Cars rattle, wheeze but last till rally’s end

Lisa Dermody (Gladesville NSW) with her sons Isaac (9) and Angus (11.
Lisa Dermody (Gladesville NSW) with her sons Isaac (9) and Angus (11.

The rally ended in Fremantle after a 3600km journey through Australia. They were auctioned at Manheim on Saturday to raise money for the Cancer Council.

A total of $1.2 million was raised.

One-of-a-kind, uniquely decorated cars such as a vintage 1960 Vauxhall Victor, a 1988 Subaru Wagon, a Saab, Mini, Volvo, Beetle and Jaguar were amongst the cars auctioned.

Rally founder and director James Freeman said the event was a big success.

‘The auction is such an exciting part of the rally, where we celebrate the success of the teams and reflect on our journey,’ he said.

‘The cars have been a great asset during the rally; however with teams flying home the auction is a way for us to find new homes for the much-respected shitboxes while also raising additional funds.

‘We had parents buying first cars for the teenage child, backpackers picking up a bargain to drive around Australia and car-lovers eyeing off a grand challenge to restore some of these cars.’