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)
OCCUPATION: Pastor VEHICLE: Discovery 1 Tdi (1996 model)
ODOMETER: 280 000km