The Variety Bash was originated by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith in 1985. Dicks plan was to take a few mates for a drive in the Outback in some old cars. The result was a group of people who travelled from Sydney to Bourke, Far West New South Wales for the start of an adventure that finished in Burketown, Northern Queensland. This became known as the Bourke to Burketown BASH.
That first event raised $250,000 for Variety "the children's charity".
Since then the BASH fun has covered thousands upon thousands of kilometres criss crossing Australia and even New Zealand with various state and nation events held annually.
Todays FUNraising tally is over $200 million for Variety which Dicks has declared as "one of his greatest achievements".
The original concept has never changed - it is still "a drive in the Outback with a few mates in old cars".
The annual Variety Bash is Australia's most successful charity motoring event. It is the focal point of fund raising efforts by many hundreds of supporters of Variety, with the money raised helping to empower children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
CAR-035 is well known in the BASH community - it was there with Dick Smith in 1985 and has entered almost every year since!!!
CAR-035 (then known as Car10) at the original Variety BASH in 1985
CAR-035 in 2001 owned by "Fletch" - Neil Fletcher from Fletcher Photographics fame.
In 2007, Fletch sold the now (in)famous CAR-035 to Craig Welsh. Craig along with navigator Dean Rothapfel continued to participate until 2014.
CAR-035 (now white) in 2008
In 2015 Craig decided to head in a new direction and sold CAR-035 to fellow BASHER Brett Abraham.
CAR-035 FOR SALE IN 2015
Brett & Terrie-Ann Abraham