Double the Easter fun

Warbirds and Highlands join forces

CHE BAKER IN WANAKA
Last updated 10:49 04/12/2013
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A Grumman Avenger at the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.

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Warbirds over Wanaka and the Highlands Motorsport Park are teaming up to bring airshow enthusiasts and racing lovers together.

The two organisations have announced they were working towards a joint ticket for events at Easter.

The combo ticket will give people one day access at the Warbirds airshow 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.

Warbirds general manager Ed Taylor said he expected the ticket to be especially popular with people travelling to the area from 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,'' Mr Taylor said.

''It just makes this area the place to be next Easter,'' he said.

Motorsport Park owner Tony Quinn said: ''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.''

Mr Quinn said the park would be offering stunning examples of motor racing history in action during 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.''

''Throw in a fantastic international event like Warbirds Over Wanaka and it's a pretty magic offering,'' he said.

The details of the ticket combo are being finalised but are expected to go on sale soon

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