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:

Watching couples back a caravan together is one of my all-time favourite pastimes. You know it's going well when the
Blokes, we need to fix this. Women are around 50% of the population, but a small fraction of the 4X4
Motorsport is a safe, risk-averse sport, right? There's hundreds of pages of safety compliance regulations; everything from your valvecap design
So if you've read the first instalment you'd know that I love dogs, kelpies in particular, but I'm not going
There's no standard for rating 4X4 recovery gear, so you often don't know exactly what you're buying or using, and
Reader question:"Firstly, thank you for your channel, there is some really good information there. I am new to 4wds and
This post answers a few questions about the Bridle Forces recovery video: Can you use a bridle for snatch recovery?
Reader question: "Hi Robert, I hope you don’t mind me asking a direct one on one question. I have a

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.