NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shipwreck Rally is arguably the world's longest, most treacherous and totally unsupported rally – yet with a mission directly tied to charity. This endurance car (and motorcycle) adventure starts in New York City and ends at where some consider to be the bottom of the world: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego province, in Argentina. The rally is named after Cape Horn, which marked a hazardous trade route with strong winds, currents and large waves that turned many sailors' ships into shipwrecks.
The rally was founded by Stefan Minea, a digital designer working in fashion who got tired of spending long hours in front of a computer making pretty ads without any real benefit to himself or the outside world (and yes, he's also turning 30 next year).
Shunning low airfares, pre-packaged vacations and all-inclusive destinations, the Shipwreck Rally harks back to a time when traveling meant adventure and getting lost – like really lost – but with the off-chance that you'd find something more precious along the way: yourself. Each participating team needs to raise a minimum of $1000 for charity. This year's partner charities are Save the Children and the Rainforest Foundation. In addition, the rally aims to reduce its carbon footprint by buying up the carbon offsets of each vehicle involved. All of this, while driving through some of the world's most beautiful and interesting countries, from Mexico's deserts to Bolivia's jungles and Chile's Pacific coast.
Even though it's called a rally, it's not a race (there are no prizes given) and there are no checkpoints. The cars and motorcycles participating need to be everyday cars (from this decade) and your Jeep has to stay home: four-wheel drive is not allowed. You can have up to four friends on a team, there's no designated route, and more importantly you need to remember this is about the journey – not the destination.
So hurry up and sign up now – the rally starts November 1st (registration ends October 1st). Find out more at www.shipwreckrally.com.
SOURCE Shipwreck Rally