The third running of the 2018 Rebelle Rally is underway. Competitors are making their way south down the picturesque dirt roads of Nevada. Forty-two teams are competing for the winner title; 25 of those teams are rookies, meaning this is their first time ever competing in such an event. The teams come from five countries including the United States, France, Canada, Japan and Kenya.
The Rebelle Rally began with registration, technical inspection and a rally school at Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe, California. At rally school the competitors learned all the rules of the event.
The Rebelle Rally is an all-women’s navigation rally. The competitors are only allowed to use maps and compasses to plot their route. All GPS devices are considered prohibited items and cannot be used during the event. Their phones are also sealed in cases, cutting off their communication with the outside world.
Each day the competitors must clear mandatory green checkpoints. Blue and black checkpoints are optional. The more blue and black checkpoints competitors get during a day, the higher their score will be, increasing their chances of winning the rally. Blue checkpoints are marked with a flag, while the black checkpoints are hidden and have no markings. When competitors think they are in range, they hit a button on their rally tracker that sends a signal directly to the scoring team.
The Jeep JK and JL are popular choices for rally vehicles. There are 11 vehicles vying for the bone stock award, including a Ram Rebel, Nissan Armada, Honda Ridgeline, and a couple of Land Rovers. There are six crossovers, including three Subarus, one Porsche Cayenne, and two Hondas. A team from Paso Robles is campaigning a 1969 Wagoneer.
The Rally will wind south through the California deserts and into the Imperial Sand Dunes for the finish over an eight-day period. A huge awards party dubbed Rebellation is planned for Saturday, October 20, at Lane Field in San Diego.
Photos courtesy of Rebelle Rally photographers: Nicole Dreon, Tim Calver and Paolo Baraldi