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One of Australia’s most successful and entertaining charity car rallies culminates in a spectacular car auction in Cairns this Saturday 3 June.

Shitbox Rally is the largest independent fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally. Founder James Freeman said the Cairns auction was the final factor in helping this year’s rally raise $1.5 million for cancer research.

“This auction is chance for people to see an incredible array of cars of all shapes and sizes, so we’re hoping for a big crowd,” James said.

“It’s an opportunity for people to buy their very first car, a bargain second car for the family, or even a ride for backpackers who want to drive around Australia. Best of all, purchasing a car means you are supporting Shitbox Rally and helping raise funds for cancer research.

“There is no reserve on any cars – all will be sold.”



  • Saturday 3 June 2017
  • Open for public viewings from 9am.
  • Auction begins 10am.



  • Cairns Showground
  • 109-127 Mulgrave Rd, Parramatta Park


The auction will be hosted by Manheim.



Shitbox Rally is not a race, but a challenge to drive cars worth $1,000 or less across Australia via some of its toughest roads to raise money for cancer research. James Freeman founded Shitbox Rally in 2009 after both of his parents died from cancer within 12 months of each other.

It’s a colourful event, attracting a loyal following of ‘Shitboxers’ – often brought together after experiencing cancer or seeing cancer impact family and friends. It’s a chance to see Australia’s vast and beautiful country.



To see the cars taking part in Shitbox Rally 2017 visit

For rally images including from previous auctions, see


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