Outback Travel Australia Blog

Allan Whiting's thoughts on 4WD issues and other topics of interest....

The really, really dopey country
Allan Whiting - 14, Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Back in 2015 I ran a blog entitled 'Living in the Dopey Country'. I didn't think it could get more stupid than that, but i was wrong. In 2017 Australia is even more stupid than it was in 2015. +

VW emissions scandal widens
Allan Whiting - 05, Tuesday, January 05, 2016

In my September 2015 blog I suggested that Volkswagen may have been premature in saying 'sorry' for the fact that it had sold some half-million diesel-powered cars in the USA that didn’t comply with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws.  +

Living in the Dopey Country
Allan Whiting - 13, Monday, July 13, 2015

I've just returned to civilisation after a month touring in the Outback: long distances on dusty roads and tracks providing ample reflection time. +

What about Burke and Wills
Allan Whiting - 19, Sunday, October 19, 2014

We've just driven on the 'roads' around Innamincka, doing prototype tyre testing.  +

Australia - according to Douglas Adams
Allan Whiting - 21, Friday, March 21, 2014

This is how Douglas Adams, the authour of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, viewed Australia and Australians: +

Let's slow down the electronic race
Allan Whiting - 20, Thursday, February 20, 2014

We all have our favourite electronics-failure horror stories and here at Outback Travel Australia we've had our fair share of dramas, with our own vehicles and with road-test machinery. +

Buy Australian wherever possible
Allan Whiting - 18, Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In 2017, for the first time in its automotive history, Australia will not be able to produce a motor car. +

No more Australian-made vehicles
Allan Whiting - 11, Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's a sad day, but it was always going to happen. Globalisation dictates that production goes to the cheapest labour and infrastructure regions, and to those whose currency is virtually tied to the US dollar. Australia doesn't comply with any of these criteria.  +

Why no OTA 4WD of the Year
Allan Whiting - 18, Saturday, January 18, 2014

We've been asked why we don't nominate a vehicle or a number of vehicles for some type of 4WD of the Year Award. The same suggestion has been put with regard to a camper trailer award. +

Australia's inadequate learner driver training
Allan Whiting - 24, Sunday, November 24, 2013

How many airliners do you see pulled up at the boarding gate with L-plates or P-plates? Easy question, huh? How successful would a cut-price airline be; offering cheap flights operated by P-plate pilots?  +