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Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo

Posted in Events on November 11, 2016 Comment (0)
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The Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo (Powered by General Tire!) powered into the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California on September 30th and November 1st, 2016. The turnout of both enthusiasts and companies for the fall edition of the Off-Road Expo (The spring-timed Off-Road Expo in in Scottsdale, Arizona is) proved that the sport is alive and well.

More than 70,000 folks wandered around the Pomona Fairplex and took in the latest that the 350 vendors on hand had to offer.

Pomona, as it’s more commonly known, is a great venue for shows of all kind, especially “car shows”. The Grand National Roaster Show is held there and it is just as good for off-roaders. The multiple large rooms along and surrounding avenues were packed with vendor’s booths and hundreds of off-road vehicles of all kind and shape. Being geezers ourselves, we especially liked the vintage race vehicles, but there were more UTV’s and SxS related parts than ever before. All of the major OEM’s were on hand and many parts manufacturers have expanded their lineup to include parts for SxS’s. Amazingly, there were somewhere north of 70,000 fans on hand to see what the over 350 exhibitors brought out to show.

One of the larger displays was with the 4Wheel Parts universe of companies. All of their major brands were on hand.
An excited girl wearing a helmet. You’re welcome.

And some of the exhibitors had some cool things going on in their booths. There was Rubicon Trail rock crawling course set up, and thanks to Pro Comp, Smittybilt and Rubicon Express, folks to take Jeep rides up and over the obstacles. SCORE had their usual gigantic display, where they played race footage on a gigantic screen, but their highlight was when they unveiled the 2016 Baja 1000 course map. Dragonfire Racing had ride-alongs with Corry Weller and Lucrecia Beurrier in their SxS’s. There was also a large number of autographs to be had as all the fast guys were somewhere with a pen in their cramped hands.

A very cool, old Ford Pre-Runner/race truck.
Yamaha also had an impressive display showcasing with their off-road lineup.

There was also some Pro 2, Pro Lite and Kart drivers from the LOORRS series putting in some hot laps on their course. The action was great, and the crowd came running when they fired up their engines. Some of the Kart kids were really flying, and it was fun to watch the Pro trucks smoking the tires around the corners. When we see this many people having this much fun, we feel good about where our favorite pastime is headed. Add to that the sheer number of companies producing performance and aftermarket parts for such a wide variety of off-road vehicles, we can’t wait to get to Arizona to see what everyone is up to next.

SCORE International pulled out all the stops with their presence. As is tradition, they announced the course map for the upcoming Baja 1000. Here, Jim Ryan (L) and Roger Norman (The head of SCORE) man the anchor desk.
Let the pre-running begin!
General Tire had a cool collection of trucks on hand.
FOX shocks had a huge display and plenty of race trucks.
“So…Do you come here often?”
We loved that there were a lot of family’s in attendance.
A “Rubicon Trail” inspired course was set up by Rubicon Express and Pro Comp and folks could take rides with expert drivers over giant obstacles.
There was a good selection of adventure gear at the show. This teardrop-based trailer from Off The Grid and Rebel Off Road is a fine example of taking it all when really roughing it.
Pro Armor had a bunch of cool UTV’s on hand.
We loved the paint scheme on this KC HiLites sponsored truck.
The always jovial, multi Hall Of Famer Larry Roeseler is now working with Safecraft fire systems.
This old Jeep was beautifully restored and just plain fun to look at.
The Springtime Off-Road Expo show, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Presented By General Tire, will be held March 18-19, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
These kids were watching the Traxxis guys jumping cars and flying drones. You knew they had to be dying inside, and trying to figure out how to get one from their folks.
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