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Dodge Ram to be sold In Aus.

  ATECO Automotive and the Walkinshaw Automotive Group have joined forces to convert Ram pick-up trucks to right-hand drive for the Australian markets, announcing the new venture – dubbed ‘American Special Vehicles’ – this week ahead of sales commencing later this year. The confirmation this week has Ateco Automotive as the joint-venture partner with Walkinshaw Automotive, with Ryan …

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INDUSTRY NEWS

UNSEALED 4X4 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW CRAIG LOWNDES  We talk to six-time Bathurst 1000 winner (and four wheel drive nut) Craig Lowndes on being a motorsports champion; and how driving a 4X4 across Australia helps him when he’s behind the wheel of his 635bhp Mount Panorama-conquering race car. Oh yeah, he also owns a classic four wheel drive, which just …

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OUTBACK CHALLENGE: IT’S TIME TO GET EXCITED!

If you have ever wondered what the toughest off-road competition in the world looks like… this is it! Imagine blasting through the desert, in a well modified vehicle in complete isolation. Now if that sentence doesn’t give you goosebumps, the video below sure will! Now if you want to be a part of the action, but aren’t particularly …

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ROAD AND TRACK REPORTS

CAMERON CORNER STORE: FENN MILLER “There has been a fair bit of rain in NSW by the looks of it, so we are still unsure if it will head this way. All major roads and tracks are open, but please take caution if the tracks start to get wet. These aren’t just four-wheel drive tracks but major roads …

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INDUSTRY NEWS

From the end of July, Burson Group will become the owner of 55 Opposite Lock four-wheel drive stores across Australia. This will add the backing of a huge company behind the off-road aftermarket accessory supplier, with the aim of promoting their products to a mainstream level. The reason for this decision comes as no surprise; the four-wheel drive …

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DENCO DIESEL APP

Now, this is an exciting new free app you can download from Google Play or App Store. What this new app (developed by Denco Diesel) allows you to do, is find your car, search for parts to fit your vehicle as well as download tech help with photo diagnostics and how to videos.   Not only that, but …

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The Editor’s column

  Get the full story in Unsealed 4X4, CLICK HERE I’ve been in this here Editor’s chair for a while here at Unsealed 4X4, and I’ve loved every minute of it. This mag is still Australia’s most read 4X4 publication and we’ve been proudly dedicated to delivering top quality, no bullsh*t articles since day one, and y’know what? …

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OUTBACK CHALENGE 2015

The toughest, most gruelling four-wheel drive in Australia is on again in 2015. The Outback Challenge attracts competitors from all around Australia and the world to the NSW deserts around Broken Hill. The big news though, is Unsealed 4X4 are proud to announce we have come onboard as a major sponsor for the 2015 Outback Challenge. Teams must …

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TRACK REPORTS

FOR THE FULL STORY CLICK HERE  CAMERON CORNER STORE: FENN MILLER “You beauty, all roads are opened now, including the New Strzelecki Track which had been closed due to flooding and in rubbish condition. Noccundra and Tibooburra had also been closed off due to over an inch of rain, but that has cleared now. In fact, all roads …

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HAS TUFF TRUCK CHANGED?

In the early days of the Tuff Truck Challenge it wasn’t exactly what you’d call family friendly. Think Mad Max meets the early days of Summernats and you’re on the right track. It was more of a “boys only weekend” affair, if you know what I’m saying… Much like Summernats though, the last few years has brought a big …

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RAM TRUCK DOWN UNDER

We live in a big country, and it seems as a nation we are obsessed with towing. So when you consider those two facts, it is strange that we don’t have a full-sized four-wheel drive utility offered from the factory. In fact, we haven’t seen one sold in Australia since the Brazilian made Ford F-series was removed from …

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BIG CHANGES WITH PAT CALLINAN’S 4X4 ADVENTURES

The Next Season of 4X4 Adventures will feature new vehicles, new tyres, new clothes, and more! Oh, and even more beautiful Australian scenery. With the winter filming season about to commence, Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures TV show has just secured a record three-year deal with Network TEN. On learning of Channel TEN’s interest to secure the next three …

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AUSTRALIAN TRACK REPORTS

CAMERON CORNER STORE: FENN MILLER “It was our birthday celebration last weekend which saw a decent crowd. The weather has been a bit overcast, and rain is promised but we would be lucky to see any here. Would have been nice as it has been dry, and the days are quite warm. The roads are good at the …

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INNOVATE, OR DIE

I’d venture to guess that the majority of ‘new’ four-wheel drive parts coming out onto the marketplace are a knock-off of some sort. Or at least, they’re not exactly what I would call innovative. It seems four-wheel drive manufacturers, for the most part, are just building copies of each other’s parts. Company ‘A’ will introduce something new, only …

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TRACK REPORTS

If you see or hear of any road or track closures due to weather or restricted vehicle access, get in touch with us so we can let the rest of the four-wheel drive community know. editor@unsealed4x4.com.au CAMERON CORNER STORE: FENN MILLER “It’s dry up here; we have had only 15mm of rain which was soaked up straight away. The …

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EXPLORE AUSTRALIA EXPO 29-31 MAY 2015 MELBOURNE SHOWGROUND

Australia’s premier touring, 4WD, adventure and fishing show is nearly here. The annual Explore Australia Expo is rolling into the Melbourne Showground on May 29-31 2015 to offer all seasoned travellers and adventurers a chance to get their outdoor show fix. The show has been designed to entertain and inspire folks to get out and start planning their …

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SNOOPY HAS A BIRTHDAY

Editor Matthew Scott recently had a birthday, and straight off the bat we’re not going to mention his age out of respect (okay he is 98 years old… and a damn good advocate for skin moisturiser). Anyway, as Matt was recovering from a well-deserved night out, we thought Snoopy his Troopy deserved a birthday too and borrowed the …

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Tyroola $50 Voucher

Are you in the market for a new set of tyres for your 4X4? Well, here is some amazing news. We will save you $50 off your next set of Bridgestone, Michelin, Continental, Pirelli, Goodyear, Dunlop, Kumho, Falken, Hankook or Toyo (and many other brands) tyres through Tyroola online tyre store. Best of all, you score a free …

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UNSEALED 4X4 DOES TUFF TRUCK

If you combine nearly eighty of the meanest, wildest and best-engineered four-wheel drives in the country, a purpose built off-road facility, and a bunch of eager off-road enthusiasts keen to party hard, what do you get? The answer quite simply is the Tough Dog Tuff Truck Challenge. Located at Milbrodale in the rather central NSW Hunter Valley, you …

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ROAD AND TRACK REPORT

 WESTERN AUSTRALIA Road closures are in place between the Pentecost River and El Questro Station to all vehicles over 15 tonne. Mount Barnett to Kalumburu turnoff is closed to all vehicles, while Imintji to Mt Barnett is open to high clearance four-wheel drives only. Derby to the Lennard River is open to all vehicles, as is El Questro …

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OFFROAD IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

This four-day photography workshop, lead by Michael Ellem of Offroad Images, is geared towards beginner to intermediate photographers with a passion for Australia’s Outback scenery.

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SCOOP: ARB Releases Alloy Bull Bar

Editor Matt Scott is the first to get a sneak peak at ARB’s newest range of bull bars. An Unsealed 4X4 industry first. Since ARB released their first bull bar about thirty years ago, they’ve been telling us that steel is the only viable option for the four-wheel driver. Well, guess what, ARB is now getting ready to …

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OPPOSITE LOCK FERNTREE GULLY GRAND OPENING

You’re not going to want to miss the grand opening of the new Opposite Lock franchise at Ferntree Gully! Date/Time: Saturday Februrary 28th starting at 9 am Location: 827 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully Besides some special grand opening reduced prices on a wide range of quality 4×4 accessories storewide, you can also look forward to door prizes, giveaways …

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JAPANESE-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

It’s no secret that Japanese vehicles are ridiculously popular in Australia. Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda, Subaru – it’s the bulk of what you see on the road today. When it comes to four-wheel drives, it also seems as if the lion’s share is wearing the badge of a Japanese brand. But thanks to some interesting taxes and …

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NEW WEBSITE: IRONMAN 4×4

Ironman 4×4 has an all new updated website that’s super easy to navigate, truly highlights their full line of quality products and showcases some of their impressive 4X4 vehicles.

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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 …