Just called the Land Rover parts and advice center in new England and they tell me that they are without a clue as to both events as they have never heard of a LR doing this.
any ideas as to what happened that made the car go crazy with acceleration, and what if any relation may this have with the transmission not engaging????
1) Stray radio interference. Someone experimenting with radio gear near by.
2) 1996 Land Rover Discovery Problems