Cars are undoubtedly one of the most crucial elements in a rally, especially for a fundraising rally where participants have no idea what cars they will be driving. This is when famous automobile auction company Manheim comes to save the day.

Armed with duct tape and cable ties, 300 participants of Mystery Box Rally will kick off an epic 5-day road adventure from Adelaide in September. Not knowing where they are heading and what vehicles they will be driving, the courageous teams are taking a big leap in faith all in the name of raising critical funds for Cancer Council’s research initiatives.

Could it be a vintage Beetle? Or perhaps a much loved convertible that is full of character? With no knowledge of the vehicle or what’s under the bonnet, teams will bid on their dream mystery box based on their fundraising amount (minimum $3,000) at a private auction the night before the rally starts. All of the cars for the rally are provided by Manheim Auctions Australia who ensure they are registered and ready for an adventure.

Box Rallies Founder James Freeman explains this unique arrangement takes the pressure of cars sourcing off participants, and allows everyone to focus on fundraising all whilst having fun.

“Manheim has been a long-term partner of the rally,” says Box Rallies Founder, James Freeman, “We are grateful for their continuous support, and are thrilled to have them back for this year’s Mystery Box Rally.”

Starting in Adelaide on Saturday 24th September, Mystery Box 2016 will embark on a 5-day round trip adventure to explore destinations unknown along some of Australia’s most deserted and scenic roads. Destinations are kept secret with the daily destinations unveiled just before the convoy hits the road each morning to ensure it is a truly unique challenge.

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Mystery Box Rally is perfect for those who crave adventure and embrace mystery. This unique and exciting rally sees teams of two driving over five days to destinations unknown, all to raise funds for much needed cancer research and treatment. A fly-in fly-out adventure, the rally takes care of sourcing the cars so teams can focus on what’s important – the fundraising.

Teams will find out what car they will be driving at a private auction the day before the rally. The amount of ‘money’ they have to bid with is based on their fundraising total, so the more they raise the better their chance of securing their ‘dream’ Mystery Box. The next big mystery is of course the route, with teams told each morning where they will be driving that day. The itinerary promises participants a trip of a lifetime, taking them through some of the most incredible landscapes this country has to offer, as well as outback dirt roads and majestic small towns.

Mystery Box is part of Box Rallies, founded by James Freeman, after he lost both his parents to cancer within 12 months of each other. Described as the mad baby brother of Shitbox Rally, also a Box Rallies initiative, Mystery Box is a reward for all the fundraising teams do prior to the event and is a chance to meet like-minded people. It also offers a unique way to see our vast and beautiful country. To qualify for the Mystery Box Rally, supporters must have raised a minimum of $3,000.

In 2013 the inaugural Mystery Box Rally saw teams travel through remote parts of New South Wales and country Melbourne. Taking in the sites of Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Willandra, White Cliffs, Tibooburra (one of the most remote towns in NSW), Wentworth, Mildura before finishing in Melbourne. Teams taking part in 2014 set out to secret locations across Queensland and New South Wales. Taking them from Brisbane to Hebel, the most north-west town in NSW at Tibooburra, Hungerford, St George and the most western winery in QLD, and back to Brisbane. In 2015, Mystery Box Rally embarked on two adventures, where teams further discovered the remote small towns of Queensland and New South Wales. In August, teams travelled from Townsville to Richmond, Normanton, Chillagoe and Mission Beach via Port Douglas before heading back to Townsville, whilst in November, participants explored the New South Wales outback from Sydney to Menindee, Lake Cargelligo, Louth and the vineyards of Orange before travelling back to Sydney.

Previous Mystery Box Rallies have raised a combined total $1.175 million for vital Cancer Council research programs. For more information please visit