Testing and Evaluation Team Experience

You might not agree with our conclusions, but they are based on over 200 years of combined experience on seven continents.

Overland Travel Experience:

  • 7 Continents
  • 140+ Countries
  • Round the World (in progress)
  • Silk Road
  • Panamerican Highway
  • London to Cape Town

 

Driving Experience:

 

What do these guys know about 4wds?
  • Baja 1000 Class Win
  • Baja 500 Class Win
  • Outback Challenge Overall Win
  • SCORE Series Champion
  • DAKAR Class Win (Support)
  • Bob Bondurant School Graduate (Road)
  • Jim Hall School Graduate (Road)
  • Team O’Niel School Graduate (Rally)
  • Team Raw Hyde Graduate (Moto)
  • SAG Precision Driver, Stunt Driver
  • Toyota Master Test Driver / Evaluator
  • Jeep proof of performance test driver

 

Training Experience:

Staff members are instructors to all branches of the US Military, with particular emphasis with special operations teams deployed around the globe.  Staff members provide training and support to Land Rover North America and consumers through our Overland Training devision

Chief Evaluators: (We have a total team of 14 full-time and part-time staff)

Joe Bacal: Chief Evaluator

Joe’s career spans 20 years of professional test driving and vehicle development, including his roll as a master test driver for Toyota Corporation. Additional testing and development clients include Nissan, Lexus, General Motors and others. Joe is also a successful off-road racer with wins in the Baja 1000, SCORE overall class wins, BITD class wins and numerous other top finishes. Joe is considered by many to be the top 4wd vehicle test pilot in North America. Joe left employment with Toyota in 2008 and now owns and operates JTGrey Racing and works exclusively with expeditionportal.com in this type of testing. Full resume

Scott Brady: Chief Evaluator and Publisher

Scott’s experience as a driver spans six continents and tens of thousands of miles of 4wd and motorcycle travel. Scott’s racing experience includes Baja SCORE and being the only American driver to win the rugged Outback Challenge (with navigator Nathan Hindman). Scott has conducted proof of performance expeditions around the world, from the jungles of Central America to the remote Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan, to polar conditions on the Arctic Ocean and Iceland. Scott is the Publisher/Chairman of Overland Journal, is the founder of expeditionportal.com and is often credited with popularizing overland travel in North America.  His adventures have been featured in a half-dozen publications, including Forbes and the Robb Report.  His adventures have also been featured in multiple TV episodes around the world, viewed by 60 million in nearly 200 countries.

Expedition Portal, Vehicle Fleet: Current Vehicles from 2010-

 

Dodge:
    • 2010 Power Wagon

 

Jeep:
    • 2002 TJ Sport
    • 2004 Brute AEV
    • 2009 JK 4-Door, HEMI Rubicon
    • 2009 JK 4-Door Mopar Overland
    • 2010 J8 Diesel 4-Door
    • 2012 JK 4-Door Rubicon
    • 2012 Grand Cherokee Overland

 

Land Rover:
    • 1971 SIII 109
    • 1991 Defender 110, 200 Tdi
    • 1995 Discovery SD, 5-Speed
    • 2001 Discovery II HSE
    • 2004 Discovery II HSE
    • 2007 Defender 110, Td5
    • 2008 Range Rover MKIII

 

Mercedes:
    • 463 G-Wagon

 

Nissan:
    • 2003 XTerra V6
    • 2003 XTerra V6 Supercharged

 

Subaru:
    • 2003 Forester AWD

 

Toyota:
    • 1991 LJ 78 Land Cruiser Diesel, 5-Speed
    • 1997 FZJ80 Land Cruiser
    • 2002 Tacoma xtra cab 4wd TRD
    • 2004 Tacoma double cab TRD
    • 2004 4Runner SR5
    • 2009 200 Land Cruiser

 

Moto:
    • BMW 1150 GSA
    • BMW 1200 GSA
    • BMW 800 GS
    • BMW R100 PD (currently on loan)
    • KTM 950 Adventure (Two of them)
    • KTM 530
    • Husky 630 (Five of them)
    • Honda NX650
    • Honda XR650L
    • Ducati MultiStrada

Scott is the publisher and co-founder of Expedition Portal and Overland Journal. His travels by 4WD and adventure motorcycle span all seven continents and include three circumnavigations of the globe. He lives in Prescott, Arizona