Land Rover Monthly - - Letters -

I AM an­swer­ing your re­quest for read­ers to send pic­tures of their own ve­hi­cles. I have been driv­ing Land Rovers since 1981 when I passed my test in a short wheel­base at RAF St Athan, Cardiff.

They were fine days that started with a DI (Daily In­spec­tion) of your ve­hi­cle be­fore you went out for the day with an in­struc­tor and co-learner. I think I passed within two weeks, then re­turned to my base at RAF Stafford, from where I was be able to drive their Moun­tain Res­cue fleet of 109s and later 110s. Later in my ca­reer in the RAF Moun­tain Res­cue I had the plea­sure of driv­ing De­fender 90s, and fi­nally a County Sta­tion Wagon – a fan­tas­tic beast.

I have per­son­ally owned a Dis­cov­ery 300Tdi, Td5 and, for the past five years, a Dis­cov­ery 3, which to my mind is the best to date. Okay, I have had some costs – new clutch, turbo and belts – but only one break­down, which was down to a faulty al­ter­na­tor. With 180,000 miles on the clock I have no is­sues, no leaks and I have no doubt it is good for 300,000 miles.

I have fit­ted a War­rior winch be­hind the front grille and have com­plete con­fi­dence in the re­li­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance of my Dis­cov­ery 3.

I am send­ing you a few pic­tures of my Dis­cov­ery with my san­ity checker in tow (re­cov­er­ing at Conwy Es­tu­ary, North Wales).

I look for­ward to pick­ing up my copy of LRM every month and, if time al­lows this year, I will try the North Coast 500. Martin Gil­mour (via email) Thanks for get­ting in touch, Martin, and I hope you put your Star Prize (Draper bot­tle jack) to good use. It’s amaz­ing how many Land Rover en­thu­si­asts be­came fans af­ter driv­ing them in the armed forces – Ed.

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