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Off-Road Expo 2015: Performance Vehicles, Over 325 Vendors, And Miles Of Smiles

Posted in Off Road Expo: 2015 on December 8, 2015
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Photographers: Deanna Scanlon

If it’s early October, then it’s time for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Powered By General Tire show. Every year, the best of off-roading’s latest parts and hottest vehicles are on display, and this year records were broken as 69,000 fans of fast off-road fun flooded the Fairplex. Fantastic!

Even the chance of showers didn’t deter anyone as they all wanted to get a chance to see and do. Attendees got a chance to go on a Rubicon inspired ride-along, watch the SCORE Baja 1000 course map unveiling ceremony, ride with Dragon Fire’s SXS rides and learn that Poison Spyder Girl, Amanda Hopper was crowned Miss Off-Road Expo. And corndogs; let’s not forget about the corndogs.

With over 325 vendors displaying their wares, it was possible to completely outfit a vehicle. From suspension and shocks, tires, lights and camping based accessories, literally anything that you could want or need for your next adventure was there for the buying.

And everywhere one looked, there were killer rides. It seems that many companies took the opportunity to showcase their products on full sized pickups as Total Chaos, Fiberwerx, Method, Cognito and many others seemingly knew what we wanted to see. There was also a million Jeeps, but who’s counting?

There was also racing and racing based demonstrations as the Mav TV Proving Grounds played host to Pro2, Pro4, Pro Lite and SXS racers slide and jumped to the fans delight. Pro racers such as Steve Eugenio, Walker Evans, BJ Baldwin, Casey Currie, Patrick Clark, Travis Pecoy Shannon Campbell and Carl Renezeder were signing everything and posing with fans.

Plans are already underway for next years event (Oct 1-2, 2016) so make yours too as you don’t want to miss it. Just bring comfortable shoes and your checkbook, and you should be fine.

A little rain didn’t keep the thousands of off-road fans away as the Fairplex was packed for both days.

Brenthel’s luxury prerunner could probably win it’s class in Baja and not just pre-run it.

Wayland Campell’s racer looks like it’s ready to take over.

Cognito’s Chevy is so large as not to be believed.

We had a booth too, and were busy handing out issues, posters and stickers.

4 Wheel Parts always comes loaded with parts and personelle.

One of the most iconic off-road race cars of all time, Mickey Thompson’s Challenger IV was in SCORE’s huge booth. They had a lot of great cars and bikes on display.

Yamaha has a large presence with a cutaway of their new YXZ 1000R SXS.

Mr. King talking shocks with a customer.

After two days of show-going, we know how this guy feels.

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