The off-roading community is a strong one, and when a bunch of enthusiasts gather together in one place, you know it's going to be a good time. Despite this, there are not a lot of high-profile events that were made for displaying off-road vehicles, checking out the latest stages of truck mods and browsing around for some fresh ideas.
However, all is not lost for fans of off-roading. One particular festival held in the western U.S. is quickly becoming a can't-miss event, as it offers everything a driver could want. Known as Off Road Nights, this extravaganza is starting to attract thousands of fans and plenty of attention, and it may soon be a major event in the world of off-roading.
This year's event
Billed as a festival that celebrates everything about the dirt lifestyle, Off Road Nights was created to be a haven for fans of off-road driving. The 2013 edition of the event, which was held Aug. 3, featured almost 60 of the top vendors from various sectors of the off-roading industry, as well as thousands of fans of the pastime.
"I just wanted to bring the community together, have a party and show off all their sick vehicles while they're clean," Rat Sult, the founder of the event, told The Press-Enterprise. "No stress. No racing. Everybody is just hanging out having a good time."
With everything from semi trucks and full-size pickups to rock crawlers and go karts present, there really is something for everyone with an interest in the off-roading industry, and all guests can bond over their love of the dirt lifestyle. According to the news source, more than 15,000 people flocked to the most recent running, and the event organizers believe that there is enough interest to keep the festivities growing into the future.
What the future holds
After the success of the 2013 event, Off Road Nights is only looking up. The goal is to keep the event growing, adding more vendors and attracting more fans - and their vehicles - each year.
Even families can get in on the fun. There is a kids' zone filled with age-appropriate activities, and auto fans of any age will love strolling through the grounds and checking out all of the truck and Jeep modifications on display - and perhaps even getting some ideas for future projects.
Many of the favorite activities from Off Road Nights will continue to be a part of future celebrations. Even if you have missed the festivities in the past, things like the car show, off-road lifestyle expo and displays, live entertainment, and vehicle competitions should be a staple for years to come.
Off Road Nights is held in Temecula because of the city's prime location, and that also makes it a great spot for fans of off-roading to visit at any time of year. With a close proximity to both mountains and desert lands, riders who enjoy any type of terrain will have access to their preferred setting.
"Temecula is like the epicenter for action sports and off-road because of the location of the mountains and desert," Sult, a Temecula city resident, told the Southwest Riverside News Network. "This is going to be like Sturgis [and its motorcycle rally] for off-road."
The city also hosts an annual event known as the Rod Run. This classic car show brings in anywhere from 25,000 to 35,000 people and only furthers the reputation Temecula has a haven for auto lovers, The Press-Enterprise reported.