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Restoration of Bert Hinkler’s Siddeley

IN 1928 Bert Hinkler broke another world record by flying solo from England to Australia.

The car that transported Bert through the streets of Brisbane during his celebrated civic reception, a 1928 Armstrong Siddeley, is slowly and painstakingly undergoing restoration before it takes its pride of place among other memorabilia within Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association collection

A meet the sponsors sausage sizzle was held last Saturday at Bundaberg Airport to showcase the car's progress and to thank all involved.

"We wanted to thank the Bundaberg Vintage Car Club who are devoting so much time, energy and expense into the restoration," public relations officer for Hinkler House Memorial Museum Association Ted Lake said.

Project co-ordinator Frank Smith said the car was about one third of the way complete with the whole restoration to be completed by June next year.

"We received the car as a donation last year and it came in 11 pallets of components," he said.

"It is a bit of a long, expensive process but we are getting some community support that has really helped. We plan to have the vehicle restored with maximum authenticity and to showroom condition."

The sponsors of the project include many local companies such as the Auswide Bank, the NewsMail and Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg Sandblasting and Rod Gossner's Rodbev Removals who transported the remnants of the original vehicle.

"This is a project that, when completed, the whole of Bundaberg can be immensely proud of. It will be a lasting monument to an aviation pioneer who was years ahead of his time," Mr Lake said.

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