Back in October 2020, the Ford Bronco Sport participated in the Rebelle Rally – a prestigious off-road race for women only – with three total teams competing, and went on to score an X-Cross class win at that event before following it up with another first-place class finish the following year, while the full-size Ford Bronco finished fourth in the 4×4 Class. Last year, FoMoCo once again headed back to the Rebelle Rally with its Bronco team, and scored a three-peat in X-Cross, and this year, it’s also set to compete in the all-new Ford Mustang Mach-E Rally, which was revealed back in July. Now, the automaker is strengthening its ties to the Rebelle Rally by sponsoring a total of five teams, the automaker has announced.
These five teams will compete in different vehicles, starting with the duo of Jessica Moore – a trail guide at Bronco Off-Roadeo Texas – and Melissa Clark – a guide at Bronco Off-Roadeo Moab and the Bronco Sport Curator for Bronco Nation – in a Ford Bronco Sport. They’ll be joined by Karisa Haydon and Trista Smith in a Ford Bronco Wildtrak following that pair’s successful debut last year that saw them earn 2022 Rebelle Rally Cross Rookies of the Year and a score win on Stage 7.
The new Mach-E Rally will be driven by Kaleigh Miller, who won the Rebelle Rally in the 4×4 class in 2016, 2017, and 2020, and Bailey Campbell, who finished second in the Baja 1000 and fourth in Class 1 of the Mint 400, behind the wheel of a Bronco Raptor. Also driving the high-performance variant will be two other teams – multi-time Baja 1000 class champion and Rebelle Rally X-Cross winner Shelby Hall and five-time Rebelle Rally competitor Rori Lewis, along with six-time veteran Laura Wanlass and two-time participant Maria Guitar.
The 2023 Rebelle Rally kicks off on October 12th at at Mammoth Mountain, then proceeds to weave its way through Nevada and California before finishing in the Imperial Sand Dunes in Southern California on October 21st. Each team consists of a driver and a navigator only – no support teams are allowed – who will camp along the 1,500-mile course and navigate it without the use of things like GPS or smartphones.