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Countdown to Rally leaving Dubbo

Media Release

17 October 2017


It’s just six weeks until 150 teams from all around Australia descend on Dubbo as part of the cancer research fundraiser, Mystery Box Rally.

Teams depart the Dubbo Showgrounds on 25 November for a five-day driving route, where each night’s stopover will only be unveiled to them each morning.

Cars must be older than 25 years and many teams dress their vehicles to a theme: this year including a Barina becoming a ‘pirate ship’ and a Volvo station wagon becoming National Lampoon’s Vacation car.

Teams include local duo Dubbo Devils, made up of Ann-Maree Chandler and Jonathan Schloeffel, who are driving a VP Commodore.

The rally is part of Box Rallies which includes Shitbox Rally, the leading individual fundraiser for Cancer Council nationally, devised in 2009 by James Freeman after both his parents died of cancer within 12 months of each other. The rallies’ fundraising total sits at more than $12 million.

“The Mystery Box countdown has well and truly begun, and we can’t wait to be in Dubbo in November,” James Freeman said.

“Many teams will stay in Dubbo for a night or two before and after the rally and locals can expect to see some pretty interesting cars around town!

“Every rally travels a different route and when I was researching the trip for this year, it was obvious that Dubbo would be an ideal starting point. Over the five days of Mystery Box, we’ll be heading for some pretty amazing and beautiful locations and I know the teams are going to enjoy themselves.”

Teams travel in smaller buddy groups and will progressively depart Dubbo Showgrounds on Saturday 25 November from 8am. The public is welcome to attend and wave them off.

To find out more, or donate to any of the teams, please visit

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Michelle Prak 0409 964 331