Race of the century
THOUSANDS have been in Serpentine today to celebrate the centenary of Australia's first official air race.
Graham Bunn and co-pilot Murray Gerraty took honours in the race from Serpentine to Boort and Mitiamo and back.
Descendants of Lt WH Trealor who won the race in 1920 were on hand to share in the day's thrills and excitement as the RAAF and Paul Bennett Airshow planes flew overhead in daredevil displays.
The event, possible the largest ever staged in the Loddon, was at capacity as cars queued from before 9am along the Loddon Valley Highway to enter the airshow precinct.
The event organised by East Loddon Historical Society and the special committee chaired by Robert Hooke had been previously postponed from 2020 by COVID lockdowns and restrictions.
People came from across the Loddon, Victoria and interstate for the event.
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