1960 F model Victor driven across Australia for charity

Team Desert Sailors has successfully completed a 3,500 kilometre (2,200 miles) drive across Australia from Melbourne in the south to Cairns in the north in just 7 days with only a holed radiator slowing them whilst raising $7,000 for Cancer Council.

150 vehicles costing no more than $1000 including registration took part in the ‘Shitbox Rally’, each having to raise at least $4000 for the Cancer Council charity. To help them achieve their goal, Neil Bonner on behalf of the Vauxhall Victor Club supplied a number of parts to get the Victor on course for success including a much needed headlamp peak, master cylinder seal kit, 2 sets of AC points, 8 AC44 spark plugs, 2 AC rotor arms, a condenser, top hose, gearbox linkage components, oil filter, rear indicator lenses, which don’t appear to have been used, and a special Victor Club screen sticker designed for the event which can be seen in the rear window of the 1960 Super model.

Please cut and paste the following links to your browser to view Ryan’s Blog detailing the preparation of the Victor and the obstacles he had to overcome even before the start of the rally in the middle of April 2012, as well as the link to the day 5 video of the Rally that in the second half features Ryan, his partner and of course the F Victor that everyone was willing on to the finish line.

What an immense achievement not only getting the Victor right across the country in one piece, but also for the amount of money raised for such a worthy cause. I would encourage all Victor enthusiasts to make a donation because of this monumental achievement in a Victor, and donations can be made via the following link (again, copy and paste the link in your browser)


Shortly after the event, Ryan commented:

‘…The Desert Sailors and our Vauxhall Victor made it! Over 7 grueling days driving from Melbourne to Cairns via Broken Hill, Camerons Corner, Innaminka and Winton.

Little more than a cracked radiator slowed us down (below our 95kph maximum cruising speed) as we turned heads for around 3500km of outback driving.

The little Vauxhall Victor certainly stood out from the crowd, we are visible in nearly every daily video produced on the rally. Even more exciting, we had the cameraman Dan travel with us on day 5 and do a feature on us including mention of our two major sponsors, check it out here: http://www.shitboxrally.com.au/day-5-video-windorah-to-winton/

We even made the Project on Channel 10 on Friday 20th April. The Rally was an amazing experience and it was a privilege to be a part of it…..’

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