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Featured Vehicle: Jeep Cherokee

Once a staple of the Jeep line-up, the Jeep Cherokee XJ is a dying breed. Nearly three million Cherokees have been sold, with model years ranging from 1984 to 2001. That's a staggering run for any automotive platform, rendering the XJ ubiquitous across North America. In its prime, it filled all of the roles: a workhorse, a toy, and even a status symbol.   Fast forward to today. A large number of Cherokees are still around, but that number has… read more »

An Aussie Overland: Troy Bignell Visits the FJ Summit

Everyone enjoys a good reason to get away from it all.  To get away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to travel the world or go on long trips, but there are excellent alternatives. There are of course plenty of possibilities from heading for a night under the stars by yourself, or attending a preplanned event such as the FJ Summit. I took the later of those options recently and drove… read more »

Adventure Concept: Mini Cooper Adventure

Since its initial release its modern form, the Mini Cooper seems to generate big ideas. Some come to fruition and roll into the market place. Others, like this concept project as envisioned by young apprentices and their mentors at BMW in Munich, are just creative exercises, examples of what could be done if they cared to do so. Starting with a Mini Cooper S Pacemen as the base platform, they set out to create a pint-sized adventure mobile with as… read more »

XVENTURE XV-2: Mid-term Review

If you read the first installment of this three part series, you already know that the XV-2 is loaded up with plenty of new features and conveniences to make your journey as enjoyable and plush as possible. What you don’t know however, is how it performs on the trail. We recently set out with trailer in tow to push this unit to its limits and find out if it earns its rating of “Severe-Duty”. Upon hooking this trailer up for… read more »

Pat Callinan: Revisiting one of Australia’s Overland Firsts

Pat Callinan is not a name that many of you US folks would have heard much about in your travels. His name in Australia however is synonymous with the 4WD industry.  Pat has been in the industry for many years but more recently he has started his own TV series and Magazine. Pat Callinan's 4x4 Adventures started in the form of a TV series in 2008, and in 2011 he started a magazine to go with it. His goal for both… read more »

The Lada Niva

The year was 1977. President Carter had just been inaugurated, Porsche released the venerable 928, The Clash dropped their first album, and James Bond played cat and mouse with the KGB in The Spy Who Loved Me. This was the height of the Cold War with the portent of nuclear doom hanging over the world like the Sword of Damocles. Soviets and Americans competed for dominance in everything from the build up of arms to space travel and Olympic sports.… read more »

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