Andrew St Pierre White
A household name among the world’s 4WD overland explorers.
Andrew St Pierre White is one of the world’s best known 4×4 writers, consultants, commentators and adventure-travel filmmakers. He first made his mark in the 4×4 overland community in 1993, when he published The Complete Guide to Four-Wheel Drive in Southern Africa. The first edition, together with his website, 4xForum (now 4xoverland.com), launched the 4×4 information industry in Southern Africa. Since then, he has written another 15 4×4 books and two memoirs—one of which hit the Nr-1 bestseller list in the travel section on Amazon. Andrew lives in Western Australia.
Andrew’s influence on the 4×4 community and accessory industry is unmatched in his lifetime. Arguably second only to Tom Sheppard, Andrew has written more 4WD books than anyone else, living or dead. His brand of motoring journalism is unique in that he doesn't court major publications to get his message out—at least not since 2008, after being fired from Leisure Wheels Magazine for being “Too honest.”
As a result Andrew doesn't chase branded sponsors for any of his channels. He explains, “The traditional press in this space relies almost solely on advertisers for income. And that means the advertisers have too much influence on what’s written. If I can't share my honest opinion, I’m not prepared to share someone else’s views if I don’t agree with them.”
In a 37-year long career as a TV broadcast professional, Andrew spent his early years editing TV commercials, and has won prestigious international awards, including Cannes and New York TV Gold. His clients included SAB (Lion Lager, Castle Lager, Ohlsonn’s Lager), Nedbank, Toyota, United Bank, General Tyres, Rembrandt Group, (Peter Stuyvesant & Paul Revere cigarettes), and many more.
He is now a highly-acclaimed adventure-travel filmmaker and has produced and presented some of the world’s best loved overland travel films. They are especially sought after by 4WD and motorcycle enthusiasts because his programs mix the wonders of overland exploration with the grit of men, women and machines. His works includes nine13-part series for TV, a host of 4×4 training programs and a batch of aviation documentaries broadcast by major networks.
His YouTube Channel currently has over 246 000 subscribers and 52 million views.
Andrew writes. . .
I’m half 4WD enthusiast, half filmmaker. Both of these pursuits germinated when I was very young, and developed alongside each other during my professional career.
I bought my first 4×4 at 22 and won my first international editing award at 24. At 29 I bought my second 4×4. Around this time I gave up editing and went into publishing my own 4WD books and maps. Somewhere in between, I learned how to fly. Gliders became my second obsession. When I was about 50 I returned to full-time filmmaking, producing an adventure travel show for South African TV. Nine series have since been broadcast in six countries.
During all this, I’ve owned another 15 4x4s and have driven on five continents in 16 countries. I’ve fallen in love with Land Cruisers, Mercedes-Gs, Land Rovers and even a few other vehicles that I’ve been loaned.
So now I'm supposed to be nearing retirement age. I can't see that happening anytime soon because I love what I do far too much. I echo the words of Noel Coward: “Work is more fun than fun.”
To sum up, my passions include aircraft and glider flying, making documentary films, family time and travel—especially into the wilderness in my 4×4. That obsession has been with me since my father took me to the Okavango in 1972. It was here that I sat in my first 4×4: A Series-3 LWB Land Rover.
The first 4×4 motion I ever experienced was the Land Rover being backed hurriedly into a tree to avoid an elephant. The tail light broke. My second ride was in a Series-2, SWB open-top Land Rover at Xaxaba Camp (Later to become a baboon research camp) on Chief’s Island in the Okavango. It was here that I went off-road for the first time: I remember fabled Lloyd Wilmot using the Rover, to chase a hyena across a runway he was building. The vehicle hit an anthill and shot me high into the air. I landed inside the spare wheel lying in the back of the truck. From that moment, I was hooked!
n the 90’s my direction changed and I spent the first year of the decade living in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It was there that I wrote my first book on a subject that at the time was no more than a hobby. It was called ‘The Complete Guide to Four-Wheel Drive’. With the immediate success of the book (which sold uninterrupted in South Africa for 24 years), a second followed. It lead to the creation of ‘International Motoring Productions’, a publisher of books, DVDs and maps, aimed at the 4×4 community.
Body Of Work:
Death of Pelican-16. Aviation feature documentary, broadcast by Discovery Channel, 2004.
Four Wheel Drive season-1—13x26min (2005) SD
Four Wheel Drive season-2—13x26min (2006) SD
Take A Deep Breath season-1—13x24min (2009) HDV
Take A Deep Breath season-2—13x24min (2010) HD
Take A Deep Breath. 2014 season—13x24min (2014) HD
Take A Deep Breath. 2015 season—13x24min (2015) HD
Take A Deep Breath. 2016 season—13x24min (2016) HD
Take A Deep Breath. 2017 season —13x24min (2017) HD
Take A Deep Breath. 2017 season —13x24min (2018) UHD
Cry of the Kalahari. 2020 Feature documentary.
The River That Never Finds the Sea. In post production.
Andrew St Pierre White is often seen as the father of 4WD television and was one of the very first globally to produce a TV series dedicated to the love of 4WD exploration.
Now in 2021, he has one of the world’s largest 4WD social media followings, with staggering viewer numbers. (28-days, December 2019: 1,52 million views).
Cannes Gold, 1984.
New York TV Gold, 1985
Lourie Grand Prix (South Africa) 1985.
The world’s leading expedition adventure storyteller – known globally as, 'The David Attenborough of 4WD”.