- Highlife Magazine - Leyburn Sprints

Leyburn is a tiny Queensland town, with a big part of Queensland’s history. Host of the prestigious Australian Grand Prix in 1949, Leyburn’s streets once again come alive with the roar of engines and smell of diesel when almost 400 historic, classic, and performance vehicles turned out for the 21st Annual Leyburn Sprints on 20-21 August.

Attracting more than 210 thoroughbred machines representing 90 years of motoring for short-timed courses, plus 200 show-and-shine cars and vintage caravans providing off-track entertainment, Leyburn’s population of approximately 400 increased to 10,000 as visitors turned out for the event.

2014 and 2015 champion Dean Amos once again took out the winning title, but it was the intensity and fair spirited atmosphere of the competition that shone throughout the competition.

Off the main track, six high-powered cars in the Hogs Breath Cafe-Maxtrek Tyres Drift Demo Team entertained spectators with a series of spectacular tyre-smoking demonstrations, and around 140 cars lined up for Sunday’s Shannon’s Show ‘n’ Shine competition. Other attractions included market stalls, food and drink outlets, and a lively scene at the iconic Royal Hotel. There was fun for the whole family and plenty to do and see, as the Sprints welcomed guest from 7am until late in the evening.

“There’s nothing like the Leyburn Sprints, whether you’re a spectator or a competitor. It offers something for everyone and gets better every year without losing its unique appeal,” says Sprints President Tricia Chant.

“Also, it’s a community-owned-and-run event, where proceeds are given back to various local organisations and projects.”

Words by Ciaran Bruder
Images supplied by Trapnell Creations