27 Sep 2017

How to be a good passenger in a 4×4

There are no passengers when it comes to 4×4 driving. TAGGING ALONG on an offroad trip as a passenger is a good introduction to offroading, as you get to see up close what our recreation is like – the people, the trucks, the camaraderie. But an offroad trip isn’t like

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25 Sep 2017

What’s cuter than a kitten?

People say that the cutest thing on the Internet is a kitten. Not if you’re into 4X4s. JUST FOR FUN, check out these couple of videos we made with our 1/10th scale radio control TRAXXAS TRX-4 rock crawler. Publié par The 4WD Handbook sur dimanche 17 septembre 2017 And this

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23 Sep 2017

Reader help: which mid-sized 4X4 should I buy? – Toyota Prado, Toyota Fortuner, Isuzu MU-X or Ford Everest?

The mid-size 4×4 wagon market is very competitive, making it hard to choose a winner. FOR OFFROAD TOURING you’ve now got a basic choice of wagon or ute, which we cover here. If you decide on a wagon then there’s quite a few options as this reader discovers: QUESTION I

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18 Jul 2016

Cooking Diary, Part 0

Many years ago I left home and thus life changed.  I rented a small room in a house, and lived happily there with two brothers as joint landlords.  It was a peaceful existence, with only a few noisy moments when the younger brother entertained his girlfriend, usually a virtuoso performance

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15 Jul 2016

Cooking Diary, Part 1

If you don’t eat, you die. That’s primarily why I eat. Of course, if the experience can be pleasurable that’s all the better, but in general I sacrifice pleasure for speed. Left to my own devices, I would purchase a fridge only to keep beer cold, and probably never construct

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15 Jul 2016

The 4WD Debate

The 4WD Debate You have may noticed 4WDs aren’t popular in some quarters. There’s a lot of sensationalism, liberally sprinkled with phrases like “vehicle of mass destruction”, references to apparent insecurities of the drivers and generally the coverage is more about whipping up a bit of good old tabloid outrage

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15 Jul 2016

The conversation.

Hmmmm”. “No.” “We’ll be ok”. “No!” “It’s not that bad. Bit steep, but it won’t be a drama.” “No way are you taking that vehicle up there!” “Why not?” “Why not? Why not? Because it’s dangerous! Because we don’t need to do it! Becau..” “It’s not dangerous. It’ll be ok,

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15 Jul 2016

A lesson learned

Could this have happened to you?  As told to me by a now rather more experienced offroader: “We were staying at a farm with some friends. On Sunday we decided to drive into the State Forest for a little exploring. After a pleasant hour-long bushwalk we got back to the

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18 Jul 2010

Morons

Another month and another accident at Fraser Island, again involving a rented 4WD, although one driven by Aussies. Still, doesn’t matter, they’re idiots wherever they come from. Probably loaded the vehicle wrongly, tyre pressures too high and any fool can see those Troopies handle like jellies at the best of

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