Duff Man rolls into town for Variety Bash
BOGGED and buckled, it looked like The Simpsons buggy's days were numbered.
But as if straight out of a cartoon, Greg and Debbie Wilson and David Murray stretched their beloved beast to make her ready for yet another Variety Bash.
"It all came about when we were being pulled from a bog by another Variety Bash vehicle and the car body buckled a bit," Mr Wilson said.
"We joked about stretching it into a more comfortable Bug and here we are a year later with our limo VW."
The dedicated crew will head to Brisbane for the 2014 XXXX Gold Variety Bash starting on Friday.
They're seasoned "Bashers", making four trips in a 1967 VW and now their fifth year in the stretched combination of the old Bug and a '65 model.
"The Simpsons has been our theme for a few years now and it's perfect for all the school runs we do on the Variety Bash," Mr Wilson said.
The 10-day, 3000km road trip starts from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and travels through towns such as Millmerran, St George, Wandilla Station, Bourke, Cobar, Narromine, Dubbo, Bathurst and Sydney.
This time, Sunshine Coast teams the Brats Bash and the Horn-Bags are coming together as the Horn-Brats.
They will be in a Toyota Coaster Bus and join more than 400 participants, each with their customised cars.
For Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch president Barry Johnson, this would be his eighth Variety Bash.
Variety, the children's charity, is a national not-for-profit organisation empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, by giving practical equipment, programs and experiences.
This year marks 30 years since the first Variety Bash event was introduced by entrepreneur Dick Smith and has raised a total of $200 million.
For more information about the bash visit http://www.variety.org.au/qld.