NSW Award Night & Bash Hall of Fame

NSW Bash had their Final Dinner in Bowral on August 16. Part of the evening are the trophy presentations for the largest fund raisers and awards like the Perservance Award, the Putters Award, the Most Breakdowns etc.

Spirit of the Bash – outright winners of the Bash went to Car 555 the Ross team – Duncan and his two sons, James and Logan. Such a fun, helpful, engaging and colourful team. Sally Ross, our trusty Bash Coordinator must be very proud and happy also. Well deserved guys!

2014 Spirit of the Bash - Car 555 the Hippies - Duncan, Logan and James  Ross

2014 Spirit of the Bash – Car 555 the Hippies – Duncan, Logan and James Ross

Others received the participation awards – a select group got 25 Years Award. A wonderful achievement guys – Brian Hoare, Charles Stuart, Chas Kelly, Stuart Telfer and Jack Canons. You all must have been young when you started!

25 Year Awards - wow!!!  Brian, Charles, Chas, Stuart and Jack - you are legends!

25 Year Awards – wow!!! Brian, Charles, Chas, Stuart and Jack – you are legends!

Then the surprise of the night was the inductees of the Bash Hall of Fame. I GOT inducted!!! for my 15 years participation in Variety and volunteer work for Sunshine Coaches and generally hanging around. I can only do it with great support from crew – thank Brendon and his family, and my faithful mechanical magic men – Steve Corney and Evan at Mother Trekkers, Garry Williams and Ian Banks.

Bash Hall of Fame 2014 - wow now I get a  GOLD name tag

Bash Hall of Fame 2014 – wow now I get a GOLD name tag

Bash Hall of Fame - Silver tray for sunset drinks - EXCELLENT!

Bash Hall of Fame – Silver tray for sunset drinks – EXCELLENT!

Brendon and Sallymae -Car 333 2014 Crew

Brendon and Sallymae -Car 333 2014 Crew

Royal Industries Hall Final Dinner and after

It was colourful, huge and loud – all the Bashers from all around Australia celebrating our efforts and fund raising totals. The dignatories included Sir Peter Cosgrove, Dr Fiona Wood and Dick Smith who initiated the Bash 30 years ago.

What a party!!!

Grand Final Dinner - John Williamson - True Blue....

Grand Final Dinner – John Williamson – True Blue….

Mermaids on parade!

Mermaids on parade!

Car 246 YellowMen - some of the most generous men I know!

Car 246 YellowMen – some of the most generous men I know!

Post Bash breaky as we sent Brendon off to Enzed.

Post Bash breaky as we sent Brendon off to Enzed.

Car 333 - neatly back in garage!

Car 333 – neatly back in garage!

Angel Paula with the winning lotto ticket - to help pay for Bash 2015  and lot's more we hope!

Angel Paula with the winning lotto ticket – to help pay for Bash 2015 and lot’s more we hope!

2014 Bash – the BIG Finish to Sydney – August 17

After over 5 years of planning the BIG finish of the 30th NSW Anniversary Dick Smith Bash and National (All States of Australia where in Sydney on August 17) dawned.

NSW was in Bowral and due to have a cricket match at the Bradman Oval after breakfast, but it was raining — first time in months, but RAINING. So the cricket was a wet affair and the final drive to Sydney another moist adventure. Most Bash cars firstly do not have heaters, limited demisting capabilities and many have leaks. Some complained that it was raining more inside the car than outside as the ‘showers of blessing’ rained in from the dashboard area.

Little Pigs are lucky to have

1 – a working heater
2 – demisting – albiet in the middle of the windscreen in a narrow band
3 – no major leaks from the dashbard

Nevertheless it was a relief to finally roll past Busby’s Bore in Centennial Park and through the arch to the finish. Some were seen wearing garbage bags as they celebrated the finish in Moore Park.

Congratulations to all cars that ‘made it’. Another very successful event. 2014 B to B NSW Bash raised $2.28 million NET and whole National Bash grand total was $8.17 million.

Final Day - Start from Bowral to Busby's Bore

Final Day – Start from Bowral to Busby’s Bore

Here we go, here we GO over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Here we go, here we GO over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Busby's Bore feeds this lake.

Busby’s Bore feeds this lake.

Car 333 is over the line for 2014

Car 333 is over the line for 2014

It took ages for all the cars to arrive!

It took ages for all the cars to arrive!

Car 11 Shirl and Laverne, Josh Laws (NB garbage bag legs) and his son

Car 11 Shirl and Laverne, Josh Laws (NB garbage bag legs) and his son

2014 Bash – Day 7 – Colour Day – Harlequin

Each Bash one day is nominated as COLOUR Day and we are to wear the designated colour all day. This year it was HARLEQUIN so all colours of the rainbow appeared at breakfast at Broken Hill and continued throughout the day – lunch at Pooncarie on the Darling River and dinner in Balranald.

Also Day 7 I had a Test Flying Pig with me – Alexis from OA1 and Brendon flew with Paul Mullaly all day. After lunch at Pooncarie, Bronwyn Harris from Charlie’s Angel Car 321 (whose Bash car was unable to continue after the Gold Coast) came along as a Test Charlie Pig as well. Fun day….complete with a wonderful sunset stop.

Day 7 Harlequin Day - getting ready

Day 7 - Paul and Alexis our Bash Pilot and Flight Crew

Harlequin Day -_ Broken Hill

Test Flying Pig Alexis

Pooncarie Hotel lunch stopover

Pooncarie Hotel lunch stopover

Meeting the Locals on the Pooncarie run

Meeting the Locals on the Pooncarie run

Nothing like a sunset drink!

Nothing like a sunset drink!

2014 Day 7 Sunset near Balranald

2014 Day 7 Sunset near Balranald

2014 Bash – Day 5 – Triples Race Day Fun Stop

The Triples Cars – 111, 333, 444, 555, 999a and KKK9 put on a Fun Stop each year. This year we were approx 150 kms out from Cunnamulla at the Nooriama Race Course so all activities had a ‘race day’ flavour.

111 – Stainless Challenge, 333 – Elephant Walk, 444 – Gymkhana, 555 – Hippies Hop, 999a – Angel Dive and the ever SO popular KKK9 – Coffee Chug

Everyone said it was the BEST Triples Fun stop ever, especially the Race at the end hotly contested by Scooby Doo, Mutley the Dog and the Dinosaurs from the Altius team!

Day 5 Triples Fun Stop Elephant Walk  - go Crazy Horse girls...

Day 5 Triples Fun Stop Elephant Walk – go Crazy Horse girls…

Elephant Walk - the Avengers made it!

Elephant Walk – the Avengers made it!

Car 444 Gymkana Challenge

Car 444 Gymkana Challenge

Let the race begin!

Let the race begin!

The race was furious and fast - but the finish line moved.

The race was furious and fast – but the finish line moved.

Surprise Visit to Weilmoringle

About 5 years ago Variety NSW granted a Sunshine Coach to Weilmoringle Primary School which is about 10 kms from the Qld border right near the dog fence.

We drove past it this year on our Bash route and I couldn’t resist going in to see how Margaret Coddington and the kids were going. We just ‘arrived’ for a short visit and gave them and the Mosman Primary School group that was visiting a very BIG surprise. I have two ‘test pigs’ with me that day, Angel Paula and Angel Lindy.

Weilmoringle School visit

Weilmoringle School visit

The Sunshine Coach

The Sunshine Coach

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Trundle Trek April 16-17

Car 333 participated in the Trundle Trek which was a fund raising event by the Firies team, with an overnight stay at Trundle, past Parkes on April 16 and 17.  It was a fantastic trip and a good chance to ‘trial’ the car in every way! The Little pigs for the weekend were Helen Lavery, Sallymae Bailey and Andrea Benton.
After the manditory bacon and egg roll, at Jon and Kerrie’s place at Marayla we headed off to Orange for lunch at the Botanical Gardens.  It was cold, wet and miserable as we wound our way over the mountains via Kurrajong and Lithgow.  Shirl and Laverne, Car 11 has a slight mishap with a guardrail and continued eventually with us via an expensive taxi ride/hire car.  Little Pigs gave assistance to Navy in Bathurst with a wheel brace and jack!  It was freezing…
Wet and windy conditions continued after lunch and we slipped and slide our way to Trundle via some very muddy roads.  Bathust, Orange and Parkes were all ablaze with autumn colours.
Trundle Pub was a gorgeous old pub, built in 1912 and is partly restored.  It has the longest verandah in NSW 86.7 m.
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The locals welcomed us warmly and we enjoyed a fabulous evening with the band ‘Pig Iron Bob’ from Bathurst.  Plenty of old songs, dancing and drinking!
Breakfast was at  St Patricks Primary School with the bacon and eggs again and a presentation from Artline, to share between the two schools in the little town.
St Patricks Primary School, Trundle
Trundle is full of amazing old buildings and even a prospective Bash car or two!

Possible Bash Cars

Possible Bash Cars

Party with the Pigs

Party with the Pigs

The Sunday morning run brought us back to Bathurst and Mt Panorama.  We could not resist a couple of spins around the ‘track’ – Helen at the wheel and then Sallymae.  Lunch was at Mt Panorama Winery and relazing in the back yard with good food and music from Tori Darke.
Over the mountains again and accompanying Navy for another mechanical roadstop near Mt Banks in the freezing cold.  Finally got the fuel into the fuel pump and off we went to finish in the dark down to Sydney.  Great weekend was had by all.
Navy Breakdown near Mt Banks
Navy Breakdown near Mt Banks

Camden Show – April 9

The 3 Little Pigs were at the Camden Agricultural Show on Saturday, April 9 along with five other Variety Bash cars – Car 134 Hogs Breath, K9 – UK TV, the Flintstones, the Firies and Car 999a Heaven on Wheels. 

We showed the cars in the Vintage and Antique Show area and gave out lots of goodies courtesy of BBC/UK TV and the K9.  Thanks guys – lovely pink bags that contained hats, crayons, colouring book, t shirts, a jigsaw, plus some stickers and postcards from Little Pigs and Heaven on Wheels.

At 4.00 pm we particpated in the Grand Parade and the show was officially opened by Governor General Quentin Bryce.  I didn’t get to see her, but she was there!

A great day was had by all!

Camden Show April 9 - Ian Banks, Sallymae Bailey and K9 car

Camden Show April 9 - Sallymae Bailey, John Mobbs, Karen Griffiths

Camden Show Car 333 April 9 - Sallymae Bailey and new 'hog' Hamlet

Camden Show April 9 Car 333 and K9