YOU THINK YOU KNOW A GUY
Typically, when people use that phrase, they’re inferring someone they trusted has let them down. In this case, I mean the difference between reading about something and knowing it. Adapting an old saying, you can read about how to launch a turbocharged, all-wheel drive vehicle at the drag strip for years. Until you actually do it, you don’t really know how to do it.
In this case, I mean to say that I’ve emailed back and forth with this lad enough times that, when I saw some of the pictures he sent in, I feel pretty confident in saying this is a cat I’d love to catch a beer with. Or a pint. He’s from Northern Ireland, after all.
MAKE WITH THE EPIC ALREADY
Michael McLaughlin is a member of the Max Attack Marshals Club. You may recall my interview with Barry Boyle about their Night at the Stages fundraising event. As I was looking through picture galleries on the MAMC website, I kept seeing this ridiculously badass Land Rover Defender pickup. I mentioned it to Barry, he made the introduction. (Are you beginning to see how this works?)
Michael is a farmer, 4-wheeler, and first rate rally marshal. He tells me he saw the potential in a gutted slag, fell in love with it, and brought it home with him. It was the exact opposite of what you see here. I think what makes this one special isn’t just that it’s a vehicle you just don’t see in some parts of the world (namely the US), but that it’s both daily work truck and gearhead plaything. He works the fields, then works the special stages. Epic.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- an old Irish saying about how you’re supposed to drive one of these
- quick looks at some of his greater challenges
- why he does it
- what’s next
Eh? If you subscribe before the end of March, it’s free for life. This summer? When we’re asking US$15/yr for the magazine? You could be getting it for free. And by fall, when the price goes up to US$24/yr? Think how nice it will be to tell your friends how you get Gearbox Magazine for free. Your subscription shows us the stories of gearheads matter and we don’t have to whore ourselves out to make a few bucks in advertising. (barf)
SPECIAL THANKS TO BHPni.com for generously providing all the images associated with this story. We’d love to hear from them and some of the gearheads they meet in their automotive adventures in Northern Ireland. Looks like they cover quite a diverse scene.