But that is not the end of the story, rather the end of a chapter, as a replica of “Tail End Charlie”, inclusive of the modified gearing, is currently in Lyndhurst, Victoria awaiting a new assignment.
Safety features have been incorporated including the regulatory rollover protection system, increased braking capacity and special speed rated highway pattern front and rear tyres.
That assignment is to participate in a 50th Year Anniversary Celebration of the 1957 Mobilgas Round Australia Rally by staging a re-enactment of the event.
Commencing in August 2007, the re-enactment will basically consist of the replica TEC and four support vehicles. The start will be as per the original, that is, in Melbourne and will generally follow the same route which went clockwise around our country with the finish again in Melbourne. Instead of taking 19 days, the adventure will take place during daylight hours, meaning the total journey taking 38 days. The crew consists of owner / drivers of this model Chamberlain tractor, experienced in open road travel, who will rotate in the driving duties throughout the day.
This will give the public a greater opportunity to view the progress of the trip and allow overnight stops to be made in designated towns.
Having been involved with the Chamberlain 9G Tractor Club of WA since it’s inception, we are astounded at the reception received whilst participating in the Club’s Trek events. There is no doubt that the general public and the farming communities appreciate the efforts made to restore and use these special tractors for recreational and fund raising activities.
“Tail End Charlie” is undoubtedly an icon in the Australian Tractor World and with the 50th Anniversary approaching, it is appropriate to stage a re-enactment as an historical event.
The intention is to highlight the extraordinary performance of “Tail End Charlie” in the 1957 event, at the same time engaging in promoting awareness and fund raising for the Breast Cancer Foundation of WA and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. We are looking forward to this event which we believe will be an exciting and rewarding experience.