Flew solo in the London to Sydney Air Race in 2001 in my old and tired 1943 US Army Piper cub, G-KIRK.

I arrived at Sydney harbour first, but later, only to be surrounded by 3 police helicopters suggesting, in their own charming way, that `Air race 35` was quite close enough to the `Old Coat Hanger'.

I stayed awake just long enough to remember being presented with a gorgeous pair of Aus boots by the Prime Minister at the aviator`s banquet afterwards. .

I arrive in HongKong on the 28th to give talks? And leave for Australia on the 31st Oct to rebuild and re-engine the old girl where she is on display at the Museum of Flight in Nawra, Sydney, NSW.

I will be giving an illustrated talk there on the 8th of Nov.and am looking to do more in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne during the 5 weeks I am there. If anyone can suggest venues?

I am looking for SPONSORSHIP to go on around the world next May/June via HongKong, China, Russia and Alaska. When I propose converting to floats for Canada.......OshKosh by August (I have not told the wife which Aug).

I am pursuing the Bear Charities :

re: Koala, Moon, Panda, Brown and Grizzly, just to name a few.

My new non contraversial web site identifying route, sponsors etc will be on line later this winter. www.kirkflyingvet.com

My current web site content caused a very generous US gentleman to sponsor me for the race with only 31 days to prepare! www.kirkflyingvet.co.uk

50 odd aircraft left Biggin Hill for Sydney, myself taking 200 hours, most at 65 miles per hour, experiencing the occasional adventure on the way.

APO (rtd) Maurice Kirk BVSc.MRCVS

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