Category Archives: News
March 21st, 2017 |
| Ed Whitty
Expedition SEMA Announces 2017 Expedition
Presented by Performance Plus Oils
Catawba, North Carolina: March 16rd 2017
The Garage Shop Owner and Driver, Aaron Brown, and his trusted navigator, Ed Goff, Owner of Goff Metal Fab, have teamed up with Performance Plus Oils for the second annual Expedition SEMA adventure. Expedition SEMA will start their trek at the Performance Plus Oils – Safety Kleen corporate offices in Independence Missouri with a send-off party on Oct. 10th 2017. Then the adventure begins as Expedition SEMA hits the first of many dirt trails, the Oregon Trail.
These two seasoned racers and fabricators will complete the journey in a fully rebuilt 1970 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser dubbed the ‘Trail Rat.’ Expedition SEMA is a solo journey, the team has no backup or chase crew, Aaron and Ed are on their own and will carry all tools and supplies necessary to survive.
Check out the full recap of Expedition SEMA 2016 in the latest edition of Via Corsa Magazine, available on newsstands now. Professional Video Recap of Expedition SEMA 2016 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Wp-DPQ_dk
Expedition SEMA 2017 travels across the Oregon Trail through 6 states. Once they hit the Owyhee Wilderness area in Idaho they will head south towards Salt Lake City making a stop at the Golden Spike where the first transcontinental railroad met east and west lines. Next stop is the Bonneville Salt Flats to celebrate a 10 year anniversary where the Dodge 71 stock car built by Aaron Brown and crew crushed a world record with a 244.9 MPH run in 2007. From there Expedition SEMA takes the Pony Express east, then turns south through Moab, Needles, Zion, Northern AZ and on to Las Vegas.
3,800 Miles, 20 days, 15 ghost towns, abandoned mining districts, Pony Express stops, dirt roads, OHV trails and tough mountain terrain; this is Expedition SEMA 2017! The northern route faces weather obstacles; the trails are harder and the locations more remote as Aaron and Ed venture deep into the Wild West wilderness.
Follow Along: All year long, The Garage Shop will post updates as they prep for this epic adventure. Come Oct. 10th Expedition SEMA will be posting Daily Trip Reports to the The Garage Shop Facebook page. Search #ExpeditionSEMA for content.
Meet Expedition SEMA: Meet and Greet with Expedition SEMA as they finish their journey. Check out the ‘Trail Rat’ Expedition SEMA 1970 Toyota FJ-40 at the 2017 SEMA show! Details to follow.
With world-class manufacturers as marketing partners, Expedition SEMA has the confidence to complete the 3,800 mile solo trip in the 1970 Toyota FJ-40 Trail Rat.
February 17th, 2017 |
| Ed Whitty
If you make it to Jeepin with Judd this weekend, be sure to check out our SEC12(ES) on the 4x4Graphics build. Stay safe out there!READ MORE >
October 7th, 2016 |
| Ed Whitty
Expedition SEMA Hits the Trail TODAY!
Catawba, North Carolina: (Oct. 5, 2016) — After 11 long months of planning, mapping and a complete vehicle build, The Garage Shop Owner and Driver, Aaron Brown, and his trusted navigator, Ed Goff Owner of Goff Metal Fab, hit the trails early this morning for an epic 4,000 mile journey; Expedition SEMA!
The two seasoned racers and fabricators will complete the journey in a fully rebuilt 1970 Toyota FJ-40 Land Cruiser dubbed the ‘Trail Rat.’ Expedition SEMA travels across the country via the Trans American Trail, a transcontinental route originally designed for Dual Sport and Adventure Bike motorcycles. Starting in North Carolina, the Trans American Trail is a rough combination of 4×4 trails, dirt roads, logging roads, fire roads and an occasional back road. In Moab Utah the team will head north to Jarbidge NV, then south to Las Vegas hitting legendary Offroad trails and desert tracks along the way.
~~Follow Along:~~ Expedition SEMA will be posting Daily Trip Reports to the The Garage Shop Facebook page. Search #ExpeditionSEMA for content.
~~Magellan eXplorist TRX Off-Road GPS Navigation: ~~Expedition SEMA will utilize the new TRX Off-Road GPS which has exciting, unique, new capabilities like crowd-sourcing trail maps, 3D mapping, and social sharing via Twitter #ExpeditionSEMA. For those not on Twitter, look for map and trail updates on Facebook. Once the Journey is complete the previously unmapped leg from Moab Utah to Las Vegas will be available to the public.
~~Meet Expedition SEMA:~~ Meet and Greet with Expedition SEMA as they finish their journey. Saturday October 19th at the Pioneer saloon 310 310 W Spring Street, Goodsprings, NV 89019. 4X4 capable vehicles are welcome and encouraged to join Expedition SEMA after the Meet and Greet to hit the dirt trails back to Las Vegas.
Expedition SEMA is a solo journey, the team has no backup or chase crew, Aaron and Ed are on their own and will carry all tools and supplies necessary to survive. “We have a passion for overland expedition driving, but to do this successfully, we have to have the best, most reliable products on the market,” said Aaron Brown, Owner of The Garage Shop. With world-class manufacturers as marketing partners, Expedition SEMA has the confidence to complete the 4,000 mile solo trip in the 1970 Toyota FJ-40 Trail Rat.
August 10th, 2016 |
| Ed Whitty
Mile Marker industries will be showcasing our SEC4500(ES) winch at the NATDA show in Nashville Tennessee this coming September 7th-11th.
Drop by our booth, #971, and take a look at our SEC4500(ES)’s top of line features.
Ideal use: Car Trailers, Utility Trailers, UTVs, Compact SUVs
Versatile Design and Low Amperage Draw.
The SEC4500(es) is a versatile, utility recovery tool that serves large side by side units just as well as trailer duty.
This winch revolutionizes efficiency and performance with its compact size, low amperage draw, and fast line speeds!
The Mile Marker SEC4500(es) winch has also been updated to include a mounting plate, as well as an 8’ Tow Strap for protecting valuable cargo from cable damage.
July 15th, 2016 |
| Ed Whitty
Mile Markers SEC15(ES) and The Garage Shops FJ40 set to tackle the Trans American Trail.
Watch the progress and #expeditionsema feed right here
Expedition SEMA; The Garage Shop Tackles the Trans-American Trail sponsored by Mile Marker industries and more.
Mooresville, NC (May 20, 2016) – The Garage Shop in Catawba County, North Carolina announced today, Expedition SEMA; The Garage Shop tackles the Trans-America Trail (TAT) in a 1970 Toyota USA Fj40 LAND CRUISER. The 30 day trip will cover 4,000 miles of dirt roads in 11 states through the heart of America.
In 2015, The Garage Shop built the World’s Fastest Rat Rod which is street legal and broke 7 East Coast Timing Association records at the Ohio Mile. While in Las Vegas for SEMA, Brown devised the idea to create a vehicle that would test products to the fullest, in some of the harshest conditions in America from the high peaks to desserts, to farm land and everything in-between. The team will sleep in tents each night and eat only the food they bring with them and can fit into the FJ40. It’s the ultimate man and machine expedition across America.
The Garage Shop wanted to create project that would help to rediscover the backroads of America and small towns, coast to coast. What better way to do that, than on the Trans-American Trail that stretches from Central North Carolina to Las Vegas, NV.
Expedition SEMA will trek across dirt roads in 11 states including, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada.
“I wanted to build a vehicle that was practical and something that we could drive to SEMA,” said Brown, “We’re going to drive the FJ40 Land Cruiser nearly 4,000 miles on dirt roads and straight into SEMA, no washing, no waxing, no cleaning, nothing. Exactly like it came off the trail, even if fenders are falling off.”
The Trans-America Trail (TAT) is a transcontinental, coast to coast route across the United States. It is designed for Dual Sport and Adventure Bike motorcycles. It consists mostly of dirt roads, logging roads, fire roads, farm roads, unimproved roads, and back paved roads.
For more information on The Garage Shop, please visit their Facebook page “The Garage Shop”. The Garage Shop and Expedition SEMA would like to thank its following partners: Nightsun 4×4, Mile Marker Winch, Performance Distributors, Mastercraft Safety, Bilstein Shocks, Painless Performance Products, QuietRide Solutions, Safety-Kleen, C&R Racing, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions LLC, RacingJunk.com
June 23rd, 2016 |
| Ed Whitty
Us soldiers with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment installing Mile Marker Winches onto their Humvees at
Camp Doha, Kuwait, March 17th, 2003.
(Picture courtesy of Arcent, CFLCC Public Affairs)READ MORE >
June 21st, 2016 |
| Ed Whitty
4x4barbie and our Sec15(ES) winch hit Daytona beach!
Our sponsored Mini Monster Truck “Southern Crush” arrives at Daytona beach for “Daytona Truck meet”
Check out 4×4 Barbies scheduled events at 4x4barbie.com