The official start to Day 1 of the 2017 Rebelle Rally began early Saturday morning.
Nena Barlow was the first competitor off the line. Barlow is campaigning a 2017 Ram Power Wagon provided by the manufacturer, with teammate Chris Mayne from Chaville, France. Dubbed the Four Corners team, Barlow and Mayne sit Third in the points standings. There are several other OEM vehicles in the rally, including a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 piloted by Emme Hall. Florence Pham and Karen Rayrolles are driving a Nissan Navara. Rayrolles works in marketing for Nissan France. She had the vehicle shipped over to the United States days before the rally began.
Other vehicles include the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X and Ford F-150 Raptor. The Jeep Wrangler also appears to be a competitor favorite, as there are half a dozen entered. Courtney Latter and Martha Tansy spent their summer restoring a 1969 Jeep Wagoneer to run in the Rally.
The terrain has taken competitors through the Nevada desert into the mountains and flatlands near Tonopah. Plotting accurate coordinates has proved key to collecting points for those elusive black checkpoints. The rally continues tracking south from Dumont Dunes to the rocks of Johnson Valley. At the end of the week the competitors will embark on their final challenge in the Glamis sand dunes in Imperial County. Stay tuned as we continue our coverage of the 2017 Rebelle Rally.