Manning up for Variety

Variety Basher John Udy and grandson Jet Constantinidis (3).
Variety Basher John Udy and grandson Jet Constantinidis (3).

Two Rocks resident and Tyreco Wangara business owner John Udy will participate in his Two and a Half Men-themed 1969 Ford Fairlane with friends Peter Broad and Brett Royle for the seventh consecutive year.

The trio will be joined by 2000 other motoring enthusiasts who will travel across the country to bring fun and excitement to regional communities whilst raising funds for Variety the Children’s Charity.

The 2014 Variety ‘Trans Australia’ Bash will start in Sydney on August 17 with a spectacular grand parade across Sydney Harbour Bridge by more than 700 outrageously themed vehicles.

‘We then get to visit some of the most isolated places in Australia and put smiles on a lot of kid’s faces; that’s why we keep coming back,’ Mr Udy said.

‘The Bash has set a fundraising target to exceed $8.5 million in 2014 to provide equipment and fulfil grants for kids and schools.

‘Collectively, this year’s bash will inject $3 million into around 100 rural communities that the six routes visit across the 10-day event.’

Mr Udy said the female mannequin on the roof of his vehicle was named after one of the characters from American television sitcom Two and a Half Men.

‘The good looking girl on the roof we call ‘Rose’,’ he said.

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