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2006 Off-Road Expo by Advanstar

Article written by Moab Man

Date Added: 09/03/2006

Moab, Jeep, Rockcrawling, U.R.O.C.; all these words are rightfully used in the same breath as Utah. However, what has been missing is an off-road show.

That?s right; the state that is the Mecca of wheeling, hosts the Easter Jeep Safari, and is home to the extreme rockcrawling of U.R.O.C. has not had a serious off-road show until this year.

Fortunately, Advanstar Communications decided to fill this long empty void with the 2006 Off-Road Expo held last April in the South Towne Expo Center located in Sandy City Utah.

So how did this first show go? It went pretty well. On hand were numerous vendors of both a local flavor, not so local, and nationally known. There was pretty much something for every age. So take a stroll with us through this first show.


Ok, so Nitto is an international company. The show was in America, and we're telling the story.

Nitto Tires showed up with an awesome display, some great tires, and of course the Nitto Girls.

So where are the pictures of these girls? Blame the editor, I suspect those pictures are now on his wall.



How many of you thought Off-Road meant only Jeeps?

Kawasaki made an appearance with some great looking ATV's and plenty of information. With all their available options, you're sure to find the right one to get into trouble. Unfortunately, the staff's reputation for rolling our vehicles preceded us; and we were promptly chased off. There is always next year.



Some of the biggest news out of Toyota in the last year has been the new FJ Cruiser. In the spirit of the original FJ, Toyota was on hand to reintroduce the public to more than just the vehicle with an outdoors display.

Credit must be given to Toyota for not only the display but the authenticity of the display. What do I mean? They had on display the very same FJ from Easter Jeep Safari 06 with its battle scars and all.

TeraFlex was on hand to display their new composite mono-leaf. Having chatted with one of the engineers for a while, it sounds like it will be pretty sweet for all you die-hard leaf sprung guys. But before you start making calls... it is for spring over applications only.
Here is an extra little teaser photo of the mono-leaf from TeraFlex.
We have all seen the miracle metal polishes on television at 3 a.m. Not being able to resist, we picked some up and will let you know if this one is magic or simply a slight of hand trick.
Ok, so you're there at the show looking at all the cool toys, and you just have to take something home. Fortunately 4 Wheel Parts was there with plenty of parts for sale.
As we said in the beginning, this show had stuff for all ages and we meant ALL ages.

Final Thoughts

Overall it was a great show. Every facet of the off-road adventure was represented well, and we look forward to Off-road Expo 2007.

Our Thank You's!

MoabJeeper Magazine would like to thank Amy Bartz, Sales Representative for DirtSports Magazine, for inviting MoabJeeper Magazine to the first of what we hope will be many more shows.
 


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