Mystery Box Rally will start and end at Dubbo

Into the unknown: Classic cars will head out from Dubbo along a mystery route for the Mystery Box Rally in November. Photo: Lachlan Gardiner
Into the unknown: Classic cars will head out from Dubbo along a mystery route for the Mystery Box Rally in November. Photo: Lachlan Gardiner

Dubbo will be at the heart of an eccentric fundraiser when more than 150 cars depart town on November 25 as part of Mystery Box Rally.

Each car must be older than 25 years and while the finishing line is also Dubbo, the five-day driving route and each night’s stopover will be a complete mystery to the teams taking part.

The fundraiser is the second rally series devised by James Freeman after both his parents died of cancer within 12 months of each other.

His first series of rallies, devised in 2009, is the leading individual fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, he reports.

“Each Mystery Box stopover location is a secret, adding to the fun of the drive,” Mr Freeman said.

“One thing teams do know is – we’ll be driving remote dirt roads. As with every one of our rallies, we’ll travel in smaller teams and not every car will make it. 

“But money raised is directed to vital cancer research and we’re proud of the $11.9 million we’ve raised overall from our rallies since 2010.

“This has helped fund research into many different types of cancers, led by outstanding Australian research teams.

“We can’t wait to arrive in Dubbo and see the community come out to support us.”

Classic cars: More than 150 vehicles will take part in the Mystery Box Rally, ending at Dubbo, to raise money for cancer research. Photo: Lachlan Gardiner

Classic cars: More than 150 vehicles will take part in the Mystery Box Rally, ending at Dubbo, to raise money for cancer research. Photo: Lachlan Gardiner

With names like Lady Car Car, The Volvo-lution, Rusty Bumpers and Some Mothers Do Ave Em, teams from across Australia have been busy fundraising over the past months and going on the actual rally is a reward for all their hard work.

The departure point on Saturday November 25 is Dubbo Showground.