This is our chariot. 1983 Daihatsu Charade 3 cylinder auto in good condition (currently)
Tom and Murray are really happy to announce that they are taking part in the Mystery Box Rally in 2019!
They both have their stories.
Murray was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January 2017. Since his diagnosis he went through a series of treatments, including radiation, chemotherapy and operations in mid-2018. With the support of his wife Andi and his 4 daughters he fought hard and is currently fighting fit and all clear.
Tom had a small scare with a tumor in his appendix in May 2017. His main inspiration for taking part in the Rally is his mother-in law Arlene who battled with pancreatic cancer for nearly 2 years before passing in August 2018. Undergoing a large operation and a significant number of chemotherapy treatments, Arlene showed an immense fighting spirit and never stopped fighting until the very end.
Although the above were trying times and impacted their friends and family in different ways it has motivated both Murray and Tom to raise money for the Cancer Council, and what better way than driving a little $200 Daihatsu Charade around the country.
They hope you can get on board to support them and follow their journey.
The Mystery Box Rally is one of the largest community lead fundraising events for the Cancer Council in Australia having raised over $3.5 million in the last 6 years. Part of the requirements for the participation is to raise a minimum of $3,500 but they hope to raise well above this amount.
These funds go to the Cancer Council and they are extremely proud to be doing their part to support such a worthy charity. The Cancer Council do some awesome work supporting people with cancer, and funding important research.
Fundraising is the hard part, so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated. Please make sure to follow their progress via this page and the blog post below.
Teams will drive their own 25+ year old cars along a mystery route in this unique 5 day challenge, all in the name of cancer research. The route is a loop starting and finishing at the same location, but all the other details are kept under wraps, only given to the teams each morning.
The rally is not a race – it’s a fun, colourful, unpredictable adventure with participants travelling at their own pace in smaller groups. Vehicles often break down but “we never leave anyone behind” and each night is spent camping beneath the stars and celebrating the day’s achievements. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity to see Australia’s vast and beautiful countryside and make lifelong friends, many brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends.
Since it’s inception the rally has been the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally."
This is our chariot. 1983 Daihatsu Charade 3 cylinder auto in good condition (currently)
We have taken our little chariot for it's first Roadworthy Certificate check (a registration requirement in the state of Victoria). Nothing too significant to fix. We intend to do everything ourselves to keep costs down - so it will be a good chance for us to become familiar with our vehicle. We knew we were going to need a new set of tyres (there's only so much you can expect when you purchase a car for $200). Looking at videos of previous rally carnage I think we will spend a few extra bucks and purchase tyres with decent side wall strength - we saw quite a few pictures of shredded tyres in those videos.
Check out the number plate we have for our vehicle
....as in Shit Box Rally
To our wonderful donors - please excuse my occasional fumble, spelling mistake and/or double post. I have fingers like sausages and I type like I'm using a hammer. I have to look at what my hands are doing rather than what is happening on the screen. I'm sure you get the main message though - which is....
WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.
There - that only took 3 proof reads and 4 attempts to get right right.
Thanks everyone for your support, we have been overwhelmed and humbled by the responses we have received - the financial donations to the Cancer Council have been amazing, as have all the messages of encouragement.
Originally we started with a target of $3,500.00 (the minimum amount we had to raise to qualify for the rally), pretty soon we lifted our target to $5K, and then to $6K - but we have received that much positive feedback and support that we decided to lift our target to $10,000.00. We've got no doubt we can make this target to support such a worthy cause - spread the word. Thanks again - Murray and Tom.
Some different community type work we have been involved with - this is Murray at a community market in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Purchasing food from the local community to supply to kitchens at work camps in the area. The ladies are happy after a successful market (plus they thought it was hilarious that Murray is modelling some of their traditional craft - Cassowary skull necklace with pig tusks and a stone axe).
Oh No! The fun police have got us!
Our much lauded number plate 5HITBX has been deemed “inappropriate” and “contravening the expectations and standards of the broader community”. After diligently trying numerous combinations of numbers and letters, we though we’d stumbled on number plate nirvana with 5HITBX - but alas, the rug has been pulled out from under us. Back to the creative drawing board while we come up with another dubious letter/number combination. LOW.HP BUZZBX 993.CC POOBOX. MYSTRY SHOEBX Have to see what is available. Let’s us know your suggestions (you have to donate to leave a message though).
This is the Thirsty Thursday crew. Thirsty Thursday is a weekly get together in our small local community under the pretense of home brew and craft beer appreciation (and we certainly get to appreciate plenty of beer). Thirsty Thursday is also an important opportunity for blokes to get together and discuss men's health issues - cancer treatment, recovery and support featuring all all too frequently unfortunately.
It was at a Thirsty Thursday get together where we accidently purchased our Daihatsu Charade (as discovered via text message the next morning). The Thirsty Thursday team are big supporters of our rally entry to raise funds for the Cancer Council.
Couple of pictures below show the Thirsty Thursday Head Quarters, and the pit team getting behind preparation activities on the little Charade.
The weekend started out with excitement in the air as we started to rip through the list of work we needed to do on the car. Some jobs easier than others. The engine bay is now looking like it did when it came off the factory floor and the brake system fully flushed and filled with new fluid.
An engine mount done, a couple of new brake lines and some "engineering" work under the hood to fix any rattles were only part of the day.
The inside is looking great - a bit of glue here and there and the hood liner and carpets look as good as the day they came off the factory floor.
We have lashed out and the old girl is going to get some new rubber. Looking at past rallies and the roads the teams have gone on we think this will be one of our better investments.
Thanks to everyone again for your support. We are blown away and excited to have to all on board. Hopefully we get it on the road soon and will be able to post some pictures and videos of it out and about on its maiden voyage,
To all our supporters - we thank you. With all your support and generosity you have pushed us to the top of the fundraising list. Both of us have been truly blown away by how many of you have got onboard to support.
On a side note, but an exciting note - I have heard rumour that starting tomorrow you may start to see a 1983 Daihatsu Charade driving around down - and yes it will have number plates. Keep your eyes peeled. More to come.
The little car is growing in reputation. Thanks to the members of the Longford Esso Maintenance I&E team who got together to donate to our cause. It was great to thank all the team members in person last week and we took the opportunity to get a photo together - this is what it is all about.
Ok - some exciting news. Tonight the original 1983 FM/AM radio was removed to make way for a 2019 CD/MP3 player. Also had some help for the young bloke who calls the Charade "Dad's new car". Between trying to make a 2019 CD player fit where the original 1983 one was coupled with my "helper" slowing down work the new one is not yet installed - a job for this weekend.
We have also received the official Mystery Box Rally Stickers and Cancer Council stickers that will go onto the car - more photos to come.
Stickers on and starting to look good as we are only 2 months out from the start line.
A massive shout out to Adam and Sharon from Dirt Shift Excavations. Not only have the hopped on board as sponsors for the rally and made up some schmick sticks for us (as below) they have also sorted us out with a car trailer.
Check out their stickers below and also the Charade all loaded up on the trailer ready to go. Tom and his Dad are leaving Wednesday to drive it up to Byron to be ready for the rally start on Saturday.
If you are on the Bellarine Peninsula or the Geelong area and need any earthwork, excavations and more done be sure to use these guys.
Lucky Muzz is flying in on Friday so he will be able to help unload. As you can see below some an engineering solution was needed to help load the little car as it sits very low.
Mystery Box Rally is a dedicated fundraising event for cancer research with funds going to Cancer Council.
Cancer Council is one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. We conduct and fund research studies across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey.
Thanks to the community funds raised such as Mystery Box Rally we can fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.
Over $23 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.