ONE by one, triumphant faces arrived at Delacombe Primary School on Friday having just completed a 4400-kilometre journey.
As part of the Bankstown to Ballarat Variety Bash, 110 of the most weird and whacky reincarnations of pre-1974 vehicles powered through 17 pit stops at regional and rural towns in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
The “bashers” left a trail of donations in each town, granting wishlists to local schools and raising $1.8 million for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
John Daniel was one limb of the R1P team, sporting a 1959 Ford Ranch Wagon Hearse, the oldest vehicle in the bash.
“The aim is to leave money in the towns,” Mr Daniel said.
“The thing I like about it is that it’s not a race, it’s driving by the dirt with your mates, and it’s for a great cause.”
Other vehicles had soldiered on against all odds.
Arthur Frilingos breathed a sigh of relief from behind the wheel of his 1971 ZD Fairlane, in his Ironman suit.
“We had one brake for the last 2000-kilometres, but I had faith.”
In their diverse shapes, forms and costumes, the teams will turn around and head the same way they came from.