Maureen Mitchell and the team from last year’s Variety Bash
In a famous convoy of quirky cars and crazy costumes two committed Rainbow Beach crews, Team Hayes with their ‘76 Ford Fairlane and Team Mitchell in their ‘64 Pontiac Parisienne will tackle 3700km of Queensland from August 5 to 14.
Maureen Mitchell from 7th Wave is excited to be a part of it, “It’s good, we like to be a part of it. It is for a very good cause – there are a lot a special children out there that need help.”
Across the country, the Variety Bash has raised $200 million. Now in its 26th year in Queensland, 350 participants travel the length of the state to raise money for Queensland kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
Virgin basher, Rainbow resident Debra O’Donnell, is joining one of the official cars – helping run events and gags!
All Variety Bash vehicles must be at least 30 years old and boast no performance enhancing modifications.
The Pontiac Parisienne is 51 years old. When asked how it would go, Maureen was thinking positive, “It’s going to be really good. It’s going to have no problem crossing the finish line, not like last year!”
“It stalled last year – on the finish line. And that’s the only problem we had the whole trip. So they pushed it over the line!
But this year it should sail over the finish line on Fraser Island, thanks to the tender loving care by Dean Hayes on the vintage beast.
The 2015 XXXX Gold ‘Coral Seas to Island Breeze’ ‘Bashers’ will depart Cairns and travel south west through Chillagoe, Kidston, Hughenden, Barcaldine, Lake Maraboon, Mitchell, Taroom, Gayndah and finally, Kingfisher Bay on the picturesque Fraser Island, supporting local economies along the way, with community groups supplying food to the Bashers and the car convoy utilising accommodation where possible.
Find out more: www.variety.org.au/qldbash.