2018 WEST Instructors, VIPs & Staff


No other event features a gathering of so many overland legends, VIPs, authors, and experts. Overland Expo WEST offers more than 450 session-hours of incredible programs brought to you by over 150 instructors and presenters from around the world.

Training Teams & EXPERTS


7P International training Team  

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 – Camel Trophy 1996 (2nd place overall); expedition driving and mobility training

Andy Dacey  – British Camel Trophy team participant

Mared Dacey – Overland trainer and safety coordinator

Graham Jackson – Global overlander, guide and trainer.

Nick Taylor – North African and Middle Eastern overlanding expert.


Overland Expo Training Team

Mark Farage – Outdoorsman and expedition consultant

Duncan Mulligan – Global expedition leader, guide and overland adventure travel guru

Pete Sweetser – Overland Expedition planning and execution consultant, specialising in customs liaison and procedures

Grace Howard – Kids Adventure Program director; young overlander and robot builder

Jonathan Hanson – co-director, Overland Expo and ConserVentures.org; fellow, Explorers Club

Kelsey Huber – Expedition driving and recovery instructor

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


Balance. Control. Judgment. Attitude. These are the cornerstones of adventure riding as taught by the Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART) team in the United States and South America, and now at Overland Expo. Bill Dragoo is a certified BMW off-road instructor, certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation rider coach, a member of the U.S. 2010 BMW GS Trophy team, and a moto-journalist. He leads a team of coaches who will engage and encourage you in learning the finer points of managing a dual-sport motorcycle through questionable terrain, from basic to advanced levels. 

Josh Jewell (@joshsjewell) and Tobin Vigil (@spokesniffer) have provided coaching assistance for DART since its inception and anchored the moto training at the Overland Expo 2017 EAST event. Their calm, supportive instruction promises students a positive experience.

Tom Asherowner of Tom Asher Adventure Rider Academy and a member of the U.S. 2016 BMW GS Trophy Team, will work with the DART team to provide advanced skills instruction.

SheADV – exists to help women pursue their adventure motorcycle dreams, and principals Shalmarie Wilson and Stephanie Terrien will join the DART team at 2018 WEST in creating a supportive and empowering training environment.


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!

Bob Burns - Land Rover Training Team and events coordinator

Greg Nikolas – Land Rover Training Team

Tim Hensley - Land Rover Training Team

Fred Monsees – Land Rover Training Team


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


Sam Manicom—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.

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Elspeth Beard—first British woman to ride around the world, and award-winning architect; look for her recently published book Lone Rider. 



... and more TBA.
Be sure to check the Author's tent at Overland Expo 2018 WEST to find the latest in travel stories and adventure tales.



TBA March 2018

And an all new selection of Overland Film Festival Shorts—a hour appetizer of short overland films, hosted by Alain Despatie.


TBA mid-February 2018



Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2017 WEST

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2016 WEST

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2015 WEST

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2017 EAST

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2016 EAST

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2015 EAST

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2014 EAST


Header image, Simon Thomas, 2RidetheWorld
Other images © Alison DeLapp and Jonathan Hanson