Wangi Wangi to host 80 historic military vehicles for Anzac Day parade and display

OUR HISTORY: Tracy Vadnjal, left, and Jason Becker, with an Australian tank used for training troops in Darwin for World War II. Picture: David Stewart
OUR HISTORY: Tracy Vadnjal, left, and Jason Becker, with an Australian tank used for training troops in Darwin for World War II. Picture: David Stewart

Wangi Wangi will play host to what is thought to be the largest Anzac Day parade of original World War II vehicles anywhere in Australia.

Tracy Vadnjal, of Ryhope, will provide 43 vehicles from his extraordinary personal collection, while fellow members of Newcastle Military Vehicle Club will take their own vehicles, which will boost the total number on show to 80.

Included in the parade will be Jeeps, tanks, amphibious vehicles, Bren gun carriers, motorcycles and a rare AEC Dorchester armoured command vehicle.

A sample of the 43 working vehicles that Tracy Vadnjal will take to the Wangi Wangi Anzac Day parade. People travel from far and wide to view the display every year. Picture: David Stewart

A sample of the 43 working vehicles that Tracy Vadnjal will take to the Wangi Wangi Anzac Day parade. People travel from far and wide to view the display every year. Picture: David Stewart

The display has become an Anzac Day tradition in Wangi Wangi, and the pulling power of the vehicles is evident every year. It's estimated that crowds totalling five times the resident population of Wangi Wangi are drawn to the hamlet every year to see the vehicles.

The vehicles will be part of the Anzac Day parade at the club from 9.55am, and will then be displayed on the Wangi foreshore at the club.

A flyover of Tiger Moths and the landing of a Bell UH1 Iroquois helicopter, nicknamed a 'Huey', are also scheduled, weather permitting.

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