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Preparing a Jeep for 1,000 Miles of Desert

By Nena Barlow

This article originally appeared on fourwheeler.com.

The first year of the Rebelle Rally was 2016, and Emily Miller of Rod Hall Racing had put together an all-women’s off-road rally lasting seven days and covering more than 1,000 miles of desert roads. The competition would not be for speed, but for navigational accuracy using only a map and compass—no GPS allowed. I was asked to prep some Jeeps for that first Rebelle Rally and decided to compete as well, and I have ever since. Having completed our third year in the rally, we have fine-tuned an approach to preparing a Jeep for such an endeavor.

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Ram Trucks Teams Up with Nena Barlow and Chris Mayne for 2018 Rebelle Rally

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.

Nena Barlow, Chris Mayne Rebelle Rally Team Announces Ram Truck Sponsorship

The Rebelle Rally team of Nena Barlow (Sedona, Ariz.) and Chris Mayne (Paris, France) today announced the team’s official support from Ram Truck for the 2017 second annual running of the all-female event. Ram Truck will be named the official truck of the Barlow/Mayne team -- Team 4 Corners – and provide the team with its entry: an unmodified 2017 Ram Power Wagon.

Barlow and Mayne will be aiming for a podium finish overall and a repeat win in the Bone Stock category, driving the Ram Power Wagon in the competition exactly as the model rolls out of the factory.

Nena uses Ram Trucks to guide 4wd trips and support her Jeep rental business in Sedona AZ, Moab UT and Georgetown CA.
Chris generously shares her experience and advice with competitors in last year’s Rebelle Rally.  Photo by Nicole Dreon

Nena Barlow will fill the role of driver, while Chris Mayne fills the right seat as a seasoned navigator.  Both women bring strong driving and navigating skills to the team, and could swap roles if necessary.

“I was very proud of the Bone Stock Award last year, and we are aiming for that one again,” said Barlow.  “The Ram Trucks are incredibly tough and capable, without any special equipment or upgrades necessary.  I want to inspire people to take theirs out to explore!”

Nena Barlow comes with more than 20 years of experience in the 4wd industry. She is the owner and operator of Barlow Adventures, a Jeep rental and 4WD training company, and certified by the International 4WD Trainers Association. Though considered well-known in the 4wd world, the 2016 Rebelle Rally was her first competitive off-road event.

Chris Mayne is a rally veteran on multiple continents, with last year’s inaugural Rebelle Rally under her belt, as well as 12 Rallye de Gazelles in Morocco and 2010 winner of the Rallye de Princesses in France.

Mayne, a communication officer for a major auto manufacturer, says: “Crossing the Atlantic for the first Rebelle Rally last year was a total challenge and the best opportunity to discover new horizons. No doubt this new Rebelle with Nena will bring its share of excitement.”

The Rebelle Rally is a navigation and four-wheel-drive event taking place this October and crossing the deserts of the southwestern United States. Last year, the inaugural year for the Rebelle Rally, Barlow competed in a 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel. She and teammate Kande Jacobsen brought home the Bone Stock award, for attaining the most points in an unmodified vehicle, and an overall third-place finish.

The Rebelle Rally is unique in the U.S. It’s not a race for speed, but rather a competition of precise navigation using only map and compass. It takes place over seven days and more than 1,000 miles on a top-secret route 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-six teams completed the competition last year, with more than 40 expected this year.

To follow Team 4 Corners, visit:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4CornersRallyTeam
Instagram: team_4corners

For more information about the rally itself, visit www.RebelleRally.com

About the Ram Power Wagon

The Power Wagon is the predecessor of every four-wheel-drive pickup in America.

Dating back to 1945, the Ram Power Wagon’s heritage holds a distinctive position in the Ram Truck lineup as the ultimate expression of engineering innovation and off-road capability.

The first generation served America’s military in the Second World War. When the G.I.s returned, they wanted a four-wheel-drive truck that would work as hard at home, as it did on the war-front.

The Power Wagon nameplate was initially produced from 1945 through 1980. Early trucks were based on the Weapons Carrier (WC) series of Dodge ¾-ton military-use trucks built during World War II. The Power Wagon went on to become a well-known civilian vehicle. The iconic truck was reintroduced in 2005 and now exists as an independent model in the Ram Truck lineup.

From the original, to the Power Wagons of the 1950s, the 1980s and the modern era of Power Wagons, the line’s 70-year mission has never wavered. That mission – quite simply – is to be the ultimate off-road truck.

What makes the Ram Power Wagon the segment-leading off-road truck is purpose-built hardware – everything from a 12,000-pound Warn winch to disconnecting sway bars, front and rear locking differentials, aggressive 33-inch tires and under-chassis armor that surpasses other pickups.

Power Wagon’s unique axle and off-road suspension package is designed to clear obstacles and translate its enormous power and torque to all-terrain traction.

Ram Power Wagon’s capabilities include 14.3 inches of ground clearance, 26 inches of wheel travel and 30 inches of water fording.

www.RamTrucks.com