DRIVING from Melbourne to Townsville doesn’t seem like an adventure of a lifetime, until you discover that you need to do it in seven days, in a car worth no more than $1000.
Wonthaggi local Nathan Leversha and Dale Thorn have been on a waiting list for four years and this October, they will join a convoy of 250 cars in the Spring Shitbox Rally.
This rally is Australia’s largest independently run fundraiser for the Cancer Council with a target of $2m.
The Shitbox Rally organisation is celebrating its tenth anniversary and the Spring challenge is to drive a car worth $1000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads, travelling more than 3600km to raise money for cancer research.
To participate, each team must raise a minimum of $5000 and have their car ready without an outlay of cost.
“This is not a race but a challenge to achieve the unthinkable,” said Nathan.
Known as Team Bugboys, both Nathan and Dale thought it was a great opportunity to behind a great cause; having been touched by cancer with the loss of family and friends.
“Originally we wanted to do it in a VW Beetle but couldn’t find a cheap one and then we were offered a Volvo 240 that was sitting in a paddock.
“It had been sitting for years and took a bit to get it running but it was generously donated,” said Nathan.
So far, Team Bugboys have raised over $5300 and had some amazing support from some local businesses to get the vehicle ready to travel on some of Australia’s toughest outback roads.
Kris Baker from Wonthaggi Tyrepower, in collaboration with Maxxis tyres, have donated and fitted four new tyres to get the guys ready for a roadworthy.
“Our team are happy to contribute towards such a great cause,” said Chris.
“Utepod in Wonthaggi fabricated a bash plate for the front, Autobarn donated some much-needed parts to get the car up to standard and Wonthaggi Electronics donated a battery, so it should start with just a turn of the key,” said Nathan.
The 250 cars expected to participate will travel together between October 19 and October 25, camping along the way.
If someone breaks down, the team of mechanically minded drivers will be there to assist.
Box Rallies founder James Freeman said: “Shitbox Rally is not a contest, but a reward for fundraising efforts.
“This is a chance to explore Australia, drawing teams from around the country to help achieve the extraordinary.”
Heading north, the terrain and landscapes will change dramatically each day. It will be an iconic rally with some exceptional stopovers.
On the final day, on October 26, the cars will be auctioned off in Townsville and all money raised will be donated to the Cancer Council.
“We’re grateful for the support of the teams who take part and the communities who help them to fundraise,” said James.
“Without the generosity of the local businesses I wouldn’t have this 1983 Volvo running, never mind compete for club plates and get ready for a rough ride ahead,” said Nathan.
To donate to Team Bugboys, visit https://2019spring.shitboxrally.com.au/bugboys
RIGHT: The Shitbox rally spring route for 2019. Approximately 250 cars will drive from Melbourne to Townsville. N293519
Driving coast to coast to help beat cancer