Scott Brills

Age: 29

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI, USA

Irrational Fear: large spiders + Russian border guards

Van Halen Lead Singer Preference: Besides David Lee Roth I’d have to look this up, so it doesn’t count

Previous Rally Experience: Mongol rally ’09 + rickshaw run ’11 + INDEPENDENT trips throughout the U.S. & Mexico

# Stamps in Current Passport: 87

Most likely to be eaten by:  Jabberwocky

Predictions: Everything will go smooth as a whistle (hahaha)


Scott is a serial entrepreneur and adventurer, having traveled to around forty countries on six continents (all seven as of 2012 with the inclusion of Australia). His latest claim to fame, which he definitely milked for all it was worth, was driving a beat up Geo Metro 10,000 miles from Detroit to Mongolia to raise money to assist in building a kindergarten. Well, that was the plan at least. He and his friend Collin broke down near the Afghan border, then had to hitchhike eight hours back the way they came. Then they had to take a twenty hour taxi ride further back. Then they waited a week for a plane out of the country, only to get stuck in Kazakhstan for another week. Collin had to go home, so Scott continued on alone through Russia on the Trans-Siberian Express, eventually reaching his destination. Then he ran a marathon in the Gobi Desert and after that visited a maximum security prison, where he made many friends (“nicest bunch of murderers you’ve ever met”). The whole adventure was captured in an 18-page cover story in Rotarian magazine in May 2010.

Two years later he and a friend drove a very-much-broken auto rickshaw 2,000 miles across India and Nepal, again for charitable purposes. More about that here.

Scott finances his wanderlust by creating web sites and other Internet-y stuff through his company, mSeven, which he founded in 2002. He was born and raised in Metro Detroit, Michigan, along with his younger brother and sister, Jamie and Kyle. Scott has been a member of Rotary International since 2008, and is currently president of his local club. Scott is also currently working on starting a safari company in Tanzania.