Car 169 for the Variety Vic Bash 2016 is on the move again!

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Last year, The Eildon Explorer, Car 169, successfully completed the Bash to Cooktown and in the process raised $20 000+
much-needed funds for Variety, the Children’s Charity.

Variety is a nationwide and worldwide charity which to date has delivered over $180 million net to Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn. Variety’s largest fundraising event is the Variety Bash, an iconic annual Australian motoring event which involves outrageously- themed cars participating in a fun-filled adventure through outback Australia.

Car 169 is a 1981 Statesman Caprice running on duel fuel. The team prefers to use LPG where available in outback Australia. The Variety Vic Bash requires all cars to be at least thirty years old and last year the car ran without a problem due to effective pre-planning.

Last year, many of the sponsors of the car were from the local Eildon and Alexandra area and the team received many questions and comments about this region. What a great way to showcase this beautiful area!

However, 2016 brings with it a new team and a new name, Dindi Dandies: John Ricardo, last year’s team captain and Gary Demby, who lives in the Murrindindi area, both spend much of their time at their Taylor Bay properties. Mike Tankard joins the team and is a regular visitor to this amazing area. The guys decided to change the name of their team as they felt it was important to represent more businesses within the Shire of Murrindindi and highlight what the area has to offer as a tourist destination.

This year all teams participating in the Variety Bash will be travelling to Darwin, visiting towns and staying overnight at Mildura, Wilpena Pound, Eridunda, King’s Canyon, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine. What a journey! Once again, Car 169 is seeking sponsorship for their endeavours. Businesses who wish to donate will receive logo recognition and signage displayed on the car. This is a great opportunity for advertising throughout Victoria and interstate.

To support their efforts the team has already held a few fundraising events: a tin rattle at a busy intersection in Melbourne and another tin rattle at Eildon Village during the Easter Market, with the guys being conspicuous with their bunny ears! Dindi Dandies have been well-supported by family and friends. Their wives recently organised a very successful fundraising event at Diana Ferrari at Doncaster Shoppingtown. Who can refuse some necessary retail therapy?

While the Dindi Dandies appreciate the fantastic support a sponsor provides, they do not expect sponsors to pay for their adventure. All entrants in the Variety Bash are responsible for out of pocket expenses. Therefore, it is important to note that any sponsorship or donations will not be used for these expenses.

Please have a look at the following website This will give you further information about why Dindi Dandies are involved in such an important charity event. You can also use a link to visit the team’s fundraising page at:

For more information on Car 169 or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Ricardo, team captain on mobile 0418 327 184 or by email