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:

Got trailer sway? Add more towball mass. Oh, still swaying? Well, add more! Here's the problem with that advice. You
So there you are, driving your car, cruising along a suburban street, minding your own business. Ahead is another car,
A reader watched my video on camping weights and asked this: Hi Robert. Thanks for such a comprehensive breakdown. Hope
I've published two videos on electric vehicles after my test of a Hyundai Kona EV for ten days, following on
So Telsa has set an electric-vehicle lap record at the Nurburging of 7m 35sec, which apparently beats the Porsche Taycan's
Ever since 1st January 1997 you've needed a license to tow heavy trailers in the UK. But no longer. The
Ford has released a video about what they call NextGenRanger on the new T7 platform. The current Ranger is on
The little things count. Sometimes a car is changed, you look at it and think "that's better" but you can't

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.