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 film makers. He first made his mark in the 4×4 overland community in 1993 as the author of 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 that country. Since then, he has written another 15, 4×4 books, and two memoirs—once the Nr-1 bestseller in the travel section on Amazon.
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 living or dead. He has taken an unusual path when it comes to his journalistic approach in avoiding major publications after being fired in 2008 from Leisure Wheels Magazine for being, “Too honest.” As a result Andrew does not 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 they have too much influence on what’s been written. If I cant share my opinions, I’m not prepared to share someone else’s if I don’t agree with it.”
In a 37-year career as a TV broadcast professional, Andrew spent the early years editing hundreds of TV commercials, and winning prestigious international awards including Cannes and New York TV Gold. 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, as his programs mix the wonders of overland exploration with the grit of men, women and machines. His works includes nine, 13-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 220 000 subscribers and 44 million views. https://www.youtube.com/4xoverland
Andrew St Pierre White lives with his family in Western Australia.
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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. I won my first international editing award at 24. I bought my second 4×4 at 29. 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 and gliders became a 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 driven on five continents in 16 countries. I’ve fallen in love with Land Cruisers, Mercedes-Gs, Land Rovers and even a few that I’ve been loaned.
So now, I’m nearing retirement age, although cannot see myself ever doing that. I love what I do far too much. I echo the words of Noel Coward who said, “Work is more fun than fun.”
My passions are aircraft and glider flying, making documentary films, family time and travel, especially into the wilderness in my 4×4, a passion that 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 experienced was the Land Rover being backed hurriedly into a tree. It broke the tail light. The 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 Lloyd Wilmot driving the Rover, chasing hyena across the runway he was building, and the vehicle hitting an anthill, shooting me high into the air. From being seated in the front, I landed inside the spare wheel lying in the back. I was hooked!
My background is TV commercials, having spent 16 years editing them for many blue-chip clients in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Working under several directors and editing many hundreds of commercials I have been awarded several international awards for editing including New York TV and Cannes. My 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.
In 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 which at the time was no more than a hobby, 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, leading to the creation of ‘International Motoring Productions’, a publisher of books, DVDs and maps, aimed at the 4×4 community. In addition, TV production started with a first series called Four-Wheel Drive. Following that, two aviation specials were produced, one of which was purchased by Discovery Channel.
Andrew St Pierre White:
My unusual name:
Body of work:
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”.
- 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
In Production (2020)
- Cry of the Kalahari. Feature documentary. Complete.
- The Vanishing Act. Feature documentary. In post production.
- Arab Addiction. In post production.
An additional three will be produced if these first three are successful.
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 2020, he has one of the world’s largest 4wd social media followings, with staggering viewer numbers. (28-days, December 2019: 1,52 million views).