AT THE recent Overland Expo in Flagstaff, Arizona, Australian aftermarket companies were well-represented.
Newcomers to the event included the multi-award-winning Patriot Campers, the highly regarded Redarc electronic specialists, and Norweld alloy trays and canopies. They joined Aussie veterans of the show, including ARB, MaxTrax, Hema Maps, Earth Cruiser, Rhino Rack and TJM.
The Overland Expo is one of the largest gatherings of four-wheel drive overlanders in the world, and this year’s event was the biggest in the nine years the expo has been running. With more than 300 exhibitors, nearly 400 classes, and clinics run by 160 of the world’s leading experts in off-road travel – plus an international film festival to indulge in – the expo was a busy and hectic place.
Our man Moonie was there with classes on travelling the world, including touring Australia and Africa.
One of the things that knocked us out was the prices being asked for early model 40 Series Land Cruisers. These had been completely rebuilt to the stage where they were better than new, with bodywork that was impeccable. Prices started at US$80,000, and the one pictured was a cool $100K... make that around $130K in Aussie dollars!
Then there were the big trucks. Not sure why you need anything this big to tour the USA or the world, but they do make a statement. Starting at around US$450K, they would make a decent dent in your wallet.
More than half of the spectators camp on site, which makes for not only a huge camping area but also for an exciting time with travellers from all over the world participating. It was an action-packed and rousing weekend!