From past experience and successful results from Winch challenges around the world, Land Rovers appeared to be the choice. Most successful competitors seemed to use Range Rover Classics or some hybrid variation of them. Whilst I have campaigned a 2 Door Range Rover Classic in the past, I wanted to built up a slightly newer vehicle and to stand out from the crowd yet still maintain a link with Land Rover. As a result we settled on a Land Rover Discovery Series I as the vehicle of choice. That was the easy part, now to find a base vehicle that filled all of the following criteria:
It took 6 months of looking to find a suitable vehicle, albeit that it did not comply with all of the above criteria, it was a manual. Being a manual was not a big issue as I had 2 automatic transmissions sitting in my garage that could be swapped over. After finding the vehicle I promptly flew over to Salt Lake City in Utah from Denver to collect the Discovery and drive it back home. We made it safe and sound with all the hard work to follow. In the end we found a 1995 Discovery [VIN SALJY1284SA120931] with 175,000 miles on the clock. The vehicle had only been owned by 3 people having spent most of it's life in Texas and the past 2 years in Salt Lake City Utah.
The pictures below are of the Discovery before we started to do anything to it. Notice how good it looks, and how stock standard. This will not be for long.
My youngest son Connor insisted on being in one of the pictures.