4 x 4 Australia



Dean Mellor took over as the editor of 4X4 Australia as Michael Taylor moved to Motor magazine (some would say that was a wayward step) and Deano was pretty happy to take over the off-road chair.

A Patrol and a Cruiser on the front cover indicated that this battle between two great turbo-diesel rigs was going to be the big comparo for this issue of the mag. The Cruiser won … as it nearly always does.

Alan Whiting had the pleasure of meeting and interviewi­ng the man behind the Leatherman brand of multitools, Tim

Leatherman, while Philip Lord did a survey on six of the best multitools on the Aussie market. It was a close call on which was best, but Phil gave it to the Gerber. Looking back, we reckon it should have gone to the Leatherman Wave – a winner still, everywhere!

An article by Stuart Grant covered the 2002 Outback Challenge, an incredible event held in the dust, sand and mud in and around Broken Hill. Alan Mcmullen in his well-set-up Jeep Wrangler and with Stuart Blegg as the ‘winch whalla’ won the event after seven days of intense rugged competitio­n.

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