Australia’s biggest and longest running charity motoring event filled with vintage cars got under way on Saturday at Dampier. The annual Variety Bash is an annual charity ride of pre-1986 vehicles decorated in creative themes which tours WA towns to raise money for sick children. The non-stop, eight-day event will see 47 cars and more than 160 people participating this year. Variety WA chief executive Tony Hume said the event was aimed at supporting sick, disadvantaged and disabled kids. “The Bashers get to go on the ultimate WA road trip, have the time of their life and see how their hard-earned fundraising dollars make a real difference along the way,” he said. “2020 was a difficult year for the charity, but the community stood behind us last year and the participants are so excited to be back and raising funds for WA kids in need once again.” This year’s Variety grant was given to Mackenzie Crane, 15, who has a rare neuromuscular disease resulting in physical disabilities and being a permanent wheelchair user. The grant will allow her to buy a pool hoist and an aquatic wheelchair. Mackenzie said the grant would help her gain more freedom in the water. “I’ll have the ability to swim in the water anytime I want,” she said. “It’s really good and I don’t have to worry about my parents slipping over when I’m wet.” This year’s Variety Bash will travel to Marble Bar, Karijini, Pannawonica and Onslow and will finish at Talanjee Oval in Exmouth on August 21.