Festival of Wheels rolls in to support men’s health

THE Rotary Club of Moonah’s second annual Festival of Wheels rolled into the northern suburbs early this month to raise funds for research into men’s health.

Hosted by Peter Gee from ABC News, the Festival of Wheels saw more than 1000 local and interstate vehicle enthusiasts flock to the Derwent Entertainment Centre for a wide range of motor vehicle displays, live music, local food stalls and entertainment for the whole family.

All proceeds for the event were donated to the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute to assist research into men’s health.

Event organiser Wally van Schie, a long-time car enthusiast and attendee of many classic car shows, said he realised the great potential for a community fundraising event.

“With the festival demographic mainly attracting middle-aged to older men and their families, supporting research into men’s health is a fantastic partnership,” he said.

“It’s a cause close to many of us, so we’re thrilled to be supporting the Menzies Institute for this year’s event.”

The festival showcased a range of vintage cars, motorcycles, trucks and buses from around Tasmania and even attracted participants from interstate.

Mr van Schie even received the chance to display his own pride and joy – a restored 1971 Morris Mini K.

A model exclusive to Australia, Mr van Schie found it neglected and almost destroyed in a local barn.

“It took five years and a lot of blood, sweat and beers, but it’s now been returned to its former glory and was one of many restored classic cars on display at the festival,” he said.

Caption: Event organiser Wally van Schie relished the chance to display his restored 1971 Morris Mini K at the Festival of Wheels, held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on 5 November.

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