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Automotive journalist specialising in 4X4s, sportscars, camping and future tech.

Proposed changes to Victoria’s Club Permit Scheme

For many years Victoria has offered a Club Permit Scheme (CPS) for vehicles older than 25 years which allows the owners benefits such as lower registration fees and no stamp duty on vehicle transfer. There are restrictions on the amount of days the vehicle can be used – 45 or 90, and each vehicle must […]

Trailer sway – what about accelerator and brake at the same time?

Reader comment on YouTube: Great video, thank you [ video embedded below]. I will throw this out there just for discussion. What if you apply light to perhaps moderate normal braking during a sway event, (Tow vehicle and Trailer), and apply the accelerater simultaneously to prevent the tow vehicle from decelerating? It would be interesting […]

Reader question – D-Max Towing

Reader question: I am the person responsible for posting the recent question on the caravan and camping forum. Being new to social media, I had no idea what sort of s##t storm I could create! I have read lots of your articles and viewed your videos…they are EXCELLENT! you put things in simple and easy […]

Why “power out” is wrong for skid recovery

So let’s say you’re driving along a dirt road, hook into a corner a bit fast and the back end steps out. Or, you’re on a fast, sweeping corner at a fairly constant speed and same thing, back end starts to overtake the front. Maybe you’re just driving straight and hit a bit of an […]

Reader question – Triton towing

“Hi Robert after watching the towing webinar I have ended questioning my selfI own a Mitsubishi Triton MR auto twin cab 4×4 and I’m thinking of buying a Titanium off Road van 18’ single axle as with an ATM of 2880kg and a tare 2200 ball approx 170kg. My Triton weights 2240 kg with fuel […]

Which type of vehicle forum is the worst for misinformation and butthurt?

We’ve all seen stunningly wrong advice and fights online, but which type of forum is the worst? I decided to ask my readers that question, and here’s the results: Yes, a clear win to the caravan forums. For once I agree with my readers..there’s really no contest. Right now my eyes are seared by someone […]

What Russians think of Gaz

My first drive of the Gaz Trackmaster attracted a lot of commentary from Russians, which sent me to Google Translate to figure out what they were saying! There seemed to be a theme emerging, and one viewer posted a comment which really explained to me a lot about Russia, vehicles and Gaz. I’m reproducing it […]

Which Caravan Reversing Partnership are you?

Watching couples back a caravan together is one of my all-time favourite pastimes. You know it’s going well when the driver uses 5000rpm to move the rig three metres! So I’ve come up with a few different models for Caravan Partnership Reversing…which one are you, or maybe another? Remote Control – the spotter directs everything […]

Hey men. About women and 4X4s…

Blokes, we need to fix this. Women are around 50% of the population, but a small fraction of the 4X4 world. Now why is this? Nature, or nurture? We don’t need to aim for 50%, but we do need to ensure that all who want to have a go, can have a go. So I […]

Don’t wreck your car through understeer and oversteer

Motorsport is a safe, risk-averse sport, right? There’s hundreds of pages of safety compliance regulations; everything from your valvecap design to how old your fire extinguisher should be. This is all wonderful, but also terrible. Because I am yet to see an accident caused by the wrong kind of valvecap. But I have seen many, […]