Middy's Moorabbin customer competes in annual Shitbox Rally

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

On the 27th of June 2017 Middy’s Moorabbin customer, Matthew Cwikia of Heatherton Electrical, competed in the Shitbox Rally to raise money towards beating Cancer.

Driving on the roughest roads in the remote outback and faced with unpredictable climates, Matthew, together with over 200 other drivers this year, competed in the non-conventional race across Australia in cars worth $1,000 or less in value. The Shitbox Rally participants are predominantly made up of mechanically minded car enthusiasts, driving their ‘rust buckets’. It is a unique race with entrants enthusiastically tackling cancer through racing. Participants are surrounded by fantastic, supportive teams in their preparation of driving more than 4,000kms.

Matthew raced with his long-time friend Andy. They drove from Adelaide to Cairns in the 5-day event with their car of choice, a 2003 Ford Falcon BA nicknamed “Bazza.” Purchased on eBay, staying aligned with the rules and regulations of the Shitbox Rally, all participants must purchase a different car each year. After the tournament concludes they sell their car, with most donating the money to the Cancer Council.

Each year, Matthew thoroughly enjoys racing for a cause close to his heart. A meaningful event that sees teams battle it out to win, helping each other to cross the finish line along the way. Matthew and his team receive financial contributions from friends, family members and the community to enable them to compete in the Shitbox Rally each year raising much needed funds for the Cancer Council. This year his team raised $6,000, taking their grand total to over $40,000 in the 6 years that they have been involved in the Rally. Well done Matthew!

This article was originally featured in our quarterly Middy's MAG #19 Sep - Nov 2017 Edition. Read the MAG