Cruiser Fest 2013: Land Cruiser owners unite in Utah

Each fall, a passionate group of Land Cruiser owners converge on Tooele, Utah at the Miller Motorsports Park for CruiserFest. 2013 was a banner year, drawing Toyota enthusiasts from as far as Venezuela, South Africa and Canada. The event has a casual and community feel, representing both well-used and impeccably-restored Land Cruisers. The cornerstone and founder of the event is Greg Miller, a true Land Cruiser aficionado, and curator of the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum, its facility located within the motor sports park. Greg’s collection is extensive, including many rare and original models from the history of this iconic brand. My compliments to Greg, Anne Marie, Kurt Williams of Cruiser Outfitters and all of the other volunteers that made this event possible!

A broad spectrum of Land Cruisers were represented in the outside display area:

FJ60 Land Cruiser
Some of these Land Cruisers have been owned for decades and used throughout the Southwest and beyond.

LJ78 Prado Land Cruiser
Overland Journal’s much-loved LJ78 project was on display, including a new Front Runner slimline rack.

HZJ77 Land Cruiser
My personal favorite from the show, a 1991 HZJ77, fresh from a week-long adventure through the backcountry of Utah. I love the fact that it is well used and arrived unwashed.

60 Series High Roof
This high-roof 60 series is pretty sweet. Just needs some funky 8.25 R16 tires. Oh, and never repaint those sweet stripes.

Drool (that is all)

One of the last customer builds for Proffitt’s Cruisers, a stunning 45 pickup.

The Festivities:

In addition to the fantastic line-up of vehicles, the event included an art exhibit, classes on cooking in the field, field repair, expedition vehicle preparation and adventure photography. There were two group dinners, both hosted by the event founder, Greg Miller. Greg presented his travels with Expeditions 7 to the attendees on Friday night.

Greg Miller Land Cruiser Heritage

CruiserFest Art Exhibit

Land Cruiser Art
The art exhibit

well feed
Attendees are well fed.

The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum:

The museum is a literal feast for the Land Cruiser lover, with both tastefully modified, stock and unrestored cruisers lining the walls.

LJ78 90 series Prado
A 90 Series Prado and an LJ78 Prado are included. Greg’s goal is to have a factory-stock example of every Land Cruiser made.

Double Cab Land Cruiser
Dream trucks abound (featured inOverland Journal, Summer 2013)

One of my personal favorites, a clean and thoughtfully restored FJ45 pickup.

These older Land Cruisers just inspire adventure

First Land Cruiser in America
One of the most rare Land Cruisers in the US, believed to be the first unit imported to North America.


Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. His polar travels include two vehicle crossings of Antarctica and the first long-axis crossing of Greenland. He lives in Prescott, Arizona IG: @scott.a.brady Twitter: @scott_brady