RAINBOW IN THE DESERT
WHILE THE REST OF THE COUNTRY EXPERIENCED SOME FORM OF WET, WINTRY OR ICY CONDITIONS, THE SUN WAS SHINING AT THE THIRD ANNUAL OFF-ROAD EXPO IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA. Held March 2-3, 2019, at the WestWorld event center, the expo is an offshoot of the long-running event of the same name that occurs in September at the L.A. County Fairplex in Pomona, California.
The expo offered an array of off-road companies displaying their parts, equipment, services and gear. From off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles and UTVs to camping and overlanding/adventure travel, enthusiasts came out to meet and talk with representatives from dozens of off-road industry stalwarts. Companies included Rigid Industries, Rockford Fosgate, Armordillo USA, Nitto Tires, SDHQ Offroad, BDS Suspension, Daystar, Deny Locks, Dirty Life Wheels, ICON Vehicle Dynamics, Kleinn Air Horns, Magnuson Superchargers, Method Wheels, Navatlas, Fuel Wheels and Tires, Rugged Radios, Rolling Big Power, Rock Slide Engineering, Shreddy Lyfe, Asfir 4X4 and many more.
Scottsdale was for the most part true to the chamber of commerce’s “guarantee” of 300-plus days of sunshine, and it was de rigueur for attendees and participants to be in shorts and t-shirts. A great lead-in for many who were heading to Las Vegas the following week for the Mint 400, two days of fun in the Valley of the Sun were hardly enough after seemingly endless weeks of wet weather elsewhere.
The Off-Road Expo is part of the Family Events Performance Series that also includes the 4Wheel Jamboree events in Lima, Ohio; Indianapolis; and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; and the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, California. Thanks to the Family Events crew for all their assistance. We’ll be back again next year!