LOOKING BETTER: The car is now in a much better condition thanks to the continued refurbishment work by the Bundaberg Vintage Car Club and other local businesses.
LOOKING BETTER: The car is now in a much better condition thanks to the continued refurbishment work by the Bundaberg Vintage Car Club and other local businesses. Contributed

Hinkler car refurb almost complete

BERT Hinkler's 1926 Armstrong Siddeley Tourer will be on show at an exhibition in Bundaberg this weekend.

Hinkler used the car as transport through a ceremonial parade in Brisbane following his triumphant first ever solo flight from England to Australia in February 1928.

The car, donated to the Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association in 2014, has been undergoing restoration by the Bundaberg Vintage Vehicle Club to get it in top condition for display at the museum.

Project manager Frank Smith said there had been plenty challenges throughout the 16-month refurbishment, which is now 75% complete

"Financially it has been a challenging process. The BVVC has donated 3500 hours of labour to the project and we have spent about $85,000 on it."

"Authenticity is the biggest issue. We are restoring it to as close to the original as we possibly can."

Mr Smith said about 1000 hours of work was left on the car before it could be transferred to the Hinkler House Memorial Museum.

He said the restoration was a community effort, with many local businesses helping.

"It is a really good demonstration of what the community can do when you get people together on a project like this."

The public are invited to an update exhibition in the hangar close to the Bundaberg Airport Aero Club and to the vintage car exhibition in the car park tomorrow from 9am-3pm. A gold coin donation will go to funding the restoration.



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