Object StatementAutomobile, full size, EH Holden Premier 179 sedan, 'The Entertainers', metal / glass / plastic / rubber, driven by Dick Smith in first Variety Club Bourke to Burketown Bash in 1985, General Motors Holden Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1964
Physical DescriptionAutomobile, full size, EH Holden Premier 179 sedan, 'The Entertainers', metal / glass / plastic / rubber, driven by Dick Smith in first Variety Club Bourke to Burketown Bash in 1985, General Motors Holden Ltd, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1964
This 1964 EH model Holden Premier 179 sedan has a 2.95 litre six-cylinder engine. The bonnet, roof rack and near side front mudguard carry the name 'The Entertainers', while the back and front windscreen and the driver's door feature the number '9 and a half'. The rear windscreen also features the wording: 'Since 1985 'The Bash' has raised $17 million to help Australia's needy children'. The yellow NSW number plates bear the registration: 'XLY 372'. The car has numerous advertising stickers for Dick Smith Foods, Muirs for Holden, Fox Sports, Harvey Norman, Foxtel, Henkel, Shell, Canterbury - Hurlstone Park RSL Club Ltd and Workhorse. A Mercedes badge is fitted to the boot lid and the steel wheels are from a Ford Falcon.
The car is fitted with numerous safety features to withstand the rough road conditions encountered on the Bash trips including underbody protection for the engine sump, gearbox and differential. The engine is secured to prevent it from being forced back into the passenger compartment, or forward into the radiator in case of accident. Inside, the car has a 40 channel UHF CB radio, an internal roll bar and a trip metre. On the large roof rack is an orange dust light, various spot lights, extra indicator lights and two spare tyres. A towing hook on the front and a tow bar on the back are also fitted together with a CB radio aerial at the rear and long range fuel tanks. The car is in running condition and over the years has had almost all parts replaced. One of the few original body parts is the driver's door. It is finished in red and white, the colours of the Variety Club of NSW.