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Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 2 weeks ago

With less than three months now until take off on July 7th, the Tail End Charlie team are really getting excited. Uniforms have been chosen and shown off at every opportunity - comments have been very complimentary. The tractor is now looking its very best, with latest logos attached and new roll-bar in place. The first outing since being updated was the 'Lights on the Hill' Tracmach event at Brunswick Junction on April 8th. 'Charlie the Champion' looked splendid in the beautiful sunshine which really made the bright orange shine. The small wooden tractor made and donated by the Wundowie Men's Shed was also on display and added to the ambience as well as accepting some donations from the friendly crowd attending. The Trek Teddies were looking splendid in their pink and blue outfits made to match our fund raising colours - blue for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and pink for the Breast Cancer Network Australia. They have been named Caroline and Elijah after the Great-Grandparents of Barbara Garnett who has dressed them so delightfully.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 1 month ago

Help Tail End Charlie the Tractor circum-navigate Australia for the 60th Anniversary of the 1957 Round Australia Rally. We have established a go-fund-me account for people who would like to support 82 year old Ron Bywaters, his wife Kerry and seven other families who are taking a Chamberlain tractor around Australia to raise awareness and funding for breast and prostate cancer. Along the journey there will be numerous events and activities aimed at promoting the importance of regular health checks to prevent cancer. The crew are paying their own way and volunteering their time, the funding they seek is to help them with the direct costs associated with making the event happen. We hope you can help https://www.gofundme.com/tail-end-charlie-the-tractor please help spread the word.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 1 month ago

The collection box is ready to go, bear on board! Ron and Kerry have been brushing up on their artistic skills to turn this gorgeous model tractor (a gift from the Wundowie & Districts Men's shed) into a replica of Tail End Charlie. Along the round Australia trip, people will be able to place their spare change into this collection box to support breast and prostate cancer.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 1 month ago

Hi to all who follow 'Tail End Charlie's progress. Please keep watching for further updates.

Tail End Charlie the Tractor

posted 1 month 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 1 month 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 month 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.

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