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King Of The Hammers: Night Run

King Of The Hammers (KOH) just finished up in the California desert, and the event kicked off with some serious night rock crawl racing, the Backdoor Shootout. Off-roading doesn’t get much more specialized than this. A major highlight from the entire King Of The Hammers event was Bobby Tanner’s 22.547 sec Backdoor Shootout winning run. Amazing vehicle and spectacular driving, …

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The Land Rovers of James Bond

While Bond is synonymous with Aston Martin, there is also a solid history with the Land Rover, which is about to get an even bigger boost with the forthcoming Spectre film, the 24th bond adventure. The film will include a Range Rover Sport SVR, the fastest and most powerful (550 hp) Land Rover ever, and a Defender Big …

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THE LAST DEFENDER

There isn’t much the Defender can’t handle. After all, the bare-bones utility four-wheel drive has survived dozens of combat roles, the Camel Trophy, and slightly less arduous roles played as a workhorse at home on the farm. Simply put, the only thing the Defender can’t tackle is the European Legislation that spells the end of the iconic model …

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THE INTERVIEW: DARYL BEATTIE

For this former 500cc MotoGP champ, life starts above the Tropic of Capricorn. Now the proud owner of a Mercedes Unimog, Daryl’s a Cape York tragic who has started his own business to help others explore Australia’s great unsealed landscapes. Check out Pat Callinan’s interview with Daryl to find out more about a motorbike man who is just …

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COULD THIS BE THE NEW HILUX?

Could this be the first glimpse of the new Toyota HiLux which we Australians desperately require to phase out the dated current model? Images have surfaced of a sly unveiling of what we believe to be the latest HiLux which we will hopefully see on these shores in 2016 While it’s too early to know 100%, initial thoughts …

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JUST HOW BIG IS THE RV INDUSTRY IN AUSTRALIA

It’s little wonder that Australia won the right to host the 2015 World RV Conference, which will see members of the recreational vehicle industry flocking to Melbourne in February. The Caravan Industry Association of Australia says this nation’s love affair with caravanning and camping continues to grow. Try more than 60 million “visitor nights” a year! The association …

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IS YOUR BULLBAR GOING TO BE BANNED?

Is your bullbar going to be banned? The new laws surrounding bullbar design, and what they mean for you. The bullbar is under threat in Australia. Once upon a time, it was a 4X4 accessory firmly in the domain of the backyard fabricator, and largely free of restriction. A compilation of tube, sheet, box section, and weld, installation …

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WILL THE FORD EVEREST BE THE NEW SUV TO BEAT?

Following up on the success of the current Ranger, Ford Australia has excitedly announced that this lucky country will be receiving an off-road oriented four-door wagon. Known as the Everest, the soon to launch mid-sized SUV from Ford will share the same proven chassis and driveline as the ever-popular Australian-designed Ford Ranger. Thanks to the success of the …

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GEAR NEWS

ARB Intensity AR21 If you’ve been after a set of ARB’s Intensity lights for quite a while, but you’ve found them to be too expensive, or possibly too big, you’re in luck. The New Intensity AR21 isn’t just smaller, but it’s cheaper, and it maintains the same build quality you’ve come to expect. It measures in at 184mm …

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MITSUBISHI UNVEILS THE ALL-NEW TRITON DUAL CAB UTE

The Mitsubishi Triton has always been a reasonable choice for reasonable people in the market for a reasonable dual-cab ute. They have a history of decent reliability, they’re easy to drive and they’re good value – all-in-all, a solid vehicle. Though there’s always been a problem with the way it looked, as the cab just never quite felt …

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SEMA 2014: LOOKING FOR A FEW GOLD NUGGETS IN A SEA OF BAD IDEAS

SEMA and Las Vegas both represent everything that is wrong with the automotive industry: a mad dash to the bottom of the pyramid of taste and common sense, a cacophony of the uneducated shouting “More and More and More! More bling, more fries with that, more crap we really don’t need!”And the masses are snapping it up ravenously. …

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SCOOP! THE ALL NEW BFGOODRICH ALL-TERRAIN KO2

When a tyre company launches a new product, it’s pretty standard for them to host an official launch. Usually, this is nothing more than a highly-controlled carnival ride, where the tyre shows some of its strengths, and you never really have an opportunity to expose its weaknesses. BFGoodrich, on the other hand, dismissed the usual dog-and-pony show for …

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IS THIS THE BEST ‘BANG FOR YOUR BUCK’ DUAL-CAB IN AUSTRALIA

We don’t think that there is a more competitive or important market in the Australian automotive scene than the utility market. It has a distinct Australian heritage and flavour, and is a driving force behind the 4X4 and outdoor lifestyle scene. With competition comes innovation; new models spruik ever increasing levels of comfort, refinement and design. It’s a …

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RIP OFF OR NOT? THE L.E.D WAR THAT ROCKED THE WORLD

Ever since I can remember, Lightforce has been the innovator and the gold-standard of 4X4 auxiliary lighting. They’ve always been some of the best-looking, brightest, and most-durable on the market. If you wanted a fair-dinkum set of spotties – you could never go wrong with a set from Lightforce. Plus they had always been Aussie-made, wearing the mark …

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OUTBACK CHALLENGE 2014

The 2014 Outback Challenge is poised once again to attract some of the world’s best drivers and off-road machines, pitting them against the roughest, most gruelling terrain that Australia has to offer.

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AND THE GOLD LOGIE FOR 4X4 CELEBRITY GOES TO…SCOTT CAM!

It’s not hard to tell why Scott Cam, host of Channel Nine’s hit show The Block, is labelled the ultimate Aussie bloke. He likes a laugh, he’s funny, he’s laid back, he can build stuff and he loves 4X4s – particularly the traditional tradie’s Toyota LandCruiser cab-chassis ute.

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AFS: ACRONYM FATIGUE SYNDROME

This debilitating illness often strikes someone looking to buy a 4X4. Acronyms have reached plague proportions in the 4X4 world as manufacturers compete to deliver similar technologies and systems, all with slightly different names. 

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CIVILISATION CREEPS UP THE CAPE

First seen by Europeans as far back as the 1600s, it remains one of white man’s last frontiers. It’s been a place of big adventure, big mines and big cattle properties. But times are changing as civilisation – and the bitumen – heads further north. Today the track to the Tip remains a robust outing for four-wheel drivers …

ARB ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION FLAGSHIP CANOPY

ARB Corporation Ltd, a world leader in aftermarket 4×4 accessories, is pleased to announce the latest addition to their comprehensive canopy line up. The ARB Ascent canopy is establishing an entirely new segment within the growing canopy market, by providing dual cab utility owners with a fully featured, ultra-premium option.

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GEAR NEWS: ISSUE 002

BlackWolf Turbo Air Tent  Black Wolf claim that the ‘air pole’ technology of their new range of tents saves on weight, time and sanity when it comes to setting up and packing up a decent sized tent. Setup is done by using an air pump to force air  into the poles, which in turn gives the tent its structure …

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GEAR GURU

All the cool and quirky stuff that you want to know about by Unsealed 4X4 gear editor Sam Purcell. Rok Espresso Once you start drinking good coffee, it’s really hard to take a step back. Starting my normal day with a double espresso, I quickly come to miss that ritual when I leave the comforts of home. Sure, …

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ROOTHY – THE BEARDED CRUSADER

From 4X4 journalism to politics and lobbying, the passionate John Rooth loves getting into low gear for extra grunt Who is John Rooth? One time engineering student, high school history teacher, miner, bush mechanic, harvester driver and most of all traveller. Lousy on the mouth organ. First job in journalism was testing motorcycles. Tell us about Unlock Australia. …

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THE NEW NISSAN NAVARA

Check it out! Nissan has revealed what the next version of its flagship ute looks like. The NP300 Navara is the 12th generation of this famous Nissan and will go on sale in Australia in early 2015. While Nissan has released plenty of photos and videos and motherhood statements about the new vehicle, there are no details yet …