We take on the ultra-challenging Gazelle Rally (Part 3)

It's the final few days of the Gazelle Rally. Both vehicles and participants are exhausted, but the desert doesn't allow for rest.

Emme Hall Former editor for CNET Cars
I love two-seater, RWD convertibles and own a 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata for pavement fun and a lifted 2001 Miata for pre-running. I race air-cooled Volkswagens in desert races like the Mint 400 and the Baja 1000. I have won the Rebelle Rally, seven-day navigational challenge, twice and I am the only driver to compete in an EV, the Rivian R1T.
Emme Hall
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Watch this: Come along as we rally with the Gazelles in Morocco (Part 3)

In 2016, my navigator Sabrina Howells and I participated in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, an all-female, nine-day, off-road event through Morocco with no GPS. Points are awarded for the shortest distance between checkpoints, not the fastest time. All navigation is done with a compass and a map.

This is a three-part video series of our third attempt to take the win in one of the toughest motorsports events in the world.

In this final episode, another American team has suspension problems, our battery wants to explode and I get all emotional.


Dottie the Defender did great at the Gazelle Rally. What a dune basher!

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Final rankings for the American teams:

Team 180 Chrissy Beavis/Nicole Pitell-Vaughan: 2nd Place

Team 107 Susanah Hoehn/Jo Hannah Hoehn: 3rd Place

Team 178 Sabrina Howells/Emme Hall: 5th Place

Team 184 Susie Saxten/Ivy Cass: 9th Place

Team 182 Teresa Stewart/Sara Jehn: 20th Place

Team 188 Elaine Newkirk/ Keely Sellers: 57th Place

Team 127 Catherine Chiadmi/Cecile Vinson: 102nd Place

Team 181 Maureen Gibbons/Karen Hoehn: 110th Place