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What are the costs?

The registration costs for the Kidney Kar Rally are

  1. A non-refundable Vehicle Entry $275 (GST Inc) (Early bird) rising to $330 (GST inc) after 31 March 2019.
  2. A per Person Entry of $1,200 (Inc GST)  which includes most meals, event t-shirt, photos, car decals, trophies, name badges and Rally Safe monitoring.

*Please note: Entries are limited and all Registration costs must be paid by 30 June 2019

Is there a minimum fundraising amount needed to be raised in order to take part?

Yes! All Rally entrants are expected to raise a minimum of $3000 per rally car. This amount is in addition to the $275 vehicle entry and $1,200 fee per person.

Where do we stay?

The Kidney Kar Rally stops at a variety of towns, large and small, along the way. Accommodation depends on what is available in each town. The rally organisers will provide entrants with a list of accommodation for each town and it is up to each entrant to organise and pay for their own accommodation.

How far do we drive each day?

Some days require more distance to be travelled than others. We set off early in the morning and usually wrap up in the mid-afternoon giving people time to relax or carry out any vehicle repairs.

How hard is the rally?

The rally follows the traditions of the Australian reliability trials from the 1970s. These trials test the driver, navigator and the vehicle, with a scoring system that applies penalties if you are unable to complete each day's full course or not within the easily achievable median averages. This is not a race but a drive of skill. Participants choose their own competitive level!

Can we take passengers?

All teams must have a minimum number of two – a driver and a co-driver and yes extra passengers can be registered subject to your kar's seating capability etc.

What happens if I break down?

The rally organisers provide official sweep vehicles that follow the course to not only keep track of everyone’s whereabouts but also assist if you break down. No one is left behind each day and if you need to take a day or so off to get your car repaired you can catch up and re join the Rally at any time.

From 2019, the Kidney Kar Rally will join forces with Rally Safe to follow each Rally Kar's progress via GPS to look after your safety and track your whereabouts.

Car requirements

Do I need to insure my car?

Cars must be registered, insured and roadworthy as prescribed by Australian Laws. All vehicles must have Third Party Property Insurance as a minimum and will be scrutineered to confirm eligibility.

Is my car eligible to be part of the Kidney Kar Rally?

Any fully registered car is able to enter and participate in the Kidney Kar Rally. Cars built before 31 December 1998 get preferential treatment from the scorers whilst later model cars and four-wheel drive cars will be penalised between 10 and 20 points.

What vehicle equipment do I need to be part of the rally?

Compulsory items:

  • Fire extinguisher (needs to meet with Australian Standards) easily accessible and firmly mounted. No more than two years old or at least checked and certified within that time. 
  • A tripmeter (rally computer) that reads to one-hundredth of a kilometre e.g. Halda, Terratrip or similar. (GPS Apps may also be used if required).
  • A Rally Safe wiring and antenna kit available to purchase or hire. Nb. This unit can replace Terratrip etc. 
  • A minimum of five litres of drinking water. 
  • A good quality Snatchem Strap (not tow rope or chain). 
  • Mud flaps or stout material for each driving wheel (mud flaps must be at least 100mm off the ground when vehicle is fully loaded). 
  • If your vehicle cannot cover 400kms between fuel stops under rally conditions, sufficient fuel must be carried in one or more 20 litre fuel containers (meeting with Australian Standards). 
  • UHF Radio. Fitted and in working order.
  • A large amber rotating light (approx 75 watt), on the roof of the vehicle, for use in dusty conditions. Must be unobstructed and easily visible from the rear (strobe lights will not be allowed under any circumstances).
  • Sleeping gear (minimum sleeping bag for each krew member). 
  • Seat belts must be fitted to the vehicle for each krew member and worn at all times. Full harness seat belts are highly recommended.
  • A centrally mounted tow ball is COMPULSORY for the front of the vehicle in case of breakdowns. Must not protrude from the front of the vehicle, hence the tongue and ball may be unbolted and stored in the boot. D-shackles (rated equal to 3½ tonne) are now compulsory when using snatch straps. Securely mounted (safety rated) rear towing point is also 
  • A blue triangle sticker locating the battery position (approximately 50mm). 
  • Cargo Barrier (or secure load). 
  • First aid kit which must meet  Australian standards. 
  • Two reflective triangles. 
  • De-ditching shovel. Safely stored. 
  • Laminated windscreen. 
  • Sump guard.
  • A reliable watch/clock. 
  • A space of at least 800mm x 450mm must be kept clear on each front door, or an area approved by the organisers, for the official door decals supplied by Kidney Health Australia. No decals of any other event are to be displayed on Kidney Kar Rally vehicles.
  • A Hema Australia Road Atlas (B4 size – includes 4WD section). 
  • An Engineer’s Certificate for NSW registered vehicles, or equivalent for vehicles registered in other states, for any major modification made to the vehicle, including a roll cage. For more information, contact your State Motor Registry Office.
  • Garbage bags for rubbish.

A 4-point roll cage may be fitted should you feel it will increase the safety aspect of your vehicle.

What vehicle equipment do I need to be a Back up / Kruise / Official vehicle

Compulsory items:

  • Fire extinguisher (needs to meet with Australian Standards) easily accessible and firmly mounted. No more than two years old or at least checked and certified within that time.
  • A minimum five litres of drinking water. 
  • A Snatchem strap (not tow rope or chain).
  • De-ditching shovel. 
  • UHF Radio. Fitted and in working order. 
  • Large amber rotating light (approx 75 watt) on the roof of the vehicle (must be unobstructed and easily visible from the rear). 
  • A space of at least 800mm x 450mm must be kept clear on each front door, or an area approved by the organisers, for the official door decals supplied by Kidney Health Australia. No decals of any other event are to be displayed on Kidney Kar Rally vehicles.
  • First aid kit which must meet Australian standards. 
  • Hema Australia Road Atlas (B4 size -includes 4WD section). 
  • Minimum Third Party Property (Vehicle) insurance.

Highly recommended:

  • Speedo, or trip metre, that reads to at least one-tenth of a kilometre.
    Rally computers e.g. Halda or Terratrip, that read to one-hundredth of a kilometre, are optional.
  • GPS Apps may be used if required.
  • Sufficient fuel should be carried to cover at least 400kms. A 20 litre fuel container (meeting with Australian Standards)

What is a KRUISE vehicle?

These kars stay on the better roads, bitumen where possible, and meet up with everyone for meals and overnight stops.  Kruise Kars CANNOT travel through the rally course at any time.

What is a Back-up vehicle?

These kars are optional and can be nominated by a rally entrant to travel as their support vehicle. They must be four-wheel drive and be able to help not only safely perform recovery duties for their own team but also assist as an official vehicle if required.

Back-ups are allowed to travel through the rally course, but ONLY at the back of the field with the Sweep Vehicles, or use the Kruise  course. *

* (Failure to follow this rule will cause the nominating rally kar to incur penalty points for each violation).

Contact Us

Need to know more? Unsure if your car is eligible? We'd love to hear from you.

Email kidneykarrally@kidney.org.au

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