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Shitbox Rally rolls into town

Saturday, 9th May, 2015

Founder of the Shitbox Rally, James Freeman. Founder of the Shitbox Rally, James Freeman.

Now in its sixth year, the Shitbox Rally is again taking to the outback and will be in Silverton on Sunday.

Four hundred participants are expected to rest up at the pub but it won’t be all smooth touring with founder James Freeman banning all four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles this year.

Over seven days, they will drive 3,600kms as they garner support to raise $1.2 million for cancer research and prevention. 

The rally has made over $5 million since 2010, making it the largest private fundraiser for the Cancer Council in Australia.

With a limit of $1,000 each, the teams must find and fix the “shitbox” of their dreams before the rally starts on May 9 in Canberra. 

The 200-strong convoy, with a combined weight equivalent to two blue whales, will then make their way through NSW to the Birdsville Track, through the Flinders Ranges and across the Simpson Desert before crossing into Queensland and arriving in Townsville on May 15.

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