Everything you need to know about Practical Motoring 4X4 and the team behind it…

Practical Motoring is an automotive editorial platform providing no-nonsense, real-world car reviews, news and automotive advice Australian car buyers can trust. And now we’ve launched Practical Motoring 4×4, which is a dedicated hub for four-wheel drive buyers, owners and enthusiasts.

The 4×4 and SUV markets in Australia are booming with the sale of 4x4s and SUVs likely to overtake passenger cars sometime this year or next (2018). But, we felt there was a lack of editorial content aimed at those who actually want to use their 4×4 or SUV off-road, and that’s why we’ve launched Practical Motoring 4×4.

We promise to:

  • bring you no-nonsense, real-world 4×4 and SUV reviews that actually evaluate offroad capability;
  • deliver in-depth but plain-speaking technical articles;
  • explain driving techniques to help make you a better driver on and off-road;
  • cover the latest products aimed at off-road enthusiasts;
  • cover the latest industry, 4×4 and SUV news; and
  • write the sort of opinion pieces that will get you talking.

Because you, the reader, are at the heart of everything we do, we want you to get involved and help to make Practical Motoring 4X4 a success. And you can do that by:

We’re independent and fiercely so. But, from time to time, we will work with partners who pay us to create content, but whenever we do that we’ll identify paid-for content as ‘sponsored’.

Meet the Team

Editor – Robert Pepper – Email: robertp@practicalmotoring.com.au

Robert Pepper is a freelance journalist, driver and photographer interested in anything with wings, sails or wheels.  Having previously been an aviation nut flying aerobatics and instructing in gliders he’s now concentrating on ground-based fun, so owns a modified Ford Ranger PX which he uses for offroad touring with his family, and a Toyota 86 which exists purely to drive in circles on racetracks.

Robert is a senior instructor with 4WD Victoria and also instructs on sportscar track days.  He has developed and taught numerous training courses from basic to advanced 4WD levels, as well as courses on offroad towing and car control/vehicle dynamics, and is presently mentoring other instructors through the assessment process.   Robert has organised or helped organise several major offroad events, and has competed in the likes of the Outback Challenge and Cruiserkhana (2013 winner). Robert is also a regular trip leader for various 4WD clubs.

On the journalism front Robert has written in excess of seven hundred articles for twenty publications across five countries covering everything from product tests to technical explanations to travel and has edited a 4WD magazine.  Robert is also the author of four books on offroad driving, navigation and treks close to Melbourne, all of which feature his own photography, and he is a regular speaker at 4×4/camping shows and at club meetings.

Robert’s Ranger

Contributor – Max Fedcesen

Max is a Qualified Automotive Technician with 21 year’s experience at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia.  Starting his Apprenticeship in the Engine Plant Quality Control Department rebuilding, and testing Toyota Motors, he moved onto the Company Fleet Garage where his knowledge and experience grew with maintenance and repairs on fleet vehicles. Max’s passion for 4x4s exploded when his workmate took him up some un-walkable tracks in his 1992 Hilux, back when he was 20 years old… since then, that passion has grown and grown and he now owns and operates Hillside Offroad.

Max’s Hilux

Contributor – Steve Cassano

Steve is an active off-road tour leader and, since 2010, has been an accredited 4×4 trainer where he teaches all levels of recreational 4×4 enthusiasts and those in the resource sectors like mining, gas and other trades. Steve has been a reader member on 4×4 of the year awards and has been a prolific freelance contributor to a number of offroad oriented magazines. Steve believes in the principle that the difference between a safe, successful and exciting adventure is often determined by the right information, quality gear and good preparation.

Contributor – Simon Mustey

Simon Mustey is one of those guys who has been around cars his whole life but is still figuring out why independent suspension needs to exist. As handy with a spanner as he is with words, Simon drives what he refers to as the “mighty” 1HZ powered 80 Series which might not be fast but it does go places thanks to 35″ tyres and the beloved “big blue buttons” that activate front and rear ARB airlocks. But, even though he pretends otherwise, he really does know a lot about modern vehicles through his work as a 4WD instructor. You’ll also see his Mighty 80 lurking in the background as we put press vehicles through their paces off-road, because just quietly it’s not a bad rig to have around when you need something recovered.


Contributor – Jane Speechley

Jane Speechley is an experienced freelance writer whose natural curiosity means she knows enough about cars to hold a decent conversation. While happily admitting her Toyota 86 makes promises her street driving can’t quite keep, she’s relishing dipping her toe in to the world of 4×4, with the  opportunity to learn and share some valuable new skills that can help make us all better, safer drivers. She’s on a mission to find ways to get more out of your car, and more fun out of your driving life. www.charismaticcommunications.com.au

Managing Editor – Practical Motoring – Isaac Bober – isaacb@practicalmotoring.com.au

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. It didn’t help matters that his father was a British car tragic with a penchant for old Rover 3500s, Jaguar XJ-Ss, and Range Rovers (Bober even helped the old man pull apart a Carmichael Range Rover 6×6). This meant plenty of time spent parked up by the side of the road chasing down electrical gremlins (thank you Mr Lucas)…as a road tester, Bober has been a judge on both TopGear Australia Car of the Year and Overlander 4WD SUV and 4WD of the Year, driven a shed-built replica of the Batman Tumbler, hyper-miled a MINI Cooper D across the country, crashed a Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series, contributed to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian and CARSguide, and much more besides.

Bober founded Practical Motoring in 2013.