Car 3572

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 August 2020 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.

We will be travelling in some sort of Ford, because we tend to collect them! We are currently looking for a suitable Ford to decorate in a crazy way. We are looking forward to getting out and meeting and supporting some kids in outback areas. By 2020 we are hoping the drought/fires in Australia has ended and we can also show our support to these kids and their families. 

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

2021 Bash and we are almost ready to go.

Thursday 8th Jul
We are nearly ready to go. Just putting the final things in place, off to the mechanical scrutineering on the weekend to get the final tick of approval. The orange XD has turned into a silver XF (Russell decided the XD was a keeper and she is staying safely in the shed) Huge amounts of work by Scott and Mark from Bendigo Tyre Centre has seen the car go from a pretty sedate XF to a pretty cool bogan looking car now. We are sitting on $17600 fundraising and would love to get to the 20k mark. We started with a goal of 10 then 15 now let's hit 20 before we go. Any donations can be made on our page. Stay tuned for more updates as we get closer and while on the BASH.

Covid 19 stuffed everything this year!

Wednesday 13th May
We are disappointed to let our supporters know that the 2020 Variety Bash has been postponed due to the Coronavirus. With the uncertain times and  restrictions with travel, numbers of people in groups etc. Variety Victoria had no choice but to postpone the Great Keppel Event until 2021. Russell and I have decided to keep working on the car, keep raising money and transfer the funds already donated to the 2021 Event. The new event will run in August next year to the same destination. We are now on the countdown to August 2021. 

XD getting some TLC

Tuesday 25th Feb

JAM Automotive have the motor out for some extra special TLC, getting it sorted so we dont break down in the middle of no where. Bendigo Tyre Centre had it last week and were putting on the fuel line and under body protection. 

Donations have been coming in and adding up. We have made our goal post wider because we made it to $10000, so we are now looking at $15000. 

Once the car has been taken care of we will get stickers sorted, fit bull bars and roof racks, flags and other stuff to make it look like a Bash car. 


Making the goal post wider.

Tuesday 11th Feb

We are very happy to say we have made it to our goal of $10000 so we are going to make the goal post wider and try for $15000. laughing 

We have the car booked into JAM Automotive to get some TLC and make sure that we make it all the way on our journey.  

Once we get the car back we'll get the stickers underway and car decorated. 

We are on the lookout for a bull bar and roof rack if anyone has one lying around. Bits and pieces for a 30 year old car are tricky to find. 

Donations starting to come in.....

Wednesday 29th Jan

We are very grateful to our generous people who have added to our donation list. We are well on the way to our goal of $10000

We have supported many of these businesses over the years through our family farm. 

Bendigo Tyre Centre, Midland Irrigation 

Loddon Campaspe Fertiliser,  Brian Jenning Accounting, Adroit Insurnace

Gilmac and Tanloden Hay, Harrison 4WD, Oil Warehouse 

Along with some personal donations. 

The car is booked in to get some work done, so we will soon see what a 30 year old car needs to get it up and going! money-mouth




The XD has arrived!

Monday 20th Jan

This week we have collected the car. A sweet orange XD Falcon! WE are beginning to make plans and alteration to the car to make sure we make it all the way to Great Keppel Island in August. 

Today we also secured some very generous sponsors. Midland Irrigation Bendigo, Bendigo Tyre Centre and Tanloden Hay Raywood. We thank them very much for their support in such a worthy cause. 

Stay tuned for car updates as it comes together. 

Sharon and Russell 

3572 A farmer and his Wife

Sunday 10th Nov

Russell and Sharon Hocking

Rookie to the Variety Bash, experienced in Rally Car Driving. We have purcased an XD ford falcon and plan to deck it out to get us to Great Keppel Island and return to Vic! 

Farmer and School teacher married for 30 years parents to 4 kids (Ethan, Jayden, Ingrid and Lincon) and grandparents to 1 (Archer)

Russell and Sharon run the family dry cropping farm with our eldest son Ethan and his wife Emily. Sharon is semi retired teacher, working as an emergency teacher. Jayden is a builder and his partner Samantha a nurse completing her nursing grad year at the RCH in Melbourne. Ingrid is currently in year 10 and Lincon in year 8, both attend secondary school in Bendigo. 

In our spare time away from the farm we enjoy travelling. We have done many trips with the family and the camper trailer to many different parts of Australia. We have done a little bit of overseas travel in recent years. We enjoy watching our children play sport and follow the Mighty Hawks in the AFL. 

Thank you to my Sponsors


Bendigo Tyre Centre


U-haul Australia


Michael Hocking


Midland Irrigation


Jam Automotive


Loddon Campaspe Fertilisers


Brian Jennings Accounting Services Pty Ltd


Adroit Insurance & Risk


Russell Hocking


Hay Australia


Harrison 4wd


Gilmac Hay


Dck Bendigo


Jc Tanloden


Oakridge (vic) P/l

Good luck 🍻🍻


Innes Family

Fantastic effort and keep up the great work.


Rural Bank


Matt Gilmour


Foundry Hotel Complex


O'farrell Robertson Mcmahon


Mark Davey


Hocking Builders


Mitiamo Store

Miti Store


David Smith Orm Coffee Morning


Sasha Wright


Sue Mccready

Have a ball 💜💜


Matthew Saxon


Michele Chappel


Bev Wood - Orm

Good luck to your team!