Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport Return to Rebelle Rally for 2021
No lesser off-road luminary than Shelby Hall—granddaughter of Bronco racing legend Rod Hall—piloted a Bronco Sport to a win in the X-Cross class of the all-female Rebelle Rally in 2020, so this year she and navigator Penny Dale are bumping up to the mainstream 4×4 class in a two-door Bronco. Hall has also raced the Bronco R in Baja and Dale completed a 28,000-mile overlanding adventure from Vancouver through South America.
Joining Hall and Dale in the 1,200-mile off-road navigation challenge through Nevada and California will be two other Ford-sponsored teams: Pro off-roaders Melissa Fischer and Cora Jokinen will drive a 2021 Bronco Sport in the X-Cross class, and first-timers Kathryn Reinhardt and Victoria Bundrant, both avid amateur off-roaders employed by off-road accessory supplier 4Wheel Parts, will compete in the 4×4 class in a Bronco four-door.
The Bronco Sport and Bronco four-door are Badlands models, while the Bronco two-door features the Wildtrak trim. The trucks all sport race livery inspired by the Bronco 4600 stock class race vehicle running in the ULTRA4 stock class off-road series this year, featuring official color palette of Race Red, Oxford White, and Velocity Blue with matte-black hoods. The Bronco two-door, equipped with the Sasquatch Package, and Bronco Sport vehicles maintain bone stock designation, though they will have their second-row seats removed. The 4Wheel Parts team will accessorize the Bronco four-door entry that they will be driving.
A contraction of “rebel” and “belle,” the all-female event is primarily a navigation challenge. All navigation systems are disabled in the vehicles and no electronic aids are permitted. This is old-school navigation. The race will step off October 8 near the Hoover Dam and crisscross rugged terrain in Nevada and California, finishing at Imperial Sand Dunes in California eight days later. The rally contestants will camp at designated locations along the way.
“The No. 1 obstacle at Rebelle is your navigation, but the terrain definitely challenges the vehicles and these competitive women too,” said Young, who competed last year as a novice in a Bronco Sport. “This is such a great event to showcase what Bronco and these women off-roaders are capable of in the harshest conditions.”
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