Nena Barlow and Ram Truck to Tackle 2020 Rebelle Rally

Ram Truck and Nena Barlow are renewing their partnership to tackle the 2020 Rebelle Rally, a 1,000+ mile long navigation-focused 4X4 rally which begins in Lake Tahoe, California. In October, participants will take to the trails, traversing the Nevada desert with the ultimate goal of making it all the way to the Imperial Sand Dunes in Southern California.


Barlow’s team, “Team 4 Corners,” will enlist the navigation skills of Chris Mayne (France) who previously completed the rally with Barlow in 2017 and 2018. Although the pair did not compete in 2019, Nena made a cameo on the rally’s media team, driving with female skiing legend Wendy Fisher. In her day-to-day life, Barlow runs a 4WD training, guiding, and rental business, and Mayne works in PR for a European automotive manufacturer.


The rally puts some limitations on vehicle modification to keep the focus on navigational skills. For instance, tire height is limited to 35 inches. There is even the Bone Stock Award, given to the team capturing the highest score while competing in a completely stock vehicle. Barlow previously drove a 2016 Ram Rebel, 2017 Ram Power Wagon, and 2019 Ram Rebel, all just as they came from the factory. However, Ram has not yet announced any details about the vehicle she will be piloting in the 2020 Rebelle Rally.

This year the Rebelle Rally will take place from October 8 to October 17, and will feature over 40 all-women teams. Using only map and compass (that’s right, no GPS), competitors will drive in the crossover or 4X4 vehicle classes.



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Matthew Swartz is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Denver, Colorado where he passionately pursues rock climbing, trail running, and skiing. Matt’s love of travel has inspired him to through-hike the JMT and part of the PCT, bike across the United States, and explore the West coast of South America from Ecuador to Patagonia. Matt and his partner Amanda have also travelled across much of the Western US in their 1964 Clark Cortez RV, which they lived in, on the road for the better part of three years. Matt has worked for the USFS as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and Matt's photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.