Variety the spice of life: happy Wangara businessmen set for another Bash


Nick Del Carlo with 'The Princess', his 1973 Chevy Caprice wagon.
Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d472718
Andrew and Nicolas Del Carlo on a pervious Variety Bash.
Nick Del Carlo with 'The Princess', his 1973 Chevy Caprice wagon. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d472718 Andrew and Nicolas Del Carlo on a pervious Variety Bash.

WANGARA businessmen Nick and Andrew Del Carlo are preparing to join the “off-road circus” that is the Variety Bash from this Sunday.

Nick said the pair had taken part twice before and made an appearance at a third national event.

This year’s event will see 22 pre-1986 cars and 91 participants embark on a week-long adventure from Perth to Fremantle, taking the ‘Long Way Round’ through Outback WA including Moora, Lake Ballard, Kalgoorlie and Kellerberrin, stopping at schools and communities along the way.

The Del Carlos will be taking part in their 1973 Chevy Caprice wagon themed with the Mario Bros.

“We wanted something timeless for adults and kids,” Nick said.

“We’ve won best theme both times we took part because we go the whole hog.

“We are in costume from the moment we leave home, including the Bash Ball, where I have a formal green suit and Andrew has a red one.

It’s an absolute blast.”

Nick said the pair first joined the Bash after donating to their friends who were taking part.

“We always said we wanted to do it,” he said. “We’re both car mad and always have been.

“We grew up building cars in the shed with our grandfather.

“We bought a previous Bash car to redo. We gave it a lift, put on bash plates and rotator lights to make it safe, then themed it with stickers.”

With each returning car tasked with raising a minimum of $10,000 for the WA charity that helps kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, the brothers have this year raised almost $11,000 with their major raffle.

“Everyone raises loads of cash and the Bash is a celebration of that fundraising,” Nick said. “It’s for a fantastic cause.

“We both have young families and we’re really lucky all our boys are healthy and fit.”

“What people go through has always had an impact but becoming a father took that to a new dimension; it really brings it home.”

Beldon’s Anthony Goss is also taking part with team members Chris Marshall, Rob Geary and Ken Murie in their Mako Shark Attack themed 1972 Holden Statesman.

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the Variety Bash.

Visit www.variety.org.au/bash.

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