We Are Team 178

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We have registered and have been officially accepted into the 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles!

And the best part? We got our team number from our first year-178. We like this number because it’s fun to say in French (cent soixante dix huit) and also because “178″ rhymes with “we are freaking great!”

We are currently pitching manufacturers for a vehicle. I now have a larger media reach as an automotive reporter for CNET, and we hope this translates into a sponsored truck.

And of course we are always looking for partners to help us with our rally fees. If you’d like to be a part you can click here to grab our promo package, or email emme@indianajoans.com.

And if you’d just like to throw $20 our way, you can purchase a 2016 Women of Off Road Racing calendar. It’s full of awesome and adventurous women and their badass rides!

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$500 Up For Grabs!!

Hey Friends and Sports Fans!
I’m sure you’re all gearing up for next Sunday’s exciting Super Bowl Game.  Well so are Sabrina and I!  And since we love to plan ahead (okay, sometimes) and last year’s pool was so successful, we decided to turn it into a FUNdraiser to help get us back to the Gazelle Rally in Morocco in 2016!
IMG_8171We are going to be doing a Super Bowl Grid Pool, with prizes for you, and a chunk of change for our team and the Sisters in Scars project.We will be selling 100 squares at $20 a piece and you can buy as many as you’d like.  There will be one $125 winner per quarter– That means a total of $500 of prize money up for winning!!!To buy a square, just paypal $20 per entry to emme@roadfly.com  Squares will be selected at random and assigned as they are sold.

Don’t know how to play?  Check out http://www.100squaresfootballpool.com/how-to-play.html for a primer. Note that touching squares will NOT win any prizes.  In the event of overtime the FINAL SCORE will win the prize.

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Remember there are only 100 squares to sell- so buy yours NOW to get in on the fun- and buy more than one to increase your chances!!!  Money must be received by Saturday January 31 at NOON PST!!!
Once all bets are in we will email a final grid so you can see who the big winners are next Sunday.Good luck, and GO (insert team you are rooting for here)!!!XO
Sabrina and Emme

About Sisters In Scars
Sisters in Scars is a community of women that have faced breast cancer. All funds from this pool goes to the 2015 FearLess Retreat-getting over 70 women together for a weekend retreat full of pampering and laughter! Women at this retreat will have free access to a tattoo artist who specializes in 3D nipple tattoos, thus completing their breast construction journey.

About the Gazelle Rally

The Gazelle Rally is a 9-day, all female off road rally through the desert of Morocco with no GPS. All navigation is done with a compass and old map. Points are award for shortest distance between checkpoints, not fastest time. 25% of entry fees are donated to the Heart of Gazelles, offering medical and educational services to the people in the most remote parts of Morocco.

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We Broke the Top 30!!!

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We were so stoked to get 29th overall at the 2014 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles this year!  A full report is blogged up at TFL Car, but we wanted to thank everyone who helped us get there, including Resqme, SDHQ Offroad, Mastercraft Safety, Lakeland Marine, DezertWife Photography, FASTSIGNS, Phil Kaos Photography, Off Road Vixens, Slime, Azunia Tequila, Maxtrax, Solar Express, and Soulside Network.

Of course, a big hug and kiss too all our friends and family who helped us with cash, encouragement, and often both! We will be back again in 2015!

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We Are On Our Way!!!

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Well, we leave this weekend for 24th Edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, and we couldn’t have done it with out all the help of our friends, family, and partners!

Special shout out to Resqme, who came in at the last minute to help us with the truck rental. They make a fantastic handheld recovery device, with a seat belt cutter and a spring loaded hammer to shatter a window. We all hope we won’t ever need an emergency tool, but having one of these on your key chain is an easy insurance policy. www.resqme.com

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You can follow us in real time while we’re in Morocco! Starting next week, just go to www.aichagazellerally.com and you can find daily photos and videos, see how close we are to the checkpoint, and even send us messages! We are team 183.

Other US teams are 107 The Hoehn Sisters, 172 US Nomads, and 182 Team X-Elles.

We thank each and everyone of you who helped us get to the Gazelle Rally. We are entered in the Media Challenge, with the chance to win 15000 Euros for FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. We’ll be blogging back to www.tflcar.com as much as we can.

Again, thank you, everyone! We’ll do our best to make you proud!

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Resqme Partners With Us!

selection3web Team Indiana Joans are happy to announce their partnership with Resqme for the 2014 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles. A nine day, all female off road rally through the harsh desert of Morocco, the gateway to the Sahara,  the Gazelle Rally is known as one of the toughest motorsports events in the world.  GPS is not allowed and all navigation is done with a compass and an old map.  Points are awarded for shortest distance between checkpoints, not fastest time.

The 24th edition of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles takes place March 14 to 29, 2014, and will bring together nearly 200 teams from 33 countries.  25% of participant’s rally fees go to the Heart of Gazelles, providing educational, medical, and humanitarian assistance to those in the most remote parts of Morocco.

Gazelleoops “Thanks to fundraising and a silent sponsor, we had enough money to pay our rally fees, but the truck rental was still out of reach,” says driver Emme Hall.  “Resqme literally did rescue us with this partnership.  Without their help we would not be going to the rally.”

Resqme is a handheld, ready to use rescue tool. Originally designed for emergency personnel, Resqme is a necessity for any driver. This combination window-breaker and seat belt cutter is small and lightweight, yet still powerful. In the event of an emergency and possible vehicle entrapment, the Resqme tool holds a sharp blade to cut a jammed seatbelt and a spring-loaded spike to shatter the car window. You can carry it on your keys so it is always within reach, making it an emergency tool ideal for the safety of any driver.

howto“We are so excited and proud to be working with Indiana Joans and supporting them on their adventure at the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles,” says Laurent Colasse, president of Resqme. “We are committed to safety but also committed to the empowerment of women.  Partnering with Emme and Sabrina was a natural fit.”

Indiana Joans will be running number 183 on a 2010 Isuzu D-Max.  In addition to the Resqme logos, the team will again cover their truck with butterflies, each dedicated to a breast cancer survivor, pre-vivor, fighter, or angel.

Camion Papillon2 “My mother is a breast cancer survivor,” says navigator Sabrina Howells. “We are so pleased to honor these women who have struggled with breast cancer by bringing them with us on this epic adventure. Resqme donates a portion of sales from their pink and fuchsia tools to breast cancer research. We are proud to be working with a company that shares our values and goals.”

The Indiana Joans will be participating in the Wave Media Relay while at the Rally. This is a special mini-challenge within the rally with its own ranking. By partnering with TFLCar, the Indiana Joans will have a chance to win 15000 Euros for their charity, FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered. They will be blogging back to TFLCar as much as they can.

IMG_1518About Indiana Joans

Indiana Joans is returning to the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles in 2014 for the second time.  Navigator Sabrina Howells is a singer/songwriter/actress from Los Angeles, CA. She sings and plays guitar in the band Henry Henrietta. Driver Emme Hall works in theatre and is also an automotive journalist and race car driver. She currently lives in Washington DC.  www.indianajoans.com

About Resqme

The purpose of Resqme is to give all motorists peace of mind on the road with their innovative auto rescue tool. They are committed to continuing their leadership in providing the latest safety technologies for drivers across the country. They value their customers’ satisfaction as they continue to provide reliable products that improve automobile safety in our communities. Safety awareness is a primary goal of their company and they are dedicated to educating drivers and sharing information that can save lives on the road “when seconds count…” www.resqme.com

For more information about the Gazelle Rally and to follow the teams live March 14-29th, go to www.gazellerally.com

And check out this awesome video

 

 

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Football Pool FUNdraiser

I’m sure you’re all gearing up for next Sunday’s exciting Super Bowl Game. Well so are The Indiana Joans! So much so, we decided to turn it into a fun fundraiser to help get us back to the Gazelle Rally in Morocco this March!

We are going to be doing a Super Bowl Grid Pool, with half of the proceeds awarded as prize money, and half will go toward our entry fee.

We will be selling 100 squares at $10 a piece and you can buy as many as you’d like. There will be one $125 winner per quarter– That means a total of $500 of prize money up for winning!!!

To buy a square, just paypal $10 per entry to emme@roadfly.com Squares will be selected at random and assigned as they are sold.

Don’t know how to play? Check out this for a primer. Note that touching squares will NOT win any prizes. In the event of overtime the FINAL SCORE will win the prize.

Remember there are only 100 squares to sell- so buy yours NOW to get in on the fun- and buy more than one to increase your chances!!! Money must be received by Saturday February 1 at NOON PST!!!

Once all bets are in we will email a final grid so you can see who the big winners are next Sunday.

Good luck, and GO (insert team you are rooting for here)!!!

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Never Say Die

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Well, just when we thought we were dead in the water, along comes a silent benefactor and we are back in the running to get to the 2014 Gazelle Rally!!!  It’s not 100% yet, but things are looking very, very good.  Of course, we still need to raise some cash, but it’s nowhere near as much as before.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated in the next few weeks.

YAY!

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Onward to 2015

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First off, we want to thank each and every one of you for your support so far.  We know you love hearing the Gazelle story and we are so grateful we can bring that to you.

If you donated to our team, we realize that you did so with the expectation that we would be returning to the Gazelle rally in 2014.  Unfortunately we have failed to raise enough money to go….this year.  We will continue to fundraise and we are confident we will have enough to compete in 2015.

This gives you a few choices.  You can of course let your donation roll over to 2015.  However, should you want a refund, we can make that happen, or we can forward your donation directly to our charity, FORCE.  They are the only national non-profit to work specifically with women who have a genetic predisposition towards breast and ovarian cancer.

Just send an email to emme@indianajoans.com and let us know what you’d like us to do.  If we don’t hear from you we’ll assume you’d like us to roll your donation over for the 2015 bid.

The rally takes place March 14-29 this year.  I’ll be covering it for The Fast Lane Car at www.tflcar.com, and I’ll also be updating this website. There is a great group of American teams this year, and we expect them all to kick some major booty!

In the meantime, please enjoy the photos and videos from Gazelles 2013 , and the official Gazelle Rally 2014 teaser below.

-Emme

 

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What is this crazy Gazelle Rally you speak of?

The Rallye Aicha des Gazelles debuted in 1990.  For 23 years it has been one of the toughest motorsports events on the planet.  For 8 days, 150 all female teams consisting of a driver and navigator find their way to different checkpoints in Morocco using only a compass and a map.  No GPS, no chase crews.  Points are awarded for shortest distance, not fastest time.  Sounds bad ass?  You bet it is!

Team 178 The Indiana Joans participated in the Gazelle Rally in 2013.  We finished 70th out of 150 teams overall and 38th out of 84 first participants.

We are very proud of finishing 9th in the Isuzu Media Challenge.  This is a mini challenge within the rally.  To join, the team must run an Isuzu truck and partner with a media outlet.  If they win the challenge, they win 15,000 Euros to their charity of choice. Both in 2013 and in 2014 we have partnered with FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.  They work specifically with women who have a genetic predisposition for breast and uterine cancer.  Find out why we work with FORCE and donate!

Feel free to click around our site and learn more about us.

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