I found out recently that a friend of mine will be competing in the Aicha des Gazelles, a non-professional, women's road rally race through the Moroccan desert. They must cover over 1500 km in 8 days, off road, without GPS or roadbooks. She is teaming up with her sister to form Team USA, and they are raising money for Seeds of Peace -- the winning team receives $37,000 for the charity of their choice. I was so impressed to hear about this adventure, and was actually able to hook them up with some helpful resources. They have no experience in rally racing, so I called upon my cousin, who is a photographer specializing in cars and rally races. He's also a rally buff himself. The last time he was in town, we had drinks at 'ino with two of his rally racing friends, including Andrew Comrie-Picard, who just left his law firm job to race full-time. I facilitated an introduction via email, and Michele was able to meet Andrew to get some concrete rally racing advice and tips. You can read all about the race and the adventure leading up to it at SpeedSisters.com. Be sure to make a donation, or join them at their bon voyage party on March 25th!
Robyn & Michele, the SpeedSisters