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WHAT YOUR 4X4 SAYS ABOUT YOU

Apparently, dogs look and behave like their owners. Or do people of a certain type all choose the same sort of dog? Nobody knows which way it works, but the same principle applies to 4X4s. So let’s don an invisibility cloak and observe a group of 4X4 owners at camp. Dusk falls, and one by one they emerge …

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LEFT HOOK: Should Left-Hand Drive Vehicles Be Allowed In Australia?

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then make mine a Billy Ray Cyrus Achy Breaky Heart. I’m referring here to my sadness at not being able to buy certain 4X4s from around the globe. Left hand drive 4X4s to be more specific. The 4X4s that we can’t have in Australia are many and varied. The Ford F-Series …

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4X4 Projects on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo are the platforms upon which many of today’s entrepreneurs are taking their business and creative projects to market, seeking financial support from the masses. Backers do not receive equity in projects, but may be offered involvement in production, or receive first orders of the final result. Project success can be huge. Just …

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UNSEALED 4X4 TUNES

It’s time to face the music and admit that you need better tunes for your Unsealed adventures. Check out the latest and greatest right here. 

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UNSEALED 4X4 TUNES

JOHN WILLIAMSON HONEST PEOPLE (Strinesong Pty Limited) Williamson’s 50th studio album pays tribute to the hard-working honesty of country folk, the fierce beauty of the Australian outback and Grandpa’s unparalleled love of cricket. There’s heatwaves, Tamworth and a call for a republic. There’s marital spats and Mightymite on toast. Evocative guitar work carries Williamson’s charismatic drawl through his …

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Unsealed 4X4 Interviews John Williamson

There’s a few nice “gee whiz” moments in this memoir. Did you know that John Williamson doesn’t sing some of his old songs because they mention smoking dope? That he was no great mate of the late Slim Dusty? That the trademark buck teeth of another country legend, Chad Morgan, are falsies? That Williamson did his first performance …

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SO SHE SAYS WITH KIRSTY HOBBS

Kirsty Hobbs is our resident Unsealed 4X4 female columnist. She has no fixed address, just finished a big adventure around Australia and is currently driving the back roads up through eastern Africa in her trusty old LandCruiser.

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10 THINGS WE MISS IN MODERN 4X4s

10 Things We Miss In Modern 4x4s The modern 4X4 is littered with cup holders and electrickery. Unsealed 4X4 is donning the Stubbies and the terry towelling hat and feeling all nostalgic. Here are the things we miss from the good old days.

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THE PIONEERS: BROTHERS IN ARMS

Here’s two pairs of brothers that changed the four-wheel drive world forever—they’re certainly fit for our pioneers series! Read about Mike and Mal Leyland, and the Brown Brothers from ARB.

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PLAYING BANJO

The landscapes of Australia’s great bush poet, A.B. Paterson When we were looking for a name for the journalists’ room at Unsealed 4X4 HQ, all tracks wound back to Banjo Paterson (1864-1941). No man has done more to capture the romantic beauty of the Australian bush and celebrate its colourful characters. 

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UNSEALED 4X4 TUNES

Jessie Cunniffe is a classically trained pianist, self-taught guitarist, qualified music educator and freelance journalist. When she’s not rocking out in the classroom with the next generation of musicians, Jessie can be found critiquing the music industry’s latest offerings for The Sydney Morning Herald and, of course, Unsealed 4X4.

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THE PIONEERS

The history of four-wheel drive vehicles is nearly as long as the history of the motorcar, and in the course of that history, few women have stood out as much as Miss Luella Bates of the United States. In 1908 Otto Zachow, an American inventor, made a steam-powered four-wheel drive vehicle. He went on to form the Badger …

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I BOUGHT A JEEP!

Advertising genius or just annoying? You only have to look at the sales figures to see that the long-running “I bought a Jeep!” advertising campaign is still kicking goals. But in the advertising world, they measure themselves by more than just dollars. Parody, not imitation, can be one of the most sincere forms of flattery. Click onto YouTube …

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FOUR DOOR UTES

Profiling the Top TEN (plus a few randoms) Sales figures suggest this multicultural mob might inherit the 4X4 earth Story by Bruce McMahon THESE days, the once-humble dual cab ute is a staple in sheds and garages from Cape Byron to the Kimberley. Across Australia, four-wheel drive, four-door utes are used (and sometimes abused) by tradies, fisherfolk, farmers, …

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THE PIONEERS

Australia did not become the 4X4 capital of the planet by accident. It took the hard work and genius of pioneers. Unsealed 4X4 is honouring those pioneers with an A-Z series Malcolm Douglas In 1964, two stock and station agents working in the Riverina quit their jobs to see what wilder Australia had to offer, filming their adventures …