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06.30.2014
Bushwacker at the 2014 NW Overland Rally
A 4x4 van with Bushwacker E350 Extend-A-Flares.

One of several 4×4 vans as the 2014 NW Overland Rally sporting Bushwacker E-Series Extend-A-Fender Flares.

The NW Overland Rally, held outside of Leavenworth, Washington, is a place where overlanding enthusiasts from across the Pacific Northwest (and sometimes from much further away) come to camp, talk travel, check out the latest gear for their vehicles (and campsites), and take classes from experts in their respective fields.

NavigationClass

X Elles Racing‘s Rhonda Cahill (left) and Rachelle Croft, teach a class in navigation.

There were classes in everything from vehicle recovery and navigation, to wilderness first-aid and off-road driving. There were even classes on fly fishing, wine, and cooking. Bushwacker had a booth showcasing its array of products, and we met a host of new customers, old friends, and everyone in between.

Saturday we hit the trails in Liberty, WA  for some four-wheeling—the trails and scenery didn’t disappoint. Steep hill climbs, plenty of off-camber situations, and deep V notches kept things challenging and tested driver skill and vehicle limits.

Land Rover Discovery winchingSome of the V notches were pretty deep and quite wide. This Land Rover Discovery ended up slipping into the crack. Luckily, the owner had a winch and was able to right himself and drove away without any body damage (to him or the vehicle).

This was my fourth trip to this event, and every year I’m impressed with the diversity among vehicles. There are modified Jeep Wranglers, overland-outfitted Toyotas, huge Unimogs, wild 4×4 campers, and just about everything else you could think of. Add to that great people, fantastic vendors, informative classes, and a heck of a raffle each night (which included a Bushwacker gift certificate), and the  2014 NW Overland Rally—which gets bigger and bigger each year—was a hit once again.

Speaking of all those vehicles, here is a smattering of some of the rigs that showed up for the 2014 NW Overland Rally. Hope to see you there next year!

Bushwacker booth at NW Overland Rally

The Bushwacker Booth at the NW Overland Rally.

Cool Unimog

Why? Because Unimog, that’s why.

Unimog fire truck

Unimog fire vehicle: Best seat in the house.

FJ40 camper

How’s this for a unique rig? An FJ40 camper, which came down from British Columbia.

Tan Sportsmobile

Great looking Sportsmobile with Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender Flares.

Jeep Cheroke from NW Overland Rally

Classic Jeep Cherokee sporting our Cut-Out Flares.

A Trail Teams edition Toyota FJ Cruiser with our Pocket Style Fender Flares.

This Trail Teams Toyota FJ Cruiser with Pocket Style Flares looks awesome.

There were a number of RC crawlers at the NW Overland Rally.

The Adventure IQ RC crawler was one of many remote-control rigs.

Porsche Cayenne overlander

Overlanding lets you use nearly any vehicle, even a Porsche Cayenne.

Nitro Gear and Axle F450

The Nitro Gear and Axle Ford F450 with our Cut-Out Flares looks like one mean camper!

It's not everyday you see a Nissan Patrol in the U.S.

It’s not everyday you see a Nissan Patrol in the U.S.

2 door JK with Bushwacker flares

Our Flat Style Fender Flares look perfect on this JK.

NW Overland Rally trail run

Starting a trail run in nearby Liberty, WA.

FJ overland rig

Another unique Toyota FJ creation.

Exploring Element's '01 Ram camper with Pocket Style Flares doing the trophy challenge.

The Exploring Elements Dodge camper with Pocket Style Flares doing the trophy challenge.

The Expedition Overland rigs.

The crew from Expedition Overland came from Bozeman, MT for the rally.

Red Jeep JK with Bushwacker fender flares

Jeep Wrangler with Bushwacker Flat Style Fender Flares.