ECR Expeditions: Southern Mexico '98
A great aspect of operating a Land-Rover company is that
we are often called upon to test Land-Rovers and after market equipment
in extreme conditions in remote locations around the world. Our most recent
trip was with a Defender 110 from Maine to Oaxaca, Mexico. ECR's
unique knowledge of a Land-Rover's ability to conquer tough situations and
terrain comes from our experience with them both off road, and on long expeditions
such as this one.
The trip consisted of the journey from Maine to Oaxaca, Mexico, many short
trips around southern Mexico, and a longer trip from Oaxaco to Acapulco,
and then back to Maine. The ECR prepared 110 performed flawlessly
for the entire journey.
One of the products that we were testing on this trip was Old Man Emu's
new LTR gas shocks. At a retail of $250.ºº each we thought it
would be hard to get enough performance to equal the price, but the shocks
prooved themselves over 1,000's of punishing miles on Mexican roads. With
no fade, and the best road vibration dampening I have ever seen. ECR
has given the OME LTR shocks the tested seal of approval. The shocks performed
better than anything else we have driven on washboards and the poor condition
roads of Mexico. The shocks combined with Old Man Emu springs are a great
combination that we suggest highly.
If you want information on vehicles or new products; how they perform, how
they stand up to abuse, you need to call the experts at ECR
Off Road. If you were going to select a company to work on or build your
Land-Rover, who would you choose? The company who sells parts as a job 9-5,
or the company who lives and breathes Land-Rovers and must cover more ground
in Land-Rovers in a month, than all the other places in the U.S. combined.
Below are some photos from this recent journey. Next expedition... deep
into Northern Maine or ?! Wanna go?
The "roads" that we use were usually on were more suited to walking
than driving. Here Ian navigates a very steep side hill corner.
One of the historic sites we visited was the ruins at Monte Alban, just
outside of Oaxaca.
Hazards and road blocks in this part of the world don't always mean washed
out roads or road crews. This "obstacle" reluntantly moved with
some gentle persuasion.
The Land-Rover got a lot of stares, especially when we were in areas that
few vehicles usually drive on. During the entire time in Mexico only one
other Land-Rover was seen. A pink Series I! The big green Defender 110 was
definately not the normal transportation of the area.
Part of the expedition team from ECR, somewhere in Southern
East Coast Rover Co.
21 Tolman Road
Warren, ME 04864
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