450 4x4 cars, ATV and UTV took part in 21st Sweden Offroad Tour 8-24.7 2016! That still make us the biggest 4x4 event in Sweden.
But the record was set last year during our 20th anniversary tour which had 500 vehicles.
The weather 2016 was perfect for offroad for the first 12 SOT days: sunny but cool, maximum 20 degrees Celsius. But then Swedish high summer hit us with up to 29 degrees. The beach was suddenly an option, and we lost som participants because of that.
In numbers SOT Bergunda-Växjö suprised us most with nearly 70 vehicles, much more than during the record year 2015, The three most popular areas are SOT Karlshamn, SOT Växjö and SOT Eskilstuna.
In size nothing beats SOT Rörken-Uppsala with 119 hectars of terrain. We allow people to drive for 10 hours to have a chance to cover it all.
The most common question to tour leader Peter Öjerskog: Is anyone driving the whole tour? Yes! This year it was Per Pettersson from Veberöd in his rebuilt Jeep Wrangler who drove All the way - All the days! First half with son Paul as co-driver, second half with wife Roze.
To drive one or a few days on SOT is a walk in the park. But driving 17 offroad days plus 2000 kilometres of transport is Sweden's toughest 4x4 challenge. Per cut a hole in a tire on a sharp rock at SOT Olerum-Söderköping and had to buy four new tires!
Per found SOT a "relaxing" way to spend his holiday. Favorite area was of course SOT Rörken-Uppsala with 119 hectars of terräng, wonderful trails and slick rock.
There are already 500 photos from the first four days on Photos. Over 1000 more will be published in 10 days.
Thanks to all participants, land owners and partners for making SOT 2016 a great success!
22nd Sweden Offroad Tour goes 7-23.7 2017. Map/program will be published 1.12 2017.