via West County Explorers Club: The 2011 AMA District 37 Barstow to Vegas Dual-Sport event took place at the end of last month. Here’s a nicely documented and narrated recap of the 2009 event.
The two-part video is about an hour long and is a little slow to get going but there’s some great footage of guys on BMW R1200GS and F800GS bikes working their way through sandy, rocky canyons, dry river sand washes, and some fantastic flat-out desert riding, including the use of a roll chart for navigation.
Part 2, around 14:45 even shows a guy jumping his big GS over berm.
Here’s Part 2: http://youtu.be/qvgqL0-b83U.
And here’s a link to the event, in case you’d like to take part next year: http://www.labarstowvegas.com.
The 2011 Expedition Portal Overland Awards
4wd SUV of the Year – North America (US and Canada)
The Leica M8 is one of the most elegant and captivating digital cameras available to consumers today. If there was ever an ExPo version, this is it (despite the $10,000 price tag).
A Review by Kelsey McLaren
Three Jeeps, six people, and great espresso all in the most remote point in the lower 48 states – it’s possible.
A Tour of the New FWC Production Facility
via West County Explorers Club: What vehicle did the overland-savvy Australians take with them on a year-long research expedition to Antarctica in 1963? A Land Rover? A Toyota Land Cruiser? No, they took a practically bone-stock VW Beetle.
It looks almost comically unassuming next to the hard-core Swedish Snow Trac seen in the background of one of the shots in the film but the humble Beetle reportedly held its own against the harsh, icy terrain.
There you go, the Type 1 Beetle. The most popular car in the world and the first production car on the Antarctic continent.
Read more here on Jalopnik.
This jeep carries 48-star flag from days before Hawaii and Alaska joined the union.
Via West County Explorers Club: My friend Greg just sent me a link to this outstanding travel video by Munich-based freelance filmmaker, Vincent Urban and Clemens Krüger. Part 1 of a five-part series, it shows three friends traveling through southeast Asia in a Land Rover Defender 110. There is hardly any narration, hardly any dialogue. Moments of the trip are just strung together like memories. It’s beautifully shot and edited and gets to the heart of why we all travel.
The first three in the series are already on Vimeo. See Part 2 here and Part 3 here.
Thanks for the tip, Greg!
Jonathan Hanson takes an in depth look at several of the best compressors
via West County Explorers Club: Here’s a recent Vimeo find documenting what appears to be a group of Czechs on a 2008 off-road expedition in the Ukraine. It looks like they had a great trip. And I like the video.
Just be careful about driving over those winch cables guys. Oh, and Smokey the Bear says to clear a five-foot-radius ring around that campfire but other than that, nice one…
The most difficult part of driving the NuKaiser is keeping the sand out of your mouth from smiling so much.
Another great couple is about to hit the road! Brad and Sheena have just quit their jobs and are embarking on a round-the-world trip in their VW Volkswagen. We are not sure yet if their biggest…
Phase 3: Guatemala
When we finally crossed into Guatemala, we had to pay a few bucks for some sort of mandatory agricultural spray on the underside of the vehicle.
All-in-one GPS receivers for two- and four-wheel overlanders
By Chris Marzonie
… we came across this stylish, toy Land Rover complete with roof rack and tiny jerry cans …
West County Explorers Club: Do you ever wonder how exactly a differential works? We all have a rough idea, but for a well-explained breakdown of the concepts, check out this instructional film from the 1930s. I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a clearer explanation.
Phase 2: Southeastern Mexico
… we dropped down to the expansive sea-level marshlands in the state of Tabasco …
This 1957 Chevrolet Crew Cab 4×4 is another beautiful example of a rare, period-custom truck. According to the seller it started life as a 1-ton pick-up and was then converted by Oreville Metal Specialty Company in…
As long-time Amazon Prime members, we ordered an early release Kindle Fire for evaluation. Given the form factor, we considered its suitability for adventure travel. Being just in the middle of the iPad and iPhone on…
Phase 1: Intro; Northern/Central Mexico
Most Americans drool over the legendary Land Rover Defender 110, and especially ones newer than 25 years old, which cannot be legally imported & registered in the United States.