Hi guys, I thought this might be of interest to you!
To give you the cliff notes, I joined the Sh*tbox Rally 2012, in which participants must purchase a car for $1000 or less and then drive it from Melbourne to Cairns via Cameron Corner (where NSW, SA and Qld meet). In other words, some serious off roading!
Part of the fun is choosing a car - in the spirit of the rally, participants like to choose cars that really have little chance of making it the whole way. Cue a wide variety of old Range Rovers, Alfa Romeos, Fiats and Saabs. We even had an old Vauxhall Victor!
Because I run a Japanese car importing company was doing the run with Aaron from Import Monster, we wanted to choose something ridiculously small to make the trip. In the end, we bought a Daihatsu Move, 850cc manual, 31kW, 67Nm of torque, in fridge white, in Adelaide. It turned out the car had been stolen from the Hells Angels! (More on that, and the rest of this story, in a future issue of Performance Imports magazine!).
So here are some pics of our journey:
As I first bought it - note wrong sized tyres front to rear. Rear tyre went flat in under 24 hours.
Race-spec perspex rear window (owner couldn't find a factory replacement)
Me and the Move being famous. Also helped the Hells Angels to track me down later on.
Check out the artwork! Local street artist in Adelaide, amazing work.
All stickered up at the start line.
Resting at the end of Day 1 - Melbourne to Wentworth.
Yes we got to know each other VERY well in such a confined space...
Lunch in Broken Hill, Day 2, en route to Tibooburra.
Getting ready to hit the dirt for the first time. Man the first stretch of dirt road was vicious, lots of shredded tyres and broken suspensions.
Gratuitous outback pub shot in Tibooburra.
We were in swags most nights, this was dawn on Day 3 - Tibooburra to Innamincka via Cameron Corner.
More dirt? Bring it on! These roads were serious stuff - the corrugations were bad enough we could actually see the car flexing.
And bad enough that I went to change from 4th to 3rd and hit the dashboard - turned out the shifter cable had vibrated out of its bracket...a bit of a file and a cable tie later, all sorted. Note the colour of the dirt.