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Meet the Team
Dave Mowitz, Successful Farming
Dave’s intro to ATVs began driving “three-wheeler” Hondas in the late 1970’s while managing Husker Harvest Days. Since then, he has attended numerous press events with ATVs and UTVs. These events offered him invaluable driving experience with vehicles ranging from mountain trails down to back-country rangeland. In addition, Dave and Laurie Bedord organized the original UTV Evaluation six years ago.
Laurie Bedord, Successful Farming
Laurie has more than 15 years of experience riding ATVs and UTVs. Laurie is interested in how machines handle on uneven terrain. No farm or acreage is completely flat so she looks for a machine that can handle the uneven terrain with ease, especially when loaded down.
Jessie Scott, Successful Farming
Jessie grew up riding ATVs on her parent’s farm in Eastern Iowa. However, she hasn’t had as much experience riding utility vehicles so she will particularly pay attention to ease of use and comfort. She is also looking for a machine with a little get up and go. In the words of Ricky Bobby, “I want to go fast!”
John Lumkes, Purdue University
John was raised on a small farm in Wisconsin. His father was a heavy equipment mechanic, so John grew up fixing vehicles. Now John is a professor in the Ag and Biological Engineering Department at Purdue. As an engineer and designer, he looks at how well the various design tradeoffs (cost, ergonomics, performance) were managed and when driving, how well the components function as a system.
Joe Greving, Cedar Rapids Tire
Joe grew up on a farm in West Central Iowa and has driven 3-wheelers, 4-wheelers, and side-by-side vehicles for more than 20 years. One important feature to Joe is how the machine handles at high rates of speed and on varying terrains. Does it turn easily into corners? Does the machine feel stable when the terrain is uneven? Does the machine handle well in loose terrain like sand or mud?
Learn about our evaluators for the Ultimate UTV Test.