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4x4 Magazine Australia

4x4 Magazine Australia February 2020

4x4 Australia takes you to Australia’s most exciting and remote destinations , and we show you how to get there! We test the latest and greatest new and modified vehicles, as well as new camping and outdoor adventure equipment. We introduce you to loads of interesting people, show you heaps of awesome holiday trips and destinations, and we put you in the driver’s seat to tackle the country’s toughest off-road challenges. It’s a whole lot of dirty fun every month!

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in this issue

2 min.
hand in hand

FOR YEARS, new car dealers have shuddered at the potential money they could be making when they see the 4x4 vehicles they just sold being driven off the lot and around the corner to the local 4x4 accessories outfitter, where the owner then spends another $10K, $20K or even $30K (or more) on the new truck. The smarter vehicle manufacturers have developed extensive ranges of factory made and approved accessories to tempt the buyer into spending more with at the dealer, but most enthusiasts prefer the kit to come from a company that knows what we do with our 4x4s and how to make the gear to better prepare the cars for this use. More often than not the OE accessories would be made to the company’s specification by a recognised 4x4…

1 min.
check out our website

VISITORS to our digital space at 4x4australia.com.au will notice our homepage resides at whichcar.com.au/4x4australia. All remains the same, with up-to-date news stories, in-depth new-car analysis and insane custom write-ups. We’ll also tick more travel items off our bucket-list, and continue to bring you the best aftermarket product advice from gear manufactured here and abroad. Alongside our 4x4-related content, you’ll also be able to find the best of motoring on the new website, with our sister magazines MOTOR, Street Machine and Wheels all just a convenient click away.…

2 min.
hummer set to return as an electric vehicle

GENERAL MOTORS is planning to bring back its Hummer nameplate and turn the tables on its past reputation as a gas-guzzling SUV brand. The Hummer name is reportedly coming back in 2022 and will be applied to a range of electric pick-up trucks to be sold under the GMC brand. EV trucks are becoming big news in the US, with the likes of the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T and even the iconic Ford F-Series making headlines as they approach series production. As part of its bankruptcy proceeding in 2009, General Motors announced it would discontinue manufacturing the H2 and H3 models and would sell its troubled Hummer brand to a Chinese manufacturer. However, the deal fell through following Chinese government intervention and the brand has been lying idle ever since. Fast forward a…

2 min.
land rover buys bowler motorsport

JAGUAR Land Rover has purchased the Derbyshire-based rally raid specialist outfit Bowler Motorsport, to add to its Special Vehicles Operations (SVO) division. The product of founder Drew Bowler, Bowler Motorsports produced, raced, sold and supported rally raid-style vehicles, many of them Land Rover based, for 30 years up until Drew Bowler’s passing in 2016. The pinnacle of Bowler’s vehicles were the radical Wildcat and (later) Nemesis models that had success in many of Europe and the UK’s top cross-country rallies. Bowler officially partnered with Land Rover in 2012, leading to the creation of the Defender Challenge by Bowler rally series in 2014-2016. Since Drew Bowler’s death, the company has continued to produce performance vehicles for race and road and has integrated its extreme motorsport engineering and competition expertise into wider vehicle R&D…

2 min.
drive 4 life to tour the outback in 2020

HOW WOULD you like to go on the trip of a lifetime with some of the country’s most experienced 4x4 guides while raising much-needed funds for Northcott, to help support the organisation’s network of disabled clients? In 2020 the annual Drive 4 Life tour will traverse a number of Len Beadell’s famous outback tracks on the western edge of the Nullarbor Plain, as it winds its way through spectacular country from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory to Balladonia in Western Australia. The tour kicks off in the red centre capital of Alice Springs on August 6, 2020, and participants will traverse the Sandy Blight Junction Road, the Great Central Road and the Connie Sue Highway, finishing at Balladonia on the western edge of the Nullarbor Plain on August 15, 2020. The 10-day…

3 min.
travel bulletin

ARB CULTURE LIVE (SA) The inaugural event will take place at Loveday 4x4 Adventure Park on March 21-22 and offer product demonstrations, expert advice, workshops, live music, food trucks, a moonlight cinema, a jumping castle and more. Tickets are $150 adult; $60 12-17yo; and $35 5-11yo, which includes park access and camping fees (there’s plenty of riverside camping). Half of all adult ticket sales will go to charities supporting the bushfire crisis. Visit: www.arb.com.au/4x4culture-live TRACK DANGER (AUS) Before Christmas we were spruiking Alpine NSW and the Vic High Country as ideal summer 4x4 destinations, but then the terrible fires hit the region, along with many other parts of the country. Bearing this in mind, many 4x4 tracks are closed, either due to continued fire danger or because of fallen trees and other debris.…