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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:

There is a vehicle I'll pick for 4X4 of the Decade, but overall the decade just gone was less significant
Why would you bother spending money on a 4WD, more money on gear and then put up with the discomfort
Why can't I leave my mark? Tens of thousands of years ago our ancestors wrote on rocks, shifted nature around
You don't even believe them yourself, but you say these 4x4 lies anyway. GENERALLY, 4X4 people are good people. They
Every job has a cross to bear.  Doctors get asked for free medical advice, computer experts get asked to fix
If it goes fast and can be driven, I'm up for it. And that's how I found myself astride a
Offroad touring is a popular recreation, but not often understood by the carmakers. WHY DRIVE A 4X4? It's a good
Dear Overlander I've only been a reader of a magazine for a few months but find it helpful and interesting. 

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.