by Matthew Scott

I’m pretty sure your company didn’t have team building exercises that involved driving a Land Rover Discovery to its absolute extreme, winching, kayaking, mountain biking, and orienteering. That is, unless you worked for Land Rover between 1996 to 2003 when the TReK series was in full swing. The event, created by Bob Burns, Events Manager for Land Rover North America, was designed to help foster team building for the then new-to-market company, as well as providing an incentive to the employees who made up the competition teams. Top dealerships from across the country sent their best to compete in events such as “Land Rover Cross” – an event similar to autocross, where teams raced through technical off-road driving courses and were penalized if they hit cones. It was a huge hit amongst not only employees, but also Land Rover enthusiasts, who can often be seen sporting TReK merchandise—and if they were lucky enough, sporting a TReK Edition Land Rover Discovery just like this fine example.

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Built from 1999-2004, the Land Rover Discovery II was a more refined, powerful and luxurious update to the original Discovery sold in the United States from 1994-1999. This particular vehicle was built at the Solihull Plant by the Special Vehicles team for use in the 2003 TReK competition in Colorado, which would turn out to be the last of the events. In addition to the Tangiers Orange color and event decals, it’s fitted with an entire package of Genuine Land Rover accessories ranging from a factory winch kit, to a waterproof seat covers embossed with the TReK logo.

It’s likely the lowest mileage example of a Special Vehicles Discovery II around with just under 6000 miles on it—and to think we received it with less than 1500!

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The Warn winch is controlled by a factory in-cab switch (which took a while to figure out…) and is mounted to a factory winch plate that extends from the bumper, while it looks great, unfortunately it doesn’t particularly do wonders for the vehicles approach anglel but it does look great.

BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM2’s have been fitted in a slightly larger than stock size. (245/75R16)

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How do you stop a factory sunroof from leaking? You simply do not fit them to your vehicle.

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An Engel MT45F [link] is the only non-factory installed accessory I’ve put into the vehicle. Cold beer isn’t an option, it’s a necessity.There’s also a nice factory luggage guard.

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Four WARN SDB-210 Dual Beam lights are fitted to the Safety Devices Roof Rack.

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VFOTW: Land Rover Discovery TReK Edition

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About the Author: Matthew Scott

Matthew Scott is a dedicated photographer, vintage car enthusiast, and regular contributor to Overland Journal. Growing up in Chicago in a family that valued “all things automotive” as much as exploring the region’s back roads, provided a solid platform for a career as an automotive journalist. He departed the Windy City in lieu of Prescott, Arizona, and the great open spaces and adventure opportunities of America’s Southwest. @matthewexplore