Teammates Nena Barlow and Chris Mayne working hard for 7 days of competition. Nicole Dreon photo.
Barlow and Mayne Rebelle Rally Team Pursuing Bone Stock Award for Third Time
Sedona, Ariz. – Ram Truck has announced its support of Nena Barlow of Sedona, Arizona and Chris Mayne of Paris, France to compete in the 2018 Rebelle Rally. Ram Trucks will be providing their team, Team 4 Corners, with a stock 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel truck.
The Rebelle Rally is an all-women’s navigation and four-wheel-drive event taking place this October through the deserts of the California and Nevada. There are currently two classes in the rally: Crossover and 4x4. The Bone Stock Award goes to the team who attains the most points in an unmodified vehicle, regardless of competition class. Barlow and Mayne brought home the Bone Stock Award and second place overall for 2017 in a Ram Power Wagon. In 2016, the inaugural year for the Rebelle Rally, Barlow competed with teammate Kande Jacobsen in a 2016 Ram Rebel, and brought home the Bone Stock award with an overall third place finish.
The Rebelle Rally is a competition of precise navigation using only map and compass. It takes place over seven days and more than 1,200 miles of back roads, across deserts and over mountains between Lake Tahoe, Nev. and San Diego, Calif. No GPS or any electronic navigation is permitted. Thirty-five teams completed the competition last year, with more than forty expected this year.
The Rebelle Rally is organized by veteran off-road racer and trainer, Emily Miller. Miller was the first U.S. woman to compete in the long-running Gazelle Rally in Morocco.
Nena Barlow comes with more than 20 years of experience in the 4wd industry, and grew up exploring the Southwest. She is the owner and operator of Barlow Adventures, a Jeep rental and 4WD training company, and a certified Master Trainer with the International 4WD Trainers Association. Though a competitor, Barlow has also been providing technical 4wd training for teams competing in the Rebelle Rally, as well as offering rally-ready Jeep rentals.
Barlow chooses to compete with Ram Trucks because, she says “Ram Trucks offer unsurpassed 4wd capability in the truck world, comfort and efficiency for long overland trips, and a gross vehicle weight rating that is up to carrying everything I need to not only spend seven days in the desert, but also enough tools and equipment to offer support to other teams.”
Chris Mayne is a rally veteran on multiple continents, with the last two year’s Rebelle Rally under her belt, as well as twelve Rallye de Gazelles in Morrocco and 2010 winner of the Rallye de Princesses in France. Mayne is, literally, a rock star, having several albums produced in the U.S. and internationally. She can usually be persuaded to wow the crowd at the gala or campfire with some vocals. She says "In 2017, I could not have imagined the team would do so well for a first time together, but Nena and I really were on the same page. Sure Rebelle 2018 will bring new challenges, but WE ARE READY!"
Barlow and Mayne will be driving a stock 2019 Ram Rebel in the competition, exactly as the model rolls out of the factory. Once again, Barlow will fill the role of driver, while Mayne fills the right seat as navigator. Both women bring strong driving and navigating skills to the team, and can swap roles if necessary.
Barlow says this 2018 rally is going to see even stiffer competition in the stock designation. “I am proud to have brought home the Bone Stock Award for Ram Trucks the last two years. The pressure is on for a three-peat! 1200 miles offroad is a great proving ground for any vehicle. This will show how tough, capable, and comfortable the Rebel is.”
To follow Team 4 Corners, visit https://www.facebook.com/4CornersRallyTeam/
For more information about the rally itself, visit www.RebelleRally.com
About the 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel
The new 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel brings factory-engineered, off-road capability to the full-size truck segment with unique design cues and can-do attitude backed by Ram Truck engineering. Equipped with a factory lift, locking rear differential, 33-inch tires, tow hooks and other off-road-ready features, the Ram 1500 Rebel appeals to the truck owner looking for a less-beaten path.
The Ram 1500 Rebel is now available in both Crew and Quad Cab configurations with Ram’s Active-level four-corner air suspension and a one-inch suspension lift or standard coil spring suspension and a one-inch lift. Newly designed Bilstein shocks feature remote reservoirs to keep the shocks cool and work with unique rear suspension geometry to keep the tires in traction. Rebel also includes Hill-descent Control for more off-road prowess. Hefty tow hooks feature wide bumper openings to ease use and the underbody protection features skid plates on the transfer case, steering system, oil pan and gas tank.