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Life’s too short for boring cars

What I do

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 write books, blogs, articles, make videos and train drivers.

Video

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.

Facebook

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.

Calculators

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

Books

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.

Where I’m writing now

At the moment I’m spending most of my time writing for Motofomo where I post regular car reviews, tech pieces, news and explanations. And on this site I also do a bit of blogging. I also follow the EV 4X4 scene closely, so feel free to send me interesting information!

Land Rover have replaced the Puma Defender with the L663, but there's still a lot of love for the old
I've done a lot of sand recovery of all sorts of vehicles on beaches, inland deserts and even in different
This beach is next to a city of 300,000 people, an hour away from Melbourne and easily accessible by roadcar.
Real-life recovery stories are something we can all learn from! MadMatt and I speak a fair bit on 4WD-y matters;
The image above is of Google Maps. It shows where a campsite actually is, vs where Google thinks it is.
I love my ute's service body! Here's how we set up for breakfast. There's one box for cooking gear, and
Can you go wrong with a radio controlled 4X4 for $170? Radio controlled cars are a lot of fun...but sometimes
A very common question is "can I tow...?" and in this case, it's a Ford Ranger with a camper pulling