Variety V2 gets an Island view for a good cause

The 2018 Variety V2 Motorcycle Run will see 43 entrants, 20 bikes, six collectable cars, six support vehicles, a coach and a helicopter experience the best of Kangaroo Island across four days.

The V2 run will happen from October 18 to 21, finishing at newly opened The Bend Motorsports Park at Tailem Bend, all in the name of raising money for kids in need.

The event has raised nearly $2 million to help children in need over its 11-year history and this year will hope to bring another $150,000 to boost that tally.

The event first began in 2006, when Anthony Toop from Toop & Toop Real Estate, who has a passion for motorbikes as well as children’s charity, Variety, had a vision to organise a motorcycle event to fundraise for children in need.

This resulted in Anthony pulling together a few of his friends who created the founding committee and the vision for the V2 Motorcycle Run became a reality.

The V2 Motorcycle Run is an “up-market” event designed to attract motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy firing up their bikes for a four-day luxury cruise, requiring no organisation on their part.

The emphasis is on interesting roads, fabulous scenery, great food and wine and of course, fun and entertainment.

With a helicopter offering riders a change of view and a bus for those who don’t wish to ride, this event caters for all.

V2 ROUTE: The 2018 V2 heads to Kangaroo Island, finishing at newly opened The Bend Motorsports Park at Tailem Bend.

V2 ROUTE: The 2018 V2 heads to Kangaroo Island, finishing at newly opened The Bend Motorsports Park at Tailem Bend.

This year’s event will start off on Thursday, October 18 with a ferry ride to Kangaroo Island where entrants will take in the sights of Seal Bay and enjoy a bird experience with lunch at Raptor Bay.

The riders and supporter finish off Thursday with a “Survivor” theme night catered by KI’s very own Tru Thai at their licenced venue at Haines to get everyone in the swing of the event.

The second day entrants will travel through breathtaking Flinders Chase National Park, then enjoy lunch at stunning Stokes Bay.

They will then have a relaxing afternoon with gin and ice cream tasting before gearing up for a huge community fundraising dinner on Friday night that will showcase the best produce the Island has to offer, held at the Kingscote Town Hall.

On day three, the entrants will leave Kangaroo Island via ferry, bound for The Bend Motorsports Park, stopping for lunch at Goolwa Yacht Club.

On the final day, entrants will have a chance to watch the racing as well as having a lap of the park themselves!

Variety – the Children’s Charity assists children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs by granting programs and practical equipment to enhance their lives, believing all kids deserve a fair go in life. 

Last year, Variety helped more than 33,000 children in South Australia through distributing more than $3 million dollars into the community.

Examples of outcomes funded by Variety include things like a wheelchair accessible vehicle for a family to enable them to travel safely, a prosthesis for a child or life changing surgery that will enable a child to walk unassisted.

To find out more or register for this event, visit