My son and I recently took our Discovery 'The Grey Goose' on a trip to the Oregon coast. One evening as the sun was setting we were watching the tide come in when off in the distance we saw some folks who appeared to be stuck. By the time we made it over to them the surf was about 10ft from their rig and they were completely buried up to their axles - I really thought their vehicle was going to be a write-off in about 15 minutes.
I had to dig under the car to find a place to harness to. I managed to locate the recovery points, but by then time was against me and I didn't think I would be successful. It took a few tries, but the Discovery pulled that deadweight out of the sand just as the water started lapping against both our vehicles. By the time we got it out, we had about 50 people watching us in awe...
I bought the Discovery in 2005 after an exhaustive search to find one with spring suspension and a locking centre diff. I slowly and completely customised it, including a 3in Old Man Emu lift kit with Terrafirma components, underbody guards, and custom steel front winch bumper, custom rock sliders, and extra lights on a Yakima cargo rack.
Inside I custom-fitted a CB radio to the factory overhead storage, adding switches for off-road lights. I also installed a rear camera near the rear licence plate with a full-time monitor near the rear-view mirror. And that's just for starters...
I wonder where I found time to do it all, but it was a labour of love. I've owned many cars, but none stir the passion of ownership like a Land Rover.
Originally featured in the January 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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