Audrey in spotlight again for good cause

Bill and Maree Robinson with their 1955 Bentley S1 coupe, nicknamed Audrey.
Bill and Maree Robinson with their 1955 Bentley S1 coupe, nicknamed Audrey.

Once owned by Gary Cooper, who starred with Ms Hepburn in Love in the Afternoon, the mint-condition 1955 Bentley S1 coupe, nicknamed Audrey, will be one of many showstopper vehicles featured at the Variety Car Cruise from March 22 to 25.

The charity event will take motoring enthusiasts on a four-day boutique journey from Armadale to Bunbury to raise funds for sick, special-needs and disadvantaged WA children.

Mr Robinson said the car was particularly close to his heart because it was once Crawley real estate queen and Bentley enthusiast Dee Seed’s pride and joy.

‘Dee was a wonderful friend and a passionate supporter of Variety WA,’ he said.

‘When she was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, she asked me if I would be interested in the car and of course I said yes.

‘My wife and I have done more than 20 years of work with the charity, so it is an honour to continue Dee’s legacy.’

Variety WA chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said he was delighted with the response so far.

‘It’s been fantastic to see so many car lovers banding together to take up the challenge and wave the Variety flag for children in need,’ he said.

Last year the Variety Car Cruise raised more than $100,000.

For more information, visit www.varietywa.org.au.