The Grand Tour

I'm taking part in the Variety Bash to help kids in need

G’day! We are so excited to be taking part in the 2021 Variety Bash – travelling all the way to Great Keppel Island, the long way round!

The Variety Bash is a once in a lifetime chance to experience remote and regional parts of Australia in outrageously themed classic cars, 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 – 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

Dam Covid

Thursday 29th Jul
Well Covid has hit the Bash so it has been Postponed, Because of all the border closures, at this stage we are looking at October 2021, but in a positive we can practice our Volvo Driving Skills.


Tuesday 29th Jun
Well, we are getting close,  and the Volvo is nearly there. I would like to thank the following businesses for their support and sponsorship.
Firstly Greg Boyd from Greg Boyd Motors in Eaglehawk all the work on the car has been amazin.
Sam from Sams Auto Electrical in Bendigo all the efforts that they have put is is great.
Morro and Dooly in Kangaroo Flat whom currently have the Volvo fitting the final touches including the Bash Plate and other minor things.
Matt Tennant from Tenex Rail whom has come on as our major sponsor, I can not tell you how thankfull I am for his support.
All the other minor sponsors and there are so Many to thank, So I thank you all. 
I would also like to give a mention to a couple of smaller businesses and groups that have had donation point at their locations, The Sandwich Shak in Torquay The Kangaroo Flat Post Office, and the Raywood Hotel.

The Volvo

Saturday 29th May

Getting the Volvo on the road

Saturday 29th May
So the car is mobile and I can't thank Sam from Sam's auto electrical, Greg from Greg Boyd motors and Central Victorian sheet metal enough for all their work, today Victoria Jerman, Will and myself work on painting and mounting the roof rack and it come up a treat. We also got the first of the sponsors stickers on as well.

Wow we reached our target

Friday 16th Apr
I am very grateful to Matt Tennant from Tennex Rail for his major sponsorship of the car his company is very generous and a nicer bloke you won't find.

The Volvo

Monday 29th Mar
Mick and Will with the Volvo

The Volvo

Monday 29th Mar
Don and Will with the Volvo

Getting the Volvo on the road

Monday 29th Mar
Well a very productive day today, firstly I am astounded by the generosity of people, all for a great cause, Firstly I would like to thank Greg Boyd motors in Eaglehawk, he is going to roadworthy the car for us, Windscreen City in Bendigo, they are going to look after us for a new Windscreen, Morro and Dooley smash repairs in Kangaroo Flat, have kindly offered to make and put the Bash plates on. Autobarn Bendigo have kindly donated a new stereo for the Volvo so we can remove the casett player. BEEPS Autoparts Bendigo as they have looked after us for a new fuel pump and required filters and oils, And Lastly Sam from Sam's auto electrical whom has kindly offered to do some electrical work on the car. We are very grateful for their support and ask you support theses fantastic local business.

Our first Sponsor Stickers

Thursday 25th Mar
Today our first sponsor stickers arrived thanks to ARG Workforce your support is greatly appreciated

The Volvo

Tuesday 16th Feb
The car is staring to slowly come together, Don has it on the ramps and has worked out the fuel issue, possibly needing to replace a fuel pump, Covid is not helping the situation with another lock down meaning we are not able to get together to sort out parts, but slowly slowly.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Tenex Rail

Best of luck to the team... cant wait to follow the progress!


Mikado Group

Great Cause! Well done Gents.


Ian Garbutt

Great work participating in this fund raising event ! Safe travels and Good luck !


Apco Kangaroo Flat


Fred Durst

Goodonya fellas and have a ball in the process


Ken Edwards


Construct Traffic


Vline Train Control



Safe travels and enjoy the trip


Patrons Of The Kangaroo Flat Post Office


Wabtec Control Systems

Such a beautiful cause to donate too. well done


Lions Club Of Kangaroo Flat

Well done Great Cause


Dave Loch


Lenny Gersch


Bendigo Floor & Home Centre

Have a great time & Stay Safe


Patrons Of The Kangaroo Flat Post Office


Tcp Team

From the TCP team at Bendigo Health


Tcp Team At Bendigo Health


Quest Tap & Go


Maureen Hardwick

Such a good cause. Stay safe and have fun


Luke Spence

Please drive faster then most Volvo drivers


Quintilla Madden

Good Luck with raising the funds for the Variety Bash


Karen Catt

Have a great time


Greg Dixon

My nephews non verbal autistic - its a great cause - and it really helps out. Hope you have a good time In the process. Volvo. Excellent choice.



Good Luck !


Joseph Dorward



Go for it mate!


Paul Bellinger


Matt Mcfarlane

Watch out skippys, Mick's headed bush! Good luck mate!


Catherine Rosewall

Hope all goes well.


Aaron Grigg

Drive safe


Patrons Of The Kangaroo Flat Post Office


Tcp Team From Bendigo Health


Quest Tap & Go


Quest Tap & Go


Sally Mitchell


Susan Kennett


Andi Meehan

Well done to you and the other travellers! Have a blast!!!!


Michael Jerman


Deborah Ross

Goodie Goodie Yum Yum Luck on the Bash. Watch out for giant kittens. :)


Daniel Rawnsley

Good luck



Great effort guys!!