Call it what you want... bucking the system, taking the road less traveled, defying conventional wisdom.

Maybe you are standing at that crossroads where Stebin Horne found himself in 2011. Having followed his family’s footsteps into a law practice and politics, for over a decade he fit squarely in the same box most anyone could have predicted he’d be in. But he was beginning to feel worn thin. At 37 years old, he started to realize that the daily grind of corporate life that was great for so many, wasn’t for him. Determined to break out of the grind, Horne bought himself a BMW GS Adventure and headed out alone, across the country. It didn’t take long for him to decide to never look back. He met some incredible people throughout the US and Canada, most importantly his future wife, Roos. Roos would take Stebin to her home in South Africa, a magical place at the tip of the Great Continent where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans Collide. The two married in the wine lands of Roos’ family farm, and set out in their Land Rover Defender for their honeymoon. For weeks they traveled through Namibia, Botswana and into the famed Kruger Park of South Africa. There was no freedom he’d ever felt like camping among the lions on the roof of his Defender or driving it past a 1500 pound rhino. The African Overland Experience had moved his spirit and it was there under the Southern Cross that Stebin figured out what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He wanted to bring a sense of adventure and freedom into the lives of others.

Marrying into a South African Family connected him with his “Swarrie” (Afrikaans for Brother-In Law) Gerhard Du Toit. Stebin and Gerhard spent a considerable amount of time in Africa Locating Inventory and developing relationships in the Land Rover Marketplace.

Upon Stebin’s return to America, he approached his hometown friend and successful entrepreneur Stewart Vernon, and the three of them formed Classic Overland. Together they bring the perfect blend of experience and expertise to offer a superior overland product to discerning clients.

There is a reason you read this story to the end. You can relate to it. You know there is more to life than the daily grind. You know you aren’t like everyone else, and nothing says that like owning a classic Land Rover Defender. Stebin has spent the last year developing a business and a product that can bring these amazing vehicles and the overland experience to the U.S. for others to enjoy.

Stebin Horne

Call it what you want. Bucking the system, taking the road less traveled, defying conventional wisdom. Maybe you are standing at that crossroads where Stebin Horne found himself in 2011. Having followed his family’s footsteps into a law practice and politics, for over a decade he fit squarely in the same box most anyone could have predicted he’d be in. But he was beginning to feel worn thin. At 37 years old, he started to realize that the daily grind of corporate life that was great for so many, wasn’t for him. Determined to break out of the grind, Horne bought himself a BMW GS Adventure and headed out alone, across the country. It didn’t take long for him to decide to never look back. He met some incredible people throughout the US and Canada, most importantly his future wife, Roos. Roos would take Stebin to her home in South Africa, a magical place at the tip of the Great Continent where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans Collide. The two married in the wine lands of Roos’ family farm, and set out in their Land Rover Defender for their honeymoon. For weeks they traveled through Namibia, Botswana and into the famed Kruger Park of South Africa. There was no freedom he’d ever felt like camping among the lions on the roof of his Defender or driving it past a 1500 pound rhino. The African Overland Experience had moved his spirit and it was there under the Southern Cross that Stebin figured out what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. He wanted to bring a sense of adventure and freedom into the lives of others.

Gerhard Du Toit

Gerhard is our man on the ground in South Africa. He has literally spent his entire life driving and working on overland vehicles. His father took him into the bush when he was six years old to learn to drive before he ever started school. He also pulled duty in the Angolan war in the 61st mechanized battalion, where he was a platoon sergeant. He’s about as well schooled in the art of Land Rover Defenders as you can get. Nothing gets past him. He leads a team of mechanics and body men that make sure the vehicles that get to the United States are in good working order.

Gerhard has also been a life long explorer, heading out into the bush every chance he can get. His expertise and know how, allows Classic Overland to provide a quality product.

Stewart Vernon

Stewart Vernon is a life long entrepreneur, as well as, founder and CEO of ASP– America’s Swimming Pool Company, the nation’s largest swimming pool cleaning, repair, and renovation franchise system. He led ASP to being recognized in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 100 Fastest Growing Franchises”. Most recently Stewart has been named as the first Entrepreneur in Residence at the newly formed Innovation Center at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Stewart works with many start ups and has a passion for taking companies from inception to profitability. In conjunction with the Innovation Center, Stewart has spearheaded the creation of Central Piedmont Investment Group which is an Angel Fund in middle Georgia that works in conjunction with the Macon Chamber of Commerce and NewTown Macon to assist local start ups with their funding needs. Stewart and his family enjoy traveling and the outdoors. The Overland Adventure business is something he can relate to and he has put much of his time and resources behind it to ensure that the company delivers a quality product to its clients.