Get ready for an incredible battle. The US Team 2018 of pioneering all-women rallye Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc hosted an exclusive event at Provençal restaurant MAMO celebrate their journey to Morocco for the 28th Annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc.
The epic race takes place March 16-31, 2018 and features — the first international off-road rally race of its kind exclusively for women. The event celebrated the guests of honor, competitors Jazmin Grimaldi & Kiera Chaplin, Schanel B. & Pauline Ducret, Keanna Erickson-Chang & Claudia Barbera-Pullen, and Martine Taylor & Elena Sorre. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’Oeuvres as they learned more about the event and the women competing. Notable attendees included: Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, Ian Mellencamp, Elena Sorre, Schanel Bakkouche, Keanna Erickson-Chang, Pauline Ducruet, Gaultier Desandre Navarre, Sarah Zendejas, Paul Trustfull, Brooke Bond, Maddy Karlsson and Danielle Harris.
The annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc sees women ages 18 to 71 from more than 30 different countries taking to the Moroccan desert without GPS — relying only on old-fashioned navigation, completely off-road. Each vehicle is equipped with satellite tracking system, powerful enough to provide minute by minute tracking, so without seeing a vehicle for hours, the women are never alone. By the end of the experience, participants—known as “Gazelles”—have created adventure-filled new memories, deepened their bonds with their teammates, and pushed themselves further than they ever thought they could.
The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is also deeply committed to the well-being of the Moroccan people, as seen through the work of its non-profit, Cœur de Gazelles. In 2016, the organization’s 60-member team provided more than 4,000 medical consultations to the local population during the eight day competition. Additionally, the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles is dedicated to the environment—it is the world’s only motor rally with ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certification.
Photos by Patrick McMullan