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Drama On The High Dunes

When a big brand drops a particularly outlandish offering on the public, we’re always treated to a bombastic release in the blogosphere. Mercedes-Benz, however, has taken presentation-drama to a whole new level with the psych-up video they’be just dropped, featuring the new G63 AMG 6X6, which I actually caught on the YouTube channel of Russian…

Sighting: Stateside Tdi Defender 90

I could hardly contain my elation upon seeing this parked just a hundred meters down the street from me on my way to work on this particularly frigid morning.  That goofy trademark “polo stripe” down the hull indicates this is an older 90″, possibly even pre 1990.  “Tdi” badging and minisnorkel on the bonnet denote a…

Mercedes Geländewagen: A New Mania?

Merc’s internationally-prevalent off roader known as the G-Class, G-Wagen, or “Geländewagen” to traditionalists has carried pretty much the same look since it’s design was suggested to Mercedes by the Shah of Iran in 1979. Oh yes, I had to cross-check that Wikipedia entry with the boys over at TopGear.com… but I have verified that is…

Scrambler Spotted

The Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8) was one of the coolest machines to have ever rolled out of Chrysler’s creation station.  Sadly, hardly anyone agreed with that in the Jeep’s own time and a paltry 27,792 were built during the rig’s 1981 to 1986 production run. After that it was replaced by the equally unpopular and dreadfully…

Sierra Hot Springs

The Sierra region of California and Nevada  is chock full of natural hot springs, ranging in size from two-person motel tubs to full-on mini pools. Some have even been cultivated by industrious humans with poured concrete benches, recirculation valves and stepping platforms. Having been given the opportunity to use an N50 Xterra the other night,…

Black Mountain Road

Black Mountain Road (BMR) is a great track about twenty clicks north of Cairns, QLD that I had the chance to explore on my last trip to Cape York.  Running about forty kilometers between Kuranda and Julatten, it’s a chance to get off the pavement early if you’re heading up north… worth checking out especially…

Baton Pass: Game Time

The second half of the Darwin to Longreach expedition was to have a decidedly… different tone. We would be picking up the ‘significant others’ of our riders, who would be crossing the Simpson with us in the truck. That means no more potty mouth, sexist jokes or peeing in the middle of the road. Now,…

Gregory River National Park

Gregory River National Park, Northern Territory.  Check out the photo album here. The track through is described as “easy with some rough sections” by the guide… but I pity the fool who braves it in an X-Trail or Forrester. Sure, some of the ride was fairly flat.  But sharp rock gardens, a few slippery water…