Winery’s ad flies in face of standards
THE notoriety of the model plane in Minchinbury was identified as a commercial opportunity by local winery Penfolds.
In the early 1930s Australian pilot JC Carpenter donated a plane he built to Penfolds.
The plane was displayed at the Minchinbury winery – which won awards for its sparkling wine all around the world – with a sign on it that would never pass advertising standards today.
“Don’t crash – Drink Penfolds,” the sign read.
Minchinbury aviation enthusiast Sam Learmont explained: “There was an American movie that used to say the only way to fly was to get drunk.
“There wasn’t really driving under the influence rules for aircraft. It was a bit hard to pull someone up and get them to blow in the bag.”
The plane was vandalised and restored a number of times over the following decades, before the soil became too exhausted to grow on and the winery shut in July 1978.
A CAC Avon Sabre jet was used as the model design in 1955.
In 1988 local businessman Joe Bryant organised to relocate the memorial to the entrance of the Minchinbury estate, using a model of the sabre jet. Mr Learmont said Mr Bryant was a fixture in local and federal politics.
“He was a tough sort of a character but was pretty good-hearted,” he said. “I’ve known him most of my life.”