Instructors, VIPs & Staff

MAY 17-19, 2019

No other event features a gathering of so many overland legends, VIPs, authors, and experts. Overland Expo WEST offers more than 400 session-hours of incredible programs brought to you by over 120 instructors and presenters from around the world.

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Our vehicle and motorcycle training program has been led by Graham Jackson since our first show in 2009. In 2014, we teamed up with 7P Overland to spearhead our vehicle training program. 7P Overland provides world-class instruction with ex-military and globally experienced instructors in all types of terrain. 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.  


Ken Cameron - U.S. Camel Trophy

Andy Dacey - British Camel Trophy team participant

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.

Mared Dacey – Overland trainer and safety coordinator

Graham Jackson – Global overlander, guide and trainer.

Nick Taylor – North African and Middle Eastern overlanding expert.

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



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

Andy Dacey - British Camel Trophy team participant

Don Floyd - U.S. Camel Trophy

Image courtesy Peter Sweetser, Camel Trophy 89

Image courtesy Peter Sweetser, Camel Trophy 89

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


motorcycle training team

With the help of our expert Overland Expo motorcycle training team, led by Bill Dragoo of Dragoo Adventure Rider Training (DART), we’ve created a custom course at the Motorcycle Expedition Skills Area and geared it 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. 

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 of SheADV joins the DART team in creating a supportive and empowering training environment.


Louise Powers and Tom Thompson will be joining our proven lineup of trainers lead by Bill Dragoo of DART.  Powers, who actively teaches off road skills with West 38 Moto in Colorado, is a veteran of motorcycle travel from Alaska to Antarctica and was an original member of REV’It’s Women’s Adventure Team, field testing gear for the American woman.


Thompson, whose background is in trials and cross-country endurance racing, was a member of the 2018 Team USA for BMW’s International GS Trophy competition in Mongolia. He has assisted DART at their home base in Oklahoma and is eager to help riders raise the bar on their competition level skills at this year’s Overland Expo.

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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. 


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.

and more TBA.

Be sure to check the Author's tent to find the latest in travel stories and adventure 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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Sarah Leamy is the founder, editor, and publisher of Wanderlust, an online sharing platform of global travel writing with over 57,000 views in the first year. The Best of Wanderlust 2019 is the first annual anthology, debuting at Overland Expo West in May 2019, with 35 writers from all over the world. Sarah is also an award winning novelist and travel writer with her books Van Life, Bring a Chainsaw, and others available in the author's tent.



Join us for Overland Film Festival Shorts, an appetizer of short overland films, followed by a feature length film.

Want to screen your film? Apply here.

Showcase & DIY vehicles

There will be a great variety of Showcase & DIY vehicles. Each vehicle is unique and their owners would love to share their story. Make sure and stop by to learn more about each rig!


  • Mark Anderson

  • Charly Aurelia

  • Lily Bartz

  • Jon Bartz

  • Elspeth Beard

  • Roel Bremmers

  • Scott Brown

  • George Bull

  • Mark Carrara

  • Don Chase

  • Tiffany Coates

  • Thomas Cole

  • Bill Dragoo

  • Rachael Elseman

  • Bill Elwell and Pam Standley

  • Mike Endres

  • Alana Espinosa

  • Dan Grec

  • Tim Hampton

  • Roseann Hanson

  • Mark Hawley

  • Travis Haynie

  • Eric Highland and Brittany Highland

  • Brittany and Ashley Hill

  • Peter and Kathy Holcombe

  • Grace Howard

  • Kelly and James Howard

  • Ryan Huff

  • John and Marie James

  • Sarah Leamy

  • Matt Leichtfuss

  • Katrina Loether

  • Kelly Macdonald and Melodie Hilton

  • Peter MacGillivray

  • Sam Manicom

  • Scott Martin

  • Wade May

  • Maggie McDermut

  • Randy McDonald and Tracey Anderson

  • Andrew McAllister

  • Sean Michael

  • Matt Misicka

  • Andrew Moore

  • Darren and Amanda Park

  • LeeWhay Pasek

  • Rusty Rice

  • Fernando Rivero

  • Carla Sandim and Rodrigo Coelho

  • Dean Shirley

  • Ted Simon

  • Bob Theobald

  • Simon and Lisa Thomas

  • Dave Thum

  • Laura Titensor

  • Linda Tyler

  • Peter and Carol van Stralen

  • Bevan and Clare Walsh

  • Bevan Walsh

  • Kendra Weishaar

  • Keith Willcome

  • Kirk Williams

  • Robert Wohlers

  • Jeff and Monica Yaeger




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


Header image © Rally for Rangers; all other images: © Jonathan Hanson, Susan Dragoo