Finding Home in Montana

Photographer, Alex Strohl, has adventure in his blood. His father, a Frenchman, was a forest engineer who worked throughout Southern Europe and North Africa. However, when Alex’s father decided to move somewhere more wild in the 1960’s he landed on Missoula, Montana.

So when Alex and his partner, Andrea Dabene, decided to make some roots and establish ‘home’, Montana was an easy decision. Alex loved its snow-capped peaks and untouched wilderness. Andrea loved Montana’s long, peaceful winters and beauty.

“Home is underrated,” Andrea said. “When you come back from your travels to reflect on where you’ve been, that’s when you really find yourself.”

“At home you’re lazy, then you’re hard on yourself,” Alex added. “You find a routine, and then you break it. It’s very revealing of who you are.”

Alex and Andrea are Land Rover enthusiasts and their Land Rover Discovery Sport is the perfect vehicle for their lifestyle and needs. At one point, they drove in a snowstorm 4 hours overnight to get to a backcountry ski resort. The Discovery Sport performed perfectly and they safely arrived at their destination, no worries.

The Montana nights are perfect for Alex. He enjoys using the night sky in his photography. “I feel very vulnerable, like a real outsider when I’m alone at night,” Alex said. “I look for clear moonless nights so we can photograph the Milky Way, or I like to find a body of water in the foreground so the stars reflect on the surface.”

Once the winter is over, Alex and Andrea will be heading to France to climb the Pyrenees, bike the Alps, and surf in the Basque Country. In Europe, they have a Land Rover Defender 110 to get around. Their Discovery Sport will wait for them until summer when they return home to Montana, ready to explore their ‘home’ once again. 

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Land Rover Experience Kyalami

Located in the heart of Sandton, South Africa, Kyalami boasts steep slippery inclines, ruts, open ground and deep water, and articulation tracks for you to test! If you love to travel and enjoy new cultures and scenery, or you are an adrenaline junkie looking for your next adventure, sign up for Land Rover Experience Kyalmani!

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By participating in their training courses you will be trained by experts. Every one of Land Rover Experience Kyalami’s experts are highly experienced and trained to make sure you get the best out of your Land Rover. They offer courses ranging from First Aid and Skid Control to Recovery Techniques, in addition to their thrilling driving courses.

Come by yourself, or bring your team! Land Rover Experience Kyalami offers team building events and convoy-based driving adventures. Their expert planning team can even customize your visit just for you. If you prefer to add in some Go-karting or paintball, they can do that too!

The Half Day Off-Road Introductory Course is great to introduce you to 4×4 driving. They start with a quick 45-minute theory lesson that will go over standard vehicle setup and how to handle your vehicle when you take a trip off-road.

After the theory lesson you will work with an instructor during a 3-hour practical drive. This drive includes hill ascents, hill descents, traversing a side slope, driving through ditches and rutted tracks, deep water wading, and discussion of all major road surfaces. All of this while enjoying the ambiance Kyalami is offering.

After the half day course, you are ready for the Full Day Course! This course lasts 7 hours and focuses on using the Land Rover’s different drivetrains and driving techniques.

South Africa boasts landscapes you cannot imagine anywhere else. You may need training so you can embark an amazing South African expedition, or just want to steady your off road driving. Land Rover Experience Kyalami wants to serve you.

Jaguar Land Rover and Ford Run “Talking” Car Trial

Self-driving cars a thing of the future? It could happen sooner than you think! Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are currently embarking on the first trials of this kind, and the United Kingdom wants to have self-driving vehicles by the end of 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover and Ford are testing cars that “talk” to one another. The hope is that by communicating with each other, cars will be able to eliminate accidents and cut down drive times by automatically putting you on the most efficient route.

Over the next four years, Jaguar Land Rover plans to manufacture more than 100 vehicles to be used as research to, hopefully, further the technology needed for self-driving vehicles.

Vehicles that speak to each other and connect with different types of technology will be able to adjust their speeds to miss fewer traffic lights, and will know if another vehicle suddenly hits its breaks.

They will be able to let other cars know their breaking status, steering-wheel position, speed, which lane they are in, and other data. In short, vehicles will be so in tune with every vehicle around them that you will not have to worry about accidents.

A lot of vehicles already have different kinds of technology that can detect their surroundings, but it is limited. It often cannot see past a few car lengths away. The technology being tested by Jaguar Land Rover and Ford is still imperfect and will need more time and energy focused on it to create vehicles that can safely transport their inhabitants.

However, this trial is just the start of a new era of vehicle we hope to see on the roads very soon. Self-driving cars may seem to be a little futuristic, but if something can be created to lower or eliminate the amount of vehicle accidents every year, it is probably worth our attention.

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New Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Paint Facility

Land Rover has built a brand new Special Vehicle Operations paint facility that will deliver cars with almost limitless paint options. Customers will be able to select any color and any finish.

The vehicle starts in the top notch body shop where it is cleaned thoroughly to pave the way for a perfect paint application. Once the vehicle is cleaned, it is hand sprayed by a master painter to guarantee optimum coverage. Then two cutting edge robots apply a perfect finish across the entire vehicle. This is done with absolute precision, measured down to the last micron.

The vehicle is then dried in the over and then cooled to the correct temperature to make sure the protective top coat will adhere perfectly. Once the clear protective top coat has been applied it is cured in the main oven. Finally, the vehicle enters the audit facility where it is thoroughly checked for an outstanding paint finish and uniformity.

Land Rover is always striving to offer more advanced paint technologies. This is implemented in many ways, including duo tone finishes and ChromaFlair.

Duo tone adds to the individuality and customization of the vehicle. Customers can choose complementing colors to really refine and personalize.

The ChromaFlair finish adds to the customers’ personal tastes. This finish includes pigments that exhibit a wide range of hue. This gives vibrant colors a color change when you look at it from different angles and in different levels of light.

This facility was built based on the principals of technology, craft, and environment. By using state of the art equipment, expert technicians, and a sustainable environment, vehicles are treated with the utmost care and detail.

By using the Special Vehicle Operations Premium Paint Palette, customers are offered greater individuality and appearance. The SVO state of the art paint facility has almost infinite ability to match any color. Their state of the art mixing technology allows customers to request any hue. They are only limited by their imagination.

All-New Discovery Features

Land Rover recently revealed the All-New Discovery. The All-New Discovery comes in four different models, the SE, the HSE, the HSE Luxury, and the First Edition. Each model has their own unique features to choose from, including engines.

The All-New Discovery SE features the 3.0 Liter Si6 Petrol Automatic. This engine features 4-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic, 340 horsepower, with a maximum RPM of 3,500-5,000. It has a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour with an acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds. The fuel capacity is 23.5 gallons.

The All-New Discovery HSE, HSE Luxury, and First Edition feature an option between the 3.0 Liter Si6 Petrol Automatic and the 3.0 Liter Td6 Diesel Automatic. The 3.0 Liter Td6 Diesel Automatic engine features 4-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic, 254 horsepower, with a maximum RPM of 1,750-2,250. It has a maximum speed of 130 miles per hour with an acceleration of 0-60 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds. The fuel capacity is 22.5 gallons.

The All-New Discovery SE standard features include, but are not limited to, stop/start technology, hill descent control, anti-lock braking system, hill start assist, dynamic stability control, electronic brake-force distribution, acoustic laminated windscreen, door puddle lights, trailer stability assist, front and rear recovery hooks, auto-dimming interior rear view mirror, upper secondary glovebox, and overhead sunglasses storage.

The All-New Discovery HSE include the SE standard features, but also include, but are not limited to, heated rear window with rear wash wiper, power fold heated door mirrors with approach lights, bright treadplates, shopping bag hook, two-zone climate control, and natural shadow oak veneer.

The All-New Discovery HSE Luxury includes the SE and HSE standard features, but also include, but are not limited to, Atlas grille with Narvik Black surround, Atlas fender vents with Narvik Black surround, power sunroof, keyless entry, front parking aid, rear view camera, and powered inner tailgate.

The All-New Discovery First Edition includes the SE standard features, but also include, but are not limited to, extended leather interior, premium carpet mats, and connected navigation.

Whatever model you choose, you cannot go wrong. To find out more about the All-New Discovery, call or visit Land Rover Frisco today!