Special Bash stopover for Kellyville brothers

Bash 'em: Kellyville brothers Stephen and Russell Burns are gearing up for a road trip from Brisbane to Sydney.

Bash 'em: Kellyville brothers Stephen and Russell Burns are gearing up for a road trip from Brisbane to Sydney.

Kellyville brothers Russell and Stephen Burns are gearing up for a road trip from Brisbane to Sydney.

But this is hardly a standard cross-country adventure.

The pair have entered the 30th NSW Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash next month with their mate Richard Gremmo, to raise money for disadvantaged and special needs children.

They will join another 120 cars to travel more than 4900 kilometres from Brisbane to Busby's Bore in Sydney.

For Russell, this will be his 17th Bash.

He completed his first one with his father.

"It was a good way to have time with the old man," he said.

His father Ron will also take part in the Bash in a separate car.

As part of the Bash, participants travel in brightly decorated cars that have to be manufactured before 1974. Russell will be travelling in a 1969 Mercedes 280SLE while Ron will be travelling in a 1970 Mercedes 200SEL.

But this Bash will feature a special family connection for the Burns family.

This year's route includes a stopover in the town of Bonegilla, where the brothers' mother Stelia and Nonna Guseppina Scarpin were settled after fleeing Italy in the aftermath of World War II.

This will be the first time any family member has visited the town since Russell's mother arrived in 1950.

For Ron, the stopover in Bonegilla will be particularly significant.

"It's going to be emotional, but like the families that Variety supports, mine is stoic and resilient," he said.

The town of Bonegilla was home to many migrants following World War II, who worked for the government as part of their indenture. The town now has a memorial to these migrants.

"There are plaques [in the town] for all the migrants there after the war," Russell said.

To mark the Bash's 30th anniversary, similar Bashes from around the country will converge in Sydney on August 17 and parade across the Harbour Bridge.

More than 700 cars will join the NSW convoy.

It is hoped that more than $2 million will be raised for Variety through the Bash.

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