Shitbucket Boxrallylist is a jumble of Shitbox Rally and bucket list. Why? Because the Shitbox Rally is officially on my bucket list. I have to do this event some day. Have to. I want to raise money for charity and spend more than a month’s salary on airfare to a place so far away, it’s almost impossible to get any further from home, so I can buy a $500 piece of shit car and drive it 1,000 miles across the Australian Outback with a bunch of other nutters.
A LIFE-CHANGING ADVENTURE! (WITH PURPOSE!)
After James Freeman of Adelaide, South Australia, lost both his parents to Cancer within a year, he knew he had to do something about it. “I wanted to do something big to help raise funds for cancer research,” he said, “and I wanted to add a road trip element, as I wanted to see more of Australia and I had a lot of friends that had never traveled into the outback, and lastly, there had to be a challenge aspect.” Thus began the Shitbox Rally, which James summarizes as “a life changing adventure for people with a sense of humour.”
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- how much time goes into organizing this event each year
- how they define “shitbox” and how the event makes a difference
- what happens if you live 1,000 miles from the starting line (& 2,000 miles from the finish)
- some of the more exciting challenges overcome by Shitbox Rally teams over the years
- if anyone from outside Australia has ever entered the rally
As it turns out, people have entered from all over the world. James was kind enough to introduce me to Jeremy and Deb, who drove the little Astra pictured above right. (Damn Yankees, anyone?) I’m pretty excited about working with James, Jeremy, and Deb on this one. The Shitbox Rally combines everything that is great about the automobile – travel, adventure, camaraderie, and even social responsibility. I can’t wait to do this for myself. Maybe, if we’re lucky, we’ll get a Shitbox Rally in North America one day, too. (I’ve already volunteered to assist.)
While you’re waiting for the next issue to drop with the full story, why not head over to the Official Shitbox Rally site for more information, pictures, and videos. Wouldn’t it be fun to fly into Australia, meet some new friends for the first time, and then drive 1,000 miles across the Outback in a shitbox?
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This a quick story about the conversation I had with James. The full story will be in the March issue of Gearbox Magazine, which I’ll be publishing the first week of April. Are you subscribed yet? It’s free if you subscribe before the end of March. This is a great time to get on board at the ground floor as a founding member of the GBXM|united community. Tell your friends, get them in on it too! Together, we can make sure the world gets the stories that really matter.