It has been said that California, Nevada, and Arizona are the mecca of off-road. It’s no secret a large percentage of manufacturers have businesses headquartered in these key states. Three years ago, Andy Meyers revived one of his most successful shows— The International Off-Road & UTV Expo. Meyers says he stopped putting on the event after the downturn in the economy. This year the expo is back, and bigger than ever! Take one look around and you immediately notice the shift in the industry towards the booming UTV market. After market parts for UTVs could be found everywhere. Companies were selling stereo systems, lighting, suspension, upgraded seats, communications devices, and more— all for UTV’s.
The UTV market is in the midst of a major off-road industry saturation. Spend a weekend in the desert and you will understand why. One vendor says they are more affordable and easier to outfit as well as maintain over other types of off-road vehicles. While UTV’s were prominent at the expo, there were other cool toys to look at. RPM’s winning Baja 1000 Trophy Truck was on display. There were off-road vehicles a plenty with the best long- travel suspension, and also a few Jeeps loaded with aftermarket goodies. We even found the ultimate overlander Jeep complete with canoes and a trailer for that backcountry river rapids trip. NORRA had several vintage vehicles on display including the Meyers Manx Toad. With desert season in full swing and Christmas right around the corner, sales were brisk at the 4-Wheel Parts trailer. Off-Road celebrities were even spotted at the expo. Dana Brown was there promoting the upcoming Dust 2 Glory movie. We will be back next year to check out what is new in 2018.