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:

I've done a lot of sand recovery of all sorts of vehicles on beaches, inland deserts and even in different
The ABC recently published an article claiming that petrol prices would need to jump to around $3.85/L for EVs to
Electronic traction systems have been around for 25 or so years now, so it's about time everyone learned how they
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Caravan aerodyanmics isn't something that's talked about very often, if ever. So I was lucky that Kyle Forster of Kyle.Engineers
Reader question: Hi Robert, I have had a number of conversations with people regarding rear suspension upgrades to reduce sag
Transmission windup, otherwise known as transmission bind, is definitely something you want to avoid, but it's not well understood. And
There have been questions over the i20N's rev-hang issue. Rev-hang is when you dip the clutch but the revs don'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.