30A Sand Rover Rally

9th Annual
30A Sand Rover RallY
April 14-16, 2023

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    Presented by Land Rover Gulf Coast, this annual family-friendly tradition welcomes over 150 Land Rovers, Broncos, Jeeps, dune buggies, vintage military vehicles and assorted beach cruisers each year for trail rides, live music and more. Our 2022 rally was sponsored by Coastal Customs & Restorations, RMR4x4, Adventure Motor Cars, 34 North Defenders, Storyteller Overland, Visit South Walton, Rustic Mountain Overlanding, Grayton Beer Company, YOLO Board, SETCO Services, Coastal Insurance, The Java Can, and 30A Radio. Watch this page for our 2023 line-up of sponsors, events and VIP guests!

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    2023 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    6-9 pm│Friday, April 14, 2023

    Kick-off Party

    Location: TBD

    This pre-party event is FREE, kid-friendly and dog-friendly. Guests will enjoy live music and there will be food available for purchase. So, come grab a 30A Beach Blonde Ale, hangout with fellow owners and party the night away!

    Saturday, April 15, 2023

    9th Annual 30A Sand Rover Rally

    Venue: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

    7525 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459

    Saturday’s main event will feature vendors, vehicles on display, food trucks, special VIPs guests, prizes and awards, and music by 30A Radio. Attendees can also explore our local trails all day long (see trail info below).  

    Saturday’s Schedule:

    • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Pre-registered vehicles setup

    • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: 30A Sand Rover Rally

    • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Vehicles judged by VIP Guests

    • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Speakers and VIP presentations

    • 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Awards Presentation

    Sunday, April 16, 2023

    Trail Rides

    Venue: Point Washington State Forest

    5865 E. U.S. Hwy. 98, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459-6046

    Trail rides through 25,000 acres of protected forests and parks are open to the public.

    Sunday’s Schedule:

    • 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Trail Rides

    • 12 p.m. onwards: After-Party (location TBD)

    2022's VIP Speakers & Guests

    Here are a few of the special guests who joined us for the 8th Annual 30A Sand Rover Rally in April of 2022. Watch this section for our 2023 line-up of VIP guests and speakers, to be announced soon!

    BILL BURKE

    Bill Burke is one of the most renowned off-road professionals in the world. Famously known for representing the U.S. in the 1991 Camel Trophy Competition, Bill was selected from 2,000 applicants to compete in Land Rover’s 1,2000-mile race from Tanzania to Burundi. Bill is also the founder of the International 4-Wheel Drive Trainers Association (I4WDTA) and owner of Bill Burke’s 4-Wheeling America. He serves as a technical consultant in the areas of 4-wheeling expertise and environmental concerns to various businesses, the media, 4-wheel drive manufacturers, dealerships, and government organizations.

    Trevor Hale

    Trevor Hale is a world-traveling adventurer and executive. As the head of communications at Infinity Motor, Trevor organized an expedition to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia in partnership with the Explorers Club. Trevor and team retraced the steps of American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrew in search for dinosaur fossils using cutting edge LiDAR technology. His accomplishments were recognized by the Explorers Club in 2019. Trevor and members of the Hong Kong Chapter were awarded with Citations of Merit.

    Davis brackett

    Davis Brackett has always had a passion for cars. As a professional marketer in the automotive industry, Davis enjoys developing creative, and telling powerful product stories. Davis recently published and launched his first book entitled Cars of 30A. The coffee table book features locals and influential business owners along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A. In his spare time, Davis enjoys driving his 1999 W202 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG, and taking photos of cars in their natural environment.

    AZURE O'NEIL

    Since leaving Corporate America, Azure O’Neil has traveled through 31 countries (on both two and four wheels), including a multi-year journey on her 1989 Honda Transalp. Azure’s “work breaks” have seen her winemaking, swabbing the decks of dive boats, and reporting for a TV news station in her part-time “hometown” of Sarasota, Florida.

    billy & bonnie johnson

    Billy and Bonnie Johnson are lifelong adventurers and co-founders of Story Moto AdV. After launching Camp-ucopia: The Ultimate Adventures Cookbook at Overland Expo West 2021, they have continued their full-time travels, returning to their home territory in Walton County, Florida to prepare for their next overlanding adventures in a fully converted 4700 International ambulance named Ned. 

    Daisson Hickel

    A U.S. Army Green Beret with almost a dozen tours around the globe, 30A local Daisson Hickle is Director of the 2022 30A Sand Rover Rally. Daisson is passionate about adventure travel, as well as Defenders and other cool vintage vehicles. Daisson is founder of The Java Can, the first all-portable field barista kit, which he created on a mountaintop in Afghanistan. Daisson can often be found driving his 110 named “Maggie” along dirt trails and Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A.

    Awards Presented By:

    COOLEST VINTAGE LAND ROVER

    Presented to the coolest old Land Rover in attendance (1990 or older).

    FANCIEST RIDE (ANY MAKE/MODEL)

    Presented to the vehicle with the biggest WOW factor in terms of customizations.

    MUDDIEST RIDE (ANY MAKE/MODEL)

    Presented to the vehicle that wears the most mud from the trails.

    JUDGE’S CHOICE (ANY MAKE/MODEL)

    Presented to the vehicle that catches the judge’s eye for being truly extraordinary.

    LONG-DISTANCE ROVER AWARD

    Presented to the attendee who traveled the farthest to attend this year’s rally.

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      About the Trail Rides

      Santa Rosa Beach, Florida features over 25,000 acres of protected land to explore, including Point Washington State Forest and Topsail Hill Preserve Park.

      You’ll have a chance to meet and buddy-up with trail partners during the party on Friday night. All drivers are reminded to be responsible and courteous to other drivers and to state property. All activities should adhere to Tread Lightly principles. Vehicles are only allowed on numbered roads and any power line right of ways are off limits.

      We’ve also been asked to remind everyone that DRONES are not allowed on any state property. Also, please note that NO ALCOHOL is allowed on state property. Officials will be on patrol in the forest to help ensure everyone’s safety.

      Please note that some of the trails in Point Washington State Forest are very narrow. If you don’t like the sound of limbs scratching along the sides of your vehicle, we recommend that you stick to the main dirt roads (see map). If you drive down narrow sand trails, you might not be able to back out, especially if you’re part of a long caravan. Anything on TOP of your truck (flood lamps, luggage, paddle boards, etc.) could easily be damaged on the narrow trails, so please take it slow and easy. Please don’t feel pressured to venture onto these narrow trails. There are plenty of regular dirt roads to explore! This map shows the best access points for trail rides.

      Camping

      Our local campgrounds fill up fast, so if you plan to camp, please make your reservations as soon as possible. Local camping options include:

      Hotels & Rentals Homes

      Scenic Highway 30A is home to a very wide range of accommodations, from multi-million dollar beachfront estates to cabins, studio apartments and boutique hotels. Explore some fantastic options on 30A Rentals.

      Have questions? Contact us!

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