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.
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.
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.
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.