Since its establishment in 2016, Days of Thunder has been at the cutting edge of vehicle engineering. Hugh Williamson and Cliff Wheatley, founders of the team, took a 1990 Toyota Camry station wagon and turned it into what is now known around the world as #TheJet. The boys completed the gruelling 3,800km Adelaide to Cairns 2017 Shitbox Rally (via the Oodnadatta Track and Plenty Highway) in 7 days.
In 2018, the team returned to the world stage where they built what is arguably the best 1994 VR Commodore rally car on the planet. Named #JetMkII, the car smashed the Brisbane to Darwin Shitbox Rally (3,800km through the desert and tropical north) without a single breakdown or flat tyre.
Along the way, Days of Thunder has raised $20,000 for the Cancer Council thanks to its sponsors and our many supporters. We have had the generous support of many businesses including Jet Financial, Supercharged Graphics, Charter Keck Cramer, Switch Funky, eView Real Estate Group Chelsea, Complete Auto Paints, Kite Armada, Packed Lunch Guy and SAAS Automotive. The money raised goes to much needed cancer research and the Shitbox Rally has raised over $15 million since it began 10 years ago. Cancer took the lives of Hugh’s dad and Cliff’s mum so it’s their mission to raise funds to cure it, treat it and prevent it.
After vowing to never accept offers from Ford, Toyota and other major World Rally Championship manufacturers, the boys are returning in 2019 to once again tackle the toughest terrain that Australia can dish out. Shitbox Rally. Perth to Sydney via Uluru. Over 5,000km. In 10 days.
Shitbox Rally is the adventure of a lifetime challenging participants and their cars, worth no more than $1,000, on a 7 day drive across Australia to raise money for cancer research.
The rally is not a race – it’s a fun, colourful, unpredictable adventure with participants travelling at their own pace in smaller groups. Vehicles often break down but “we never leave anyone behind” and each night is spent camping beneath the stars and celebrating the day’s achievements. It all adds up to an incredible opportunity to see Australia’s vast and beautiful countryside and make lifelong friends, many brought together after experiencing cancer themselves or seeing cancer impact family and friends.
Since it’s inception the rally has been the largest fundraiser for the Cancer Council nationally.
Shitbox Rally is a dedicated fundraising event for cancer research with funds going to Cancer Council.
Cancer Council is one of the largest non-government funders of cancer research in Australia. We conduct and fund research studies across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey.
Thanks to the community funds raised such as Shitbox Rally we can fund world-class research that reduces the impact of cancer for everyone.
Almost $20 million has been raised by Box Rallies to date, supporting ground-breaking projects such as:
These projects wouldn’t be possible without your support.