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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.

Dual-cab utes are the greatest thing since slice bread – just ask any one of the shed-ton of Aussie buyers who have bought – and keep buying – these enormously popular vehicles. The upper- to top-spec variants are high on everyone’s wish-list – and even the limited and special edition examples have...Read more

Jeep officials are remaining tight-lipped over the prospect of its '...Read more

While the latest Land Rover Defender may have disappointed some die-...Read more

Jeep officials have told journalists during the local launch of the...Read more

Jeep officials have confirmed that Australia will get an entry-level...Read more

A new Jeep stirs up a lot of interest and emotion, good and bad, in those who appreciate a solid off-roader. And a new Jeep ute? Well, that was always bound to kick up a real whirlwind of interest and emotion … good and bad. And so it is that there’s plenty of excitement and hype surrounding the...Read more
The Prado has a solid reputation as an off-road tourer, especially in terms of capability and functionality, and now Toyota has added a premium variant to its popular range of mid-sized 4WD wagons with a special edition Kakadu Horizon. This top-shelf Prado sports a variety of exterior styling...Read more

Colin Aldred's Helensburgh-based company, Aldred Engineering, tackles a...Read more

Josh Fleming is a carpenter, and works with Purkiss Construction in...Read more

As restrictions ease and borders open, and we all emerge from Covid-19...Read more

The Ford Everest has set a rather high standard for what a ute-based SUV should look, feel and drive like – but its bobbing position on the large SUV sales charts reflects general buyer perception of it as less of a true value-for-money proposition than some of its cheaper rivals. The mid-spec...Read more

Australian company Trakka has unveiled its latest range of van-based...Read more

Coupe-style small SUVs have plenty of fans because these vehicles are aimed at striking a balance between sporty good looks and real-world functionality. Whether they actually achieve that goal is usually a matter of personal opinion. Audi’s Q3 Sportback line-up includes an upper-spec 40 TFSI S...Read more
Those who can afford to own a large premium SUV are well accustomed to travelling in style and supreme comfort. It’s a select mob of folks who demand the absolute best – or at the very least an elegant approximation of the absolute best. The Lexus LX570 , the brand’s flagship SUV, is a fine example...Read more
At face value, luxury SUVs might seem like they have quite limited appeal and even more limited capabilities when it comes to actually doing anything other than driving on smooth city streets – but the reality is much more complicated than that. Vehicles like BMW’s X5 look city-slick, suit urban...Read more
The Holden Colorado is a quiet achiever in the ute market: it has a solid rep as a work-and-play vehicle, generally records positive results in objective editorial reviews and comparisons, and it sells well. But how does a Z71 do as a tow vehicle? Read on.Read more
The Ford Ranger and Toyota HiLux have been in a topsy-turvy two-way battle for top-selling ute supremacy in Australia for some time. The Ranger is one of the few utes on the market that has consistently threatened – and at times broken – Toyota’s hold on the segment. However, when people think of...Read more
The Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R dual-cab is a new Triton variant, which fits above the GLX+ and below the GLS in the ute’s nine-strong dual-cab line-up. The GLX-R gets alloy wheels, fog lamps, a silver grille, chrome bumper edging, and chrome door mirrors and handles. In the past we’ve liked the Triton...Read more

Mark Purkiss, founder of Purkiss Construction, is a builder with more...Read more

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