As some of you may recall, back in 2010 our friends Andrew and Jenna, Rian and I went on a crazy adventure in a Mitsubishi L300 van following Metallica around Australia.
The van made it as far as Sydney to Newcastle before needing a gearbox rebuild and the installation of some vital cup holders, it was then a mad dash to get to Brisbane that night for the first concert (Still not sure the steering was actually connected when we left Newcastle), a new set of front wheel bearings in a car park in Ipswich post-concert, dinner at Bourke RSL, a lack of fuel inside the fuel tank just outside Cobar where we then camped overnight, some welding at a servo in Broken Hill and a new set of spotlights because serious night time driving was now required, the clutch started slipping on the Nullarbor but we made it all the way to the Perth concert (I actually fell asleep during the concert), there was a quick hour nap in a Hungry Jacks car park then off to Kal and up the Great Central Road. Things started to go a bit smoother even with the brutal corrugations until we reached a dry aboriginal community at Docker River in the NT where the van decided it was time for an unscheduled and rather abrupt stop. After a brief investigation, we discovered that the oil pressure sensor wire had been "unplugged" by the power steering pump, the pump had previously been "fixed" with cable ties. Without this simple 1 wire sensor functioning a rock that had securely lodged itself into the side of the oil filter went unnoticed allowing all of the lubricating honey to quickly escape from our engine until it simply could not take it anymore. As we had no spare Sigma engine to swap in, we ditched our van, waited in a donga in the community until the roads reopened after a freak storm, and bummed a lift to Yulara. Stressful at the time but it’s been almost 10 years, so it is now a great memory, and story.
To my point, in the name of charity, we’ve been selected to pick up where we left off. In May this year Rian and I will be driving a vehicle of lesser value (under $1,000) from Alice Springs, up to the Gulf of Carpentaria and hopefully back down to the Gold Coast for the Shitbox Rally with all funds raised going direct to Cancer Council. Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether it be family, loved ones, close friends, colleagues or ourselves that have battled or are battling cancer, this awful disease has touched us all. We not only want to raise awareness and money for Cancer Council, but also want to offer support and a friendly ear to those that have suffered or are suffering.
Shitbox Rally is the largest community lead fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia and is now in its 11th year. Part of the participation is that all teams have to raise a minimum of $5,000 but most teams raise well above this. The target for the Autumn Rally is set at $2M so we’re hoping to help get them there.
THE CAR - Separate to our fundraising, we have to purchase ourselves a car, a real ‘shitbox’ if you will. It has to be valued under $1,000 and hopefully make it the 3962kms across whatever outback NT and QLD can throw at us. We’re not allowed a 4WD or AWD, so that takes out all sensible choices. I will be setting up an Insta especially for the event, so anyone wishing to follow our progress on our car build can do so there. I’m sure there will be lots of late nights after the baby has gone to bed spent out in the Mosquitos drinking beer and trying to predict where coolant will leak from.
Any donation you can give is greatly appreciated, we have a goal of $5,000 but we reckon we can smash that. We’re also looking for sponsorship; if your work or your business is interested in covering any rust spots on our shitbox with stickers promoting your brand please hit me up!
Thanks for reading our story and hope to see you at a Bunnings BBQ very soon!
Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,000, on a 7 day drive across Australia to raise money for cancer research.
The rally is not a race – it’s a fun, colourful, unpredictable adventure with participants travelling at their own pace in smaller groups. Vehicles often break down but “we never leave anyone behind” and each night is spent camping beneath the stars and celebrating the day’s achievements. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity to see Australia’s vast and beautiful countryside and make lifelong friends, many brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends.
Since it’s inception the rally has been the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally.
Shitbox Rally is a dedicated fundraising event for cancer research with funds going to Cancer Council.
Cancer Council is one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. We conduct and fund research studies across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey.
Thanks to the community funds raised such as Shitbox Rally we can fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.
Almost $20 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.