Bayswater Car Rental owners Arnold and Dirk Kluck will be swapping their trusty fleet of Toyota Corollas for something different this month.
The pair will be jumping in a 1974 Ford Fairlane to raise money for the 2015 Variety Vic Bash, which sets off from Craigieburn on Wednesday 12th August. The annual charity trek turns 25 this year, with more than $20 million raised for Victorian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
The Klucks are revved up to support the children's charity and will be two of more than 300 entrants and officials hitting the road from the Craigieburn Sporting Club. This year's bash will wind its way up to Port Douglas, travelling through some of the most scenic parts of Australia before reaching the tropical city on August 21st.
With Dirk in charge of Bayswater's Perth operations and Arnold managing the Sydney offices, the pair will each make a trip just to take part in the bash. After meeting in Victoria, the convoy's first stop will be Wagga Wagga in the Riverina region of NSW.
Dubbed the City of Good Sports, it's a breeding ground of talented sportsmen, such as cricketers Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and Geoff Lawson, rugby league's Mortimer brothers and Peter Sterling, and Sydney Swans' young gun Harry Cunningham. From there, it's on to Coonabarabran, the astronomy capital of Australia.
The Klucks are looking forward to adding to the 100,000 km driven in the event's 25-year history, even if the '74 Fairlane will be a far bumpier ride compared to one of Bayswater's 2500 Corollas. The bash will pull into eight cities on the way to Port Douglas, with the average Variety Bash visit injecting $30,000 into each local economy. Each stopover equals 300 motel beds, 85 tanks of petrol and 600 meals, as well as the thousands of dollars raised for a worthy cause.
And that's what it's all about for Arnold and Dirk – the kids. The pair will begin the Variety Bash with a full tank of inspiration, with the start flag to be waved by an 11-year-old girl who recently received funding for a new wheelchair from the children's charity.
The annual Variety Vic Bash is Australia's most successful charity motoring event and to donate, visit variety.org.au/VIC. Your contribution will help change the life of a child who is sick, disadvantaged or has special needs.