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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:

Everyone runs a hawse for synthetic rope, right? Because "the rope gets stuck in the corners" and "you don't need
We've had snatch blocks, then came snatch rings, and now there is the Bearing Ring. The idea is simple; take
Modern vehicles have lots and lots of computers controlling every part of the vehicle's systems and operation. And these computers
Every tyre has a speed rating and a load rating. The speed rating is the maximum speed the tyre should
Here in Australia we don't really have a strong anti-4x4 sentiment, aside from a bit of a sneer at Toorak
Crash after crash. "People can't tow." Well you know what? We're not born with the ability to drive, let alone
If you do any car control course, and you should if you're into any form of motorsport of offroading, then
I've done a lot of sand recovery of all sorts of vehicles on beaches, inland deserts and even in different

And more about what I do:

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.