OVERVIEW Four Wheeler was published monthly by Ames Publishing Company in Tarzana, California. With a tag line, "The Magazine of Back Country Driving and Camping", it was
one of the first magazines dedicated to off-roading. The magazine was first published in February, 1962 and continues to be published as of January 2019.
This makes it the oldest magazine dedicated to off-roading and SUVs.
The original editor and publisher was Robert F. Ames. The magazine apparently got its start when Mr. Ames presented his idea for
a magazine at a California State Association meeting of four wheel drive clubs. He continued as publisher until 1971, when there appears to have been a change in ownership.
Mr. Ames also published the book, Western Treasures Notebook of Lost Mines and Buried Treasure in 1966, and he published a monthly magazine titled Western Treasures
that highlighted ghost towns, old mining sites, treasure hunting, etc. This was started in 1965 or 1966 and was published about 10 years.