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8,000+ kilometres in the outback in a $1,500 car? No worries for Jocelyn and Foys!

750 kilometres a day for nearly two weeks in a car on its last legs sounds like a recipe for disaster, but Shitbox Rally first timers, Jocelyn Bennett and Foysal Ahmed, got the job done while raising over $8,000 for cancer research.


The 2024 Autumn edition of the rally from Adelaide to Perth (via Yulara!) finished in Langley Park on April 20, raising nearly $3 million.


“It may be convenient to end in Perth—I’m sure glad that we did—but we had to get the car to Adelaide first!” Foys said.


The field of 250 is split into ‘buddy groups’ of 6-7 teams with a mix of experience and technical know-how. It gave some confidence for the mechanical uncertainty of a fleet of <$1,500 vehicles on dirt roads.


“There were some cracking mechanics in our crew and some keen comedians as well!”


“We had two mechanics and a couple of RAAF engineers—they were changing over punctured tyres quicker than we could finish peeing!”


“On Day 2, a rock put a hole in our oil sump, and we thought we were done. These guys panel beat it back into shape against a rock with a tow bar, used cold weld to seal it up, topped it up with oil, and we were back in business!” Foys said.


Fuel prices peaked at $3.60/litre at William Creek, which was no joke for the team whose fuel tank had punctured fifteen minutes after filling up!


In events like this, the bigger the drama, the greater the memories, and Jocelyn and Foysal have come away with enough stories to get them back to the start line next time!


Kudos to the two of you!


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