if you come back next year, come visit me in the camel trophy training area. I'll introduce you around. Most of the staff are either Rover or Toyota enthusiasts and we have lively debates. I would also say that the staff all perk up when a Series or Defender show up to the training area. There was a beautiful blue 109 and a mustard Stage one that had us all oggling.Totally agree. The gear coming out now is amazing compared to what you used to be able to get at surplus. And very specific to overland / off road vehicle travel. Hopefully most of them stick around and keep innovating. As a side note, I am somewhat amazed at how many different companies make an all steel front replacement bumper for a sprinter.
the stories the students bring with them are incredible. There are lots of couples that leave their vehicles abroad while on an extended overland trip and come here for the training. if you look thru the different expo pics, there was a 49 international pickup with a 2x4 roof rack and a backpacker tent on it, that was photographed quite a bit. I first saw it when he showed up to the driving course for me to train. Thing was a beast. He was from PA and pretty sure he was Amish or Mennonite.