ed.- yes there are dirty words in this post, no that doesn't mean you get to start using dirty words all over the comments. call it the australia exemption.
Next month, a buddy of mine is gonna drive a clunker across Australia in order to raise money for cancer research.
The event is called The Shitbox Rally because the cars are all junkers (and that's the common term to describe them down under). The rules stipulate that the car must cost less than $1,000 (Australian dollars) and that includes registration AND what it needs to make it roadworthy. He shelled out $538 (US dollars) for a 1986 Subaru Station wagon and promises to have it ready to go by April 14.
This year the race starts in Melbourne on Australia's southern coast and ends in Cairns on the northern beaches of the island continent. That's a week long, 1,737-mile odyssey across the country's vast interior ALL DRIVEN ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE DAMN ROAD.
In some ways this is the most Australian thing ever. When you add a serious love of cars to a twisted sense of humor and mix in an absolutely crazy undertaking... well, this is what you get. Seriously, the photos from last year's race are hysterical.
So why am I posting about this on Roll Bama Roll? Because in exchange for my donation my buddy has agreed to sing "Sweet Home Alabama" -- with the "Roll Tide" in the chorus -- at the finish line and film it for us.
I wanted to get him to paint the car crimson with a big-ass "54" on the hood but I couldn't afford to donate that much. But who knows? Perhaps if we can get enough Bama fans to chip in maybe we can change their minds.
The facebook page for his team can be found here.
The website for the race can be found here.
And if you'd like to contribute to the cause, you can do so here.