The Shipwreck Rally is arguably the world's longest, most treacherous and totally unsupported rally – yet with a mission directly tied to charity. Each team must raise a minimum of $1000 for one of the two sponsored charities and must offset the carbon emissions from each team car for the year through Carbonfund.org
This endurance car and motorcycle adventure starts in New York City and ends in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego province, in Argentina, often considered the southernmost city in the world.
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. 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.
Founded by digital designer Stefan Minea, the rally is not a race - there are no prizes given and there are no checkpoints. The cars and motorcycles participating need to be everyday cars and bikes, and four-wheel drive is not allowed. There can be four participants per team, there's no designated route, and more importantly, it’s all about the journey – not the destination.
Start of the Rally: December 29, 2013 – New York, NY
Launch Party: December 31, 2013 – Austin, Texas
Finish: Arrive in Ushuaia by the end of February
Vehicles: Cars with a 2.0l engine or smaller; motorcycles 250cc and under
Entry Fee: $1085 (+$800 refundable vehicle deposit)