WOW! This year marks the eighth since I stepped down as editor of 4X4 Australia, a position I held for close to 100 of the magazine’s now 400 issues. So many memorable things happened in that time and I was fortunate enough to travel to so many fantastic off-roading destinations, all around the world. Here are some highlights.
A MIX up at the printer saw several copies of the May 2005 issue of 4X4 Australia get bound up with a section from Ralph magazine. A reader phoned me to tell me he’d been “busted” by his missus looking at women in their underwear.
Then there was the photo of Ron Moon stepping down from a roof-top tent with no undies on. 4X4’s art director noticed the “problem” before the magazine went to print, so he photoshopped some undies. But it wasn’t until we got the magazine back from the printer that we noticed Ron’s reflection in a lake in the foreground of the shot was still sans briefs.
I HAD only been the editor for a few weeks when I received an early morning call from my then Dep Ed Marcus Craft who informed me that 4X4 Australia’s long-term test Toyota LC79 Cab Chassis had been pinched from out the front of his apartment. It wasn’t a great start to the day, let alone my tenure at the magazine. Nevertheless, Toyota’s marketing manager Mike Breen took it in his stride and rather than getting upset he recalled a funny anecdote about the last time a Toyota press vehicle had been stolen... twice. But that’s a story for another day.
Another not-so-funny moment was when one of my journos phoned me from a NSW state forest to tell me a top-of-the-range Land Rover Discovery he was testing had caught fire. The good news? The fire burnt through a radiator hose, spraying coolant everywhere, so it self-extinguished.
EDITING 4X4 Australia afforded me the opportunity to go four-wheel driving all over the world. Despite having been sandboarding in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, camping on Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, driving Lara Croft’s Defender in the UK and testing tyres in Death Valley in the US, my favourite destinations have always been right here in Australia.
INTENSITY LED DRIVING LIGHTS ARE LAUNCHED.
Built to withstand the harshest of conditions, ARB offers an extensive range of lighting options.
NEW ARB ASCENT CANOPY RANGE IS LAUNCHED.
This feature-packed canopy is the flagship of the range, offering premium design, usability and comfort.
Experiencing some amazing global locations is special, but Australia still offers some of the best spots of anywhere in the world.
THE best thing about 4X4 Australia and four-wheel driving in general is the people you get to meet. The simple act of getting off one’s backside and getting out there and travelling – domestically or internationally – means you meet the most amazing people. I have forged many, many lifelong friendships through 4WDing, which is why I’ll always keep travelling.