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4x4 Magazine Australia

4x4 Magazine Australia May 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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2 min.
time to plan a trip

CHRIST, there’s nothing worse than being cooped up at home as the cool weather comes in and you’re thinking about desert expeditions, snow drives or getting to the Top End. But that’s what we’re faced with now until all this brouhaha is done with. The Kakadu story in this issue was meant to reflect just that – escaping the cold for a Top End adventure – but Kakadu, like most national parks in the country, is closed to visitors and you couldn’t get there if you wanted to. Likewise, our annual Gear Guide was pulled forward for 2020 and came out at the start of April in preparedness for the outback touring season, but guess what? No one’s going outback touring this winter. Even all the events we had earmarked for the…

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.…

3 min.
travel shutdown

BY NOW, we should all be well-versed into the importance of staying put to stop the spread of the virus. If it’s not essential, it can wait! Here’s a state-by-state guide to parks and track closures due to the pandemic. This info is accurate at the time of writing, but is subject to change. WESTERN AUSTRALIA From April 1, the WA government banned all travel between regions in Western Australia, with penalties enforced for those not abiding by the restrictions. In addition, campsites and campgrounds within national parks have also been closed. Travel exemptions are in place for work-related travel, as well as medical and compassionate reasons. “People should stay home, not travel, and always observe social distancing requirements,” the DPAW (Department of Parks and Wildlife) website says. More info, visit: https://bit.ly/3a4j8oI NORTHERN TERRITORY The Northern…

3 min.
warn industries acquires factor 55

TWO OF THE biggest names in the 4x4 recovery and off-road industry have joined forces, with Warn Industries purchasing Factor 55. While Warn recently celebrated seven decades in business, Factor 55 has only been around for eight years but has fast become the leader in closed-loop recovery hitches and other recovery equipment. Boise, Idaho-based Factor 55 reinvented the way people attach the winch lines to vehicles when it introduced and started mass producing its closed-loop hitches and systems. Products such as the Factor 55 Prolink and Flatlink replace the traditional hook that is used to attach the winch line to an anchor point or another vehicle, creating a rig that is safer for all users. The Prolink and Flatlink products have expanded in to ranges of gear and can be seen…

7 min.
old blighty

THE yearning for freedom isn’t something you can buy. It doesn’t come free with a Chinese swag, you won’t find a subscription for it online, and you certainly can’t download it on the app store. It’s engrained in us, an all-consuming hunger deep within. Those endless outback plains, the morning mist rolling in through the high-country valleys, the setting sun bathing the inland lakes of Fraser Island in pinks and oranges while the campfire cackles behind us. That call of the wild was something Jamie couldn’t pass up. The idea of loading his family into their very own adventure machine, setting off for the horizon and never looking back held more appeal than a thick wallet. The build was meticulously planned. The starting platform, one of the most iconic 4x4s ever built…

13 min.
50 years game changer

1ST GEN “WE DID IT off our own bat. It wasn’t management saying ‘do this’, we did it ourselves because we thought it was a worthwhile thing to do, and the management accepted it. The sales department thought it was stupid: ‘What? A Land Rover costing two thousand pounds – you must be mad.’” So said the late Charles Spencer King of the birth of his brainchild the Range Rover in an interview given in 1995 to Australian motoring journalist Shane Nichols. Spen King, as the Rover Company senior engineer was known, was many things, but mad he was not. When the Range Rover made its debut to a group of prominent (and almost exclusively British and European) motoring journalists in West Cornwall in 1970, it was immediately clear that here was…