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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:

It’s always interesting to learn new driving techniques and understand different thinking. Any group of people will naturally become a
Several readers have been talking about the new Defender, and some have sent photos and video, so I thought I'd
Every time we head off into the outback the percentage of 4WDs towing something has increased. There are good reasons
Which has the longest suspension travel? Pajero - fully-independent, coils Triton - independent coil front, live axle leaf rear Challenger
Hills are one of the most dangerous techniques you can encounter when you’re offroading, and you’re not always going to
If the force required to move the tree is X, and a snatch block is used on another tree to
Here's a question recently posed on the Facebook page: This vehicle is stuck and needs a 1500kg pull to move.
Every country has its own, identifiable landscapes and I believe each has its own “carscapes” as well.  In the case

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.