Car 45

We are taking part in the Variety Bash to help kids in need

G’day! A long time ago a man who I consider a genius put forward a plan to help lots of kids. The genius was Dick Smith. His idea was to assemble a bunch of his friends, get them to find an old car which was to be at least 20 years old. That way  they would not spend a lot on a car, but instead put money  into the Variety Club to help kids in need. The year was 1985. Dick named the event the "Landrover Bourke to Burketown Bash" as Landrover had stepped up to be the major sponser   Throughout the next few months I will relay some never before told stories relating to my experience in not only the first Bash but also the following 1986 and 1987 events.

 At the time I owned a 1963 Vauxhall Velox so I didnt even have to look for a suitable car, but did need to find a suitable team partner. Back in 1979 I had competed in the Repco Round Australia Trial and because of that, along the way, I was fortunate to meet Bill Murray who, although not related, was the legendary Jack "Gelignite" Murray's navigator when they  won the 1954   Redex Round Australia in a 1948 Ford. Jack did enter the Repco event in a new Holden Commodore. This time his co driver was his son John. Peter Brock won that event but the Murrays came a very credible 29th. There were 208 entries and only 92 finished.  Going back to the first Bash Jack had passed away, but son John was invited by Dick to come on the event driving the 1979 Commodore that he had driven with his Dad in the 1979 Repco event. Sadly Bill passed away a few months after the first bash. 

I am really thrilled  to  once again be taking part in a 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 will 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! 

Images below show the Vauxhall of 36 years ago and  this years car. A 1992 Subaru Liberty.

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

In with the new------1992 Subaru Liberty

Friday 30th Jul
Decals now on,  but have room for more  sponsors  to be recognized in helping  with our fundraising efforts.

Out with the old!!!-------1963 PB Vauxhall Velox

Friday 30th Jul
The car that we used in the first three Bashes--1985/6/7

Thank you to my Sponsors


Costume Palace And Party Hire


Darryl Cocks

All the best, safe travels and good luck from the Team at Executive Maintenance Pty Ltd


Memphis Energy Support Services


Graeme Leslie Neil


Tim Norton

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Philip Baxter

Good luck team 45 and well done on supporting such a worthy cause.


Gayle Shephard


Van C


John M

Love the name of your team. Bring it on!


Ian & Paula Moroney


Terry Adair