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Articles by Marcus Craft

Marcus Craft

Marcus Craft

Editor - Adventure

Raised by dingoes and, later, nuns, Marcus (aka ‘Crafty’) had his first taste of adventure as a cheeky toddler on family 4WD trips to secret fishing spots near Bundaberg, Queensland. He has since worked as a journalist for more than 20 years in Australia, London and Cape Town and has been an automotive journalist for 18 years.

This bloke has driven and camped throughout much of Australia – for work and play – and has written yarns for pretty much every mag you can think of.

The former editor of 4X4 Australia magazine, Marcus is one of the country’s most respected vehicle reviewers and off-road adventure travel writers.

The Toyota LandCruiser and Nissan Patrol have been long-time rivals in the...Read more
The Holden Colorado Z71 is a lifestyle-accessorised version of the Colorado. It has stickers, a sailplane sports bar and a stack of other Z71-specific gear … but underneath it’s still a Colorado. And there’s nothing wrong with that – the Colorado itself is a quiet achiever in the ute market: it has...Read more
There's a lot of hype about the Gladiator, Jeep's first ute in a long time, and there's a lot riding on its anticipated success. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia is hoping the Gladiator can take on Australia's segment leaders, such as the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger, or at least rise to...Read more

Trent Allison is a locksmith and runs Above All Locksmiths, a mobile...Read more

Australian aftermarket company Ironman 4x4 has expanded its range of...Read more

Gavin Bostick is a well-known and -respected Stanwell Park-based...Read more

The LDV T60 was rather a pleasant surprise at its Australian launch in 2017. It was a Chinese-built dual-cab ute that actually looked pretty good, seemed well-built, drove nicely, was adequately capable off-road and it was sharply priced and well-equipped. Now, a few years down the track, the big...Read more

Builder Jack Middleton works alongside Mark Purkiss as part of Purkiss...Read more

The Nissan Patrol has long been considered a real adventure machine, a large 4WD wagon with a rock-solid rep, and the capability to tackle tough terrain. It had been in a long-time tussle with the Toyota LandCruiser for large SUV supremacy in Australia’s – but that all changed when the Nissan...Read more
When I first reviewed the Toyota Fortuner – way back in 2016 when it was launched here – I thought it was pretty good: a solid, if unspectacular, seven-seat 4WD. For a ute-based wagon it wasn’t a game-changer, but it was a decent effort. Toyota’s given the Fortuner a few upgrades since it's launch...Read more

Jeep's Gladiator, the brand's much-anticipated dual-cab pick-up truck (...Read more

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Australia is betting big on its...Read more

Fancy owning an electric Jeep? You mightn’t have to wait too long if...Read more

Gold Coast-based company, MSA 4X4 Accessories, has been awarded a...Read more

We – off-roading tourers, campers, bushwalkers and basically anyone who...Read more

Much has been penned about the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon’s effectiveness off-road – and we’ve been responsible for a fair chunk of that, having done plenty of hard-core four-wheel driving in it – but we haven’t towed with it … until now. So, how did it do? To find out, read on.Read more

Two stretched versions of the Amarok will spearhead the initial line-up...Read more

Off-roading, four-wheel driving, 4WDing – whatever you want to call it...Read more

Choosing your camping accommodation can be daunting. There’s a huge...Read more