Driving to Westworld
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When the first round comes together

By now we’re all familiar with the magic of Luftgekühlt, the once Southern California only aircooled Porsche love show, but few were there for the first or second one. I wasn’t at either, but I would imagine the vibe was very similar to this first TransTerras show held last weekend at the Paramount Studios Ranch, a frequent set-piece for Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and Westworld.

No tickets ahead of time, no dense lines or crowds, no awards presentations. This was just ‘rover’ people hanging out and having a good Saturday morning.

I got there early as the rigs rolled in to help Jared (@jaredzaugg) place vehicles in photogenic locations, and as soon as the first few started rolling in, it was clear that this event was going to be a huge success for a while to come.

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Starting with the oldest of the bunch

When people entered the show area they were really taken back in time. A time where Land Rovers were just simple farm implements meant to help perform chores around a ranch and ferry people into town on weekends. Paired with the backdrop of the western set, it really felt like you were entering into a time machine.

Series I 107
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This is what started Land Rover. A simple, no fuss Series I. These particular wagon variants or 107s (as defined by their wheelbase) are almost never seen let alone arriving to a show under their own power. Just take a moment to soak in the hodgepodge of panels on the side mixed and matched to form a cabin that lets just about any weather element in and the hole running through the front for the power take off, PTO, used to power a wide variety of equipment or start the rig with a hand crank.

Where some car shows measure success in high quality wheels, engine swaps, and body kits. Rover meets typically replace that with a collection of trinkets.

Series IIA 88
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The elephant on top is fun, but the Zambezi cooler is beyond rad. How do you keep your little inline 4 running cool in the desert? You just fill a porous bag with water to create a secondary evaporative cooler before the air reaches the engine.

Zambesi Cooler
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It’s often said that dogs resemble their owners. In this particular case most of the dogs also resembled their owner’s vehicles.

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Dog matching it’s owner’s vehicle
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A different kind of vibe

There’s just something a little bit different about a Land Rover show. No one’s revving engines and there’s much more of an instant community around these little British vehicles. Wanna hop in one and take a photo? Most owners would gladly open up the doors or let you go for a quick spin around the site.

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Posing in the bed
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In a sea of vintage metal, when a more modern Defender would roll in it didn’t feel out of place so much as it just felt like the younger sibling.

Rolling in
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A wide variety of style

People love to complement Subarus and Porsches for the ability to mix and match parts from various model years to make them their own. The same applies to defenders.

You can have a relatively simple build.

Trapper
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Or go all in with an over the top build and more modern LS swap.

LS Swap
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Or go more of a Singer type approach with unparalleled attention to quality and detail like this build from CoolNVintage.

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CoolNVintage
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Even Ricardo, the cheif in charge of CoolNVintage stopped in from Portugal to check out the show.

CoolNVintage
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But wait there’s more

This wasn’t just a show for the Series - Defender lineup. There were also the right amount of representation from the RangeRover and Discovery side as well.

RangeRovers
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Arguably, the most LA car, a Range Rover. Feeling just as much at home on the ranch as it does in Beverly Hills.

Range Rover Classic
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Look there’s no problem in wanting to check out Defenders over the Discovery. I do personally know a number of kitted out Defender owners selling their rigs for more practical and comfortable trips in a Disco II or III, but as far as photos go. The Defenders are still the king of cool in this camp. I am personally guilty of perposefully parking my own DiscoII at a slant on the hill just as an attempt to make #grovertherover look more appealing.

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Defender & Discos
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Let’s take another trip around the sun for the next one

Overall it’s absolutely incredible that this show turned out the way it did for the first run.

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Scene from above
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You definitely want to make sure you’re there for the next one.

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Additional Photos

OL ROVAH
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DiscoII
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A pop of color on a Defender
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The Big 110s
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V8 Defender
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