Team Tuesday 2019: Marie & Jessica

Today’s Team Tuesday has a theme for their first Rebelle together – Joy in the Journey. Marie Campbell and Jessica Moore, Team #183 Unbroken Journey, are two Texans who serendipitously met this June, and after bonding over a mutual love of adventure and navigation, sealed the deal of competing together in the Rebelle less than 48 hours after meeting. They’re also working hard via their Rebelle journey to educate their followers about an important cause to them – mental health. Piloting Marie’s 2005 Land Rover LR3, aka “Money Penny,” the duo also shares a common occupation – Dr. Pepper enthusiasts! Please welcome in Today’s Team Tuesday, Marie and Jessica! 

Marie is from Bulverde, Texas where she is a wife, mother and volunteer. She also happens to be a big Land Rover enthusiast, and is bringing back her trusty 2018 Rebelle competition vehicle, her LR3, for a second straight Rebelle.

After competing last year (and co-winning the Team Spirit Award!), Marie is coming back for the challenge and adventure. And of course the view along the way.

“This year I’m pumped and so excited! I can’t wait to see where the maps take us and the beautiful sights outside our windshield. And seeing old Rebelle sisters, meeting new ones and sharing this experience with Jessica. I can’t wait to see her transformation that comes from participating in the Rebelle.”

Marie’s a little nervous that it will rain during the rally, along with a bit nervous how her kids will do their homework and all of the arrangements while she’s gone. But knows if it worked out last year, it will again this year!

She’s not leaving home without her body pillow, trail mix, and Dr. Pepper! 

Jessica also resides in Bulverde, and grew up in Alaska. She’s a wife, mother, and soon to be Rebelle who is looking forward to her first rally! 

 “It is an awesome opportunity that is open to everyone but only few actually do. I want to be one of those who do it. I go through a roller coaster of emotions of ‘What am I doing’ to ‘I can’t believe I get to do this!’ But I am most excited to do something completely out of my comfort zone and to see nature I have never seen.” Sounds about right, Jessica!

Jessica and Marie have lived in the same community for years and knew the same people, but didn’t meet till this summer. Once Marie filled her in on the Rebelle, she was in. Definitely meant to be!

Jessica mentions she will be missing her regular naps during the rally, and is not leaving home without her pillow. And while we have your attention, she turns the big 4-0 during the rally so if you’re a Rebelle, don’t forget to wish her a Happy Birthday on the 17th!

We are so thrilled these two incredible women came together for the Rebelle, and are happy they’ve chosen their first journey together with us. 

 

Team Tuesday 2019: Marie & Jessica2019-10-02T17:56:31-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Karen & Dana

How does it feel to compete in every single Rebelle since the inaugural 2016 competition? You’ll have to ask this next team in less than three months. Karen Hoehn and Dana Saxten, two San Diego moms with a drive for adventure (literally) will be one of the “100% Rebelle” teams hitting the dirt with us for a fourth year in a row. If you don’t know them by now, we’ll take care of that in today’s Team Tuesday. Please welcome Karen and Dana!

Karen is from Del Mar, CA, and works in the auto industry. And to clear things up for all of you future Rebelles worried about digital detox – Karen is one of the many Rebelles who happily surrenders her phone and devices before getting ready to Rebelle! She actually mentioned its a bit daunting to turn the phone back on post-rally.

Karen is coming back to the Rebelle because it’s something that’s so different from what she does on a daily basis – challenging yet fun, and she adores the women that she meets on the rally. 

“I love everything about the Rebelle Rally. I hope to never miss a year. Dana and I really get along. It’s so much fun the first morning when the car is all packed up and we look at each other and crack up laughing. We know what we are in for and we equally love it. We truly look forward to the adventure every year.”

She’s also stoked on the course as the past scenery she traversed on the rally was nothing short of incredible, and can’t wait to see what Course Director Jimmy Lewis has cooked up.

 

Karen is nervous about the dunes (you’re not alone, Karen) but is bringing Dana’s Land Rover LR4, “Bella,” back for a fourth year in a row and knows she’s in good hands behind that dash. She’s also in good hands with her teammate as Dana purchased her a coffee machine that right works off of the vehicle! The extra caffeine literally at her disposal will make everything taste a little better.

Dana is from neighboring Encinitas, CA where she’s in the restaurant business. Dana’s up for the challenge ahead this fall which is why she’s competing (plus the good road trip part.) 

“I think it’s good to test one’s limits – physically and mentally. The Rebelle does both of those things in an unusual and fun way.”

She also loves being out in the middle of nowhere with the magnificent scenery of California and Nevada that she normally doesn’t see. 

Dana’s not so favorite part of the Rebelle are the Enduro Challenges. While her team improves every year, she stated it will be a long way to go before she’ll be comfortable doing them. And they have yet to change a tire yet on the rally, so she mentions they may be “due” this time around. 

And she’s not leaving home without her favorite pillow! The first year she forgot to pack one and asked to buy one from her hotel. They ended up giving it to her, and now its Dana’s “rally pillow.” And perhaps lucky pillow, too…we’ll be thinking of you during those Enduros, Dana! 

 

Team Tuesday 2019: Karen & Dana2019-09-18T12:35:28-08:00

Team Tuesday 2019: Thayer & Penny

Don’t call it a comeback: Team Tuesday has returned with another fierce duo headed to the Rebelle this October!

Thayer Low and Penny Dale are automotive-minded women, and met over Instagram via one common love – Land Rovers. Having competed last year together in Thayer’s LR4, they’re thrilled to get back into competition mode together in the dirt for the 2019 Rebelle Rally.

Thayer was born in Hawaiian Gardens, California and moved around quite a bit with her family growing up. She now calls Arvada, Colorado home. Thayer is a dedicated mom to two girls (a full time job!), loves to off-road in her spare time, and head off adventuring with her family.

She’s excited to use her skills from last year in this year’s competition – coming back better prepared and armed with her 2018 experience. Plus with her Land Rover, Thayer feels she’s in good hands. “Land Rovers are extremely capable off-road cars that often don’t get enough credit. ‘Monty’ (our third teammate) has a great ride, covers all kinds of terrain, holds everything imaginable, and hauls toddlers on top of that!”

Thayer feels their biggest challenge last year was the dunes – navigating and driving in them. So returning to tackle them is definitely on her to-do list!

Lastly, her favorite thing about the Rebelle? “No technology! And the lifelong friends you make.”

Penny’s hometown is Saltspring Island, BC Canada, and she currently resides in Vancouver where she is a registered Interior Designer. And Penny is just as big of a Land Rover fan as Thayer! Her passion for the vehicle stems from her experience driving them.  Like Thayer, she owns an LR4 and calls Land Rovers “incredibly capable and intuitive without aftermarket mods and equally as comfortable.” Penny also has a passion for off-road adventures (we don’t blame her), and you can also find her doing anything outdoors…at anytime!

Penny had an incredible time last year with her teammate, and mentioned she learned so much about both the competition, and herself. “It’s an incredible challenge and environment to test yourself and grow. To do so with so many inspiring women is very special.”

The hardest part about last year’s rally? “Understanding we can’t know everything and learning to give yourself grace when you goof up.” And the best part according to Penny? “The camaraderie amidst the competition.” 

See you in the dirt, Team #164 Anam Cara!

Team Tuesday 2019: Thayer & Penny2019-09-27T09:25:42-08:00

Meet Karen Hoehn, Hoehn Adventures Co-Founder

Escaping the ordinary, Hoehn Adventures was born from a love of a grand adventure – or should we say, many adventures. Karen Hoehn, affectionately known as “Mama Hoehn,” is one of the driving forces behind the brand, who – through an evolving series of racing events across the world – seeks to inspire those who love the power of challenge and the joy of pushing the boundaries.

Our presenting sponsor for the second year in a row, Hoehn Adventures is sending four teams this year to compete in the Rebelle Rally – one of them with Karen Hoehn behind the wheel. From her love of the LR4 to athleticism in the sea to effortless ability to go from heels to wheels, Karen represents today’s woman – strong, passionate, and driven. We had a chance to catch up with her last week to find out the definition of Hoehn Adventures, what’s going on in Botswana, and how she’s earned her diving stripes.

First of all, what exactly is Hoehn Adventures?
In the past several years, we have been doing some extraordinary adventures with our Land Rover brand and Hoehn Motors. Both of my daughters Jo Hannah and Susanah competed in several rallies in Morocco in Land Rovers, we sponsored Denise Mueller’s successful attempt to be the World’s Fastest Woman on a Bicycle, (at 147.7 mph she cycled her bike behind a wind fairing attached to a Range Rover SVR,) and then of course having six Hoehn teams participate in the first ever Rebelle Rally last year. We realized we loved having this component to our company, so we camp up with the name “Hoehn Adventures.” It’s basically an arm of the company that supports and participates in great experiences using the brands of the cars that we sell.

Hoehn Motors is a 4th generation automotive dealership you’re quite familiar with. What’s the best thing about being part of a family-owned and operated business?
The best part about being a family-owned business is the personal touch to our employees and our customers. A large amount of our employees have been with us for over 20 years. We watched their families grow and they have watched ours grow.

You competed in the Rebelle Rally last year. What’s the next adventure you and the crew at Hoehn Adventures have up your sleeves?
Our next Hoehn Adventures is at the end of August. We are taking 13 customers to Botswana for a safari/driving experience in Land Rover Defenders. We will travel from the Southern border of Botswana to the Northern border. Our sleeping arrangements for the nine days will be popup tents on the roof of the Defenders. We should be in good shape; however, there will be five Rebelles on the trip, and we are also bringing our favorite piece of equipment – our set of MAXTRAX! (Editor’s note – Hoehn Adventures is on the move as we speak – check their blog for Botswana updates.)

Among other things, we hear you’re a great free-diver. Tell us more about how you picked up this hobby.
My husband Bob and I love the water. He’s a spear fisherman, and in the Bahamas (our favorite place to go,) you cannot take fish while wearing a scuba tank or using a spear gun. That means you need some good bottom time to get the fish while simply holding your breath. Bob wanted to increase his bottom time, so for his birthday one year, I have him a three-day training course with the then free diving champion, Pipin Ferraras. He loved it so much that over the years he trained with a few more champions. Even though I wasn’t taking lessons, I was in the water with them and I picked up some of the techniques. I am lucky that I can clear my ears without holding my nose, which helps immensely.

Your homebase is in San Diego, but if you could pick one other spot in the world to set your roots down, where would it be and why?
That would be Staniel Cay, Exumas. This is a small island in the Bahamas. We love it there and have been going for the last 32 years. We have friends on the island and a lovely routine to our day there. It’s all about water and it’s truly the most beautiful water in the world!

What’s your preferred daily driver?
My daily driver is a Land Rover LR4. Since I’ve joined the rally world, the LR4 has been the rally vehicle I have been driving. I have truly fallen in love with the car. They quit making the LR4 in 2016, so if I wanted one new, I had to jump in on it last year. I actually bought the last LR4 Hoehn Land Rover sold. Lucky me!

Lastly, any words of wisdom?
Hmm….wisdom. I guess it’s three things: “To be kind, to be kind, to be kind.” I don’t always achieve it, but it’s always worth striving for.

 

Meet Karen Hoehn, Hoehn Adventures Co-Founder2017-08-31T23:11:22-08:00

WATCH – Hoehn Adventures 2016 Highlight Video

Hoehn Adventures, our Presenting sponsor, is stepping back up for 2017.  In 2016, the automotive group based in Carlsbad, CA, fielded 6 teams decked out in the official State of California icons.  Teams comprised of employees, customers, and Hoehn family took to the trails in 2 Land Rovers, a Honda Ridgeline, Mercedes G-Class, Porsche Cayenne, and the new Jaguar F-Pace.  As we all look forward to 2017, let’s look back at their video recap.

WATCH – Hoehn Adventures 2016 Highlight Video2018-04-09T20:03:58-08:00

Hoehn Adventures Presenting Sponsor of the Rebelle Rally

Hoehn Motors and Hoehn Adventures Partners with the Inaugural Rebelle Rally –

the First Women’s Off Road Navigation Rally Raid in the U.S.

Six company teams will compete in a diverse range of vehicles

 

August 10, 2016 (Reno, NV) – The Rebelle Rally is pleased to announce that Hoehn Adventures is a Presenting Sponsor of the inaugural Rebelle Rally.  In addition to a strong partnership, Hoehn Motors, based in Carlsbad, California, will field six full teams from five of its San Diego County automotive franchises – Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes, Honda, and Jaguar.  Teams are comprised of long-standing Hoehn employees and family members.

Since 1928, the Hoehn family has been in the automobile business and has steadily grown into one of the region’s most noted and respected dealerships and brands, with Hoehn Adventures being a subsidiary to the company’s expanding platform in national and international events.

For Jo Hannah Hoehn, General Manager of Hoehn Jaguar Land Rover and fourth generation automobile dealer, supporting the everyday woman from San Diego in stock Hoehn vehicles means more than a great partnership. For her, it’s personal.

“We are thrilled to be involved with the inaugural Rebelle Rally, and are so proud of our six Hoehn employee competitors.  Their camaraderie, enthusiasm, and commitment to this adventure has been truly inspiring, and I can’t wait to join them on the starting line in October,” said Jo Hannah. “I’m also really excited to be doing something like this in our own back yard. It’s so easy to forget how stunning and diverse the Western landscape is, and this is going to be an amazing way to see it.”

The six teams from Hoehn Motors competing:

  • Jo Hannah Hoehn and Susie Saxten competing in a Land Rover LR4
  • Karen Hoehn and Dana Saxten competing in a Land Rover LR4
  • Josan Badillo and Jaimy Grigsby competing in a Jaguar F-PACE
  • Trish Lewis and Sally Gallice competing in a Mercedes G550
  • Lisa Wolford and Sandy Conner competing in a Porsche Cayenne
  • Meli Barrett and Sabrina Howells competing in a Honda Ridgeline

The Honda, Porsche, and Jaguar teams will compete in the Crossover Class – vehicles with unibody construction and no low range transfer case.  The Mercedes G-Class and LR4s will compete in the 4×4 Class.  “The Rebelle is not a race for speed or for tube chassis race vehicles, but a platform for OEM manufacturer vehicles to shine.  We are excited to partner with such a committed company as Hoehn Motors to showcase the capabilities of these SUVs and CUVs,” noted rally director Emily Miller.

 

About the Rebelle Rally:

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States.  Teams of two will traverse over 2,000 kilometers in seven competition days across the desert West.  A true test of precise navigation, it is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time and distance using maps, compass and road book.

About Hoehn Motors:

The Hoehn family has been in the car business since Hoehn Chevrolet was founded in 1928 by Theodore W. Hoehn. In 1938 the company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee was transferred to Theodore W. “Bill” Hoehn, Junior. After moving to La Jolla, California for what turned out to be a short-lived retirement, Bill founded Hoehn Motors in Carlsbad in 1975. Bill’s two sons Bill and Bob now own the business. Today, there is a fourth generation of family working in the business.

 

Hoehn Adventures Presenting Sponsor of the Rebelle Rally2018-04-09T20:05:48-08:00