#114 – Team Sand Cats

#114 – Team Sand Cats

Debbie & Maria are a mother/daughter team, excited to do the Rebelle Rally together this year! Maria competed for the first time in the 2018 Rebelle Rally. Debbie flew out to San Diego to join Maria for the Rebellation Gala at the end of the rally. It was during the Rebellation that Maria asked her ever-supportive mom to be her teammate for the 2019 Rebelle Rally. They will be driving Maria’s 1998 (3rd gen) Toyota 4Runner, sharing the driver/navigator responsibilities. Maria & Debbie’s passion for Toyota trucks (with manual transmission) began when the family moved to the desert region of Turkana, Kenya in 1990. Their first truck was a 1980 Toyota Hilux. In 1996 they upgraded to a brand new diesel Toyota Hilux (shipped directly by boat from Japan). This is the vehicle that Debbie used to teach Maria how to drive (right hand drive). Maria’s dad taught her how to do maintenance on the truck while in high school, paving the way for her enthusiasm for all things mechanical. A very special memory for both Maria & Debbie was their multiple experiences of being passed on the Kenya roads by rally competitors in the Kenya Safari Rally when it was a part of the WRC. All in all, Debbie & Maria are super excited to compete this year. As they like to say “We’re on an adventure!”

Maria Guitar
Maria GuitarMakin' my own way: dreamer
"Lose anything but your sense of humor, you'll be fine. Truth! And don't you forget it!"
Hometown
Turkana, Kenya
Residence
Ostrander, OH
Fun fact about yourself
I just ended my career as an engineer of 12 years, gonna find my own way in life! BOOM!
Debbie Bruen
Debbie BruenOwner of Home Organization by Debbie
"Do it scared!"
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Residence
North Carolina
Fun fact about yourself
The Turkana nicknamed our white ’96 Toyota Hilux “Apayado” which means “friend of white cloud”. When I first saw a picture of Maria’s newly acquired white Toyota 4Runner, I named her “Apayado”, I also proudly ran around showing pictures of the truck to all of my friends.
Vehicle:
Vehicle: 1998 Toyota 4Runner
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