10 years ago as a young 4X4 enthusiast I remember the enjoyment of flicking through the latest 4×4 magazine or catching the latest DVD or video. Absorbing every word and sound with a ton of enthusiasm but perhaps as much naivety too.
What I’ve realised is that these publications I held so dear have become nothing more than expensive advertorials. Where cash doesn’t only buy false praise it also ensures true experiences and opinions fall silent in fear of commercial consequences.
… and the off-road community suffers because of it.
I found that the only way to get a real opinion or personal experience with a true off-road enthusiast,, those that do it for fun and not money was to hang out in some of the great forums that have sprung up. But online forums are not for everyone.
So I’ve created 4X4 Fever.
I want this to be place where real off-roaders share their experiences, their opinions, their passion for the better of the community not a bank balance. Where we are honest with ourselves and those around us and proud of what we can give back to something we love so much ourselves.
Who’s behind the site?
Professionally you can find me here shaynetilley.com, I live in the Yarra Valley in Victoria Australia and love getting off-road when I can. I own a snowy 105 series cruiser that I like to beat up, and a 200 series VX landcruiser that I’m a little more cautious with. I’ve owned Jeeps, Patrols, Hilux’s and an old 60 series I loved to death. I learned to drive a manual in an old landcruiser and have hit just about every corner of Australia as a driver or passenger.
I have zero commercial interest in the off-road industry other than this site.
As this stage I write most of the articles — but I’d love you help with that!
I hope you enjoy 4X4 Fever and happy adventures.