Bashing 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 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 constructed prior to December 1974 (although run-on models will be accepted).The drivers and crews, however, are anything but standard issue with most Bashers taking the one major rule (don't take it too seriously) seriously.
I was relieved to find out that I didn't need to take Super Hurbert, "the World's Skinniest Magician" seriously. They say the camera adds ten pounds and this guy still looks way to skinny. He jumped down occasionaly during the parade to do a few magic tricks then he leaps on to the hood of the cars and hops back up to his roof top.
Most of the cars sirens attached. These can be used to herald the arrival of Bash, just in case the local residents didn't notice several hundred wildly painted cars arrive in their town.....
There is really only one major rule in the Bash - don't take it seriously. All other rules are directly related to this rule. The idea is that for one or two weeks the people taking part can enjoy a drive in the outback and see parts of Australia they might not normally visit.
The only serious rules are about not damaging property, not littering, looking out for wildlife and remembering that the Bash needs the co-operation and support of all the authorities in the towns and cities it passes through. This is not a hoons' picnic or yahoos' rally - the behaviour and attitude of everyone taking part reflects both on Variety and the sponsors.
So that everyone can enjoy the drive and the driving, it is best to designate a driver for the morning and the afternoon sections. The designated driver must maintain the minimum requirements required by law for drinking and driving.
The more you think about the logistics of the Bash you the more bizzare the whole concept gets. Most teams have at least two members and number go up from there and are only limited by the size of the vehicle. When you fill the car with bodies and beverages you might not have room for some of the extra comforts that are useful on a ten day trip. Especially given the size of some of the cars. Here's the rules for the baggage service:
Queensland Variety Club
South Australia Variety Club
New South Wales Variety Club