Four Wheeler Adventure Expo 2020: Masterpost of ALL the Action
Adventure Expo 2020 was filled with amazing 4x4s, celebrities, and exciting new products.
The Four Wheeler Adventure Expo 2020 was the place to be for anyone looking to get into the backcountry. On March 7-8, more than 10,000 participants joined 120 exhibitors to pack the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, for a weekend of adventure-oriented fun. If you were there, you might see yourself in the following pictures. If you weren't there, read on to see what you missed!
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It didn't take much for this first-gen Ford Ranger to catch our attention.
The addition of LED lighting and the custom-built rack and awning in the rear mixed the right amount of function into the classic design.
Ryan Kennelly's stroked '72 K5 Chevy Blazer stood out with its yellow paintjob, clean body, and roof-mounted canoe.
In his attempts to keep the rig correct to its time period, Ryan attached round driving lights to a hoop on the bumper, stealthily stowed a Smittybilt XRC-10 winch ahead of the radiator, and covered the rear with a tan Softopper.
Christian Hazel, of Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road, broke out his '78 Jeep Cherokee Chief to pull the venerable '71 UACJ6D to the show. The perfectly patina'd rig drew crowds of onlookers to the Four Wheeler booth within the show.
EarthCruiser showed off its EXP model at the show, a rig built on a Fuso chassis and powered by a 6.0L Vortec V-8. The Allison six-speed automatic sends power to a Trail Worthy Fab Hero transfer case, where it's split between a pair of Dynatrac ProRock 80 axles. The camper chassis features a lifting roof to expand head room and is fully insulated.
Icon Vehicle Dynamics outfitted this second-gen Toyota Tundra with the company's lift kit making space for 35-inch tires and Icon Alloy wheels.
Sportsmobile 4x4 vans have been carrying folks into the backcountry since 1961, and this E-Series-based machine is no exception. With a Dynatrac ProRock 60 axle up front, Atlas 2 transfer case dividing power, and a slew of optional upgrades, the luxo-van is well-equipped for trail use and camp life.
We found this bright CJ-8 Renegade 1 tribute in the Westin booth.
KC Lights celebrated 50 years in business and brought a '69 Jeep Wagoneer to the Adventure Expo. In addition to the full suite of KC lights and uber-cool Warn M8274-70 winch, the rig packs a 6.0L V-8 under the hood, which sends power to the 4L80 transmission, Maximum Transmissions transfer case, and the pair of Currie Enterprises F9 axles. Walker Evans beadlocks and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 mud-terrains round out the build.
With two more wheels than normal, this Land Rover Defender has quite a story. First off, it is one of 94 6x6 ambulance variants built and used in the Austrian Defense Force. Power comes from the 4BD1T turbo four-cylinder engine and is routed through a LT95A Land Rover four-speed transmission. The rig is driven from the right side, has air conditioning and heating, and can operate in four- or six-wheel drive.
Camping was available on-site at the Adventure Expo and this Ram 2500 took full advantage with its Four Wheel Camper and Patriot Campers Off Road tray.
You don't need much to make your J20 ready for adventure and this Tepui-clad, bike-toting, J-Truck upholds that statement.
Don't get confused, this is a '91 Chevy K5 Blazer, just with the face of an '06 Silverado and 6.2 liters of V-8 power under the hood.
The rig has a Dana 60/14-bolt combo located by a custom-built linked suspension. Bilstein M9100 2.5-inch bypass shocks and coilovers are on tap to damp the bumps.
Camping is made simple with the roof-mounted Freespirit Recreation High Country 63-inch tent, BajaRack utility rack, and perimeter lighting.
Custom metal work on the insides of the door panels also caught our attention.
While some vehicles were shined up and gleaming for the show, others showed signs of just coming in off the trail, like this Gladiator.
Expedition Overland outfitted a Jeep Gladiator, named "Odin," for long-term off-road travel using an Icon Vehicle Dynamics 2.5 custom-built suspension system to make space for 37-inch General Grabber X3s and Compression wheels from Icon Alloys. The crew is running AEV's prototype Gladiator snorkel and can't get enough of the aluminum alloy utility box from Patriot Camper Off Road, which features a positive-pressure dust abatement system, lightweight design, and space to store a chainsaw and a fullsize spare tire on the back.
Some of our favorite rigs were found outside the show parked in the lot!
Crowds of outdoor enthusiasts packed the Orange County Fair & Event Center for the first-ever Four Wheeler Adventure Expo.
Rachelle Croft, Sofi Aldinio, Kate Field, Linda Tyler, and Eva Rupert, (left to right) lead a roundtable discussion, Women Exploring the World, in support of International Women's Day.
Gibson Exhaust, alongside many other exhibitors, entertained showgoers with prize giveaways—but only if they could toss a tennis ball successfully into a target.
You know Ian Johnson from the MotorTrend OnDemand show Four Wheeler and his resum of jaw-dropping 4x4 builds. The off-road icon was at Adventure Expo, front and center on the Main Stage answering questions from the crowd and signing autographs.
Eva Rupert survived three seasons on Discovery Channel's Naked & Afraid and has a skillset ranging from adventure motorcycles and wilderness survival to backcountry mixology. Eva appeared on the Main Stage for a Q&A with the audience and led workshops throughout the show.
Adventure Expo was fun for explorers of all ages!
Adam Glick is always on the move whether that's over the water or land. He has been seen on BRAVO's Cutthroat Kitchen and Below Deck and has docked in over 30 countries while working as a chef on a private yacht. Adam and his backcountry-ready Quigley 4x4 van were at Adventure Expo inspiring new campsite eats all weekend.
Sean Holman and Jay "Lightning" Tilles were on the ground with microphones blazing recording the 113th installment of the Truck Show Podcast titled "The Adventure Expoisode."
We caught up with the duo as they interviewed Dave Chappelle and Fred Williams of Dirt Every Day, the MotorTrend OnDemand's hit off-road series.
Rachelle Croft, of the Expedition Overland crew, led one of many seminars in the Adventure Education series over the course the show. Rachelle and her husband, Clay, are part of a team of international travelers who have journeyed, via heavily outfitted 4x4, from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, through Central America, and eventually, south to Patagonia.
4Wheel Parts turned The Hangar at the Adventure Expo into a showroom floor. Throngs of fans ogled the various adventure-equipped vehicles on display and when inspiration struck, they were invited to shop from the company's on-site retail inventory.
Attendees came to the show ready to shop and could be seen purchasing equipment ranging from recovery gear to rooftop tents.
Rugged Ridge was at the show displaying its lineup of Jeep and 4x4 parts.
Golden Road Brewing, Kona Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Hangar 24 Brewing, Four Sons Brewing, Chihuahua Cerveza, Bootlegger's Brewery, Coronado Brewing Company, Ace California Cider Company, and Four Peaks Brewing filled the Beer Garden with everything from IPAs to ales giving tired attendees a place to sit down, relax, and enjoy a frosty pour.
Branded shirts, hats, pins, patches, and more were for sale all weekend at the Four Wheeler Merchandise Tent.
Rogue Ridge offered demonstrations of its RB1000 on the event's bicycle test track.
The electric-motor powered, fat-tire, all-terrain bicycle features a thumb throttle to control the bike's speed, which is said to top out at 30 mph. The machine weighs 63 pounds, carries a 1,000-watt motor and 13 amp hour battery, rolls on 26x4-inch fat tires, and is said to carry its rider 29 miles without pedal assistance. Learn more about this bike at rogueridge.com.
Roxor partnered with Bestop to design a full soft enclosure with hinged doors and plenty of visibility. Side doors are wrapped in vinyl, reinforced with 3/8-inch steel rods, and feature locking latches. Large quarter windows can be either removed or rolled up. System requires installation of the Roxor's Rollover Protection System (ROPS). Outfit your Roxor at roxoroffroad.com.
The ALP propane-powered generator packs some impressive numbers into a quiet package. Output is 1,000 starting watts and 850 running watts with 60-70 hours of runtime on a 20-pound propane tank and between 2.5 and 3.5 hours on a 16-ounce tank. Noise is a non-issue as the unit emits a murmur of just 52 decibels, similar to a household refrigerator. The unit is also remarkably lightweight at only 28 pounds. For more on this generator, check out alpgenerators.com.