Tem­pest Trek

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The de­but of the Dis­cov­ery 2 at Paris in Septem­ber 1998 was planned to be the cul­mi­na­tion of a spec­tac­u­lar round-the-world press drive dubbed ‘Tem­pest Trek’. Many thought the idea of tak­ing the first two ve­hi­cles straight off the pro­duc­tion line on such a ven­ture was fool­hardy, es­pe­cially as one would be pow­ered by the petrol V8, the other by the all-new diesel Td5.

The ex­pe­di­tion was the brain­child of the late Bill Baker on sec­ond­ment to the UK from Land Rover of North Amer­ica. He had done ex­pe­di­tions be­fore in the US, but this was to be the long­est and most risky. He was helped in the plan­ning by Iain Chap­man of Camel Tro­phy fame. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Bill and Iain were Mark Dug­more from Ve­hi­cle Op­er­a­tions and pho­tog­ra­pher Nick Dimbleby. They would be joined by mo­tor­ing jour­nal­ists on the trip, which would fin­ish at the Paris mo­tor show.

The Td5 was bur­dened by tow­ing a trailer full of spares, but the two Dis­cov­ery 2s com­pleted the trip with few prob­lems – a good in­di­ca­tor of the re­li­a­bil­ity of both mod­els.

The Tem­pest Trek ve­hi­cles were well equipped, in­clud­ing ex­tra light­ing, a winch and a roof-mounted an­tenna for satel­lite phone com­mu­ni­ca­tion. On such a long trip, ac­ci­dents were in­evitable. Here (far right), ex­pe­di­tion me­chanic Mark Dug­more, on his first trip out of the UK, re­places a bro­ken light unit.

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