Overland Expo East 2019
INSTRUCTORS, VIPS & STAFF

OCTOBER 11-13, 2019
INFINITY DOWNS
ARRINGTON, VIRGINA, USA

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

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7P 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 - U.S. Camel Trophy

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

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

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

Mark Farage – Outdoorsman and expedition consultant

Jayston Landon – Tread Lightly trainer and NPTC certified expedition driving and recovery instructor.

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

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

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CAMEL TROPHY TEAM

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

Image courtesy Peter Sweetser, Camel Trophy 89

Image courtesy Peter Sweetser, Camel Trophy 89

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

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DRAGOO ADVENTURE RIDER TRAINING (DART) TEAM

Learn from our expert Overland Expo motorcycle training team on a custom built course. The Motorcycle Expedition Skills Area is geared toward overlanders who want to travel globally or locally. This team will build your riding skills so you can confidently tackle a variety of terrain and environments. 

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.

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


AT THE AUTHOR'S TABLES

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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. 

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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.

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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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Liz Jansen—writer, healer, and speaker and has been motorcycling since the age of 16. She's the author of Crash Landing; Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment; and Life Lessons from Motorcycles.

More TBA. Be sure to check the Author's tent to find the latest in travel stories and adventure tales.


FILMS BY

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Featuring Overland Film Festival Shorts, a hour appetizer of short overland films.

Want to screen your film? Apply here.


2019 EAST PRESENTERS, INSTRUCTORS, Panelists, & VIPS

 
  • Dan Grec

  • Candida Louis

  • Sam Manicom

  • Ted Simon

  • Simon Thomas

  • Lisa Thomas

  • Charly Aurelia

  • Karin Balsley

  • Scott Brady

  • Roel Bremmers

  • George Bull

  • Don Chase

  • Chad Christensen

  • Candice Ciesla

  • Debbie Cole

  • Thomas Cole

  • Brenton Cooper

  • Shannon Cooper

  • Alison DeLapp

  • Robert Dove

  • Bill Dragoo

  • Sunny Eaton

  • Rachael Elseman

  • Zach Elseman

  • Bill Elwell

  • Kyle Epperson

  • Overland Expo

  • John Fazio

  • Mandi Fazio

  • Joe Flowers

  • Tim Hampton

  • Jonathan Hanson

  • Roseann Hanson

  • Michael Hermann

  • Daisson Hickel

  • Brittany Highland

  • Eric Highland

  • Bruce Holt

  • Karen Holt

  • Grace Howard

  • Graham Jackson

  • Liz Jansen

  • Chuck Kurtz

  • Michael Ladden

  • Rogers Masson

  • David Mays

  • Maggie McDermut

  • Bob McNamara

  • Matt Misicka

  • Austin Mottinger

  • Andrew Painter

  • Rusty Rice

  • John Rimmer

  • Mary Ann Rimmer

  • Eva Rupert

  • Douglas Sage

  • Izzy Sanchez

  • Jordan Schilling

  • Birgit Schuenemann

  • Katherine Schweitzer

  • Jill Sessa

  • Dean Shirley

  • Oliver Solaro

  • Michelle Johnson Solaro

  • Pam Standley

  • Sandy Stewart

  • Carol Stewart

  • Palmer Stewart

  • Virgie Stewart

  • Pete Sweetser

  • Greg Turp

  • Melanie Turp

  • Scott C. Whitney

 
 
 

* As of 9/4/19; subject to change.


ARCHIVES

LISTINGS OF PREVIOUS EXPO INSTRUCTORS, VIP & STAFF BY YEAR: 

 

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2019 WEST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2018 WEST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2017 WEST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2016 WEST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2015 WEST

Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2018 EAST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2017 EAST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2016 EAST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2015 EAST
Instructor, VIPs & Staff, 2014 EAST

 

Header image © Elliot Omernick; all other images: © Jonathan Hanson, Susan Dragoo