Crocodile Dundee is inspiration for drive

Michael Tracey will drive his Crocodile Dundee-themed car for the Variety Bash, which he is taking part in for his 10th year in a row. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Michael Tracey will drive his Crocodile Dundee-themed car for the Variety Bash, which he is taking part in for his 10th year in a row. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

THAT’S not a car, this is a car.

And a Crocodile Dundee-inspired one at that.

Lavington’s Michael Tracey is gearing up to join the 30th Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash, which this year will travel through the Border for the first time.

Organisers have predicted up to $87,000 would be spent on the Border when the bash stops over on August 15.

They will stop for lunch in Oaklands before travelling to Bonegilla and resting in Albury for the night.

Variety charity marketing and communications executive, Lucy Rae, said the bash was great for regional towns to benefit through tourism.

Mr Tracey is expecting to turn heads with his 1966 HR Holden, which has crocodile heads poking from the bonnet and rear.

He modified his car three years ago after visiting the top of Australia during a bash.

“Usually where we go people have never seen anything like it,” he said.

“I’ve done it for the kids — we drive the miles for the smiles.”

Mr Tracey said he was looking forward to driving through his home town for the first time on the bash.

“It’s good to give the Border some exposure,” he said.

Mr Tracey was excited to once again don his Crocodile Dundee-style hat and donate money to youngsters.

Mr Tracey said it was a good feeling providing youth with things they needed to be happy or successful.

He joined the Shoalhaven bash team after meeting Bob Dix in Nowra 10 years ago.

They have raised more than $300,000 for the bash in only eight months by building a house in Nowra.

They have now sold it and are donating the money to Variety.

“The bash is just a way to hand the money over,” he said.

The bash kicks off August 8 in Brisbane.

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