Rotary Club of North Toowoomba has once again pulled off a spectacular event in the annual David Hack Classic. Hosted at the Aerotec Hangar and featuring something for everyone, this year’s event saw around 3,500 people attend and enjoy the various displays. The weather looked like it would once again put a dampener on people’s spirits; but by mid-morning the fog and rain had lifted, providing an enjoyable day.
The event, focused on raising funds for the Leukemia Foundation of QLD and Toowoomba Branch and Blue Care, showcased car clubs from across South East Queensland; a static display of historical military vehicles and a Kiowa helicopter from the Oakey military museum; and Aerotec’s collection of Warbirds, including the five T-28 Trojans, a T-6 Harvard, an Australian-designed Winjeel and a Tiger Moth. Adding to the excitement was visiting pilot Steve Gale with his SIAI Marchetti Jet on site offering a joy-flight over Toowoomba for the silent action prize winner; and Frank Gafferio with his flaming Bandag Bullet.
The David Hack Classic also featured a celebration of 100 years of BMW. The Rotary Club of North Toowoomba provided a cake for the monumental milestone in front of a line of classic and modern BMW’s on public display, including a special feature of a new BMW i8. Alongside them, car clubs from across SE QLD, including the Mini Owners Club of QLD, The Darling Downs Veteran and Vintage Motor Club, and the MG Car Club of QLD turned out to show off their pride and joy for the crowds.
In addition to the classic car displays, Aerotec Toowoomba provided an impressive display of warplanes from across the ages. Planes graced the field for people to get up close and personal with a piece of history, and pilots and ground crews alike were happy to share stories and the history of the aircraft. Once the rain cleared, the crowd were treated to a formation flight of three T-28 Trojans displaying some impressively close-quarters flying. The North-American Trojans, each a different model, were once trainer aircraft, before being re-tasked as counter insurgency aircraft during the Vietnam War. Retired Flight Lieutenant Steve Gale took his SIAI Marchetti Trainer Jet up twice during the day, showing off the aircraft’s top speed of 414knots, or 740km/hr and impressing crowds with some impressive high-speed aerobatics. Finishing up the aircraft display of the day was a formation flight of Aerotec’s Yak54 and Australia’s Winjeel, an aircraft designed and built in Melbourne, and only ever used in Australian combat. Rounding up the wartime display was a collection of vehicles and a Kiowa attack helicopter from the Australian Army Flying Museum at Oakey.
The Lockyer Valley Rotary Club had a presence on the day, selling tickets to raise funds for struggling farmers. All funds raised from ticket sales into the “Fergie” Ferguson Tractor raffle go straight to farmers in need, providing vital support for those struggling through severe circumstances. To order tickets into the raffle, call 0476923960.
The Rotary Club reports that the fundraising at David Hack raised approximately $9000 for each Blue Care and the Leukaemia Foundation of QLD and Toowoomba Branch. In addition to the David Hack fundraising, Elders Insurance are offering a donation of up to $50 to either Blue Care or the Leukaemia foundation of Queensland with every new signup or CTP insurance switch. At David Hack, this fundraiser managed to raise nearly $6000 for both charities. The fundraiser is ongoing, and details can be found via the David Hack facebook page.
When asked about the day, the Chairman of the Rotary Club of North Toowoomba said “It was a great day. The weather looked threatening, but by 10:30 the planes were up in the sky and the sun was out. The exhibitors and the public were down a bit, with around 3,500 people showing up. For our 19th year next year we aim to find new drawcards in both aeroplanes and a vehicle. We are already thinking about what we can do to make out 20th year in 2018 a super big day!”