Wings and Wheels in Darfield

by Kim Lewis

Hosted at Charlie and Jo Draper’s farm on Kimberley Road, with stunning views of the Southern Alps and a private airstrip, the biennial Wings and Wheels fundraiser graced the roads and blue skies of Darfield again on Saturday.

Funds raised from the event will go to assist the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade. 

Sheffield Volunteer Fire Chief, Nev Croy, said it was the sixth time they have held the Wings and Wheels fundraiser. 

“This year, the money raised will go towards the purchase of a heat imaging camera. 

“This type of camera will allow us to locate hot spots in smouldering fires.” 

Many of the stallholders, had recently returned from the Warbirds Over Wanaka to support the event, along with representatives from BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse). Malvern Lions, Darfield Primary and Darfield Playcentre were on hand to keep the crowds fed and watered. 

Young and old alike were treated to static displays of classic cars, motorcycles and farm machinery. 

Classic cars at Wings and Wheels included Sheffield Volunteer Fire Chief 
Nev Croy’s own white Chrysler Valiant (second from right) 

Darfield’s Bedford fire engine was on hand taking visitors around the site, and the New Zealand Fire and Emergency Service used virtual reality goggles to demonstrate the dangers of fire. 

Charlie Draper, himself a pilot and owner of a 1952 Auster J1B, was too busy managing the aerial displays to fly himself. 

“There are so many people who have given up their time to help organise this event, and the owners of the planes, helicopters, cars, bikes and farm machinery who have all attended at considerable cost to themselves. We cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support. 

“Particular thanks go to Brian Hall, for bringing his Harvard, and Kevin Langford for flying it.” 

Among the donations to the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Brigade was a “sizeable” one from members of the American Classic Car Club. 

A Ballooning Canterbury balloon lifts off behind an Auster J1B and a Harvard 

 Ballooning Canterbury getting ready to take flight at Wings and Wheels

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter dropped in to Wings and Wheels to let people
have a look around before flying off to attend an incident on the 
West Coast

Despite the lack of surf around Darfield the owner of this immaculate 1963 
VW Beetle was happy to attend Wings and Wheels