Welshpool pair revved up after Pixar says yes to Toy Story-themed car for Variety Bash


Graham Martin is taking part in this years Variety Bash with his Toy Story themed 1985 Mercedes 500SE Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d472529
Graham Martin is taking part in this years Variety Bash with his Toy Story themed 1985 Mercedes 500SE Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d472529

THIS year’s Variety Bash will see 22 cars and 91 participants embark on a trip of a lifetime on Sunday.

Welshpool businessman Graham Martin and friend Paul Bruno will set off on the journey in their Toy Story 4 themed 1985 Mercedes 500SE.

The week-long adventure from Perth to Fremantle takes Bashers through the heart of the WA outback including Lake Ballard and Kalgoorlie.

Mr Martin said it was the second year they had entered the charity drive.

In preparation for the event the men contacted Disney Pixar, the makers of the popular children’s film Toy Story, to obtain permission to use the name on their Variety Bash vehicle.

The film company not only endorsed the use of the film’s name but also supplied graphics for use on the car.

The sedan, Toy Story 4, is a sight to behold emblazoned with film characters and coloured in blue, green and white.

The Mercedes has been ‘upgraded’ from last year with new abilities such as water shooters from both sides and the rear of the vehicle thanks to the installation of multiple water hoses, and a fog machine pumping out mist from the sedan’s trunk.

The car, which cost the men $1200, also has a fridge installed in the back seat and an espresso machine in its boot, and brackets to hold a barbecue at its rear.

Mr Bruno said they planned to cook barbecues along the way serving American-styled chicken wings as well as passing out gifts to children living in remote communities.

The men hope to raise $10,000 for the charity.

To make a donation visit https://varietywabash.everydayhero.com/au/dr-paul-bruno.

The car joined up with other character vehicles styled as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Beach Boys, Captain Underpants and the cast of Disney favourite Frozen that are visiting towns, local schools and communities on the journey.

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