Issue XI

Fit For The Job

Autumn 2020

Founded by Tom Beaver, a serial marathon runner himself, we went to learn more about how exactly he uses his Santorini Black 110, Twisted Defender. Tom, with an entrepreneurial mind-frame, has split BeaverFit into two branches: ‘Human Performance’ where home gyms are designed, manufactured and delivered and ‘Special Operations’, where training facilities are deployed to worldwide forces in some of the harshest conditions! An exciting trip for sure, here’s what Tom had to say:

HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT TWISTED?

I’ve been a huge fan of the Defender ever since I was a teenager. I find them a timeless, classic British car that suits my lifestyle better than any other vehicle. A number of years ago, I spotted a Defender 90 station wagon, in immaculate condition at my local Land Rover® dealer. I had to have it. Proudly posting photos on Instagram, I came across Twisted. I then sent my 90 up to Yorkshire and started building her up Twisted style. I then realised I needed a bigger car, so approached Twisted to see if they had a 110 Utility.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A FAN OF THE LAND ROVER DEFENDER AND WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT IT?

I have always had a passion for Defender. My first ever car was a Land Rover Defender 90 TDI when I was just 17 years old. My parents thought I would be safer in that than a boy racer car. I was at school in the north of Scotland and during the rugby season, I would have to travel up and down the A9 on a weekly basis to train with the Scottish schoolboys rugby team in Edinburgh. A good 4 hours each way. The Defender also played a part in my first business venture, ferrying forbidden contraband into school!

WHAT SORT OF DRIVING TASKS DO YOU USE YOUR TWISTED FOR? EVERY DAY OR JUST A WEEKEND CAR?

I use my Twisted as my every-day car for work, family life and for my hobby of trail running on the Shropshire Hills with my Hungarian Vizsla, Murph.

DID YOU VISIT THE WORKSHOP WHILE THE BUILD PROCESS WAS ON-GOING AND DID YOU MAKE ANY LIVE CHANGES?

No. My Defender was at Goodwood at the time I enquired about a 110 Utility model. I didn’t add any further additions to the spec as it was already perfect!

WERE THERE ANY PARTS OF YOUR OWN PERSONALITY THAT YOU WANTED TO CAPTURE AS PART OF THE BUILD?

I wanted the car to represent my lifestyle and my company brand - BeaverFit. As a company we are a provider of quality and robust fitness/training equipment to companies like BMF by Bear Grylls and Soho House through to our core business of providing deployable container gyms to NATO militaries especially in the UK and USA.

I think the 110 does this pretty well!

"I use my Twisted as my every-day car for work, family life and for my hobby of trail running on the Shropshire Hills with my Hungarian Vizsla, Murph"

WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE TWISTED ROAD TRIP AND WHO WOULD BE YOUR TRAVEL COMPANION FOR THE JOURNEY?

I would love to drive the ‘Scotland 500’ with my wife Jo, and two children, Otis and Harriet. I would ideally put a pop up tent on the roof and park up on the most isolated beaches for the evenings. (Jo however, might not be up for that!)

IF NOT THE DEFENDER – WHAT’S THE NEXT CHOICE OF VEHICLE ON YOUR DRIVE?

We have always had a BMW as our second car, having just ordered an X7.

ON A SPARE SUNDAY, WHERE DO YOU TAKE YOUR TWISTED?

On a spare Sunday, I would take my son Otis and the dogs to Snowdonia or the Lakes for some hill walking and time out together.

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