Article written by: Ryan Gerrish
Every August, my wife and I pack up the Unimog and venture out to Sheridan, Oregon to take part in what is probably the largest gathering of European off-road trucks in the United States Northwest Mogfest. Held on a 100 acre “Century Farm” on the tranquil Mill Creek, it has become the go-to event for enthusiasts of unique models of Mercedes, Steyr Puch, Volvo, Land Rover, Volkswagen and more. With more than 100 rigs and many hundreds of participants and spectators, there’s no shortage of interesting activities and people to meet. The week is filled with camping, playing in the river, a multitude of games and events, and watching the trucks get dirty. We rent a backhoe and dig an obstacle course to give drivers a chance to test their equipment, and trail rides are organized into the Tillamook State forest OHV system.
A lineup of Steyr Puch Haflingers. Built in the 60′s to early 70′s, these little military transports have portal axles, shift on the fly front and rear lockers, and are street legal.
Plenty of Mercedes Unimogs of every variety come in from all over the country. Here are a few 406 models showing off their tipper-beds, and another flexes in the course.
One of the buildings on the farm.
A Steyr Puch Pinzgauer 712 playing in the obstacle course.
The Volvo C303 and C304′s are portal axled, leaf sprung, and very capable. The 6×6′s also make a great camper platform.
The Volkswagen Syncro may look like a regular van, but hidden beneath is a 4wd system made by Steyr Puch with front and rear lockers! They are quite capable, and many owners aren’t afraid to test them.
Land Rovers are welcome!
An aerial view of the obstacle course.
My Unimog 404. Logo look familiar?
For more information and media, feel free to visit Northwestmogfest.com!
Photo credits: Ryan Gerrish, Jeff Stevens, Kristal Dale