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2012-09-26 11:06

QUITE THE HUNTER: Mike Robinson received a modified Isuzu D-Max, made specifically with hunting in mind.

Celebrity TV chef and presenter, Mike Robinson, has taken delivery of a modified Isuzu D-Max bakkie, to equip him as the hunting season in England gets into full swing.

Mike Robinson is a keen hunter of game and gatherer of wild food and to ensure he has the best tools at his disposal during the short stalking season he worked with Isuzu UK to select a number of special modifications for his new pick-up.


Selecting an Isuzu D-Max to transport him across the fields will also help to minimise his effect on the environment. The D-Max, with its 2.5-litre Euro 5-compliant twin-turbo diesel engine, delivers 121kW and 400Nm and emits 194g/km of CO2 and returns a fuel consumption 7.4 litres/100km.

Based on an Isuzu D-Max 4x4 Utah double-cab, Mike’s model features a rubber tray set on the dashboard for holding his binoculars when the terrain gets rough. Mike can take his rifle from the secure gun box in the cabin, before resting the barrel on the specially-tailored rubber covers on the wing mirrors which provide stability and accuracy.

For large kills, the Isuzu D-Max is fitted with a unique load-bay drawer system, winch and ramp, to aid the loading of his dead animal. To keep the load secure and cool, it is protected by a ventilated Truckman Grand Hard Top.


Mike, who has had a number of previous Isuzu bakkies, said:  “For several years I’ve managed a country estate, keeping wildlife and game stocks controllable and sustainable.  I needed a dependable workhorse pick-up and my previous Isuzu Rodeo proved incredibly robust, utterly reliable and virtually unstoppable off-road.

"The modifications made to my new Isuzu D-Max have all been carefully designed to make a real difference in the day-to-day life of a hardworking stalker. I can’t wait to test its capabilities in the field.”

We're sure the deer, rabbits, grouse and whatever else is on the estate are also looking forward to it.

William Brown, general manager at Isuzu UK, commented: “The new, higher spec of the Isuzu D-Max makes it the perfect choice for a keen stalker, who needs space, practicality and comfort a double cab model offers, as well as being highly efficient and hugely capable on-and off-road.”
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