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Tuesday, 24th March, 2015

Dion Coulls and Kelly Lowery have a $600 SE 380 Mercedes Benz ready to go for this year’s Shitbox Rally on May 9. Dion Coulls and Kelly Lowery have a $600 SE 380 Mercedes Benz ready to go for this year’s Shitbox Rally on May 9.

By Darrin Manuel

Fundraising duo Dion Coulls and Kelly Lowery are lining up again for the annual Shitbox Rally, and they have a new barely-roadworthy vehicle with which to tackle the event.

After sputtering across Australia in a $500 Chrysler wagon dubbed the “party bus” in 2014, the couple have upgraded - or downgraded - to a 1980’s SE 380 Mercedes Benz at a cost of $600.

According to the rules of the rally, participants may spend no more than $1000 on their vehicle, which will be required to travel 3,600km from Canberra to Townsville via the Birdsville Track.

This year’s route has been described as a “tour de force of some of Australia’s most iconic pubs and landscapes”, with the rally expected to pass through Broken Hill and Silverton on May 10.

Dion and Kelly said they were both looking forward to the event, with last year’s journey providing plenty of entertainment.

“Last year we actually finished, the car made it, which was surprising,” laughed Dion.

“We had a lot of breakdowns, in fact we had breakdowns before we even made it to the rally. It was very eventful.

“And I think the new car will be about the same, it’s got its fair share of troubles.”

“But you can’t expect much more for $600,” Kelly added.

This year’s rally will again be held in support of the Cancer Council, with the previous five events raising $4.5 million for cancer research.

Dion and Kelly will look to do their part locally by holding a sausage sizzle (Home Hardware, April 11), cake stall (community markets, April 11) and an art exhibition and auction (April 4, YWCA, 7pm) to raise funds.

Anyone seeking further information on the event can visit shitboxrally.com.au.

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