Cal's Great Adventure Variety Bash 2018

Dirt, adventure and giving Aussie kids a go  

Our Operations Manager, Cal Smith, recently took part in the 2018 Variety NSW Bash to support Aussie children. 

The seven-day adventure with mates throughout NSW in pre-1976 cars, was not without its challenges. 

Not a race nor a rally, the iconic Variety Bash is Australia’s longest and most famous charity motoring event, with over 100 cars participating to raise money for local children with disabilities, chronic illness or who are experiencing financial hardship. 

It was easy to spot Cal and his team with the Tiger lunging out of the roof of the pre-1976 Kingswood, dedicated to the Balmain Tigers. 

The team was part of the Nostalgic NRL theme, with five cars decorated and devoted to old school league teams. 

The week-long journey took participants across 2000 kilometres of NSW countryside, but not the conventional way Google maps would take you.  

The route revealed each morning was mostly off the beaten track from town to town including Narrabri, Forbes, Griffith, Orange, Mudgee before finishing back in Newcastle. 

The convoy stopped at schools along the way to see the impact of Variety’s fundraising first hand from equipment to programs and experiences helping kids reach their full potential.  

“It was great to be part of it and experience not only the mateship but the difference that acts of kindness can make to others,” Callan Smith said. 

“For the first time ever the Variety NSW Bash raised over $1 million to help give Aussie kids in need a fair go.” 

Cal and the Nostalgic NRL team raised over $180,000 – the highest team effort in the history of the Bash. 

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