How much did you pay for it? I picked her up sec­ond-hand and paid only R40 000 for it. This Landy worked ex­ten­sively on a game re­serve for a few years be­fore I bought her. I’m the third owner, and I don’t think I’d get rid of her. She’s re­ally crept into my heart, and we’ve de­vel­oped a strong bond. Why Land Rover? There are very few cars I’d rather own than a Land Rover, and es­pe­cially this Dis­cov­ery of mine. She’s just to­tally con­verted me to the brand. I’ve had to re­place the turbo and a few other bits and pieces, but she purrs along nicely now. No nick­name? I call her ‘The Lorry’ for ob­vi­ous rea­sons. Where has your Landy been? Re­cently, we did an over­land Wild Coast trip from Kei Mouth to Hole in the Wall that turned out to be an ad­ven­ture of epic pro­por­tions. It turned out to be a Camel Tro­phy-style mud­fest that con­firmed my love for the Landy brand. On that trip, she showed off her rugged chas­sis, in­cred­i­ble wheel ar­tic­u­la­tion and deep wad­ing abil­ity. With some help from the lo­cal Land Rover Own­ers’ Club, we man­aged to find some se­cret spots in the Inanda Val­ley in KwaZulu-Natal. Dream des­ti­na­tion? I’ve taken her up to Kosi Bay and into Le­sotho a few times as well as a num­ber of wild coast trips. I’d love to do that again. Great mem­o­ries. But cur­rently, there’s a big Mozam­bique trip on the itin­er­ary be­fore I fi­nally an­swer the call of Namibia, Botswana and the Richtersveld. What mod­i­fi­ca­tions have you done? Mod­i­fi­ca­tions to my Land Rover in­clude roof rack, Warn winch, Nudge-M bull­bar, Hankook AT’s, Es­cape Gear seat cov­ers, dual bat­tery sys­tem and Sa­fari snorkel. All I want now is some taller 235 85 x 16 mud ter­rain tyres and some Hella spot- and fog-lights on the bull bar to com­plete the Camel Tro­phy feel. Long-jour­ney essen­tials? I never leave home with­out my panga, spade, winch gloves and a bot­tle of wa­ter be­cause the spon­ta­neous af­ter-work ex­plo­rations are al­ways the ones where you get the most stuck. Sadly, I do some­times leave home with­out my wife. Her taste for 4x4-ing in an al­most 20-year old car isn’t as strong as mine.

OWNER: Paul Tay­lor (third owner) FROM: KwaZulu-Natal OC­CU­PA­TION: Pas­tor VE­HI­CLE: Dis­cov­ery 1 Tdi (1996 model) ODOME­TER: 280 000km

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