Rebelle Rally 2021 Training

Rebelle Rally 2021 Training

The Rebelle Rally 2021

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States.

 Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 8 days of competition. It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass and road books.

Registration for 2021, almost sold out

This years competition registration is filling up incredibly fast. In fact, having just spoken to the Rebelle Rally we understand that there are only a few more spaces left to register for this years competition. If you want to compete, we suggest you register within the next few days.

Training for 2021

Being prepared to compete in the Rebelle Rally is extremly important. The competition is challenging, intense and highly rewarding. Give yourself every chance to succeed by participating in these tailored training programs. Join past and current Rebelle’s and official off road trainers in these fun and informative sessions.

 

  • April 22 – 25: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation (includes intro to sand dune driving) – Southern California
  • April 29 – May 2: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation (includes intro to sand dune driving) – Southern California
  • May 20 – 23: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Ridgecrest, CA
  • May 20 – 21: Driving only – Ridgecrest, CA
  • May 22 – 23: Navigating only – Ridgecrest, CA
  • June TBA: Northwest Overland Rally – Leavenworth, WA
  • July TBA: BC Overland Rally – Whistler, BC
  • July 5 – 7: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Southwest BC
  • Late July / Early August TBA: Rocky Mountain Overland Rally Gunnison, CO
  • August TBA: Fundamental Intensive Reno, NV
  • August TBA: 2-Day Sand Dune Course Fallon, NV
  • September TBA: Fundamentals Intensive – Driving & Navigation – Southwest BC

Overlanding BC & The Rebelle Rally

Overlanding BC is an official preferred training partner of the Rebelle Rally. We have been recognized as a training organization that fits with the ethos of the Rebelle Rally. Some of our staff are staff on the Rebelle Rally itself, and one of our instructors is a current 3 time Rebelle and a 2020 class winner. It is this experience along with our professional training background that allows us to give you, the very best training possible.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Overlanding BC is proud to be able to offer exclsuive training in two professional level driving qualifications. 

These qualifications are suitable for industry and individuals alike who use resource roads or off road driving in their day to day life.

Part 2 – Engine Conversion

Part 2 – Engine Conversion

As many of you have been following the progress of my engine conversion online via social media, it’s about time I follow that up with some more detail.

After importing and driving the new to us Defender 90 we decided that an engine conversion was the right thing to do and the next step in the development of our iconic off road and adventuring vehicle.

Originally this Land Rover Defender 90 came with the rarer 2.0 T16 MPI DOHC gasoline engine. The configuration and history of this vehicle came from Land Rover’s special order military ordeign department. The Italian Carabinieri ordered roughly a thousand of these vehicles with this engine configuration due to Italy’s fuel taxation rates and the scarcity of diesel at the time.

The original engine is a really great little engine that loved to rev and zipped the Defender down the road very happily at over 70mph. The beauty of this engine is that it’s small, light, compact and has a low fuel consumption.

The reason for the conversion was to move the vehicle back to the iconic diesel set up to allow for the required low down tractor like torque. Being a model year 1996 Defender 90, the correct thing to do was to convert it to the classic Land Rover 300tdi diesel.

I was lucky enough to arrange some help through Rovalution Automotive in North Vancouver, an old Land Rover specialist shop. I wanted to do most of the work myself to keep the cost down and to learn how to do such a conversion as I had never done anything like this before. Don and the guys were amazing during the whole process.

Our process was fairly straight forward and took a couple of months as I had to fit in the conversion around work. During the conversion we did as much as we could to complete the conversion using OEM parts and to original manufacturing specifications.

The conversion itself was very straightforward forwards, the old engine came out with gentle care as it will be being re-used by a really great friend. And the installation went fairly smoothly as the correct R380 transmission and LT230 transfer case was the same as the original engine and those were the ones we wanted to use. The only things we had to change really were the fuel pickup, motor mounts, exhaust and literally one wire in the current harness – which was a simple matter of blanking off the old fuel sender wires and switching one wire in the starter rely connecter, literally into a new hole in the same connector – awesome!

We did take the time to install all new hoses, seals, timing belt, clutch etc whilst we had the engine out which would save time in the future.

The final few days of the conversion and the first time we started it up was a fantastic moment that made all the hard work well worth it.