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Mega Monkey  Motorsports™ currently campaigns a 2 seat 1600 in races in the deserts of California and Mexico.  Crew chief and car co-owner Larry Hall previous raced the SCORE series with La Rana Racing (waaaaay back in the way back machine) in his own 2/1600 and a 10 car.  He is currently retired and splits his time between San Felipe, Baja California Norte, where he is known as The Mayor, and Buena Vista, Colorado, where he is known as He Who Owns No Pants.

Nothing makes driver and car co-owner Emme Hall happier than climbing behind the wheel of any air cooled VW desert racer and pinning it.  In addition to driving for Mega Monkey Motorsports, she has been an occasional guest driver and co-driver with Desert Dingo Racing in their Class 11 VW. Last year she competed in the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, a nine day, all female off road rally in Morocco with no GPS.  All navigation is done with a compass and an old map….in French.  She is hoping to return in 2014.  You can help at www.rally.org/indianajoans

Evoking a high energy personality with a determined disposition, she earned 2nd in class with the Dingos at this year’s USA 500 and first in class at the recent 24 hour endurance race with VORRA.  She is the current record holder at the Buffalo Peak hill climb in Colorado, co-driving for JT Taylor in an ultra-4.  For the past five years Emme has driven in the annual Powder Puff race in Barstow to raise money for Cedar Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center. She’s finished 4th and 2nd  in class, unfortunately was DNF in 2011 with a broken torsion bar, took 1st in 2/1600 in 2012, and finished 2nd in 2013.

Emme has been featured in Dirt Sports, Dusty Times, S&S Off Road Magazine, Dirt Newz, Race Dezert, Moto IQ and Gearbox Magazine. You also may have heard her running her mouth on internet radio shows such as The Down and Dirty Off Road Show, Speed Freaks, and the Off Road Round Up on KCBQ.  She is also a contributing writer for Her Highway.  Emme holds an MFA in Costume Technology from North Carolina School of the Arts and is also a graduate of Yale School of Drama.  She lives in Washington DC and works at a well known regional theatre when she isn’t reviewing new cars for Roadfly TV, and TFL Car,  two of the most popular automotive channels on YouTube.   She autocrosses her 2nd generation Mazda Miata whenever she can.

Kenny ”Russian”  Tolmasoff likes to cut a menacing figure, but just won’t find a nicer guy out there.  He’s our go to guy for parts on any of our chase vehicles or daily drivers.  He works the parts department at Rotolo Chevrolet, the largest Chevy dealer in Fontana, CA and he’s got contacts at ALL the parts places.  If we bust a headlight on the Tacoma or the Miata needs a relay switch, Russian’s our guy.  A former mechanic with Low Rider Magazine, Russian is an excellent wrencher.

And why do we just call him Russian?  Way back in the early 20th century (that’s 1900, y’all) Kenny’s familyemigrated from Russia to the Valle de Guadalupe region of Baja California.   Today that region is known for its wine, which explains Russian’s fantastic taste in spirits.

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