a GoPro” operation. The filming equipment’s about as serious as the Defender… In their trip they’ve tried to hit as many terrains and environments as possible: the ocean, mountains, desert, red rocks, forests, snow, sand, and of course, asphalt.
The guys had their share of close calls, and not just the usual mechanical difficulties. We’re talking food poisoning and a trip to a hospital near an Indian reservation. They camped out with an open fire whenever possible…but snowstorms in Arizona weren’t the only instance of bizarre weather. “Multiple snowed in passes forced us to turn around after committing hours to a single road…” …and a full blown white-out’s of salt at the Bonneville Salt Flats, which left them driving blind with 50-60 mph wind gusts into the sides of the Defender and RV.
“The trip proved to be the perfect combination of everything we were searching for; the infectious need to get out on the road and travel across the American West, while finding beauty and inspiration in nature and the unfamiliar places we all call home.”
“The final Land Rover film was a complete passion piece, and one we are very proud of. It highlights all of the exceptional places that only a car like the Defender can take you to.” – If you weren’t excited about the Defender exploring stateside, you should be now. Enjoy this beautifull piece below!