#113 – Team The ValKats

“The ValKats” , team #113, was (appropriately) born over cocktails in Sedona when Kathi, showing up in her brand new can am all dusty from riding trails, was bubbling over with enthusiasm about this new, off road event she was going to do but needed a co driver. Valerie fearlessly jumped right in to volunteer and…to “bring the snacks!” Our husbands, who have been great friends for over 30 years, just kind of shook their heads with an “Oh no…Here we go…” Those husbands of ours have been great support ever since, and we have done our best to prepare for this incredible experience. “Red Fred” became our cherished 3rd teammate during our very first navigating class when the instructor said to get “Red Fred (the red compass needle) in the shed” . We knew that was the perfect name for our gray AEV modified 1500 Ram. We have survived debeading a tire during dunes training, losing the original Red Fred in a hit & run rollover accident and quickly getting up to speed (pun intended) with our new “Red Fred” a granite crystal Ram Power Wagon! We have met the most amazing ladies ever and simply can’t wait to experience The Rebelle Rally 2020! and….we have already planted seeds for 2021! 🙂

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Kathi Van Der Werf
Kathi Van Der WerfAdventurer
"Life is not a journey to the grave intending to arrive pretty & well preserved but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a ride!'" -Hunter S Thompson
Wheaton, IL
Flagstaff, AZ
Fun fact about yourself
It has only been in recent years at a “mature” age that I have jumped full speed ahead into various adventures – trail riding in my can am and mountain bike, racing a Porsche and now off roading in a truck! I turn 60 in a couple months and have competed in my first 24 hour MTB race this year, raced my Cayman GTS and trained for the Rebelle! 🙂 Love it all!
Valerie Roberts
Valerie RobertsAccountant/Chief Fun Officer
Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice!
Huntington, CT
Fountain Hills, AZ
Fun fact about yourself
I have gotten to fly around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a 2-seater Indy car for 2 laps with my great friend AND 2 time Indy 500 winner, Arie Luyendyk! I also did it in a Suburban but that wasn’t as much fun… In my spare time, you will find me at the ranch riding my Thoroughbred “Charlie Horse”.
Vehicle: 2020 RAM Power Wagon