The first 20 years of Steve’s working life involved 4 wheel drive personally, not professionally. His industry began in tax specialism and finance, before merging into commercial trouble shooting.
In 2008 he decided that working in an industry that was also closely linked to his leisure time. worked closely with Toyota dealers and manufacturer in supply of vehicles for both commercial and off road applications
In 2015 he started working with Arctic Trucks with development, testing and off road vehicle launches with Motor Manufacturers in the UK and Europe wide. Steve was brought into Arctic Trucks, a business he had known personally in Iceland for some time, to homologate and launch the UK AT35 Isuzu D-Max in 2016. He is still retained by Arctic Trucks to oversee compliance matters.
Steve has been off driving since the age of 14, after buying the April ’86 edition of Off Road Wheel Drive. He’s undertaken off road driving and winching courses, and spent in excess of 20 years competing in UK and European off road competitions. Since 2007, he’s spent more time travelling in the US, Iceland and Morocco than he has in the UK.
In 1987, Nick attended Bromsgrove college BTEC National Diploma and then Higher Nation Certificate in motor vehicle studies. Followed by a multitude of vehicle related qualifications.
After college, in 1990, Nick worked at the family car and commercial Vehicle Garage, initially as a mechanic working his way up through the company to MD. Currently employing in excess of 20 personnel.
Since 1995 Nick has been a Proprietor of commercial lease and contract vehicle business.
Nick has been driving Land Rovers and plant equipment since the age of 11….. He has re-engineered and been building his own and customers vehicles since his teenage years. He has an absolute wealth of knowledge and experience of working on and repairing vehicles and plant, either in the comfort of a workshop, a glacier in Iceland, or on a sand dune. With Steve and others, Nick spent many years competing successfully in UK competition, before starting to travel further afield. He has experience in the deserts of the Middle East and Mauritania, plus multiple trips to Morocco, USA and Iceland.
In 1989 Simon started his engineering degree in Newcastle upon Tyne followed by 4 years agricultural engineering qualifications.
In 1996, Having taken HGV C+E, Simon hit the road as Overland Expedition leader. 2½ years driving passengerised trucks all over Asia saw the fulfilment of long held ambition to drive London to Singapore (twice)
In 1999, Simon moved to South America where the beauty of the Patagonian steppe held him captive for another 8 years, 6 circuits of the continent, 5 Rio carnivals and 10 Inca Trails.
In 2007, settling down after that was impossible and a job in expedition support saw him driving a camera crew through the Congo and freshly opened-up Angola in pursuit of an Australian cyclist on a mission to cycle Senegal to Somalia in an unbroken line. 4 wheeling in Utah, and involvement in motorcycle based navigational competitions in Spain, plus expeditions to Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria by bike and car continue to keep the moss from the stone, whilst repairing and restoring 4x4s and motorcycles.
Unity Expo are going to assist in making this expedition an experience that will not be forgotten.
As you can see, we have pulled together a vastly experienced support team for your trip. They are all personally known to Unity and its owner and are friends of the our business. They will be providing cooking, camping, driving and guiding support throughout, together with some good spirits.
There will also be full vehicle support from the team, with a few key spare parts carried, spare tyres, and the ability to repair your own if possible, in our own support vehicle.