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ROLLING ALONG: The ‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ event raised around $20,000 towards the Wirraway 722, leaving about $26,500 still to come.
ROLLING ALONG: The ‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ event raised around $20,000 towards the Wirraway 722, leaving about $26,500 still to come.

A very successful ‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ was held at the Nhill Aerodrome Saturday, March 10, with about 650 people attending.

A group of motorcycle enthusiasts enjoyed a morning ride before ending up at the aerodrome, and Nhill’s local road cyclists also went for a morning ride before arriving at the Nhill Aerodrome. Their bikes then became part of the wheels display.

There was a great range of vintage cars and trucks along with many other ‘wheels’ including a fantastic display by Robin and Pat Evans who rode many of their vintage bicycles during the day. Local bike displays included air wheels, a unicycle and a tandem bike.

The Bellman hangar housed vintage cycles, road cycles, model car displays, a trainset, a Rotary Club display (whose logo is a wheel or cog), a Meals on Wheels display and the spinners and weavers with their spinning wheels.

The story of Edward Reichenbach, better known as ‘Ryko the Byko’ who rode his bicycle from Adelaide to Darwin in a record-breaking 28 days, was told by a series of large wall hangings.

Guest speaker David Byrne, president of the South Australian Aviation Museum at Port Adelaide, commended the board of management and the Nhill community on achieving an outstanding heritage centre in just eight years, and raising over $250,000 for the Wirraway.

Hindmarsh Shire Mayor, Ron Ismay, then officially opened the event. The ‘Wheels for the Wirraway’ raised about $20,000 for the purchase of Wirraway 722, leaving the NAHC with about $26,500 still to source.