THE SHITBOX RALLY ISN’T A RACE, IT’S A CHALLENGE TO ACHIEVE THE UNTHINKABLE: TO DRIVE CARS WORTH $1,000 ACROSS AUSTRALIA VIA SOME OF THE MOST ARDUOUS ROADS, ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY!
CHIPPY AND SHITBOX RALLY DRIVER TOM HISTON TELLS US ABOUT HOW HE CAME TO BE PART OF THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED 2017 EVENT…
I’m 40 years old & have been in the building game for over 20 years. I did my carpentry trade straight out of school at 16 and went on to be a carpenter. My father was a concreter, so I did my fair share of concreting over the years, too. I live in a small coastal town, three hours south of Sydney called Ulladulla and I’ve lived here the majority of my life. I run a carpentry crew in Ulladulla called Tom Histon Carpentry for the last six years and before that I was working for Coastal Carpentry and Concreting for around six years, too.
I became interested in the Shitbox Rally after seeing a couple of cars in town that had participated. They obviously stand out and I was curious about them. After that I got a call from a guy whose entry car into the rally was a Ford Fairlane limousine and he wanted some beds built into the back to sleep in while on the rally. I built the beds and we had a few chats about the rally and I thought it sounded like an awesome event for a great cause!
A year later I went on a cruise ship where I met my partner Hayley and I found out she was participating in the 2016 SBR Rally with her sister. Two years earlier Hayley lost her father to a long bout with cancer and was doing it in memory of him. I was touched by this because I’d lost several family members and close friends to the disease and was really impressed that she was actually doing something towards it!
The following I took the opportunity for Hayley and I to put a team in and I’m looking forward to doing the rally for my first time because Hayley has not shut up about last year’s rally! I’ve seen the YouTube videos and it looks like a right royal hoot!
I’d say what I’m most looking forward to in the rally is being part of such a big movement with other like-minded people. I’m proud to be contributing to a great cause that touches so many and the dress ups… Well, we love dress ups!
So far our team named ‘WeGotThis’ has raised just over $2,000. Coming from a small town, the majority of our donations so far have come from family and friends who are right behind us. Our major sponsors’ donations are yet be added to our tally total and with two months to go and the majority of donations coming in late, we would like to crack $5,000.
Our entry this year is a BA Ford falcon Wagon. It’s purple in colour which has us running with a ‘Purple People Eater’ theme. The car is currently at the sign writers, Designtech (which is one of our major sponsors), undergoing a face lift – or moreso, getting a face put on!
We know the rally is a challenge but we’re not really worried about anything during the event. We don’t mind roughing it and I’m pretty sure we’re prepared to sail under the saying ‘everything that can go wrong, will go wrong’ and I think that will make it better for the adventure!
WHAT: Shitbox Rally 2017
WHERE: Adelaide – Cairns
WHEN: 27 May – 2 June