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Life’s too short for boring cars

I’m Robert Pepper, a journalist specialising in 4X4s, sports cars, towing and camping. This is my professional site where you can find out more about what I do and check out some of my work – I make videos, write books, blogs and articles, and maintain an active Facebook page. Here’s my latest writings:

"Robert, could you please explain why different brake traction control calibrations are needed? I (perhaps incorrectly) presume that a BTC
Everyone and everything needs to move with the times, and car companies are no exception. Jaguar Land Rover has looked
New to Sandown Raceway in Melbourne? Here's a lap guide to give you a head start on your track or
I have produced a lot of content explaining how towing works; what the weights are, what causes sway, offroad driving
I've noticed a lot of tyre pressure questions of late so here's one article which hopefully answers them all. If
Back in 2017 I tested a Ford Everest and as part of my testing put it on a hill. What
Land Rover. As we all know, the name is to be if not retired, then at least downplayed. The logic
UPDATED FROM NOV 2022: Apple have made a revolutionary announcement, and I don't say that lightly. For the first time,

And more about what I do:


My YouTube Channel is where I create videos explaining how things work, techniques to use and plenty more. It’s a bit different to the average automotive channel. I don’t do hyped-up enthusiasm, insincere product promotions or gush about awesomeness. I also interview people with interesting things to say for my webinar series.


I’m proud of my Facebook page where a small but loyal group of people interested in my work discuss all sorts of related topics. It’s a tough crowd at times, so knowledgeable but fair.


I’ve written two calculators, one for towing weights and the other for tyre sizes.


I’ve written four books, and you can find more about each of them on this site:

The 4WD Handbook – a very comprehensive book on offroad vehicles, covering how they work and lots of different driving techniques.

The 4WD Glovebox Guide – designed as a field reference for offroaders on trips, covering key driving techniques and instructions such as tyre repair. The Glovebox Guide complements the 4WD Handbook which is more detailed.

4WD Treks Close to Melbourne – describes twenty offroad trips accessible to all levels of driver and vehicle, each of which is less than two hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

GPS Vehicle Navigation in Australia a specialised offroad navigation book.