With the weather turning from scorching to perfect for off-roading, the annual Sand Sports Super Show rolled into Orange County Fairgrounds September 15-17, 2017, for three days of dirt-based fun. For nearly 20 years now, the off-road faithful have been making the trek to Costa Mesa for the show.
Not that it’s much of a hardship. The cool ocean breezes make this one show that’s not to be missed, and the fact that it has morphed into a nearly UTV exclusive one had many of the attendees excited about the parts available for their rigs. In just a few years, the UTV market has taken over the show, and companies, both large and small, are offering great parts to make your SxS faster, safer, and better in all respects.
Over 150 companies, many of whom were targeting the now fully engaged UTV and SxS market were on hand to entice the thousands of spectators who filled the Fairgrounds. 4 Wheel Parts and other huge outfits, such as Chaparral, Coyne Motorsports, SxS Performance, and Burt’s, seemingly brought their entire stores out as UTVs, riding gear, and parts were abundant. They had anything and everything to tempt the assembled with wheels, tires, lights, and UTVs — lots and lots of UTVs.
Most of the major builders were there. Yamaha, Can-Am, Arctic Cat (now Textron), and Polaris had their latest models on hand for everyone to check out. The major OEs have been busy designing new rigs to flesh out their lineups, and Yamaha and Can-Am debuted new four-seaters to go along with their “sport” vehicles.
This was fun for the whole family; bands played classic rock, kids played in the water, and folks of all ages were tempted by huge corndogs (our personal favorite), turkey legs, and delicious treats for all tastes. Beer was flowing, and games of chance were happening. Companies really want you to win so they can give you free stuff. We love that, and it seemed that the attendees did too. If you were looking for a toy hauler, then this was the place to be too, as there were literally hundreds on display, some of which are seemingly bigger than our house!
As usual, the Sand Sports Super Show is in tune with what show attendees are looking for in that it had a huge contingent of companies showing off parts and their latest models, making it plenty of fun for everyone. It’s grown widely over the past few years and shows no signs of letting up. We’ll be back next year too, but may need to bring more money, as our eyes were way bigger than our wallet.