2020 SA Variety Bash announced as 'Kangaroo Island to the Capital'

2020-21 Bash chairman George Belperio, Variety Bash SA chairman Brenton Ramsey and SA premier Steven Marshall at the Kangaroo Island Airport.
2020-21 Bash chairman George Belperio, Variety Bash SA chairman Brenton Ramsey and SA premier Steven Marshall at the Kangaroo Island Airport.

The 2020 SA Variety Bash will bring more 70 Bash vehicles and their support crew to Kangaroo Island this November.

Car rally organisers and participants have made it a point to visit the Island to assist with bushfire recovery and boost the economy.

The KI visit was announced when Premier Steven Marshall flew into the Kangaroo Island Airport on Friday, June 5 meeting with Variety Bash representatives.

Mr Marshall said Variety Bash had done a fantastic job raising money over the years and the state government was providing $50,000 to assist as many as 100 rally and support vehicles get over to the Island.

"I think you guys are really going to enjoy getting over to see this fantastic island," he said.

Variety Bash SA chairman Brenton Ramsey said event organisers were really looking forward to it and the organisation really appreciated the support.

"We think we will inject $250,000 into the economy while we are here, as well as the money our Bashers spend and your support with the logistics maximises the amount we can spend while we are here," Mr Ramsey said.

2020-21 Bash chairman George Belpero said the Variety Bash last visited Kangaroo Island in 1997.

The Island did play host to the 2018 Variety V2 Motorcycle Run, which saw 43 motorcycles tour the Island with riders making a $30,000 donation to the Island's youth.

The Bashers will arrive on the Island on Saturday, November 7, which will be a free day for the visitors to tour the Island by themselves, followed by a function that night in Kingscote.

The actual rally will depart Kingscote on Sunday morning heading to locations around the Island, which were being scouted out during this visit.

"Rather than focussing on offroad tracks, we want the KI rally to be about visiting as many businesses as possible to help boost the Island's economy," Mr Belperio said.

The rally is five days in length, and the Bashers will depart Kangaroo Island on Monday morning heading to undetermined locations in the State's south before finishing up driving through Adelaide Hills on November 12.

Bash history

The Variety Bash was created in 1985 by adventurer Dick Smith when he took a group of friends for a drive he called 'The Bourke to Burketown Bash'.

The Bash is generally an eight day drive in the country with your mates. It is not a race or rally, it is a madcap event designed to put the fun into fundraising.

Vehicles must be in standard condition and shall be models with a minimum age of 25 years.

The drivers and crews, however, are anything but standard issue with most Bashers following the one major rule - don't take it seriously and have fun!

The Bash is the entrant's reward for a year spent fundraising for the children of SA who really need it.

The Bash today has not changed from its original concept. It began in SA in 1989 and has seen Bashers travel through much of our beautiful country during this time.

Over the past 31 years, the SA Bash alone has raised in excess of $43 million (net) for South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with special needs!

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