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Thread: 2016 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles - Team #180 USA

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    Default 2016 Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles - Team #180 USA

    Team #180 will be competing in the 26th annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles this week in Morroco, Africa. I will post updates about the rallye and the progress of our 2014 Toyota Tacoma double cab once the event starts. I posted all of the Tacoma specs below. Please let me know if you have any questions about the truck.

    More about the Rally:
    This is a female only rallye that is known as a race of strategy, not a race for speed. There are no electronic devices permitted in the vehicles, no cell phones and no outside assistance. For 9 days the girls will drive over 1100 kilometers through the Sahara desert navigating the shortest distance to check point flags using 1950's black and white maps.

    Nicole Pitell-Vaughan will be driving in their 2014 Toyota Tacoma double cab and Chrissie Beavis will be navigating.* Nicole is the co-founder and Director of Operations at Total Chaos Fabrication Inc. and races in the MORE and Best in the Desert series.* Chrissie is one of the most respected and decorated female rally racers in the US and currently navigates for #199 Travis Pastrana in the Rally America National Championship series.

    Video: Team TOTAL CHAOS / CRC Train for the 2016 Gazelle Rallye

    Follow the rally live at:

    Vehicle Specifications:
    2014 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 4WD

    Front Suspension:
    - TOTAL CHAOS +2” Race Series Long Travel Kit
    - TOTAL CHAOS 4340 Axleshafts
    - TOTAL CHAOS Secondary Shock Hoops
    - TOTAL CHAOS Heavy Duty Spindle Gussets
    - TOTAL CHAOS Alignment Cam Tab Gussets
    - King-TC LT Specific 2.5” Coilover Shocks
    - King-TC LT Specific 2.5” External Bypass Shocks w/ Quick Adjust Knobs

    Rear Suspension/Axle:
    - DMZ Fab & Race Prep SUA Kit
    - Deaver SUA Leafsprings
    - King 2.5” x 14” External Bypass Shocks w/ Quick Adjust Knobs
    - Custom TOTAL CHAOS Under the Bed Shock Hoops
    - TOTAL CHAOS Bolt-on Rear Bumpstop Mounting Kit
    - King 2.0” Hydraulic Bumpstops
    - 1.50" Synergy wheel spacers

    - Glassworks Unlimited Fiberglass Front Fenders
    - TOTAL CHAOS Custom Fiberglass Bumper Pods
    - Glassworks Unlimited Rear Bedsides
    - Paint by Mike Callaway

    - TRD Wheels 16”x8”*
    - BFGoodrich KO2 285/75R16

    Other Equipment:
    - TRD 4.0L Supercharger
    - K&N Custom FilterCharger - Custom TOTAL CHAOS Front Bumper/Skidplate
    - Warn Winch
    - Baja Designs Squadron XL’s on electric actuator
    - Baja Designs LED Work Lights, Dust Lights, Dome Lights
    - Custom TOTAL CHAOS Rear Bumper
    - Synergy Sit, Shower, Shave Kit
    - Custom TOTAL CHAOS Aluminum Fresh Water Tank

    See more detailed photos of the truck at

    Last edited by Team 180 USA; 03-21-2016 at 06:20 PM.

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    Here is some info about another US team #178 that was just sent to me.

    Navigator Sabrina Howells will be returning for her fourth Gazelle Rally. She is a singer/songwriter/actress/comedienne living in Los Angeles. She performs regularly with her band, Henry Henrietta and has been featured in many national and local commercials. Driver Emme Hall reviews cars and trucks with the guys on Roadshow, powered by CNET. She is the driver and trophy winner of her own off-road team, campaigning a 2-seat 1600cc air cooled VW in desert races in California, Nevada, and Mexico. 2016 marks her third Gazelle Rally. Together these two are an unforgettable and unstoppable force as they reunite for the 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles.

    Sponsors: Resqme, Sierra LED lights, Maxtrax, Manhattan Country Club, Ambit Pacific Recycling,

    We will be filming our adventure for
    Some words and pics are already up at
    We are team 178.
    Last edited by Team 180 USA; 03-21-2016 at 06:19 PM.

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    Here are a couple photos of our 2014 Tacoma from last years rally.
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    Emme Hall from team #178 just sent a few photos from today. The Rally starts Wednesday!


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    New Mexico
    Wow! Awesome. I'll be watching for updates. Hope you have a blast and kick some %#*!

    Your truck is awesome.
    William and G-Ronimo

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    Nicole and Chrissie made it to Morocco yesterday. Here's a shot of the truck she posted on Facebook.

    Team American Chaos is in Erfoud, Morocco where they passed tech inspections on a stormy day. The CRC/TOTAL CHAOS Toyota Tacoma, aka the “Morocco Taco," is already getting a serious amount of attention.

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    The prologue is over and Team Amercian Chaos did great. Here is the info and a few photos from the PR that went out tonight.

    March 23rd, 2016 (CORONA, CA) – With the Erg Chebbi dunes in the background and a sandstorm looming overhead, the 26th edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles began today with the Prologue near the gateway to the Sahara – Erfoud, Morocco.

    The Prologue is a short warm-up loop for teams to practice driving and navigation skills. The day did not count toward the overall score for teams in the 4×4 class, but established the start order for the first day of competition. And for Team #180 American Chaos, Nicole Pitell-Vaughan and Chrissie Beavis, the Prologue meant more than just testing out the truck.

    “The fact that we made it to the Prologue despite vehicle transportation hurdles said a lot about our entire team. It wasn’t easy the last few weeks, but things finally clicked. We used today to shake off the cobwebs and get a decent start draw,” stated Pitell-Vaughan.

    Today’s Prologue was straightforward with four checkpoints (CPs) in an ideal distance of 45 km with flat, easy terrain. Pitell-Vaughan and Beavis reached every CP, and headed back to the bivouac with ease.

    “The Prologue sets the stage and we nailed our checkpoints today. Despite the logistics issues with the CRC/TOTAL CHAOS Toyota Tacoma, its all behind us and now its rally time,” said Pitell-Vaughan. We had a great day! The next eight are really going to challenge us.

    For many competitors including the experienced, the day represented their first time together as a team, established team dynamics, and ironed out communication. For teams who performed well, being in the better placed group on Leg 1 will have its advantages but can’t predict an outcome.

    “Until after the first day, you really can’t tell how serious the competition is,” said Beavis. “Even the Prologue doesn’t really let you know who you will be running with, and a team’s ranking in past events doesn’t mean anything a year later with different equipment.”

    As three-time Gazelle competitor Beavis alluded to, anything can happen in the rally. The competition can change even on the last day of competition and reconfigure top rankings thanks in part to its unique format.

    Rally Format

    Many rallies are based near the foot of the Merzouga and Erg Chebbi dunes, but the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles stands out in its format – teams of two drive off-road and navigate to set CPs over nine days using a compass, outdated maps, and ruler. No GPS, no cell phones, and no support crews. The goal is not speed rather the shortest distance between CPs.

    As teams dig deeper into the competition the next few days, some may become more comfortable and less focused as exhaustion sets in. Scores can be set based on something as simple as how a team decides to drive around a rock or a set of trees. This year’s competition should be no exception, with even the slightest variations and last-minute decisions affecting a score.

    Live tracking of teams will begin on the official first day of competition, March 24th, at 6 a.m. local time (11 p.m PST) on the rally website.


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    It looks like the girls did great in todays stage and they made it bak to the bivouac!
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    Dec 2013
    New Mexico
    Good news. Looks like they did a great job navigating. I'd be curious to know what they use for CAP in the truck.
    William and G-Ronimo

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