“We applaud Rolls-Royce for believing in the Rebelle Rally as a place to showcase the new Cullinan. We are truly excited about the wide variety of vehicles and teams that participate and prove their competence,” noted rally founder and director Emily Miller.
For the full announcement from Rolls-Royce, click here.
In case you missed it, our June newsletter is full of exciting information for every Rebelle fan. Read on to find all about course surprises, how AIRAID leveled up their support, and details on our upcoming competition less than four months away!
2019 REBELLE COURSE HAS NEW SURPRISES
A lot is in store for teams this October thanks to Course Director Jimmy Lewis, who has outdone himself on his fourth year as Course Director. Expect the unexpected as Jimmy and Emily find even more ways to challenge teams while showing breathtaking parts of the U.S. that mostly go unseen. We’re super excited to reveal to this year’s competitors the adventures in store.
TECH RETURNS TO OLYMPIC VALLEY
The excitement will begin before the course; however, as we have our Tech Inspection once again in gorgeous Olympic Valley at Lake Tahoe. Set against the mountains, family, friends, and sponsors are welcome to send teams off with their support by joining us at the Squaw Valley Conference Center on Thursday, October 10th, and our Welcome Party that evening. This is the last chance to see the Rebelles as they will be out of all communications once they hand in their cell phones until San Diego!
REBELLATION & AWARDS AT SAN DIEGO’S PREMIER ON-WATER VENUES
And of course, we can’t call it the Rebelle Rally without finishing the competition in grand style. We will host our second annual daytime awards podium at Broadway Pier in San Diego at 12pm on Saturday, October 19th. Sponsors, friends, and family are welcome to join this public event by the water.
That evening, we’ll be trading in our wheels for heels at our always popular Rebellation gala at Coasterra, where we tell everyone to wear what makes them feel like a million bucks. This ticketed event – open to friends, family, and partners – is a way to celebrate competitors in their accomplishments along with dinner, dancing, and mingling under the stars and by the sea. Tickets go on sale August 1st.
AIRAID GIVEAWAY FOR NEW REGISTERING TEAMS!
We’re kicking off the first week of summer with some exciting news from the AIRAID team. AIRAID came onboard as a sponsor of the Rebelle Rally in May, and has just leveled up their support of competitors with an impactul offer: the next five teams that sign up for the Rebelle Rally will receive a $300 AIRAID gift card.
The gift card can be used to help cover the cost of a team’s AIRAID air intake. It can also be used as an auction or raffle item for a Rebelle team’s fundraising efforts. As competitors know, a little goes a long way and we are thrilled that AIRAID has so generously donated to our 2019 teams. Teams signing up for the installment plan will qualify. Limit one per team. (Not redeemable for cash.)
A huge thank you to AIRAID for this direct support of our incredible teams. And check out their new website at www.airaid.com. Their great crew has recreated AIRAID to connect people’s love of driving and is literally breathing new life into adventure on wheels.
THE LIFE OF A LEGEND – REMEMBERING ROD HALL
By Emily Miller
This past Friday, we lost our great friend with the passing of Rod Hall. Hall was a legend in the off-road racing world, with a race and win resume that is beyond compare. But he also leaves behind an enduring legacy and impact that will be felt for generations. Many may not know, but without Rod, there would be no Rebelle Rally.
I met Rod Hall at the National Automobile Museum about 17 years ago. I started getting call after call from Hall to team up on a couple projects that he was working on. I didn’t know him, didn’t know his racing history. I just knew that he was funny, tenacious, and the projects sounded like something where I could lend a hand. It would change the course of my path. He taught me to drive off-road, and gave me the amazing opportunity to race for him. He even rode with me in the right seat in the Baja 1000 and the first thing out of his mouth was “I don’t think I’ve ever sat in this seat.” Talk about pressure! We partnered in producing ride and drive events, drive trainings, the Michelin/BFGoodrich Light Truck Tire Seminars, and worked to revive the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. We spent countless hours, days and months scouting trails, laughing, and talking about life, ideas, and dreams…and he encouraged me to start the Rebelle.
Rod wanted to see more women in racing. We saw how well women did in our drive training programs, so we produced a women’s drive training event over a decade ago and knew we were on to something that could change the off-road experience for women. He was the inspiration to keep the Rebelle for stock, OEM vehicles. When it came time to lay out the first Rebelle course, Rod was our course director. He and I, along with Tom Heyl and Tech Director Chris Woo, spent days and days pouring over the upper part of the Nevada route, knowing it would set the tone of what would become the longest competitive off-road rally in the lower 48. As it became clear that his health was deteriorating, we would just go drive. Because nothing replaces windshield time with Rod Hall.
I am so thankful for the days spent in Rod’s kitchen with him and his wonderful wife Donna encouraging me through the launch of the rally. I’m thankful for our friendship. I’m thankful that he always believed in me. I’m thankful for his encouragement to drive beyond our borders – to see the world from the backroads and off the beaten path. I’m even thankful for all the 5 am text messages because Rod caffeinated early and was ready to go to work!
We will all miss Rod dearly. His stories. His one-liners. His delivery. Our sincerest condolences to the Hall Family and especially Donna, and his beloved granddaughter Shelby. The Rebelle community also thanks Original Rebelle Amy Lerner for her dedication to bring Rod’s story to the screen in One More Win. In his honor, donations may be made in his name to the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Team Tuesday 2019: Chris & Anna
When your common denominator is a vehicle, you drive an FJ in the Rebelle. So is the case with today’s Team Tuesday, Chris Cole and Anna Loy! With a love of off-roading and adventure enthusiasm, they’re gearing up for their next skill test taking place this October.
Chris is originally from Estes Park, Colorado and now resides in Broomfield, Colorado. She’s an accountant and bookkeeper at Toytec Lifts in Denver. Chris and Anna met on the Facebook Colorado FJ Cruisers page as they both have Toyota FJs. Meeting in person last year at the NW Overland Rally, in July Anna asked Chris to be her navigator in the Rebelle.
Chris already has a few memorable trips that stick out. One is an unforgettable trip in her 20s to Alaska where she experienced the land, people, and lifestyle. The experience was amazing. Getting ready her ultimate road trip in just four months, she’s not leaving home without coffee (we got you Chris), and her toothbrush. Although she’ll miss speaking with her daughter for ten days, she’s also competing in the Rebelle for her.
“I want to show my 13 year old daughter that her mom is a strong woman, and that I am ready for this new adventure that I am scared to death to try.”
Anna is from Diamond Bar, California, and now calls Las Vegas her residence. She keeps busy as a registered nurse, and when she’s not working you’ll find her off-roading, traveling, reading, and concert-going.
This FJ enthusiast fell in love with off-roading a few years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. She discovered meeting a ton of great friends is one of the many perks of off-roading, along with exploring the outdoors like never before. Anna is now looking to push herself even more as an off-roader – hence her competing in the rally this year.
“The Rebelle Rally is to me that other level of testing my off-roading skills and learning how to navigate out in the desert. Going off-roading while trying to get from point A to point B is a challenge. I’m going for it full steam ahead!”
A self-proclaimed Toyota person, Anna describes her FJ as a “highly capable vehicle for most any terrain.” The vehicle impresses her time and time again with what it can do off-road.
We’re stoked to have Team #105 compete in their favorite vehicle this fall. And their passion for adventure and off-roading will definitely be fueled on the Rebelle!
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!
May 1, 2019 (Reno, NV) – Today, the Rebelle Rally announced aftermarket industry leader AIRAID as a 2019 premier sponsor. The event is set to take place October 10-19, 2019. The competition is the longest competitive off-road rally in the lower 48, and the first navigational off-road rally for women in the U.S.
AIRAID, a name synonymous with power and performance in automotive for over twenty years, includes a lineup of well-crafted, dependable products for anyone’s “third teammate” – their vehicle. While the company may have a new look, their products retain their known reliability and steadfast improvement to the oxygen our vehicles literally breathe. The mission of AIRAID and their commitment to possibilities in off-road adventure, sport and beyond, align with the rally’s core concept of pushing limits.
“We believe in everything the Rebelle stands for. It is a top-notch competition that provides a platform for our products to be put to the ultimate test. It’s the perfect combination of performance and adventure showcasing the AIRAID advantage,” said Steven duBois, AIRAID’s Brand Manager. “Like the Rebelle community, we are passionate about exploration. We live to ungoogle our minds and find those paths that often make us feel uncomfortable in unchartered waters, this is when we feel alive the most. It’s called living.”
The 2019 Rebelle Rally will start with technical inspection at Lake Tahoe, traverse 8 days of competition across Nevada and California concluding in the sand dunes of Glamis with closing ceremonies in San Diego. Up to 50 teams are expected to compete and the company also plans to field a team in their custom-built AIRAID Jeep Rubicon.
“Rebelles rely on companies that consistently build durable, dependable equipment combined with proven performance. We align with partners that practice what they preach, live adventure, and believe in women pushing and breaking barriers. We are beyond excited about our relationship with AIRAID,” explained Rebelle founder Emily Miller.
Attention International competitors! With the overwhelming interest from women across the globe, we are launching the INTERNATIONAL CUP. We are breaking down the borders and tearing down the walls…It is our way for the rally and US teams to show respect and appreciation for the efforts it takes to participate. From travel, language, customs, currencies, added costs, etc., we know it isn’t easy, but we want you to feel a big, warm welcome to the USA!
International teams will bear the special International designation on their vests. The highest scoring International team (comprised of two non-US entrants*) will receive $2,500 to the non-profit organization of their choice in their team’s name, have their name live on the much-anticipated “Prize Cup,” and take home a special IC plaque.
*An International team is defined as 2 teammates, non-US citizens or holding dual citizenship, and a valid non-US passport. A minimum one teammate must live full-time abroad. Rally officials will also confirm the team’s designated non-profit/charity is in good standing. A special press release will be issued featuring participating teams and distributed to media in the teams’ countries of origin.
Please note, the Rebelle Rally and competition documentation is conducted in English. If you have questions about interpreters or additional details of the International Cup, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love cars and trucks! And we love ones with history. And while there are plenty of names that describe these vehicles, the terms “vintage” and “classic” invoke a feeling of “old.” And we are women who feel ageless. So vehicles that are younger than some of us, don’t deserve a term that makes them seem outdated or tired. So welcome to our new Rebelle Designation – 4030. As in “40 is the new 30!”
- 4030 (pronounced forty-thirty) is a designation to show respect and appreciation to those who choose to take on the Rebelle in a vehicle 40 years or older.
- This is not a class. There is not a winner of the 4030s. But plenty of pride and props!
- Each 4030 team will bear the 4030 logo designation on the vehicle, the team’s vest, and on the website.
- Each team will receive a special Rebelle Rally 4030 jacket and merchandise at Tech Inspection.
- The vehicle must be 40 years or older. It must be street legal and comply with the official rulebook. Vehicle must have a minimum 3-point seatbelt. Vehicles can be restored, modified, etc., but must have started as that production-based vehicle. Please ensure your vehicle is well prepped before arriving.
- Questions? Email specific questions to Technical Director, Chris Woo – email@example.com.
- See or know of a great potential 4030 vehicle on the streets or trails? Tag it #rebelle4030
Last week was International Women’s Day as part of Women’s History Month. We were all so encouraged by the outpouring of great posts by Rebelles, so I spent a little time reflecting as well as thinking about our future. So I looked back in my journal where I wrote a lot of things early on that were on my brain — trying to convey what we were working to accomplish. I dug this up:
“I make no promises about what you will personally feel, what you will take away. My honest intention is for you to embrace and enhance your driving and navigation skills, and we will build that platform for you to shine. I intend for you to gain experience that will enable you and empower you in your future journeys – wherever they may lead you. You will be blazing trails across our American West, kicking ass and taking names, and at the end, we will wash off the dust and celebrate as Rebelles know how. “
It feels really good to circle back to this and say that this is exactly what I still intend. As we roll toward year 2, I am so happy to see such an incredible camaraderie between Rebelles, and how these women are connecting with each other as well as working to encourage other women to chase their dreams, to sharpen and test their skills, and take on new challenges. I speak on behalf of our whole crew when I say we are stoked that the spirit is alive, is super positive, and growing.
Today, we have many great new teams signing up to be a part of the Rebelle. On behalf of our awesome staff and 2016 teams, we welcome you into the community and can’t wait to share the journey with you!
Thanks to everyone…Rally on,
January 19, 2017 (Reno, NV) – Rebelle Rally Enterprises, owner of the grueling Rebelle Rally, expands the brand by announcing the formalization of Rebelle U, the training arm dedicated to premium level coaching and training experiences for women in the adventure and off-road arena.
Founded by veteran off-road racer, coach, and rally founder Emily Miller, Rebelle U offers 1-4 day driving and navigation classes. Miller, who has trained over 4,000 people in off-road driving skills, has assembled a team of top, experienced coaches including some of the most respected women in the space. Instructors include Chrissie Beavis, decorated rally navigator and driver, Nena Barlow, 4×4 expert, and Shelby Hall, off-road racer, driving coach and guide at Rod Hall Drive. Additional coaches will join various programs, including decorated Dakar motorcycle racer and rally navigation coach, Jimmy Lewis. Lewis also serves as the Rebelle Rally Course Director.
After years of experiencing how women respond to automotive-based training, Miller knows that to bring more women into the off-road and automotive space, women’s-based programs are key. She assembled her first women’s specific off-road training event over a decade ago for female journalists and world-class athletes and has not looked back. “Women love to train, love to learn, and excel in the environments we have created. Bonds are built, barriers are overcome, and memories and skills are instilled for a lifetime.”
While classes vary in length, four-day events are the cornerstone to the experiential education. These programs include traditional navigation education, off-road driving skills, combining the skills in checkpoint exercises, sand dune training, mechanical instruction, on-trail troubleshooting, and gear review. Students tent camp and put their skills to the test, while coming back to the campfire to share stories and experiences.
Advanced one and two-day classes focus on specific topics designed for those with a good grasp of basic skills and looking to take things to the next level of proficiency. Rebelle U plans to expand the training component over the next 24 months. And while the program falls under the Rebelle umbrella, the training classes are not designed to teach women how to win the Rebelle rally, but to empower and prepare women to take on vehicle-based adventure. Classes are not exclusive to Rebelle Rally competitors.