You’re doing what?!
Shitbox Rally is not a race, rather a challenge to achieve the unthinkable; to drive cars worth $1,000 across Australia via some of its most arduous roads, all in the name of charity.
Think about it – this is going to be great fun. Sure it’s not for everyone, those who don’t like to get their hands dirty or spend any time away from civilization need not apply. For the rest of us, this may just be what you have been looking for. This rally is for those that want to have an adventure, that crave something different, something memorable, but most importantly, it’s for those who want to raise much needed money for charity.
Many of us have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether it be parents, family, close friends, people we know or ourselves that have battled or are battling cancer, this all too common and the horrid disease has touched us all. We not only want to raise awareness and money for the Cancer Council, but we want to be able to offer support and a friendly ear to those that have suffered or are suffering.
This event is officially endorsed and supported by the Cancer Council.
How does it work?
Each team needs to raise a minimum (hopefully a lot more) of $4,000 to participate in the rally, so as there are two of you it’s only $2,000 each.
Once the teams have raised their minimum amounts they are given up to $500 back to go towards the cost of their car. Teams are also provided with a $500 fuel budget with anything over that coming from the teams pocket.
What does it cost?
We want to keep the costs to participants down as much as we can. The teams put a lot of effort into fundraising, which is why we cover some of the costs for the car and fuel and we always work hard to keep other costs to you as low as possible. The registration fee is put towards all your rally merch, support and important safety items.
The costs for you that come out of your pocket are as follows;
Approx Costs per team of 2:
- Registration fee: $675 (inc GST)
- Purchase/preparation of your shitbox car: <$1,000 ($500 refund available)
- Catering and Camping: $130/day (approximately, paid in advance)
- Flights to and from start/finish line
- Pre and post rally accommodation
- Cost of fuel for duration of the rally ($500 refund available)
Feeding, sleeping, drinking
This trip is not about creature comforts. This is a challenge, it will be dirty, dusty (maybe muddy) and tough. But it’s going to be an amazing experience and something that you will remember forever. We will be camping at all but the last location. Therefore you will need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and mattress or swag.
The 2 nights after we complete the rally we stay in hotels. We secure discounted rates for the participants and we will provide you with the booking details once you have signed up.
We organise (where possible) all of your meals and all of your accommodation locations during the rally. We will provide you with an itinerary that will list what we are doing at each place and the costs for everything. You will have plenty of advanced notice in case you need to take care of your own lunches etc, you will know all about it well in advance of departure.
Each team is made up of 2 people/drivers per car. The reason for this is that we may need all the extra room we can get for passengers of those machines that can’t manage the entire journey. Also by keeping only two people per team it means that we can get more teams into the rally as we are limited by a total number of people we can take on the rally.
All teams need to raise a minimum of $4,000 to participate in the rally, so with two of you your individual commitment is only $2,000 each. So get onto friends, work colleagues, family and start thinking of some ideas to boost your fundraising. Cancer Council have a helpful booklet of fundraising tips that is included in your welcome pack from them. We also provide a lot of tips for fundraising that we know work well.
Throughout the the year we will be in contact with you, providing monthly newsletter updates on everything from fundraising to route conditions and how the teams are going. All teams will have a direct line to the rally director who will ensure you have all of the information you need to fundraise and to ensure you get to the start line.
The only stipulations that we have for the car that you choose is that it is worth no more than AUS$1,000 and no AWD/4WD vehicles are permitted. Registration/roadworthy costs can be on top of this budget, as can some safety items which we will advise you on once you are signed up. There are plenty of cars on www.carsales.com.au and www.tradingpost.com.au for $1,000 or less with some registration remaining.
Get creative and make sure you turn up in something that is truly memorable – it will make the adventure that much more rewarding when you are in the middle of Australia, 200kms from anywhere and you are trying to fix a burst water tube with gaffer tape, string and pliers.
The cars are an asset that we will auction off or donate at the end of the rally so getting all of the cars across the line is very important to us, we will all work together to ensure we do.
It is not a race, but there will be a winner. Prizes are awarded at the end of the rally. The main prize, or 1st place if you like will be judged on a number of factors including how hopeless your car is, how much you have gotten into the rally spirit, how much your team has raised and a number of other undisclosed reasons that the Rally Director will generally make up as the rally unfolds.