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‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ at Nhill

Article Category  Current News
Date Published  Wednesday, February 21 2018
Author  Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre

‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ at Nhill
An action-packed day has been planned at the Nhill aerodrome on Saturday 10 March with the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre hosting ‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ which will be a unique event bringing together people who use wheels everyday either for pleasure or necessity.

The event will run from 10 am to 4 pm and feature wheels of all sorts and sizes. Visitors are invited to participate by bringing any form of wheels, from roller skates to trucks, ride-on mowers to classic cars and everything in between.

More than 1,000 visitors from across Victoria and interstate are expected to attend this event. A feature of the day will be a large display of vintage cycles, along with penny farthings, motor cycles, classic cars, trucks, military vehicles, tandem bikes, unicycles, antique toys and wheels sculptures.

There will be competitions for decorated bikes, skateboards and remote-controlled vehicles. Joy flights, a car boot sale and market, children’s activities and food stalls will all add to the festival scene.

‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ will be the last major fundraiser in the campaign to purchase the magnificent Wirraway aircraft restored by Borg Sorensen from Tyabb. With only $50,000 of the $300,000 purchase price yet to be raised, it is hoped that the Wirraway will be on permanent display in Nhill by mid-2018.

The Avro Anson, Link Trainer and Tiger Moth, together with the Wirraway, will complete the collection of the four main aircraft stationed at the Nhill RAAF training base during WWII.

This specific combination of four 70-year-old working aircraft displayed together at a former RAAF base will be extremely rare and may in fact be the only example in the World.

For more information visit the website or Facebook page.

If you have an unusual set of wheels you would like to display, or wish to enter a ‘wheels’ sculpture, please contact: John Deckert 0437 351 753 or: Jenny Creek 0417 014 278.

The organisers would appreciate people registering their intention to display at the event. Admission to this fundraising day is $20 adult and $10 for school aged children, pre-schoolers are free. A family ticket is $50. Entry to all displays, the Bellman Hangar and the Ahrens Hangar is free. Food and drinks can be purchased on site.


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