Once again the two-day Off Road Expo blewthrough the Pomona Fairgrounds in Southern California with a whirlwind of rockcrawlers, Baja buggies, trick new parts, and poster girls. We strolled through the three buildings and multiple outside booths till our feet were sore and camera heavy, and once again we found some cool new stuff that we'll hope to get for the upcoming Groundhog Day gift-giving season (seems like a reasonable excuse).
If you are looking for something to do this coming October 7-8, head on out to Pomona and check out all the cool new stuff, show trucks, and did we mention the fine ladies? Be sure to get your hotel rooms early as they fill fast, and don't forget to call ahead if you have a shop or 4x4 business to find out if they have any booth space available.
We considered two transfer cases to be plenty for one show when we came around the corner and spotted this desert racing transmission and transfer-case combo that includes a six-speed sequential transmission and two-speed transfer case (though the low range is barely 2:1) in one complete package from the English engineering company Xtrac. We were awed when the rep explained how the magnesium case can be fitted with a rear-mounted clutch as well as different bellhousing based on what engine you run, plus a center locking differential and various oil pumps, filters, and coolers for severe terrain. Of course we nearly choked on our corn dog when he told us they retail around $50,000 and are run primarily in race vehicles during the Dakar desert rally in Africa. Got some coin to burn? Information: Xtrac, www.Xtrac.com.