OCTOBER 12 – 21, 2023

#210

eMpowered

Liz and Kelsey know one another through the rally community! They have competed at the same events in their own rally cars. Kelsey jumped on the Rebelle wait list in October and when Liz heard she reached out to Kelsey to see if she had a teammate. This will be their first time competing together.

Sponsored By:

Cooper Autoworks
The Lawson Family
Time Wolf Motorsport
Rally Ready Driving School
Dyno Pro Technologies
100AW PRG
STL BMW CCA
Bob and Carol Marsh
Mad Cheshire Racing
Gingras Family

Kelsey Stephens

Switching roles

I love all things rally and BMW and I love sharing those passions with others. My goal is to eMpower and encourage others to achieve their big dreams!

Occupation:

Co-Owner Cooper Autoworks

Residence:

Edwardsville Illinois

Favorite Quote:

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” ― Seneca

Fun Fact:

I compete in stage rally with my partner Calvin. We both have BMW rally cars. I competed as a co-driver with him for 5 years in our E30. Last year we added my Z3 Coupe rally car to our team. It's the only Z3 Coupe rally car in the United States.

Why the Rebelle? Why now?

In June of 2021 I my best friend since childhood Chrissy passed away. She was my biggest fan, most passionate supporter, and closest confidant. She and I had had a conversation shortly before she passed about how I was dreaming of competing in the Rebelle one day. She said to me "GIRL one day your gonna have people and sponsors lined up around the block to support you, I KNOW your gonna do that rally!" After she passed I reached out to my racing community and was able to get sponsorship support to cover my entry which made this event possible.

Who, or what, inspires you most?

eMpowering and encouraging others inspires me to give my best both in and out of the car. I couldn't do any of this without the support from my partner Calvin and my mother Roxanna!

Top three favorite podcasts / books / shows

Golden Girls

Greatest adventure to date?

The Sno* Drift Rally had to be my biggest adventure yet! This was only my 3rd event as a stage rally driver. Since I am from Southern Missouri I rarely get a chance to drive in snow. Competitors are not allowed to use studded tires and the roads turned to sheet ice the night before the event. I also had a first time Co-Driver who had never navigated a rally before. Some competitors withdrew due to conditions but Olivia and I were not about to back down from a challenge! We faced insanely difficult conditions and were able to cross the finish line together with many wild stories to tell!

Prior Years Competed:
Awards Achieved:

Elizabeth Mohan

Switching roles

Always looking for the next adventure that will challenge my current set of skills.

Occupation:

Nuclear Physicist

Residence:

Plaistow, New Hampshire

Favorite Quote:

And into the woods I go, to lose my mind and find my soul – John Muir

Fun Fact:

I compete in stage rally in a 1992 VW Golf as well as have an endurance racing team in a 1996 VW Golf.

Why the Rebelle? Why now?

I have followed races like the Dakar Rally and the Gazelle rally and have been intrigued by the level of navigation needed. This event really ties together my passion for cars as well as my love for the wilderness.

Who, or what, inspires you most?

Learning new skills to better my abilities.

Top three favorite podcasts / books / shows

X-Files

Greatest adventure to date?

I decided to start into thru hiking last year with my first solo 17 day backpacking in Vermont, with plans to complete the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

Prior Years Competed:
Awards Achieved:

Vehicle

BMW X5 2013