Car 11 - Apollo 11

Variety Bash - (New Dates) October 19th - 28th, 2021

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In October 2021 – Car11 Apollo 11 will be making the trek from Melbourne to Great Keppel Island – the long way – via Birdsville. 

After our epic, award winning, 2019 journey from Melbourne to Geraldton WA (5100km), we are eager to again participate in raising funds for Variety -The Children’s Charity, supporting disadvantage Aussie kids. Please note, all money raised goes directly to Variety and is tax-deductible. We will be joining other Variety Bash crews in what we hope to be a life changing experience for the towns we visit, the children and ourselves.

In 2021 our team has expanded with two Bash rookies – Peter McDonald and Paul Menzies. They are joining Car 11 Apollo 11 [Michael Belcher, Glen Burgin and Shane Jenkins] as key NASA Apollo Support.

To ensure a successful and safe return from space we have also engaged the NASA Mission Control team of Dave Glenister and Steve Salathiel, in Car 4321. They are back to tackle another Bash with us.

We could not achieve our fundraising targets without the incredible generosity from our supporters and sponsor networks.

A huge shout-out to inaugural sponsors:

Shane Cook Homes 

GB Forestry 

Legro Lawyers  

J&P Wittick Motors  

Ballarat Kwik Kopy

Dennis Gyomber Urology

Finanalyze Financial Planning

Essendon Anaesthetics

These sponsors’ support over the years has been integral to our and Variety's mission “To empower Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, to live, laugh and learn.” We encourage other businesses and individuals to also engage in support of disadvantaged Aussie kids.

This year Car 11 – Apollo 11 is hoping to raise at least $10,000


A message from Variety:

In 2019, the Variety Bash raised a record $1.8M, which we hope to break again in 2021. We can only do this with your support. It is truly appreciated.   

The Variety Bash is a once in a lifetime chance to experience remote and regional parts of Australia in outrageously themed classic cars (eg our 1988 Mercedes 300SEL), all in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity.

Throughout the event, we’ll be visiting local towns, stopping into schools and organisations to help kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs through the provision of educational, health and mobility equipment. And the giving doesn’t stop there! Variety continue to support children, families and communities throughout the year with funds raised from the Variety Bash.

Help us give Aussie kids a fair go – please donate today!

My Achievements

Goal! Ten donations received for kids in need!

$500 will supply an iPad for a non-verbal child

$1,000 will supply a specialised trampoline for children with sensory needs

$3,000 buys a portable scooter for a child with limited mobility

Oh wow $10,000 for kids in need. You are champs!!

My Entries

Variety Vic Bash - Postponed until October 19th - 28th 2021.

Tuesday 10th Aug

Dear Bash Family, 

It is with a heavy heart that we advise that the 2021 Variety Vic Bash cannot go ahead as planned. Therefore, 

The 2021 Variety Vic Bash from Melbourne to Great Keppel Island is postponed. 

We really hoped we would never have to make this announcement. Our staff and Bash Support Committee have been working tirelessly over the last two years to do everything they can to bring this Bash to life. Unfortunately, timing was not on our side. With the current restrictions on interstate border movements and density limits in venues, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Variety Bash.

But whave dates to run the event in October 2021!

As you can imagine, we are still keen to run a Bash in 2021. We have been in touch with our on route suppliers and vendors, to determine availability and can propose a couple of options for the event to go ahead. We've now settled on October 19th - 28th 2021.

Countdown Clock: T - 43 days ( June 29, 2021)

Tuesday 29th Jun

Not a moment to waste. Activity ramping up. NASA engineers lowering the Command and Service Module (CSM) onto the Lunar Module (LM) / Spacecraft LM Adaptor (SLA).

We are close to our minimum fundraising target of $7500 and hoping to exceed $10,000 with your help. All donations go directly to Variety - The Children’s Charity, and are tax deductible. One day left for those 20/21 FY tax deductions. Thank you all for your generosity.

Countdown Clock: T - 50 days ( June 22, 2021)

Tuesday 22nd Jun

Apollo11’s Saturn V (and F1s) getting some TLC.

Fundraising progressing well thanks to the amazing generosity of our sponsors, supporters and broader community. Every dollar helps and goes directly to Variety. 

Thank you again. Your help and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Countdown Clock: T - 60 days ( June 12, 2021)

Monday 14th Jun

Time flies when you are engineering a Moon Landing! Where did those 40 days just go? We are now only 60 days from lift-off. Our fundraising campaign for 2021 is ramping up. To everyone who has contributed so far, and to those thinking of donating, please remember all donations go directly to Variety - The Children's Charity, are Tax Deductible, and are helping disadvantaged Aussie kids. Thank you again. Your help and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Countdown Clock: T - 100 days ( May 3, 2021)

Sunday 2nd May
Our  countdown formally begins today. Wow, we are only 100 days from liftoff and time will fly. With two previous Bashes as experience, we believe we know what lies ahead and looking forward to the challenge. In the last two years our team has raised over $20k. We hope that continues in 2021, given the very generous supporters and sponsors we have. A huge shout out to them. Our fundraising campaign for 2021 starts today….. 

COVID - Bash Update - Postponed till 2021

Tuesday 30th Jun

Following the recent Federal and State Government announcements, the decision has been made to postpone the 2020 Variety Victoria Bash in August 2020 to August 2021. The route, stops, final destination and duration will remain the same.

We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to the planning and development of the 2020 Variety Bash and are delighted that all the hard work and generosity of spirit will come to fruition,  just 12 months later in the 2021 Variety Bash (11-20 August 2021).

Mallacoota Mini Bash - 29/2/2020 - Fire Effected Regions

Sunday 23rd Feb

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The Variety Motoring Team have been working hard with the local community to work out the ways in which we can help and provide support in the medium to long term.

Our donations to fire affected areas were presented on Saturday to Bruthen Primary School and on Sunday to Mallacoota P-12 College. Donations consisted of laptops, sports equipment, bikes, books and games. 

Thank you all for your generous support. Variety quickly raised over $11,000, to purchase these laptops, along with receiving other donations from our wider support community.

Team Car 11 Apollo 11 witnessed some of the aftermath of the East Gippsland fires. For hundreds of Kms, work continues today on the cleanup, all the way down to Mallacoota and beyond. Glad we were able to help in some way.

Thanks again for all your support.

Car 11 Apollo 11.


Thank you to my Sponsors


Amanda Baric

Go Glen and crew!


John Gray

Good luck guys! Wash the dust down appropriately.




Glen B


Community Bank Bacchus Marsh Bendigo Bank

Good luck Car11Apollo11


Dennis Gyomber

Looking forward to blast off and all the photos. God speed Gentlemen!!


Will Pianta

Great commitment. Dream big!


Foodworks Bacchus Marsh

Good Luck


Peter Mcdonald


Ian Hogarth

Take her to warp factor 8, Scotty



Great cause and great fun! Enjoy your time having an impact on the children you meet on the bash


Ernest And Jo

Good Luck!


David Vote

Not sure how yr goin’ to all squeeze in! But reassured by Apollo 11 ‘s might 💪 Glen you’ll be back for history 🐯🏆


Sweeney Estate Agents

What a great cause guys I hope you do well and have a great time doing it…


Tony Weaver


Drew Kowalski

Great work Apollo 11 Team!


Juris Briedis


Stephanie Sarantopoulos

Enjoy the freedom and the ride out there!


Colin Smith






Moira Rush

Good luck and fingers crossed that border closures don’t impact on your journey!




Michelle Chan

So Australia does have a space program! Good luck with your mission Glen and Apollo 11


Dave T

Good luck, Glen & co!


Frank Parker

Up up and away!


Jenny Gist

Keep going with this excellent fundraiser


Ian Chao

Incredible effort once again. Have a great time, sounds like it’ll be an epic journey


Finanalyze Financial Planning

Have fun


Michael Belcher



Wishing Apollo 11 well in 2020!


Matthew Klar


S Seevanayagam


Joseph Lew

bon voyage


Bacchus Marsh Newsagency


Peter Kelly


Matt Tomkins

Great cause Macca, good luck with it all.


Nigel Bullen

Good luck and have fun.




Marc Sztajniger


Pat Mumford


Naytha Saw


Patrick Jackson - Ump

Good on ya Peter Mac!


Jordan Andrews


John Kohn

Just awesome Have fun




William Hoffmann


Janie & Bruce Garner

Enjoy the rally. Sounds like a lot of fun.


Nick Lyons

Good luck Michael!


Stu Anderson


Sinem Ekici

Car 11 Apollo 11 GOOD LUCK!!!!!


Chris Gordon



Nice work mate! Hope the races are on in Birdsville while you’re there.


Adam Jackson

i hope u can liftoff and godspeed to u all.


Amy Glover


Randall Gibson - Afl Boundary Umpires


Shane Thiele

Good Luck Peter Mac and crew. Have a safe (and enjoyable) trip!


G & M Williamson


Mumma Jo

Well done guys




Eleanor New

Go Glen Go xx Wooooooosh!!!!


Michael Belcher