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Robert Pepper

Automotive journalist, 4WD owner, driver trainer, author and photographer.

How Not To Drive A Jetski, or I Should Have Learned By Now.

If it goes fast and can be driven, I’m up for it. And that’s how I found myself astride a three-seater jetski, with my 15yo daughter and a young feller sat behind. It was an ocean ride, so pretty choppy and I wouldn’t say the waves were big, but tall enough to get interesting as […]

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 amplified by the fact our […]

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 anything more elaborate than toast, […]

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 than the facts or reasoned […]

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, we’ll be fin..” “And what […]

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 vehicles around 4pm and decided […]


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 times, let alone on a […]