ONE of the latest additions to David Murray's Simpsons collection is a bright pink custom-made stretch 1967 VW Beetle, that "everybody is talking about it".
And it all came about because of the annual Variety Bash. David said he had discussed doing the bash with his mates Greg and Debbie Wilson, so in 2009, they headed off on their first journey, unthemed, in a little red VW Beetle.
"It is like travelling with a big family you only see once a year," David said.
After two years, they embraced David's love of the Simpsons, dressing as characters from the show - Greg as Homer, Debbie as Marge and David as Bart and Duffman.
David admitted the attention he had received as Duffman had been huge, with lots of "hot chicks" asking to pose with him for photographs.
"I'm keeping Duffman," he laughed.
The money the trio has raised so far has been used locally, with the team responsible for the two liberty swings in Yeppoon and Emu Park.
Last year, their beetle got stuck in a sand trap and during the recovery the front end was pulled off.
Because the vehicle already needed repairs, they joked about making it a stretch beetle as the job was already started.
VARIETY BASH FACTS
Who:Variety Bash Car 1111
What:XXXX Gold Cane Toads to Cockroaches Variety Bash (25th anniversary event)
Where:Brisbane to Sydney (via everywhere) - travelling 4000km.
Sponsors:Stream Group, CQ Pool Supplies, Coastline Signs, Capricorn Windscreens and CQ Solar. Anyone wanting to sponsor David and his team can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising events:Cap Coast Business Expo (today) in Mary St, Yeppoon, 10am-4pm; and Golf Day at the Yeppoon Golf Club on June 6.
The next thing David knew, plans were drawn up and the modifications had begun.
"I didn't realise he was serious," he said. The new improved bash car is now bright pink, covered in Simpsons stickers and is an extra 1.2metres long. And "it is now a five-seater with lots of leg room."
Registered as a fundraising vehicle, The Simpsons stretch had its first outing at the Tannum Hook Up.
It has also been spotted at the St Brendan's College formal and a few fundraising events in CQ, gearing up for this year's Variety Bash.
Down the track, David said he would love to write a book of VW stories he has heard along his travels.
"Everywhere we go, someone has a story - there are so many stories out there."
For anyone contemplating taking part in one of the rallies, David said it was a great way to see the country and participants got to do some amazing things along the way.
"You've got to do it," he said.
But he also sent a warning to anyone seriously thinking about taking part.
"You can't do just one!"
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