This year has been wild enough with the COVID pandemic and because of it the Sand Sports Super Show and Off-Road Expo were affected negatively. After needing to be moved from Southern California to Scottsdale, Arizona due to state restrictions.
Even with the move, the show was not immune to the mighty hand of the pandemic. After a packed first day, the show’s second day was canceled due to noncompliance with COVID restrictions.
The show was informed by the City of Scottsdale the venue would not allow the event to proceed for its second day. Everyone was disappointed with the news, and the show staff had tried everything to persuade officials to change their decision but had no luck.
Lines were long everywhere. From hour-long waits and traffic just to enter the parking lot to lines at the only food and beverage stands. It was definitely something that was not prepared for.
While the closure could be looked at as a total negative, it has to be noted that the turnout shows positives as well. The amount of enthusiasts that came shows how many want to return to normal, as well as how strong the off-road community is even with the world shut down.
We were able to walk the show grounds before the closure and were able to check out all the vehicles and exhibitors on display. There was plenty of excitement around the show as there were plenty of sales and great-looking vehicles.
One vehicle that seemed to have a nonstop crowd was the all-new Speed UTV. The vehicle is set to rewrite what a side-by-side is supposed to be and because of that Robby Gordon was on hand to answer any questions.
The show definitely had more of a Sand Sports feel than an Off-Road Expo feel due to the amount of UTVs at the show. The UTV market continues to grow and is taking over the off-road world.
Overall, it was great to see a glimpse into yesteryear at events, but despite the closure, off-roaders are itching to get back to normal. Be sure to check out the gallery below with all the highlights before the doors were closed.