4 x 4 Australia - - Contents - MATT RAUDONIKIS

PEO­PLE say I’ve got the best job in the world, and in many ways it is. I’ve said plenty of times the best thing about this job isn’t the cool new cars we get to drive or the amaz­ing places we get to drive them. No, it’s the peo­ple we meet along the way: the char­ac­ters I’ve come across in my trav­els and the hard-work­ing ge­niuses who make our af­ter­mar­ket in­dus­try so bloody great and ex­cit­ing.

Sadly, we lost one of those great folks re­cently. Ian Glover was a mate and men­tor and some­one who I have learnt a lot from over the years. Ian lost his bat­tle with can­cer in July, and judg­ing from the amount of trib­utes that have flowed in I won’t be the only one to miss him. Ian was the sec­ond ed­i­tor of

Over­lan­der 4WD mag­a­zine back in the early 1980s and went on to be the ed­i­tor of Four Wheeler

Mag­a­zine. Through­out his ca­reer he also spent time work­ing in pub­lic re­la­tions for both Land Rover and Mit­subishi here in Aus­tralia.

I first met Ian when I was work­ing at Fed­eral Pub­lish­ing and the then ed­i­tor of Over­lan­der, Fraser Stronach, sent me on the launch of the TDI De­fender in Far North Queensland. This was dur­ing Ian’s time at LRA. I was young and didn’t know many peo­ple in the in­dus­try, so when all the journos paired up with each other from the drive pro­gram I was the odd one out and ended up in a car with Ian. I learnt a lot over those few days: 4x4 driv­ing tech­niques as we trav­elled up the Bloom­field Track, bush skills, and a bit on how the 4x4 in­dus­try works.

In later years when Ian was at Mit­subishi and I was ed­i­tor of

Over­lan­der 4WD, we had a then new NP Pa­jero on test and were plan­ning a long dis­tance trip with it. Ian pro­posed we search for David Carnegie’s Pa­tience Well in the Gib­son Desert and he would join us, and that trip re­mains one of the most mem­o­rable I have done. We’ve re­mained mates ever since and I’ve of­ten called on Ian for ad­vice, as there wasn’t much about 4x4s or the Aus­tralian deserts he didn’t know.

Ian was on my mind as I was driv­ing though the Simp­son Desert last week, ref­er­enc­ing his books on the deserts for in­for­ma­tion. It was al­most as if he were still rid­ing shot­gun, just like that De­fender launch back in the day.

Rest in peace, old mate. You’ll be sorely missed.

Left to right: John Den­man, Matt Raudonikis and Ge­off Becker (back) Ian in the Gib­son Desert, Glover (front) 2004. P h o t o b y J o h n D e n m a n

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