Variety Bash Queensland director of events Rob Goodwin (left) and road services network support manager Albert Budworth.
Variety Bash Queensland director of events Rob Goodwin (left) and road services network support manager Albert Budworth.

Bash cars put to the test

AT 30-years-old you should know where you’re going, but when your appearance fades and the wheels fall off, it’s time to speed-dial Sir Albert.

Albert Budworth – Sir Albert to his mates on the Variety Bash Shakedown – is a driving mechanic, and scrutineers the iconic cars, which stopped at Killarney on Saturday night to raise funds for children’s charity Variety Queensland.

“The bash vehicles are a minimum of 30-years-old so occasionally things do fall off, especially if the cars are themed,” Mr Budworth said.

“This was our Christmas in July virgin shakedown so all the people who’ve never been on a bash before come along to make sure their car can go the distance and they can get along with their co-driver.

“This one we started at Beerwah through Kyogle, spent the night at Killarney and then finished off at Boonah, but the real drive goes for nine days from July 29 from Sea World to Port Douglas and has 155 cars and 400 people so far.

“The roads were a little slippery as Killarney had 15mm of rain so the river-crossings were fun for the new drivers.”

Mr Budworth said he had been doing his job for 18 years.

“It’s a great way to make mates, have fun and raise money for disadvantages kids,” he said.

Killarney Lions Club members dished out a delicious spread for the 77 people behind the 32 bash cars at the weekend event.

There was also a special bash ambulance car fitted out with a breathalyser to make sure everyone who enjoyed an ale at the Killarney Showgrounds was safe to drive in the morning.



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