Will Chapman's 1971 HG Holden Kingswood barely escaped the bushfire flames that licked the shed where it was stored in December.
Now it will be among 100 colourful, classic cars and support vehicles that will descend on Kangaroo Island for the running of the 2020 SA Variety Bash that starts in Kingscote on Saturday, November 7.
There will be a road closure immediately outside the Aurora Ozone Hotel, Kingscote along Chapman Terrace between Commercial Street and Murray Street for a community celebration that Saturday from 2pm to 11.45pm.
The Bash gets underway proper on Sunday, November 8 with the start line on Dauncey Street closed between Commercial Street and Drew Street from 6am to 10.30am.
Will Chapman, son of deputy premier Vickie Chapman, meanwhile will again be participating in the Variety Bash with the Brown Bomber and his Car BBQ team, consisting of himself, Alister Mibus and Tom Skipper.
"We're thrilled Variety have chosen KI as the start of this year's Bash and that we'll be able to support the community given the huge challenges over the last year," Mr Chapman said.
His team's first Variety Bash was in 2009 and this followed a medical emergency one afternoon at Western River Cove in 2008 when his wife was only 28 weeks pregnant and their first daughter, Adelaide, decided to arrive early.
"Thanks to the quick response of the Variety-sponsored RFDS plane and the Kingscote medical staff, I'm pleased to report that it all worked out very well," he said.
"Now 12 years old, she's an 8th generation Chapman and Western River Cove is her favourite place in the world."
His 1971 HG Kingswood has had many upgrades but was formerly known as the Brown Bomber that his late uncle drove around KI for decades.
"During the bushfires last summer, the flames came up to the edge of the shed it was stored in but somehow it didn't ignite," he said. "Whilst other vehicles nearby were cooked, we were thrilled it survived with only minor damage."
2020 SA Variety Bash details
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Variety Bash in South Australia.
For the first time in the event's history, the Bash was postponed and due to COVID-19 restrictions, was replaced with a shorter event that will travel within the South Australian borders from November 7-12 .
The 'KI to the Capital' event, sponsored by Tim Adams Wines /Mr Mick, will see more than 300 entrants and 100 colourful vehicles start in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island and, over five fun-filled days, make its way through Robe, Mt Gambier and Loxton to finish in Glenelg.
The event, hoping to raise more than $1 million (net) for children in need, will bring much needed economic benefit to regional areas of South Australia through supplies, meals and accommodation as well as presenting a quarter of a million dollars in grant funding throughout the State.
"Variety SA has overcome many hurdles to see the Variety Bash go ahead in 2020. Many things had to be put on hold, but our passion for raising money for kids in need was never one of them," said Mark McGill, Variety SA CEO.
"Without the support and unwavering dedication of our sponsors and entrants, this event would not have been possible and I have never been prouder to be a part of this event. It is also extra special as we are visiting communities affected by bushfires at the beginning of 2020, I think everyone feels that this event will be one of our best yet," he said.
Variety Bash entrants will get to see their fundraising efforts first-hand over the five-day event, with grants totalling $273, 673 presented along the route, more than $100K of which will be on Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island native, Deputy Premier, The Honourable Vickie Chapman MP, will be joining the Variety Bash in Kangaroo Island, as will her son, Will Chapman who is an entrant in 'Car BBQ'.
Many South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs have been helped by the generosity of the Bash entrants who have raised more than $44 million over the last 32- years.
Variety - the Children's Charity of South Australia assists all children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs by granting equipment and funding programs to help them overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest, because all kids deserve a fair go.
To learn more, or to donate, please visit varietysa.org.au