Blog - The Trip

31st January, 2017

It was about 2.00am when the first droplet of rain landed on my forehead, having squeezed its way through the insect proof mesh of my swag, which, only hours before, had perfectly framed the Milky Way as I drifted off to sleep. The clear skies under which we’d enjoyed many a soothing ale while recounting the day’s encounters had made Continue Reading

31st January, 2017

As I gripped the garden hose thin steering wheel of the 1976 Toyota FJ40, seemingly large enough in diameter to seat a family of four for Sunday dinner, I shifted my gaze to Dean, my copilot for the morning's session. My voice already hoarse from constantly shouting over the sound of what can only be described as a symphony of Continue Reading

31st January, 2017

If, like me, you’re a truck guy, then you’ve probably found yourself thinking, “Why don’t they make them like they used to?” In our minds, the simple, old-school construction of older pickups, SUVs, and 4x4s seems to endow them with a certain element of unstoppability in comparison to the complicated electronics and refined civility of the stuff made today. But are Continue Reading

31st January, 2017

After months of work and restoration, our Toyota Land Cruiser project finally has license plates. Now we're in the process of figuring out an appropriate adventure to take it on. The hunt for inspiration had me digging through some Land Cruiser history, which led me to a good example of how to go about offroad adventuring. ARB, maker of really cool 4x4 accessories, Continue Reading

31st January, 2017

What can you do as one of the world leaders in off road accessories and equipment to celebrate your 40th-anniversary birthday party?...Come with a unique plan, ask people all over the world to mention their favourite 4x4, and take the four highest scoring, purchase these vehicles and prepare them for a one of a lifetime desert trip. Once these vehicles were Continue Reading

31st January, 2017

For most people, a visit to Australia consists of a city or two plus a stretch of coastline. As I am not like most people, when I heard that ARB, the Australian 4x4 accessories manufacturer, was taking a group of journalists across the Simpson Desert, I did everything humanly possible to ensure that I was on that trip. I prefer the Continue Reading

31st January, 2017

When I looked out the plane's window, all I saw was the red dunes of the impressive Simpson Desert below. I was on a flight from Brisbane to Alice Springs, which is situated in an area they call the Red Centre of Australia. They could not have come up with a more apt name, as Alice Springs lies more or less Continue Reading

23rd September, 2016

It had been a wildly unpredictable adventure since the departure from Alice Springs nine days ago. To catch up on the story to date, read our blogs titled An unexpected beginning followed by Tales of a beautiful yet unforgiving desert. Where we last left off, it was Sunday night at 11:30pm and we had just arrived into Birdsville. With a 40 Series that had been Continue Reading

15th September, 2016

The Icons arrived safely at the starting town of Alice Springs, patiently awaiting their national and international drivers to arrive.  The Off Road Icons support team spent two days packing and preparing the vehicles; loading swags, filling water and fuel tanks and performing final safety checks. The Icons looked to be in good condition all round, though a final check revealed Continue Reading