2017 EAST Instructors, VIPs & Staff 


No other event features a gathering of so many overland legends, VIPs, authors, and experts. Overland Expo EAST offers more than 300 session-hours of incredible programs brought to you by over 120 instructors and presenters from around the world.

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Overland Expo Training Teams & EXPERTS



Explore your world while developing off-road skills to tackle any terrain with one-to-one coaching from an expert instructor at your side. Whether this will be your first time driving off-road or are a seasoned pro, you'll quickly build confidence while you refine your techniques. The science behind vehicle dynamics is universal, so a technique then technology driving style ensures the techniques learned will be of benefit no matter the vehicle you drive. The better the technique, the more performance you can draw from the technology. With more than 60+ years of real world experience and lessons learned, Land Rover Experience has something for everyone!

Sarah Batten - head instructor for Land Rover driver training, Herefordshire, UK

Bob Burns - Land Rover training team and events coordinator

Tim Scully - Land Rover Training Team


Motorcycle Training Team


New for this year . . . we've taken training in-house to create a custom course by our expert Overland Expo motorcycle training team. The revamped Motorcycle Expedition Skills Area is geared toward overlanders who want to travel global or local. This team will build your riding skills so you can confidently tackle a variety of terrain and environments. 

Team ExpertsTBA in August 2017


In 2014, a few well-traveled and experienced gents had the idea of getting the best expedition team in the world together and offering training and expeditions. 7P International was formed. They provide world-class instruction with ex-military and globally experienced instructors in all types of terrain. Their training covers technical driving and recovery, as well as the non-technical elements of overland travel from logistics to navigation. In addition to instructing at Overland Expo, they offer boutique, guided trips to some of the most challenging and interesting destinations in the world including the Central American jungle and the deserts of Africa staying at a combination of remote camps and luxury lodges.  


Duncan Barbour  - 40+ global expeditions, British Camel Trophy organizer, & 4x4 camera tracking expert for numerous films (Braveheart, Goldeneye, Gladiator)

Ken Cameron - U.S. Camel Trophy

Andy Dacey - British Camel Trophy team participant

Graham Jackson – Global overlander, guide and trainer.

Nick Taylor – North African and Middle Eastern overlanding expert.


Overland Expo Team

Jonathan Hanson ~ co-director, Overland Expo and ConserVentures.org; fellow, Explorers Club; and former founding executive editor, Overland Journal

Tim Huber ~ With experience off-road racing, building expedition trucks and training in driving and recovery, Tim is one of the best in the business


Image courtesy Peter Sweetser, Camel Trophy 89

The Camel Trophy began in 1980 and ran until 2000 and was called "the Olympics of 4×4". Two person teams were selected from participating countries to compete to win what was an event about adventure and exploration. The competitive element came in a series of "Special Tasks," such as winching and timed driving routes, in which the national teams competed against each other. The remainder of the event involved a transit over some of the toughest and most remote terrain in the world. From Brazil to Zaire, events became renowned for being a test of man and machine against some of the most harsh conditions that could be found. Participants and organizers came out having joined a new 'family' and many are eager to pass on their knowledge to others. At Overland Expo we are lucky enough to have many former team members and organizers from the Camel Trophy ready to show you how they did what they did.

Duncan Barbour – British Camel Trophy organizer

Ken Cameron - U.S. Camel Trophy

Tom Collins - 1987 Camel Trophy participant; Camel Trophy Team Director

Andy Dacey - British Camel Trophy team participant

Don Floyd - U.S. Camel Trophy

Daphne Greene - U.S. Camel Trophy

Tim Hensley - U.S. Camel Trophy, winner 1993

Fred Monsees - U.S. Camel Trophy

Jim Swett - U.S. Camel Trophy

Jim West - U.S. Camel Trophy


BFGoodrich Tire Tech Team

With more than 110 years of heritage, BFGoodrich® Tires is dedicated to providing high performance tires for those who have a passion for driving in virtually any environment. Combining technical expertise with 45 years of motorsports experience, BFGoodrich Tires delivers tires for a full range of driving experiences from ultra-high performance street to off-road terrain with one common theme – extreme performance. 



Ted Simon, Jupitalia.com—twice round the world by motorcycle, author of the bestselling Jupiter’s Travels, Riding High, Dreaming of Jupiter and many more motorcycle tales. 

Simon & Lisa Thomas, 2RideTheWorld.com—this traveling duo is still on the world's longest motorcycle journey by a team. Check out Lisa's new cookbook for adventurers, Dirty Dining.


Sam ManicomSam-Manicom.com—8 years around the world, author of adventure travel motorcycle books from around the globe, Into Africa, Under Asian Skies, Distant Suns and Tortillas to Totems.


... and more TBA.
Be sure to check the Author's tent at Overland Expo 2017 EAST
to find the latest in travel stories and adventure tales.





New for this year—introducing Overland Film Festival Shorts, a hour appetizer of short overland films, hosted by Alain Despatie.


Announced in August 2017



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Header image, Mike Rand
Other images by © LRE, Anthony Sicola and Alison DeLapp