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Barbara Toy Tribute Run

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Join Texas Rovers at SCARR 2024, as we celebrate the 7th Barbara Toy Tribute Run sponsored by SAREK AUTOWERKES.
Barbara Alex Toy (1908-2001) was born in Australia and moved to England in 1935. In 1950, following a bet she made with a group of friends, she declared nothing could stop someone who really wanted to do something, and promptly announced she was off on a solo trip to Baghdad in a few weeks, without any existing plans to do so. She secured a used Land Rover, arranged transit details and was off several weeks later.  Barbara and her Land Rover Series truck Pollyanna successfully completed her solo trip, and she launched her career as a travel writer and a female overlanding pioneer.
In 1959, Barbara continued her solo adventures, driving from Libya across the Sahara Desert to Ethiopia to become one of the 20th century’s greatest travelers. 
In 1989 at the age of 81 in a more modern Land Rover she completed her second solo circumnavigation of the World. Barbara Toy a true inspiration to women everywhere.
In 2016 Texas Rovers SCARR event members Sarah Caldwell and Laura Shacklette organized the first Barbara Toy Tribute Trail Run. This event which started at SCARR has been held every year since and features only women drivers (no male drivers). It allows women to build off-road experience and knowledge and increasing confidence behind the wheel.

Ladies, it’s time to register for the 7th original Barbara Toy Tribute Run. All ladies are invited to bring a truck or ride along as a passenger. Meet Sarah at the small Pavilion at 1:30 pm on Friday and a possible run will be added on Saturday for basic instruction and a participant experience evaluation. After the initial meet and greet, the group will take to the trails for practical instructions. Men are welcome as passengers ONLY and can use this opportunity to hone their passenger skills.

Please email if you need a seat. You can also purchase a Barbara Toy shirt for $20.00 when you register.

Texas Rovers are proud to carry on the tradition of inspiring women in the enjoyment of the great outdoors, while learning to safely off-road their vehicles.

Barbara Toy’s book “In Search for Sheba” about her journey in East Africa, originally published in 1959 now has been republished by Hachette Publishing House.

Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact

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