S***box Rally 2016 – Coolgardie to Eucla

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 at 22:52

Peter Beard (WA)

It doesn’t matter who you are, in one way or another all of us will be touched by cancer at least once in our lives, either personally or through someone we love. Pete and Kris have been and that’s why they decided to enter the 2016 S***box Rally and help raise money for Cancer Council Australia.

This year’s S***box Rally goes from Mackay to Hobart. Kris wasn’t able to do the Perth to Mackay transport section with Pete due to work commitments, so Pete’s brother Paul has volunteered to sit in the seat as far as Mackay, where Kris will take over for the rally and the drive home to Perth.

Pete and his brother Paul are in Eucla at the SA-WA border, “transport”, to hopefully get old Henry at least to the start line. Today was a fortunately very uneventful day with no mechanical problems whatsoever. Pete and Paul left Coolgardie about 7:30 this morning heading for a fuel top up at Norseman, the tiny Goldfields town they had intended to reach yesterday - if had the Hyden to Norseman Road had been open.

One thing they did discover, and worth remembering for the rally, is that old Henry’s fuel gauge isn’t very accurate. Paul was driving and, after filling up at Norsemen and on the approach to Cocklebiddy, Paul told Pete the fuel gauge had just reached half way. Pete looked at the map and said it was only about 100 km to Madura so made the decision to keep going and fuel up there.

Following that Pete did some quick calculations and came up with fuel economy figures of which Henry is known to be incapable. But they made it to Madura and Henry took nearly 74 litres of fuel. According to the manual Henry’s tank only takes 72 litres so Pete and Paul must have cruised into the service station on the smell of it. The fuel gauge was still showing one bar under half full.

Tomorrow Pete and Paul head to Streaky Bay in SA, a beautiful little place not far from Ceduna at the top north western point of the Eyre Peninsula. After that it’s hopefully Broken Hill, then on to Narrabri to catch up with a couple of other rally entrants. One of whom owns a pub...

More tomorrow!


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