Record The Journey, thanks in large part to Mitsubishi USA, has entered an impressive team of military women – three-time Rebelle and Team Spirit Award winner Rachael Ridenour and teammate Karah Behrend, a medically retired Air Force Veteran who is an inspirational adaptive athlete who competes in multiple sports in a wheelchair. Behrend will drive the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with hand controls in the CUV Class. Record The Journey is a Veteran owned non profit organization that provides outdoor photography adventures to military, veterans and their families. They are set to record Karah’s journey to become the first adaptive athlete to complete the Rebelle Rally.
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- Record The Journey
- MitsubishiUSA Road Race Engineering
- Off Road Like a Girl
- Vision Wheel
- Gator Wraps
- Ability Centers
- Productive Flourishing
- Baja Designs
Sharon and Michelle did not meet until Sand Dune Training in mid-September! Sharon works at the R&D center in Torrance, CA while Michelle works at the R&D center in Raymond, OH. They will be driving the same 2018 Honda Ridgeline that competed last year for Honda R&D! It is Sharon’s first year competing and Michelle’s second year. Both are excited for the journey ahead! With a love of the outdoors and adventurous spirits, they are ready to experience the 2019 Rebelle Rally!
- Sponsored By:
- Honda R&D
- Baja Designs
- Treaty Oak
Leading the Cullinan through this incredible adventure are the co-champion Rally team of Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe. This team has been competing together since 2016, were both part of the first Rally four years ago, and are the 2019 co-champion Rebelle Rally team. Emme Hall resides in Oakland and has been an automotive journalist with CNET since 2015. Navigator Rebecca is originally from Houston but now resides in Marina Del Rey where she works as a producer. Their combined skill sets complement each other and make for one unbelievable dynamic duo.
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- Rolls Royce
Today’s Team Tuesday has been friends for 20 years, are travel buddies, share a love for adventure, and can soon add Rebelle teammates to their resumé.
Piloting a bright yellow 2015 Subaru Crosstrek, Team #201 Noelle Sanders and Lisa “Lola” Wolford are ready to tackle the mental and physical challenge of the Rebelle. As first time competitors they are, in their own words, “ready to rally!” With that said, let’s meet Noelle and Lola!
Noelle is from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in Chandler where she is an Environmental Consultant. She’s competing in the Rebelle because Lola made her do it! Given Noelle loves wildlife, campfires, new friendships, and adventure, we’re pretty sure she’ll be right in her element.
What is Noelle most nervous about? “Tremors, like in the movie with Kevin Bacon. Those creatures are scary” (you are not alone in that sentiment, Noelle.) And she’s not leaving home without her Chapstick which, speaking of scary, is very scary to leave at home when you’re entering ten days of desert life.
Lola is from Kent City, Michigan and resides in Tempe Arizona where she is a flight attendant.
And she’s (happily) going through a midlife crisis as we speak. “I’m having the best midlife crisis ever! I need a challenge that is both mental, physical and where I learn new skills. Going into the Rebelle, I’m the most fabulously scared I’ve ever been, and loving it.”
Lola has a love for motorsports which came from her mother, who was Nascar while Lola’s a NHRA gal. She’s also a big fan and supporter of live, local music, which “soothes her soul.” And, if she’s not busy enough, she and her husband have also hosted 50 international students from 10 different countries over the past 14 years.
Lola’s looking forward to applying her new skills, meeting all of the competitors, and exploring new territory on the ground for a change during the Rebelle.
And speaking of the rally…don’t ask Lola about those early morning wake-up calls! As a natural night owl who loves working the red eye flights, she’s definitely nervous about that 5am cowbell.
What is Lola not leaving home without? Her vintage 1973 Big Boy piggybank. He literally has been all over the world with Lola. Coins from her travels are places inside.
We’re looking forward to having these two join us in the dirt in just a few short weeks!
Life is short, but if it’s lived well, it’s full of rocky terrain, blind spots, sand in your eyes, wrong turns and flat tires woven in-between moments of gazing at starlight skies, laughing and crying with your good friends in the best and worst moments, tasting the sweetness of cold water on a hot day, watching a hawk soar in the sky above and finishing a goal with a heart swollen with race. This is the journey we intend to live. Like a rover on Mars we will crawl across 2,500+ km of rough terrain with only topographic maps and a compass, following the sun for 8 days from rise to set, challenging ourselves and our vehicle as a tribute to those who blazed before and alongside us, Noelle’s father whose journey ended in 2018, Lola’s mother in 2013, and sweet Olivia, our friend’s daughter who passed at age 8. Information on Olivia’s rare disease can be found here www.mldfoundation.org.
Liz Casteel is a test engineer at Honda R&D Americas testing Hondas to make sure they stay reliable during the vehicle life. Her job includes doing lab and on car testing for strength, durability, and marketability of upcoming products. She joined Honda after graduating from Grove City College with her BS in Mechanical Engineering. When she started her dad told her she got the dream job she never knew she wanted, and that rings very true. During her career, Liz has worked on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and the 2019 Acura RDX testing the suspension to guarantee reliability of the parts. When Liz was younger she loved math and science. This drove her to mechanical engineering. It was a flexible field that used math and science in a practical way. While in college she participated in her school’s collegiate SAE Baja team for 3 years. She worked on the car, drove during competitions, and supported the team. During her senior year she led a senior design team that designed and built a new frame and suspension for the competition. The team raced the car that year and through Baja Liz found out she wanted to go into Automotive engineering. Liz has always had a sense of adventure. She grew up in an army family and moved a lot as a child. Each time her family moved, her parents encouraged her and her brothers to look forward to the next adventure. This drives her to continuously find the adventure in life and look for exciting new opportunities. New hobbies always seem to pop up. Some of Liz’s favorites are volleyball, rock climbing, snowboarding, mountain biking, playing music, camping, and playing board games. Recently Liz has started off-roading. She purchased a Honda TRX 400EX 4-wheeler last year which she has taken to trails in WV and OH. This has sparked an excitement for Rebelle Rally this year and she cannot wait to be in the sand! Tasha Krug is a test engineer at Honda R&D Americas. Her job is to make sure from a vehicles integration standpoint that the powertrain is marketable for customers. Her job includes calibrating engines through doing vehicle dyno, test track, and real-world, on-road testing. She joined Honda after graduating from Virginia Tech with her BS in Mechanical Engineering and minor in German. During her career, Tasha has worked on the 2019 Acura RDX testing OBD failure systems. As soon as Tasha could hold a screwdriver, she was in the garage working on and restoring cars with her dad and grandfather. She started out wanting to design cars, but with how hands-on she was, she decided Mechanical Engineering was the best path for her. Math and science were her strongest subjects in school. During her senior year of college, she applied for her senior design project and was accepted onto the Virginia Tech Grand Touring team. She competed in the ChumpCar series (now known as ChampCar). Tasha participated by working on the car and supporting during their competitions. They were the only collegiate team to participate at the VIR race. The summer following, she was accepted into an Automotive Engineering Research Study Abroad program in Darmstadt, Germany. While there, she helped design and spec a dyno for Darmstadt Racing Team’s (DART) Formula E cars, as well as completed courses on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Autonomous Vehicle Engineering, and Driving Simulators. Each of these experiences further solidified her goals of working in Automotive Engineering. Like Liz, Tasha moved around a lot as a kid due to her parents’ jobs. From Chillicothe, OH to Raleigh, NC to Richmond, VA, she has embraced a sense of adventure and exploration. Without today’s navigation technologies, she explored each of her new surroundings with nothing but an imagination and goal to meet new friends. Directions and navigation quickly became second-nature and she rarely ever needed a map. Tasha’s parents always told her and her brother to follow their dreams and do what makes them happy. Her hobbies include working on and driving cars, sports (volleyball, snowboarding, hiking, soccer), cooking, sketching, traveling (internationally and domestically), and whatever else comes her way. She is ecstatic to start the Rebelle adventure and can’t wait to spend time with amazing women who share the same enthusiasm for dunes that she has!
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Alicia and Emily met in Kindergarten in Lynnwood, Washington in 1987. The friendship has grown through years in Math classes, band camp, sports teams and hiking. Emily moved to California for college and asked Alicia to join her a few years later. In the spirit of adventure that leads the Naviguessers, Alicia said yes and joined her for the next chapter of their adventure. After years of living in California and enjoying their early twenties Emily moved back to Washington and her roots while Alicia stayed in California. The miles separating them has only made their bond stronger. When the Naviguessers competed in the 2018 Rebelle, it only confirmed to them that years of close friendship has made them an excellent driving/navigation team. Knowing the strength and weakness of a partner as well as how to motivate and support them is crucial to excelling at this type of undertaking. The Naviguessers cannot wait to continue on this adventure and see what they can accomplish in 2019.
- Sponsored By:
- Bruce Titus Subaru
- LP Aventure
- Lil M Buy and Sell (ebay store)
- Cafe Moto