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ABOUT US

ON THE DIRT was created as a YouTube channel back in the first year that YouTube came into being, 2007. In those days, it was the personal YouTube account of John McCredie with a few little videos of some 4WD trips he had done with family and friends. John had always had a passion for gravel rallying and even won the Australian Rally Championship for pocket rockets in the front wheel drive 0-1300cc category. From there, this passion extended to four-wheel-driving and in 2009 John and his two sons Nathan and Jacob filmed their first 4WD Winch Comp. 

The YouTube Channel soon started to grow in both popularity and size (number of videos) and was changed from the name OHM26 to ON THE DIRT. With more videos being produced and more 4wd and rally content being uploaded, the channel now has over 14,000 subscribers and almost 5 million views.

Ultimate Rock Sports

Ultimate Rock Sports = Ultimate Action! Some amazing 4x4 Buggies take on some gruelling terrain in the heart of NSW, Australia. Just south of Mudgee in the Central West of New South Wales, The Ultimate Rock Sports Two Car Challenge took place. Designed for highly modified four-wheel drives and buggies, this event puts drivers and machines to the test over some amazingly tough terrain. Chris Tierney is part of the organizing team and we caught up [...]

Barrington Tops

Spectacular scenery, great four-wheel-drive opportunities, camping options to suit everyone and the ideal getaway close to Sydney - This is the Barrington Tops National Park! Barrington Tops is located about three to four hours north of Sydney in NSW, Australia.  The area is rich in natural beauty and boasts some of the most extensive areas of sub-tropical rainforests in the World.   There is both a National Park and extensive State Forests within the Barrington Tops [...]

FJ55 Land Cruiser – The Ugly One

Loved and Hated. The FJ55 Land Cruiser was a 4WD that divided 4WD enthusiasts. It looks and styling was loved by some, hated by others! Toyota's 4WD production started way back in 1941 when the Japanese Army took a Jeep, that they had acquired during the occupation of the Philippines, and sent it back home and ordered Toyota to make something similar. Then in the 1950's, the US Army commissioned Toyota to make 100 vehicles similar [...]

4WD Trip to Mt Walker

This 4WD trip has both easy and hard sections and will provide enough challenges for both the novice and experienced off-roader! Back in 2010 we ventured out with the team from ARB Penrith on another one of their customer drive days and at the top of this post you can watch the full video. ARB Penrith run a few of these events each year and it's a great opportunity for their customers to go out [...]

Roads of the Victorian High Country

The Victorian High Country has plenty to offer the adventurous types. Spectacular views, fantastic camping opportunities and for the 4WD enthusiast, some of the best and in many cases challenging roads in Australia.  In the video below, we're going to show you some of the roads we used on a recent trip up into the Alps, and to start off the journey, we need to cross the mighty Murray River from NSW into Victoria. The [...]

Reeves to return to Yarra Valley Stages

Leading Victorian rally driver Brendan Reeves will return to the gravel later this month at the Yarra Valley Stages Rally. After a successful run at last year’s Western Victoria Crane Truck Yarra Valley Stages rally, Leading Victorian rally driver Brendan Reeves will return to the event later this month. With co-driver Ben Searcy sitting in the co-drivers seat, the pair are likely to be at the pointy end of the field in a MK2 Ford Escort. [...]

FJ40 Modified Landcruiser Winch Truck

One of the most popular choices of Winch Truck, with both competitors and spectators is the Toyota FJ40. It's tough, it's extreme and it turns heads wherever it goes! Rod and Russell Rathbone have been stalwarts of the Xtreme Winch Challenge series and have shown their consistency and skill over the years in their Wyong Automatics Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser Comp Truck.  At Round 1 of the 2016 COMEUP Xtreme Winch Challenge Series, Rod and Russell [...]

WATCH: 2018 Holden Colorado Z71 Test Drive

Looking at the 2nd hand 4WD market for a good off-roader? This should be added to your test drive list. The Holden Colorado has become a popular choice for 4WD’ers and a car we’re seeing much more of out in the bush. Recently we had the opportunity to take a couple of 2018 Z71 models off road for a bit of a drive, and whilst it wasn’t extreme, it certainly gave them a good test. [...]

2017 COMEUP Xtreme Winch Challenge Round 3 Review

It's Exciting, It's sometimes pretty full on, occassionaly carzy stuff happens... This is the COMEUP Xtreme Winch Challenge Round 3 2017! Round 3 of the Comeup Xtreme Winch Challenge got under way on Friday the 3rd of November 2017 just south of the NSW town of Tamworth, in the small country village of Wallabadah. The first stage was a sprint run around the property and gave competitors and their trucks the opportunity to stretch their [...]

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