HAVE WE GOT A CAR FOR YOU? Russell and Rhonda Klenk pay a visit to a Coffs Harbour car wrecking yard to check out the standard of car they might be driving in the Mystery Box Rally.
HAVE WE GOT A CAR FOR YOU? Russell and Rhonda Klenk pay a visit to a Coffs Harbour car wrecking yard to check out the standard of car they might be driving in the Mystery Box Rally. Trevor Veale

Hogan’s Heroes tackle a mystery box

RHONDA and Russell Klenk, aka Hogan's Heroes, have their sights set on bashing into the bush.

They have chosen Hogan's Heroes as their team tag for the Mystery Box Rally.

The Coffs Harbour couple said their surname lent itself to a fun theme for the rally.

The five-day boutique rally in November raises money for cancer research and Rhonda, a nurse and midwife, said this was a charity that was dear to their hearts.

"We have had family and friends that have suffered from cancer and we want to do this rally in their honour," she said.

"To start the rally, we participate in a mock auction and 'buy' a crappy old car.

"It is our aim to choose, by looks alone, a car that will take us on the 2500km-plus mystery trip over five days.

"Each morning we will be given a map with the day's destination and hope that our car will get us there. I'm sure there will be some fun along the way."

The Mystery Box Rally from November 28 to December 2 involves 75 teams and begins and ends in Sydney.

It is not a competitive event in the normal sense but Russell said the organisers also gave mystery prizes.

Organisers describe the event as 'the mad baby brother of the Shitbox Rally - smaller and shorter, but no less ridiculous'.

The Klenks are first-time entrants, but followed the progress of Queensland's Townsville event in August to find out what they were in for.

Russell, who is an electrician, said he was only a 'bush mechanic' when it came to car troubles, but they both enjoyed travelling, they expected to have fun and it was for a good cause.

They expect to see a bit of the country.

The Klenks have been fundraising for three months and have raised $3500.

They have a fundraising barbecue planned for Sunday September 27 at Masters Home Improvement, starting from 8am.

"Businesses are also able to sponsor our car and we can provide advertising for them via stickers on the car and promotion of the business on the official Mystery Box Rally website," Rhonda said.

There is an online link to their fundraising page on the Mystery Box rally website and on Facebook.