After seven days of intense competition with only a map and compass as navigation tools, Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss finished with the highest points winning the inaugural Rebelle Rally in the BFGoodrich Tires Jeep JK built by Impulse Offroad. This was the third event of the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge where Kaleigh Hotchkiss was selected for the navigation seat out of 91 original entrants. The Rebelle Rally event went through 2 states, 12 counties, 2 National Parks, 5 BLM agencies and 4 legendary OHV areas. Historically, 36 vehicles started and finished with 72 women from 19 states and 4 countries traversing 1200 plus miles across the beautiful western desert, majority being in the dirt and some asphalt transit sections.
Silt beds are the Achilles heel for off-road racers. They can sneak up out of nowhere and always seem to pop up at the worst times. This silt bed in Paraguay seems to be getting the best of this rally driver, who apparently doesn’t know he’s supposed to stay on the gas. In silt, the mantra “when in doubt, gas it out” should be remembered at all times. Check out the silt carnage below.
When the dust settled and all of the stages were finally completed, America’s first all-female navigation rally has come to a close. As Rebelle Rally promoters described it, there were “ups-and-downs, triumphs and challenges; great days and bad days.” Now the results are in, and it was the #125 Jeep Wrangler JK of Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss who earned the overall victory. Bower and Hotchkiss edged out the team of Taylor Pawley and Micaela Windham in second place, while rounding out the podium in third place was the team of Nena Barlow and Kande Jacobsen.
Toyo Tires today announced a new video series where it will be teaming up with World RallyX driver Ken Block. The new video series is Climbkhana, and it features Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2. Apparently Block further upgraded his ‘Stang with a twin turbo, methanol power, 1,400 horsepower V8 engine, and of course the crucial upgrade of proper traction that comes in the form of Toyo Proxes R888R tires. This will be the first time the Proxes R888R is available in the U.S..
Day two was full of shakeups. We walked into the second official day of the Rebelle Rally with a four-way tie for first place—and we exited it with a significant points spread between the leaders. Some teams gained multiple positions in the standings—and some fell from the top to the bottom. Every checkpoint, every turn, every second, everything counts in the Rebelle Rally.
LOUISVILLE, CO – Bestop, the sole supplier of factory soft tops on Jeep(r) Wranglers since 1986, is sponsoring Team HD members Shelby Hall and Amy Lerner as well as Team Wild and Free members Holly Freeman and Coralee Lack in the inaugural Rebelle Rally, a seven-day off-road navigation and driving competition across the American Southwest. Taking place October 15-21, 2016, the rally covers 1,200 miles of rugged terrain from Lake Tahoe to San Diego, Calif. and requires competitors to find their way to 8-10 checkpoints each day using only a road book, map, and compass.
On Thursday, October 13th, the inaugural Rebelle Rally presented by Hoehn Adventures will launch on the shores of iconic Lake Tahoe. Seventy-six women from 19 states and 4 countries will become the first competitors to take part in the women’s 10-day off-road navigation rally raid.
(Agua Dulce, Calif.): In an effort to improve the registration and planning process for 2017 competitors, NORRA is rolling out a new pre-registration program that will be launched on the NORRA website today at noon (PST) on Thursday, September 15th 2016.
Los Angeles, California – PCI Race Radios has developed the new Trax Stereo Intercom System and product line. Trax systems now have a 5-pin plug for true left and right, full stereo sound. Combined with new larger, high fidelity, full range speakers, the full suite of comfortable headsets, helmets and helmet wiring kits boast a music sound quality never before heard in an intercom system.
UTVUnderground and Horsepower Adventures recently announced that they have teamed up to offer an exciting new, approachable off-road event series in Baja, Mexico, The Legends Rally. The events are designed to let participants explore the stunning beauty of Baja, while enjoying gourmet food and drink prepared by local chefs and craft spirit experts. The events will be led by off-road legends including Larry Ragland, Walker Evans, Ivan Stewart and Larry Roeseler who will share their incredible experiences in off-road racing with participants.