The First Morning With My New Old Land Rover Discovery Was Joyous Indeed

Celebrating picking up a new project by following a little tradition of mine.

I was absolutely, thoroughly stoked to have picked up a 1997 Land Rover Discovery in decent shape. And I still am!

  • Car(s): 1997 Land Rover Discovery SD7
  • Location: Long Beach, CA
  • Photographer: Me (@16vpete on Insta and Twitter)
  • Camera: Canon 6D + EF 35-70mm 3.5 AF lens

The previous owner signed away their ownership interest in this 1997 Land Rover Discovery in exchange for four-thousand of my hard-earned dollars late on a weekday evening last week. The deal was done; I wouldn’t be in search of a new project for a good, long while. I couldn’t wait to get everything regarding my ownership and insurance legit in the eyes of the law, and start slowly working on it.

Once that was all set, I took it down the street to one of my favorite photo locations in all of SoCal. I’ve actually taken photos of quite a few cars here; it’s great for lighting, is pretty empty in the early morning, and makes for a solid SoCal backdrop for any car. The beach, palm trees, warm and bright light, the works. It’s also very convenient for me to pop over to. It’s become a sort of tradition for me to park cars that I’ve been stoked to be behind the wheel of, the previous few being some fun press cars.

This photo conveys a lot for me. I’ll be doing fun active things with my new Disco, including ratchet-strapping my surfboard to the factory rack on top and taking it to the beach. Well, not the beach by me as a sea wall disallows the required waveage. But definitely beaches within a thirty-minute drive. It’ll make for a nice seat for putting shoes on, grabbing gear, and leaning against while chatting with pals, too. I’m excited for all of it. It was also taken in the early morning; I don’t get too poetic, but there’s symbolism behind a new day rising.

I can’t wait for the first time I park it at the beach, but also the first time drive it on a beach. And tons of other places.

The First Morning With My New Old Land Rover Discovery Was Joyous Indeed
Image: Peter Nelson

Here’s another angle:

The First Morning With My New Old Land Rover Discovery Was Joyous Indeed
Image: Peter Nelson
Peter Nelson

Peter NelsonPeter Nelson has been wrenching on and playing with cars since he started driving them quickly between the cones at Chicagoland autocross events in his late teens. Nowadays, he can be found wringing out his Mazda2 at tracks all over California. His writing background includes Winding Road, Donut Media, and He's also an avid cyclist and '80s/'90s action film connoisseur. Contact the author here.