2017 Shitbox Rally | Busselton team to cross country in a $900 Honda Civic

Busselton residents Courtney Pankhurst and Andy Thomas are about to drive across Australia in their 1989 Honda Civic raising money for the Cancer Council.
Busselton residents Courtney Pankhurst and Andy Thomas are about to drive across Australia in their 1989 Honda Civic raising money for the Cancer Council.

It is the first time Busselton duo Andy Thomas and Courtney Pankhurst will take part in the Shitbox Rally driving their $900 1989 Honda Civic from Adelaide to Cairns.

The pair, who have named their team The Power of Dreams, will join 200 other vehicles as they make their way through the middle of Australia in cars worth less than $1000 raising money for the Cancer Council.

Ms Pankhurst said since they found out they were accepted to take part in the rally they had been busy finding a car and fundraising the minimum $4000 needed to enter the challenge.

“It is really hard to get into because they only allow 200 teams to go, so you have to register and jump on it as soon as you can,” she said.

Mr Thomas said it had been a year in the making and while a lot of preparation went into the rally he just wanted to get on his way.

The rally will take around six days to complete covering 800 kilometres each day before they reach their destination in North Queensland.

Ms Pankhurst said they had to pack light because what ever they took with them they would have to fly home at the end of the rally.

“Lots of people pack their food and drinks and that is it,” she said.

The pair have been supported by local businesses and charity groups which wanted to get involved.

To help Ms Pankhurst and Mr Thomas  raise money for the Cancer Council visit their Everyday Hero page at shitboxrallyau-2017.everydayhero.com/au/the-power-of-dreams.