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Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 1 week ago

Work in Progress.... This stunning little piece is in the process of being modified to replicate Tail End Charlie - it will be the collection box for donations to support Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and the Breast Cancer Foundation. The collection box is a gift from the Wundowie & Districts Men's Shed. It will soon be painted orange and have stickers applied to look like the real thing! The Wundowie Iron factory manufactured many of the form work on the original Tail End Charlie. Sixty years on Wundowie still celebrates the history of the connection.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 4 days ago

Ron & Kerry Bywaters modelling the uniforms that the crew will be wearing for the Tail End Charlie 60th Anniversary Round Australia Rally. It's starting to feel real now........

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 1 week ago

The countdown is on.... 136 days until Wundowie waves the flag to get us on our way..... July 7th 2017 begins the 57 day adventure for the Tail End Charlie 60th anniversary round Australia rally. 60 years ago a very special Chamberlain tractor took on what was thought to be an impossible task, providing support services to the 1957 MobilGas Car Rally. Attempts to enter the race as a competitor were rejected as a tractor was not deemed a race worthy participant. Instead, the race organisers allowed the tractor to follow the race to rescue broken down competitors. Tail End Charlie as the tractor was dubbed proved more than up to the task, completing 10,162 miles in 19 days, many of the entrants did not prove so robust. Many had only Tail End Charlie to thank for getting back on the road at all. This is was no ordinary tractor, the flagship of the Chamberlain brand was specially engineered to demonstrate the capabilities and versatility of the model. A fresh faced 22 year old sales cadet from a WA farming family Ron Bywaters was taken by surprise when called into the boss's office and told he was to get some winter clothes packed and catch a ride with the company mechanic to Melbourne. There he was to climb aboard the company flagship and join a team of drivers for the race. 60 years later, Ron may not be a fresh faced but the twinkle in his eye is just as bright as he prepares for his third round Australia Tail End Charlie Adventure. Chamberlain Tractors were manufactured in Welshpool, WA. At the time that Tail End Charlie was built, Wundowie Iron Foundry supplied pig iron for cast tractor components. Eight families are taking part in the 60th Anniversary Challenge, contributing their time and personal expenses to raise awareness and funds through the event for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia. The journey kicks off in Wundowie with a public send-off hosted by the men's shed. The Tractor will also stop for a farewell in Northam on 7 July More information on on how you can get involved to support this event will be available in the days to come.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 2 months ago

The 2017 re-enactment will start from Wundowie - this photo was taken at the foundry which supplied the pig-iron to produce the first Chamberlain tractors.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 6 months ago

Highlights of this year's trip to Derby - hope the wildflowers will be back again in 2017. Marble Bar is really something!

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 6 months ago

Great scenery but not a good road for the tractor next year! Best find another route!

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 6 months ago

Now available - Tail End Charlie 60th Anniversary caps - why not add to an order for a buckle and pin and save postage costs!

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 8 months ago

365 days to go and counting down! Ron has been collecting soft toys to distribute to needy children along the way. The large teddies are our mascots and will be auctioned off at the end of the trip, with proceeds in aid of our beneficiaries.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 8 months ago

The 60th Anniversary Logo comes from a cartoon in a Melbourne paper depicting an incident when 'Tail End Charlie' was requested to nudge a kangaroo off the road during the 1957 Mobilgas Round Australia Rally. It was also used during the 2007 50th Anniversary rally.

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