Overland Experience 4x4 and Moto Training NOW OPEN!

Our premium Overland Experience registration is NOW OPEN for Overland Expo 2019 WEST, May 17-19, 2018 at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, AZ! Grab your ticket now to ensure entry into the most popular hands-on training classes. All tickets must be purchased online in advance*.

  Photo © Jonathan Hanson

Photo © Jonathan Hanson

4X4 Training!

The crew from 7P Overland has hundreds of years of combined experience in some of the most remote and punishing terrain on the planet. These are the experts you want to teach you 4x4 driving and recovery skills, border crossing best practices, and so much more. Get prepared for your adventures with our training team. Purchase Overland Experience to access over 200+ hours of premium courses.

*Weekend Pass with Camping tickets go on sale in January 2019, Day Pass tickets go on sale in February 2019!

Vote for Your Favorite Overland Vehicle!

Our Cool Ride! Contest for Overland Expo EAST has launched into the finals round! Now is the time to view the finalists and vote for your favorite. Help pick the winner of the coolest adventure rig from the eight finalists!

Overland Expo celebrates the diversity of vehicle-dependent overland travel. Whether large or small, from two wheels to four or more, we want to see what moves you. And that is what the Cool Ride contest is all about.

Join us for the Cool Ride Party at Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard on November 7th from 5:30 until 8 pm to view all eight awesome finalists, enjoy food trucks, great beer, and meet overlanders from all over the world! There are no tickets required for the Cool Ride! Party, so please come join the fun.

Then don’t forget to vote for your favorite rig at www.overlandexpo.com/coolride! The winner will be announced during happy hour on Saturday at Overland Expo held at REEB Ranch. If you want to be part of the excitement on Saturday, there are just over 50 Overland Experience Passes available, a few Weekend Passes with Camping - Moto Only, and, of course, Day Passes available. Pick up your tickets HERE.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, so get yours soon! Day Pass parking is at the same location as the Cool Ride Party on Wednesday (no overnight parking is allowed).

It is almost time for Overland Expo EAST! We hope to see you there!

Put Your Overland Cooking Skills to the Test!

Think you’re the ultimate chef? If your favorite part of overland travel is cooking and eating, if creating something amazingly good with only a small stove and a handful of ingredients thrills you, you’ll be excited about this news...

  Photo © Ruth Belcher

Photo © Ruth Belcher

We'll be opening registration for the Overland Expo Chef Competition on October 24, 2018. Seven teams of one to three chefs will battle it out with a secret ingredient and get judged on a cocktail, a savory, and a sweet dish to determine the best overland chef.

The registration process will be announced the next edition of our Overland News Newsletter. If you’re not subscribed, head over to www.overlandexpo.com/overlandnews and subscribe today.

Get your team ready now!

Show us your Cool Ride!

Overland Expo celebrates the diversity of vehicle-dependent overland travel. Whether large or small, from two wheels to four or more, we want to see what moves you!

Are you already planning to go to Overland Expo 2018 EAST? How would you like your Weekend Pass with Camping comped? The eight finalists of this fall's Cool Ride contest will receive a free Weekend Pass with Camping for the event!

Just enter your rig or motorcycle, finished or not, and get the 50 votes required to get in front of our judges and get a chance at the finals. Oh, and the winner gets $500 in Overland Expo CASH to spend with our exhibitors at the event! Plus there are weekly random winners! What have you got to lose?

Enter here: www.overlandexpo.com/coolride

Overland Expo EAST Class Schedule is Released!

What do you want to learn about overland travel?

Overland Expo is about more than gear and rigs. There are over 120+ fantastic activities such as round-table discussions from experts, films, demos, and slideshows, plus over 220+ hours of premium classes covering everything from technical extraction to cooking on the road.

You can check out what you can learn at Overland Expo EAST by checking out the newly released schedule of classes.

The premium classes available only to those with an Overland Experience ticket offer amazing hands-on training. You can take classes in First Aid, Food Storage & Provisioning, Safety & Security, and SO MUCH MORE!

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Take Charly Aurelia’s first aid class “When There Is No 911” on proper patient assessment, learn how to properly store food on your vehicle-supported adventures (and a new recipe or two), or sit in on Traveling Solo, a female perspective on safe travel practices - from women who have traveled all over the world.

Learn more about our premium classes here and be sure to grab your ticket before they’re gone!

Less than 200 Overland Experience tickets are remaining, and less than 40 Weekend Passes with Camping. Don’t forget, you can always join us with a Day Pass, but they must be purchased in advance and parking for Day Pass ticket holders is at the Oskar Blues Brewery where a shuttle will transport you to the Expo.

Who is Coming to Overland Expo East?

Overland Expo 2018 EAST is just over two months away and the show is really coming together. We are so happy that both Four Wheel Campers and BFGoodrich Tires are back as Host Sponsors!

If you haven’t checked them out, Four Wheel makes an amazing slide-in camper designed specifically for the beating that overland vehicles take. Built since 1972 with three basic principles in mind (lightweight, durability, and simplicity), Four Wheel Campers also keeps the weight at the lowest possible center of gravity while allowing the camper frame to flex without breaking (itself or your vehicle). This allows you to take your rig where you want without sacrificing some great comfort and style.

BFGoodrich Tires leads the industry with their off-road capable tires. With a 27 SCORE Baja 1000 wins and 70 overall four-wheel SCORE Desert Race Titles, they not only know their stuff, they’ve proven it. The BFG team will be there to help you understand what type of driving maximizes their tire performance. They also run a grant program of Out Standing Trails to help protect the paths we know and love.

 The BFGoodrich Team from a previous Expo

The BFGoodrich Team from a previous Expo

 A Four Wheel Camper out exploring

A Four Wheel Camper out exploring

We are thrilled to have BFGoodrich Tires and Four Wheel Campers back with us and can’t wait to see them at the show.

This is just a sampling of the great sponsors and exhibitors heading to REEB Ranch just south of Asheville, NC this November 9-11. You can check out everyone who is coming on our EAST Sponsor and Exhibitor page. Tickets for Overland Expo EAST are on sale and still available. There are even a few premium Overland Experience tickets remaining. But the Expo is coming soon so be sure to pick up yours soon as all tickets must be purchased in advance.

We hope to see you in November!


New Venue for Overland Expo East!

Staff were in the Asheville area last weekend to work on plans for the upcoming Overland Expo 2018 EAST at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch. Yes, this year it is at a new location!

We've left behind the fabulous Biltmore for greener pastures this year, literally! Located only 35 miles from Asheville, REEB Ranch hosts rolling fields, a backdrop of beautiful blue mountains, and comes complete with a stream threading through the property as well as miles of hiking and mountain bike trails in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest.


All of those empty fields will be transformed when Overland Expo EAST begins November 9 (we open on Thursday for camping). The same great event will take place over three days, hosting over 200 vendors, and, of course, hundreds of in-depth classes, from choosing the right vehicle or motorcycle for your needs, to packing it with the proper equipment and provisions, to handling challenging road conditions, to recovering from that unexpected slide off the road.

Our team of instructors is simply the best on the planet: from seasoned Camel Trophy team members to trans-Africa veterans to professional motorcycle trainers and trip leaders. We are looking forward to another Overland Expo EAST schedule—packed with over 160 classes and activities, comprising of more than 300 session hours of instruction.

Another difference for this year is that ALL tickets must be purchased in advance, including Day Passes. Day Pass parking will be off-site with a free shuttle service to Overland Expo. Only campers and ADA vehicles will be permitted to park at the ranch.

Tickets are already on sale. Check out the ticket types. To choose the best one for you and we'll see you at the show November 9-11!


 Left to Right: Cool Ride Grand Prize Winner Blue Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator Cyan Samone and Traffic & Campground Manager Isaac Barley

Left to Right: Cool Ride Grand Prize Winner Blue Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator Cyan Samone and Traffic & Campground Manager Isaac Barley


Jett Scott and Blue Nelson recently rescued this lost, but not forgotten 1982 Mercedes 200 Diesel behind a shipping container near Long Beach, California where it sat languishing in the open for more than a decade. It was slated to be parted out then scrapped but Blue decided to try to get the well-travelled Diesel back on the road again in as close to its "as found" condition as possible, complete with the camping gear, maps, Saharan sand ladders and bullet holes. Blue delivered the car to the Mercedes Classic Center in Southern California, where much to the surprise and delight of the staff, it was verified and officially high-mileage-awarded as, indeed, the missing "Brauner Benz" driven by Markus Besold for nearly 600,000 kms throughout Europe, Africa, South, Central and North America and beyond. Markus chronicled his arduous and high stakes adventures in a very detailed journal online as far back as 1994 as well as in a published book. 

When asked how he would spend his $500 Overland Expo Cash, Blue surprised everyone by stating he had everything he needed to travel comfortably already in the trunk of the car and proceeded to give his winnings to the other finalists present. Thank you Blue for bringing us this artifact of overlanding history and for showing everyone you don't need the biggest or fanciest rig to have the coolest ride!

 Isaac applies an Overland Expo decal at Blue's request. This will be the final addition before the Benz is entombed in a museum.

Isaac applies an Overland Expo decal at Blue's request. This will be the final addition before the Benz is entombed in a museum.

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