The Recap & Excitement2015 East



OCTOBER 2-4, 2015

Event Statistics

  • 100+ registered exhibitors, including feature vehicles, authors and filmmakers
  • 140 classes, seminars, demos, activities, slideshows, and films; over 300 session hours of instruction
  • 120 presenters, instructors, and VIPs
  • 20 staff & 50 volunteers 
  • 2,000 + attendees from around the world (total # on site)
  • 400 Overland Experience package attendees
  • Attendees came from as far away as Australia, Austria, United Kingdom, and South Africa. 
  • Many U.S. states were represented: attendees as far north as Alaska on the west coast and New Hampshire on the east coast made the trek, and many from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia; from Canada, Ontario and Quebec, were well represented. 

Event Highlights

  • Overland Expo 2016 EAST was yet another weekend of record-breaking rain during the event (the most in 107 years) thanks to hurricane Joaquin. Despite the weather, the overland community still thrived at H2Overland Expo or Underwater Expo, as the attendees like to call it.

What People Are Saying

From Attendees:

"I would like to commend Jonathan, Roseann and all the staff for an outstanding event at Expo East. I attended Expo West this year as well. While both events had unexpected weather, it was a great experience. I have learned many valuable lessons on equipment and planning. Is this not why we do what we be better prepared for our next adventure."

~ comment on Expedition Portal

"I just wanted to take a moment and write you a note expressing our group’s gratitude for putting together Expo East. We had a wonderful time. Thank you for you and your team’s commitment to excellence. The challenges made for good memories and well, a whole lot of fun from this participant’s perspective. Thanks again and good job!"

~ PM from Expedition Portal

"Everyone keeps saying it was "light" rain and no planning was done etc. As they mentioned on their facebook page, Overland Expo put at least $6,000 worth of gravel down to try and save some exit/road up to the camping grounds. They couldn't have known that the rain would have caused the vehicles in the day parking to start sliding. But the rain was in the area of 6-10" over two or so days. Overland Expo did everything in their power to try and keep everything open and moving at all times. Now the real issue that people should have was the "joy riders" driving around Friday night just making a mess of the path/trails in the camp grounds just to drive in the dark. If people would have listened and kept driving to only in and out traffic the grounds would of looked a lot better. All in all a great event. I will be coming down next year. Hopefully, the wet weather cooperates better next year. Keep up the good work guys."

~ comment on Expedition Portal

"Well then let me add to the chorus...again.... We had a fantastic weekend and while I am aware that the rain caused you some real complications...I wouldn't trade what I got on that LR driving course or from all of those that I met for three days of sunshine. We are in for Overland Expo West (and East again) rain or shine- So long as Becky brings the snorkel gear again . . ."

~ comment on Expedition Portal

"Thank you so much for another wonderful time at the Overland East. We had a great time and got to meet some new faces and see old friends from other shows. I think you guys do an awesome job despite all the setbacks that are thrown at you.  The weather can’t be controlled and your group always seems to be ready and willing to push through it and make the experience great. Do not be discouraged from all the back seat drivers who think they could do better. It is always easy to say “ I would’ve done this or done that”, until you try and organize an event you never know all that goes into the organizing and set up. I think you guys are awesome and keep up the great work!!!"

~ Craig with James Baroud USA

" . . .my dad and I had a great experience at the Expo. The classes were excellent and I wish I could have been in more than one place at once. I spent a lot of my time in the various winch classes since it's new to me, but next year I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge base and go to some round tables. It was great checking out people's rigs. . . We'll be back in 2016 rain or shine."

~ comment on American Adventurist

"Just wanted to send a quick note to say a BIG Thank You for this year's Overland Expo East. Despite the rain & weather my wife and I had a great trip. I know that there were plenty of moments of stress and some tough calls to make on the part of all of you organizers. Really enjoyed the classes. Let me know if there is anything that I can do to help next year. "

~ Micheal L.

"While it is unfortunate there were the problems you described in your posting about the East event, I very much enjoyed the event even though I bailed mid-day Saturday. Still recovering from surgery with a new vehicle I was not properly set up for our weather conditions. . . I hope people weren't too upset about the conditions imposed by the weather. If we are to do such activities we must be willing to engage and conquer the things nature, mechanical beasts and man's folly throws at us. My daughter had a great time at Expo West this year as I did at East. Hopefully I will be able to attend at least one event next year."

~Dan B.
"This past weekend we were at the Western Land Rover Rally, and there were about 15 vehicles from the Northern California Land Rover Club.  On two separate occasions, I was approached by California owners that had found out Grace was on staff for the Overland Expo.  They both requested you move it to Northern California, because they could use some record breaking rain/snow. "

~ Kelly H.

"Having attended both Overland Expo West last spring and Overland Expo East this month, I came away with new lessons about how to make the most of travel, camping and independence. Saw lots of others in camp make adjustments and plans based on what they learned from the conditions. The weather at both events made things difficult but that’s when we get to test our skills, equipment and sensibilities. If I wanted to play it safe, I’d stay at a KOA, or better, a Holiday Inn. But I drove in, parked and drove out with sufficient provisions to stay put for over a week if that had become necessary. Stopping incoming campers was also necessary because more traffic in the camp area was going to make things unsafe. Everyone can adjust.  That’s what it’s all about! These Overland Expo events provided great examples of how vendors, instructor and attendees tackle adventure travel.  Everyone there has been more than willing to help and share. To hang out and see others' rigs always gives me ideas of how I can do things differently. "

~ David Hoffman

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