Rick Péwé has been Jeeping for over 50 years. Born in Alaska, Rick was introduced to 4-wheeling from his geologist father. Rick graduated from ASU with a Geography degree, and opened a Jeep store in Arizona. Rick then joined Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine. As Editor of Jp Jeep magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Petersen’s for 15 years he led the Ultimate Adventure event and produced and starred in the videos. After being Content Director for the Four Wheeler group, Rick returned to Jp magazine and now leads the Jp Dirt N’ Drive series. Rick has 4-wheeled all around the globe, and is known for his Jeep knowledge and ability to fix any old vehicle. In 2012, he crossed 2500 miles of the Sahara desert in original WWII army jeeps. In 2010 Rick was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Editor-in-Chief, JP Magazine
Director, Off-road Group, Four Wheeler Network
Editor-in-Chief, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off Road
Inductee, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (pioneering journalism)
Chris has published thousands of images and articles in dozens of magazines on six continents, including titles such as Cigar Aficionado, National Geographic Adventure, and Explorer. Assignments have taken him across the Moroccan Sahara, jungles of Venezuela and Cambodia, and into Kenyan bush with anti-poaching patrols. He has reported on events ranging from the Dakar Rally to the Mexican 1000, and in 2013 he was lead cinematographer for the Expeditions 7 crossing of Antarctic. Commercial photography clients range from Jeep and Ram Truck to various non-profit organizations. He has served on the BOD for the Outdoor Writers Association, received the CA4WDA Presidents Award, honored as the OWAC Writer of the Year, and 2105 he was inducted into the Off Road Motorsports Hall of Fame as a pioneering journalist.
CEO, Adventure Architects LLC
Editor-in-Chief, Overland Journal
BOD: Outdoor Writers Association of California
Inductee, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (pioneering journalism)
Sue Mead’s career as an auto journalist began as a freelance evaluator for Four Wheeler Magazine in 1988, on the first team that included women. Today, she travels the globe test-driving cars and trucks; she has written for dozens of publications around the world, including Automobile, Cool Hunting, Parade, Popular Science, and Truck Trend. She has also been an auto editor at CNNfn and a guest on numerous radio shows. Her work has taken her through 70 countries; she was the first American female Driver of Record in the Dakar Rally (in 2011, she and her team took 1st Place in the Open Production Class). Mead is an inductee to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and has authored three automotive books: Off Road Racing, Legends and Adventures; Monster Trucks and Tractors; and Rock Crawling.
News Journalist: 15 years
Automotive Journalist-30 years
Student Pilot and Aviation Journalist-3 years
Michael Bowen has been a Jeep enthusiast for 40 years, owning many different models through this time. In 2003, he became the founding editor/publisher of Jeep Action Magazine, and a few years ago he transitioned to a roving editor to expand his adventures. These rolls have taken him to some great places and events including Jeep Jamborees in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. He has toured the Wrangler assembly plant in Toledo twice and Mopar head office, attended two Bantam Jeep events, Easter Jeep Safari, and SEMA. Recent trips have found Bowen off -roading in the southern U.S. and Honduras, Central America, and he has extensive knowledge of the Australian Outback.
Ben has earnt himself a reputation for being the go-to guy for anything Jeep in Australia. Ben comes across as everyone’s best mate because that’s who he is in person. The kind of smiling face who’s always genuinely interested in everyone he meets. He is a member of SEMA’s Global Media Award Judging committee (31 members) selecting top products from more than 2,700 each year covering the broad span of the aftermarket car parts industry, from performance-street to Off- Road/4WD and street-rod/custom car products.
Company Name: Jeep Action Magazine
Title: Editor In Chief
Mar 2018 – Present
Apr 2013 – Mar 2018
SEMA GLOBAL MEDIA AWARDS JUDGE
Company Name: Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)
Oct 2018 – Present
Born just 50 miles from one of the world’s largest sand seas, China’s Taklimakan Desert, Justin He learned about four-wheel drives and over-landing at a young age—he crossed it three times before graduating from high school. During his university years in Canada, he continuing this off-road passion by building various four-wheel drives and exploring much of North America, ultimately driving his JK Rubicon to the Arctic Circle. He began posting video blogs and writing about his travels and has gained one of the largest auto VLOG followings on Weibo and other Chinese social media platforms. This success led him to form Hyperbrain, a television and documentary film company with high-end clients such as BMW and Jaguar Land Rover.
Alan & Karen McMullen
Alan’s passion for Jeeps started over 40 years ago. He has built highly modified Jeeps over this time and competed in Australia’s toughest four-wheel drive event, the Outback Challenge, 17 times, winning the event in 2002. He has also had many short course winch challenges successes. Alan and Karen owned a Jeep aftermarket accessory business, importing quality U.S. products for over a decade. They competed together in several Outback Challenges and in 2009 shipped a JK to Borneo for the Borneo Equator Expedition, a grueling 2,000-kilometer transect following the equator as closely as possible. In 2010 they shipped their Jeep to Sri Lanka for a six-day four-wheel drive challenge, landing a 2nd place podium finish. They live on a cattle farm in Victoria, Australia.
Raised in the Darling Downs region of Queensland in the 1940s, horticulturalist and historian John Eggleston was involved with various expeditions in his formative years. In the 1960s he began exploring remote reaches of Australia in search of minerals. After sourcing a J300 from Jeep’s new factory in Brisbane, he set it up as a filming platform for various projects and it was through this connection that he became the cinematographer for the original East-West Australia Expedition. He remains 82 years of age, he remains involved with many pursuits, and will be acting historian during this adventure.
Vaughn is a proud fifth generation Becker to call the Queensland cattle town of Taroom home. His lifetime exposure to Jeep vehicles began as a newborn when he was transported home from hospital in his father’s ex-army GPW. A 46-year career in Local Government was spent serving various rural Councils throughout Queensland until voluntary retirement in 2007, and he was elected to the Banana Shire Council shortly after. In 2011 he was instrumental in organising the full evacuation of the town of Theodore, Queensland, following the disastrous flooding of the Dawson River, for which he was awarded a Flood Hero Medal. Vaughn was responsible for contacting the surviving members of the 1969 East-West Australia crossing of the Simpson Dessert.
While pursuing a career as a cinematographer, Derek has also been publishing the website CJ3B.info for nearly 25 years, covering the history and restoration of the Willys CJ-3B flat fender of the 1950s and 60s. Various writers have described the website as the best Jeep resource on the Internet, and one of the best single-marque automotive sites. His documentation of the dramatic 1958 introduction of the CJ-3B by Willys Motors Australia led to further research on the unique history of Jeeps Down Under, including the 1969 Simpson Desert trip. Derek’s biggest previous off-road experience was a three-month documentary shoot supported by two Jeeps in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Started life as an Apprentice Motor Mechanic. He then later decided to become a Qualified Electrician, he runs the family business in SE Melbourne. He knowledge electrical and electronics combined with a well-grounded understanding of engines makes Paul a valuable member support team. He also is been a long term member of the Melbourne Jeep Owners Club and is a Trip Leader.
Camp Coffs 15, 16, 17, 18
Jeep 75th Anniversary Bendigo
JeepFest 2018 Lardner Park
Bantam Jeep Festival 2018