Win­ery’s ad flies in face of stan­dards

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.”

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