BALLARAT'S name and the famous Eureka Flag will feature prominently among the colourful kaleidoscope of vehicles touring through the heart of Australia as part of the Variety Club's bash this week.
The City of Ballarat have again sponsored a 1969 XW Ford Falcon sedan for the trip, which comes complete with flashing lights, council decals and two Eureka Flags flying proudly from its roof.
The Ballarat crew of four are heading to Echuca today and will tomorrow depart for Broome in Western Australia with 94 other "bashers".
Crew member Ross Wooton said it was the third year the Ballarat car would be taking part in the rally."We're going to be driving on sand for most of the way, so it's going to be interesting," he said.
"There's 95 vehicles but we're taking paramedics, mechanics, radio cars and officials along the way as well."
Mr Wooton said the bash, which raises money for Variety, the children's charity, was a great way to make a difference to the lives of a lot of special children in Ballarat.
"We've already raised $15,000," he said.
"The beauty about it is it's Variety Victoria and the funds raised go to kids in Victoria with special needs.
"So we're very supportive of that because Ballarat does well out of that too."
City of Ballarat mayor John Burt wished the crew well this morning as they left Ballarat for their Echuca "launch" tonight.
"Council is very pleased to sponsor them, its great for Ballarat," he said.
"I've just been told that when the kids see the sign 'Ballarat', they ask 'where's Ballarat' and that sort of thing, so that's good."