Nhill primed for wheelie big event

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Or­gan­is­ers of a ma­jor money-rais­ing event for Nhill Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre on March 10 ex­pect a crowd of more than 1000 to gather at Nhill aero­drome.

Wheels for Wir­raway, rais­ing money to help the cen­tre ac­quire an his­toric Sec­ond World War Wir­raway air­craft, will be from 10am to 4pm and fea­ture ‘wheels’ as a ma­jor theme.

Event spokes­woman Jenny Creek said or­gan­is­ers had planned an ac­tion-packed day fea­tur­ing wheels of all sorts and sizes.

“Wheels for Wir­raway will be a unique event bring­ing to­gether peo­ple who use wheels ev­ery day, ei­ther for plea­sure or ne­ces­sity,” she said.

“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.”

A ma­jor fea­ture of the day will be a dis­play of vin­tage cy­cles, along with penny-far­thing bi­cy­cles, mo­tor­cy­cles, clas­sic cars, trucks, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, tan­dem bikes, uni­cy­cles, antique toys and wheel 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, which will all add to the fes­ti­val scene,” Ms Creek said.

Wheels for Wir­raway will be the last ma­jor fundraiser in the cam­paign for the her­itage cen­tre to buy a Wir­raway re­stored by Borg Sorensen from Tyabb.

“With only $50,000 of the $300,000 pur­chase price yet to be raised, it is hoped the Wir­raway will be on per­ma­nent dis­play at Nhill by mid2018,” Ms Creek said.

“An Avro An­son, Link Trainer and Tiger Moth, to­gether with the Wir­raway, will com­plete the col­lec­tion, re­flect­ing the four main air­craft sta­tioned at Nhill RAAF train­ing base dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

“This spe­cific com­bi­na­tion of four 70-yearold work­ing air­craft dis­played to­gether at a former RAAF base will be ex­tremely rare and might in fact be the only ex­am­ple in the world.”

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion about ac­tiv­i­ties can visit web­site www.nhillavi­a­tion­her­itage­cen­tre.com.au or Nhill Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre Face­book page.

Peo­ple with ‘an un­usual set of wheels’ that they are keen to dis­play, or are keen to en­ter a ‘wheels’ sculp­ture can call John Deck­ert on 0437 351 753 or Ms Creek on 0417 014 278.

Ad­mis­sion to this money-rais­ing day is $20 for adults and $10 for school-aged chil­dren. Pre-school­ers are free of charge and a fam­ily ticket is $50. En­try to all dis­plays, the Bell­man Hangar and the Ahrens Hangar is also free.

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