Bombs away in Shitbox Rally

EPIC ADVENTURE: Michael and Dominic Magner, of Tatham, can’t wait to head off on a 3500km trek from Adelaide to Fremantle to raise funds for the Cancer Council.
EPIC ADVENTURE: Michael and Dominic Magner, of Tatham, can’t wait to head off on a 3500km trek from Adelaide to Fremantle to raise funds for the Cancer Council. Doug Eaton

THE thought of travelling 3500km across some of Australia's harshest terrain in a 21-year-old car that cost just $200 to buy, doesn't faze Michael and Dominic Magner in the slightest.

 

In fact, the Tatham brothers reckon it will be the adventure of a lifetime.

They can hardly wait until May when they are due to set off on the marathon trek.

Michael, 22, and Dominic, 20, are taking part in the Cancer Council's colourfully named Shitbox Rally from Adelaide to Fremantle via Uluru, so named because the cars the 200 teams are driving must be each worth $1000 or less.

Now in its fourth year, the rally has so far raised $1.7 million for the Cancer Council, with organisers hoping to top the $3 million mark after this year.

"The pair bought their rally car, a 1992 Commodore sedan, for $200 and have spent about $300 so far getting it rally ready.

They've had the brakes done and the gearbox replaced.

"We've stripped another old car for parts which we will take with us on the rally just in case," Michael said.

"I suppose there's always a chance something could go wrong, but there will be a dedicated support crew on the rally and I'm a mechanic and Dominic drives tractors for a living so he has a fair bit of mechanical knowledge too.

"And really, there's not much you can't fix with fencing wire and tape."

Meanwhile, before the pair can embark on their epic adventure, they have to raise $4000 for the Cancer Council to enter. They have $1500 so far but they are hoping they will be much closer to their target after a trivia night at the McKees Hill Hall on

Saturday.

It is their first major fundraiser and they have collected "some really good prizes and raffles" for the night.

The evening's activities will kick off at 6pm with a sausage sizzle before the start of the first round of trivia questions at 7pm. Entry to the trivia quest is $10 a person, the sausage sizzle is extra. Phone 6663 1412.



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