WHEELS of all shapes and sizes were featured at Wheels for the Wirraway on Saturday.
The unique event had a large display of vintage cycles, penny farthings, motorcycles, classic cars, trucks, military vehicles, tandem bikes and more.
Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre community liaison John Deckert said the event attracted a great crowd of 600 people with a passion for unique and crazy wheels.
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He said a main attraction was a special display from a pair of bicycle collectors from Warrnambool.
The display had up to 60 unique bikes through the ages – from the first wooden bicycle to more modern bikes.
“People were very impressed by this collection and never had imagined that there were that many types of bikes,” he said.
Wheels for the Wirraway was the last major fundraiser in a campaign to purchase a Wirraway 722 aircraft restored by Borg Sorensen of Tyabb.
The plane was used in the Second World War and is one of only four flaying Wirraway aircrafts in the world.
The new addition to the centre’s collection plans to show people what a training base was like during the war.
Mr Deckert said the fundraiser raised up to $20,000. He said $10,000 was raised from the gate and an additional $10,000 was donated.
Before the event, the centre was $50,000 short of its $300,000 target.
He said Wheels for the Wirraway helped the centre close in on its goal.
“It has pushed the total up to about $270,000. So we are just shy of our target by $30,000,” he said.
The Wirraway aircraft will arrive in Nhill on April 23.
Mr Deckert expects the centre to come close to its target by the time arrives.