The Ultimate Classic Weekend

The Grumman Avenger over Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (Image credit Gavin Conroy)
The Grumman Avenger over Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (Image credit Gavin Conroy)
The Grumman Avenger over Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (Image credit Gavin Conroy)

PRESS RELEASE-One of New Zealand’s longest running, iconic events is teaming up with a brand new event to offer what’s believed to be a world first.Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow and the nearby Highlands Motorsport Park have announced they’re working on a joint ticket for their events next Easter.The new combo ticket will allow people to have one day at Warbirds Over Wanaka and one day at the ‘Highlands Revival’ Easter motor racing festival. Ticket buyers will be able to choose which day they go to which event.

The first Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow was organised by New Zealand aviation and business pioneer Sir Tim Wallis in 1988.The event attracts around 50,000 people over three days with around 15% of visitors coming from overseas.Highlands Park was built by Scottish-born Australian businessman Tony Quinn in Cromwell.The international-standard track was opened at Easter 2013 at a cost of more than $20million.

Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager, Ed Taylor expects the ticket to be especially popular with people in the North Island and Australia. “We know that for many people Warbirds has been on their bucket list for years. With the added incentive of a second day at New Zealand’s newest and most exciting motor racing track it becomes a bit of a no-brainer. It just makes this area the place to be next Easter,” says Ed.

The Highlands opening – (Image credit Graham Dainty)
The Highlands opening – (Image credit Graham Dainty)

Highlands Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn is excited about working in with such an iconic event as Warbirds Over Wanaka. “There’s nowhere else in the world that I know of where you can spend a day watching some of the great classic fighter aircraft and then shoot 20 minutes down the road the next day to see some of the world’s greatest classic racing cars in action.”

Tony says they will have some stunning examples of motor racing history in action over the Easter weekend. “But it won’t just be all about the racing. It’ll be a celebration of classic motor racing cars, the drivers and everything else that goes with the sport. We’re hoping to create a real festival-type atmosphere.”

Tony says the plan is that it will become one of the ‘must-do’ events on the New Zealand motorsport calendar. Throw in a fantastic international event like Warbirds Over Wanaka and it’s a pretty magic offering,” says Tony.

Warbirds Over Wanaka and Highlands Motorsport Park are currently working on the final details of the new combo ticket with TicketDirect and hope to have it available for purchase shortly.

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