Monthly Archives: April 2011


Burnside Telecom has teamed up with GAI-Tronics to release a range of rugged GSM-enabled telephones for use outdoors. The phones utilise wireless technology, making them ideal for temporary use at off-road events in the back of beyond.

The ‘phones are also ideal for use in workshop environments, because their hardy construction ensures they are capable of standing up to tough use. And, because the ‘phones don’t need to be wired into a landline, they can be installed quickly and with a minimum of fuss. www.burnsidetelecom.com


With Volkswagen’s Amorak about to arrive in UK showrooms, Fox Exhausts has developed a bespoke exhaust system for the all-new pick-up.

The aftermarket exhaust system is available with side- or rear-exiting pipework, and Fox claims it will improve power output by 8bhp. It will also deliver an extra 13lb ft of torque.


Spruce up your Range Rover Sport with Brown and Gleeson’s stainless steel grille kits. The aftermarket styling specialist offers two grille kits – one with a fully-woven mesh design, and the other with a billet surround and mesh centre.

The kits are easily installed and are hand-polished to give a bright mirror finish. Prices are £153.18 for the mesh component and £194.03 for the billet surround. www.b-gdirect.com


Extreme 4×4 now stocks the Champion 9500SD winch – a narrow drum version of the bestselling 9500EWX. The winch is perfect for 4×4 owners who have limited mounting space on their truck as it is just 437mm wide.

The five horsepower motor delivers 9500lb of pulling power and the winch features heavy-duty waterproof contactors as well as steel planetary gearing.

The 9500SD retails for £336 including VAT. For optional synthetic rope, an alloy fairlead and a competition hook – such as those fitted to the winch in the picture – add another £119.98.

May 2011 Issue of 4×4 Magazine

MayBlogThe clocks have gone forward and those long bright evenings are just around the corner. It also signals the beginning of the off-road events season and time to start organising those trips away in your 4×4.

To help you think about what you can do, this month we have an expedition round-up (p40) in which we bring all the latest and best ideas from the companies that run overland travel adventures in the UK and abroad. There are plenty of exotic overseas trips available – especially for 2012, but there are still lots of free places for this year – and there are numerous UK adventures for you to join. Check out the feature and our events calendars as there’s definitely something there that will appeal, whatever your level of off-roading skill or desire for adventure.

I have just come back from an excellent UK greenlane day with a great bunch of guys on the North York Moors. You will read about this in the June issue, but it just goes to prove that there are still plenty of good trails available for sensible, environmentally-conscious 4×4 owners who want some non-damaging fun that is perfectly legal. We met a few walkers en route, who were extremely pleasant and friendly and waved happily to us as we trundled on our way.

MayNewsGlobalAfter years of one-marque Land Rover Shows the Overland & 4×4 Travel Show, held at the Warwickshre Exhibition Centre in February, was a very refreshing change, encompassing all makes of vehicle, writes Simon Ward-Hastelow.

All the big players were in attendance offering advice, products and services. Supporting the fact that overland trailers are a growing section of this market there were quite a few on display. Adventure Trailers, My Way and Intrepid Campers all had their units on display. Mud-UK, European Agents for AT, had a fully-kitted unit, complete with roof tent, as well as a bare chassis to illustrate how it has made the US brand legal for EU roads.

MayNewsPeakWhen the Peak District National Park Authority asked for volunteers to help with its Black Harry Trails Project, a motorised user group stepped forward first.

The Black Harry Trails Project is intended to ‘improve and create routes for horse-riding and mountain-biking and increase recreational opportunities for the less able, elderly and those with young families’, but the volunteers came from the 4×4 driving and motorcycling clubs of the Peak and Derbyshire Vehicle Users Group.

MayNewsCaravanHailed as ‘the most innovative caravan of recent years’ by the Caravan Club Magazine, the new Inos caravan, designed by the Fifth Wheel Company, is Europe’s first ever caravan with a slide-out – providing three metres square of extra space at the push of a button, and it is designed to be towed by larger 4x4s.

Operations Director Adrian Parry-Jones at Fifth Wheel Company, best known for its innovative fifth wheel tourers, said: “Customers always ask us why we can’t build a caravan with the same build quality as our fifth wheel tourers, plus there’s been a huge demand from customers in the UK for a caravan that features a slide-out.

MayNewsRodeoIsuzu has reported a fantastic start to the year, with sales of its Rodeo pick-up truck up by 111 per cent to the end of February, compared with the same time last year.

Isuzu’s sales momentum has continued into 2011 from last year, when the company reported an increase in sales of 104 per cent over 2009. The latest figures give Isuzu an equal market share with one of its key competitors for the first time, as the company continues to outperform the segment popularity of pick-ups.


The ‘Blood Bikes’ movement, a group of volunteers which transports blood and other vital medical fluids at evenings and weekends for the NHS, has bought a Volkswagen Tiguan to enable it to access all areas and deliver in all weather conditions.

The vehicle was bought from Volkswagen UK and supplied via Heritage Automotive which has fitted emergency lights, distinctive livery and will be servicing the vehicle.