TOOELE, Utah (September 4, 2014) – A breakfast meeting in 2011 would lay the groundwork for an ambitious expedition, to drive the same Toyota Land Cruiser across all seven continents. Salt Lake resident and explorer Greg Miller and Scott Brady, chairman of Overland Journal and ExpeditionPortal.com, agreed the timing was perfect to set their shared dream into motion. Titled Expeditions 7, this 218-day (over three years), 58,196-mile journey covering the world’s most fascinating cultures and beautiful and challenging landscapes has officially concluded. Four of the five vehicles used throughout Expeditions 7 will arrive on Friday, September 5 at 2 p.m. and will be on permanent display at the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum at Miller Motorsports Park, where one of the most complete and rare collections of Land Cruisers exists.
“I embarked on Expeditions 7 with the goal of driving the same Land Cruiser on every continent and a mission to inspire others to travel and open their eyes to the world, even if it’s in their own backyard,” said Greg Miller. “Three years later, I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge, life lessons and learned that the journey is more fun when you are able to share it with others.”
A total of 47 people joined Miller on various segments of the expedition, including family and friends, as well as some locals he met during his travels.
The journey began in April 2012 and included two 78 Series Land Cruisers traversing each of the seven continents: North America, Iceland/Europe, Russia/Siberia, Australia, Africa, Antarctica and South America. As it became evident that there were additional needs, three more vehicles were added.
The initial two 78 Series Land Cruisers were special-ordered from Toyota in Japan before arriving in the United States for outfitting and testing. An FJ62 Land Cruiser fitted with a 79 Series body was retired early in the expedition in favor of a four-door 79 Series with the same 4.5-liter turbo-diesel engine that the 78 Series were equipped with. An AT-44 Toyota Hilux was used specifically in Antarctica and a 76 Series Land Cruiser was used in South America. They will now be on permanent display at the Land Cruiser Heritage Museum at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah where they will be used for educational purposes.
Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies (whose businesses include professional sports teams, a world-class race track, a chain of movie theatres, a top-ten auto dealership group and a host of other properties), is no stranger to travel or adventure. Miller has one of the most complete and rare collections of Land Cruiser vehicles in the world, and his driving experience ranges from the extreme terrain in Moab, Utah to the Antarctic plateau near the South Pole. It was his passion for Land Cruisers, which led him to dream about driving one around the world.