The eighth Rebelle Rally got here to its conclusion within the Imperial Sand Dunes simply north of the Mexico/California border. This yr 65 groups vied for the rostrum over seven grueling days. They began in Mammoth Mountain, CA with temperatures dropping to 15-degrees some nights as rivals tried to sleep of their tents.
Course director Jimmy Lewis despatched each 4×4 and X-Cross class groups by a few of the most spectacular terrain California and Nevada have to supply. The course began on the Higher Owens River, then wound its approach to the near-forgotten ghost city of Gold Level, by the rocky trails of Ridgecrest, CA. The haunting Trona Pinnacles and whooped out Johnson Valley had been each on the menu as groups made their method south to Glamis and the biggest system of sand dunes in North America.
Rivals known as it probably the most difficult of Rebelles but as they sought out over 200 checkpoints and lined 2500 kilometers. By competitors’s finish, an all-electric Rivian R1T took prime spot on the 4×4 podium. Staff 187, Limestone Legends, charged their method, due to Renewable Improvements, throughout the course with a complete of 1359 factors. Not far behind them, making for intense competitors was Staff 129 made up of 2022 competitors winners Nena Barlow and Teralin Petereit of their 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4xe. Third place within the 4×4 class went to Laura Wanlass and Maria Guitar of crew 188 of their Ford Bronco Raptor.
The X-Cross class comprised of autos with out a switch case and solely AWD functionality arguably had the harder job with out that low vary on some powerful terrain. However these groups and their autos battled onerous over the seven days maintaining the competitors attention-grabbing. Touchdown on prime for the three-peat was crew 200, Melissa Clark and Jessica Moore of their 2022 Ford Bronco Sport. An unlikely newcomer to the sector was the 2024 BMW X2 M35i. Wild Grace, crew 205, piloted by Rebecca Donaghe and navigator Sedona Blinson took the one BMW of its type in North America because it’s nonetheless a pre-production mannequin throughout the desert for the German producer and got here in a lofty second place. Coming in third in a Kia Telluride X-Professional was Verena Mei and her navigator Susie Saxton of crew 206.
Rookie awards went to Staff 212, Nicole Rotondo and Serena Halterman in a 2023 Honda Passport. The 4×4 class rookie podium noticed a 2023 Toyota Sequoia come out on prime with crew 182, Myra Padda and Sandra Li. Second and third place rookie awards went to Heather Eich and Allison McGowan in one other Sequoia and Toni Hlavnicka and Caralina Carlson in a 2023 Ford Bronco Badlands respectively.
The Worldwide Cup was handed out to Canadian crew CanToy Drives, crew 144 made up of Liza Powerful and Sue Chapin. And the Staff Spirit awards, voted on by their fellow rivals, went to Staff 204, Mountain Subie (Carey Lando and Dorothy Rake) who towed the quantity two 4×4 winner throughout the end line after they ran out of gasoline.
A brand new Perseverance Award went to a crew of sisters from France who moved to the USA to work for a yr and save up for the rally. Staff 117, Brouck Sisters, Maureen and Hortense, had been so pushed to compete within the rally they purchased a 1998 Jeep TJ sight unseen in Texas then drove straight to tech inspection.
Registration for the 2024 Rebelle is already open.