Colourful end to Variety Bash
More than 100 cars provided a colourful – and noisy – finish to the 3557km NSW Variety Bash at Byron Bay on Monday afternoon.
Leaving Lismore in the morning, the cars drove through Mullumbimby and joined up at Red Devil Park before parading through the Byron Bay CBD and finishing on the beachfront.
Heading the parade were two Byron Bay vehicles, the Keystone Cops Ford F100 driven by Bash veteran Bruce Maxwell with co-drivers Warren Simmons and Roy Hart, and the Byron Bay Beach Bums’ 1970 Holden HT station wagon with Trevor Watts, Phil Batson and Ray Crandell sharing the driving.
Warren decided to join the Bash – his first – only two days before the Sydney start last Sunday week and said it was a ‘real eye-opener’.
After 20 years of ‘Bashing’, Bruce said it was ‘absolutely fantastic’ to finish in his home town.
“Byron Bay has given everyone a warm welcome,” he said. “It’s really good.”
Not all teams drove across the ‘finish’ line. One team of four from Sydney had to do it on foot after writing off their car near Toowoomba on Saturday.
They carried cuts and bruises, but thankfully suffered no serious injuries.
On Tuesday, Variety presented gifts worth more than $10,000 to the Byron Bay Early Intervention group and Ocean Shores Public School, and on Tuesday night, The Brewery hosted a ‘Bash Benefit’.
It is expected this year’s Bash will raise up to $1.6 million for Variety, the children’s charity.