2017 Off-Road Expo Recap
From Rock Crawling to Desert Racing, This Show Had It All
For anyone who was hung up on a boulder somewhere and couldn’t make it out, the 2017 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo went down this weekend. Hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of enthusiasts swarmed the Pomona, California, Fairplex where they were treated to one heck of a show. Whether you wanted the latest in overlanding gear, shined and lifted show trucks, or your weekend dosage of desert racing, the Expo was the place to be, with vendors and celebrities amongst the crowd. If you were there, here’s your chance to relive some of the highlights, and if you couldn’t make it, we have you covered with some of the things we thought were the coolest.
Smittybilt, Rubicon Express, and ProComp sculpted a mini Rubicon Trail course and were giving rides! Folks lined up by the hundreds to jump into a built Jeep JK and be chauffeured through the boulder-strewn course. Seasoned wheelers reclined in their seats and fans newer to the sport held their breath as the Jeeps flexed and crawled over the obstacles.
Not only did 4 Wheel Parts bring their share of rigs to the Expo, they also brought their entire stockroom of parts. Aisles of truck and Jeep accessories were available for perusal and purchase, in case you were suddenly inspired to buy a winch or set of headlights.
This menacing rig from Rezvani Motors had us baffled. At first glance, our minds went straight to “Tactical FJ Cruiser.” The friendly representative informed us that instead this is a custom-built extreme utility vehicle, fully loaded with infrared vision, ballistic panels, and a nameplate bearing the title “Tank.” The Tank looks to be built on a Jeep Wrangler frame and might even have the same rearview mirrors. We also had to chuckle at the fake dual tailpipes in the rear.
The MAV TV Proving Grounds brought desert racing to the pavement (and the dirt) as fans watched modified karts, UTVs, and trophy trucks rip around the short course. Blake Wilkey, the man you might know from the Urban Assault Volkswagen buggy video shot in San Diego, put on a very legal show with his new buggy, throwing dirt and hot rubber around the course to the delight of everyone behind the barricades.
The SCORE Baja 1000 exhibit drew a crowd Saturday evening as announcements were made for the course of the Baja 1000 race, spanning 1,134 miles between Ensenada and La Paz, Mexico.
Check out our gallery of pics below for all the rockin’ rigs and products at the 2017 Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo.