During my time in California, I was lucky enough to be in the area for the legendary Offroad Expo. This awesome expo is located in Pomona, California each fall for one weekend. Tons of truck, UTV, and Jeep lovers come out annually to see all the latest gadgets for offroading, and swipe up deals on parts!
There were over 350 vendors scattered across 10 acres of awesomeness. It was a bit overwhelming but totally awesome. This expo happens once in the Spring in Scottsdale, Arizona, and then again in the fall in Pomona, California. Whatever offroading companies come to mind first, they were probably here. The lineup was stttaaaccckkkeedddd.
It costs about $12 to park and $20 at the door (it's a few bucks cheaper if you buy online ahead of time, and you get to skip the long line at the door). For the insane amount of vendors attending this event, it is well worth the money. Each day was filled with events, giveaways, autograph signings, demos, and more. You could even grab a beer or margarita and browse the cool Jeep parts. And, like any expo or event, there were tons of fun freebies to grab.
On top of all that, there were lots of insane builds for all kinds of rigs, not just Jeeps. There were some mean trucks and UTVs there too. Even if you don't drive an SUV, there were vendors selling satellite phones, lighting, gps devices, and all kinds of stuff! It's a great event for anyone who loves the outdoors or offroading. Plus, most of the companies were offering exclusive show prices on all your favorite name brand products.
It seemed like every corner you turned, the rigs got cooler and cooler. It was definitely inspirational to see some of the sick builds at the expo. There were all kinds of crawler builds and super meaty trucks. Some builds had some crazy wraps and very unique designs.
The Offroad Expo in Pomona was much more truck friendly than other truck and jeep shows I've been to in the past. There were tons of bumpers, lighting options, suspension, and countless other vendors for all kinds of rigs. It was seriously a car enthusiast's paradise!
One exhibit that I held close to my heart was dedicated Jessi Combs. This inspirational woman paved her way through history as the fastest woman on four wheels. Her death rattled the automotive community earlier this year, but her spirit lives on. You could even sign your name and leave a message, which I did!
There were many companies that had tributes throughout the expo. It was super awesome to see everyone honoring this inspirational hero! Jessi Combs set a record in 2013 hitting a 398 mph run, and has driven as fast as 483 mph. At the time of her accident, she was trying to beat the current record of 512 mph, reportedly aiming for 619 mph. Jessi showed us that your dreams should be bigger than life and to always follow them. She tragically died doing something she loves, and I hope one day to live as full as a life as her. Never stop chasing your dreams!
I had so much fun browsing all the Jeep parts and offroading gear at the Offroad Expo. I also got to meet a lot of people in person for the first time, like my Metalcloak fam! It was so cool finally meeting everyone in person. If you catch me in the wild, don't be shy to come say hi! If you're ever in SoCal in the Fall, definitely check out this event. You won't be sorry!