Austin with his Mondo Sahara machine
Each year, Expedition Portal awards an "Overlander of the Year" to the individual that captured the greatest sense of adventure and inspiration for the community in the previous year (and years). For 2012, this much deserved title goes to one of the most entertaining, approachable and genuine adventurers on the planet - Austin Vince.
While we will list Austin's (many) accomplishments later in the article, what makes him so important to the overland community is his ability to inspire. Inspire others through his humorous and self-effacing (his humility, not so much wardrobe) approach, but also because he sheds off the glamorous and always travels on the cheap. While his motorcycle may be affordable and his attire, errr, timeless, Austin has never shied away from the serious and remote routes around the world. From his early expeditions around the Northern Hemisphere (his route predating the Long Way Round by about a decade) to his most recent bash through the Sahara, Austin and his mates really go for it.