Momentum builds towards Leyburn 25th anniversary event

A unique 1962 Centaur Waggot

Legendary Australian motorsport drivers and cars will take part in the Leyburn Legends Weekend in August as part of the long-awaited Historic Leyburn Sprints 25th anniversary celebrations.

Postponed last year due to COVID-19, the event will take place in the rural Queensland town southwest of Toowoomba on August 21-22.

It will mark the 25th event since being launched to commemorate the 1949 Australian Grand Prix at Leyburn.

The Legends were a big attraction in their first appearance in Leyburn in 2019 and Sprints president Tricia Chant said the organisers were keen to invite them back.

“In 2019 we welcomed great drivers including Dick Johnson, Colin Bond, Fred Gibson, Bruce Garland, Kevin Bartlett, John French and Bob Holden and they were enormously popular with our spectators, who remembered their achievements in the sixties, seventies and eighties,” she said.

“We’re going to offer another opportunity for fans to meet their heroes again this year.

“Some of the drivers have already confirmed their return and as well we hope to have some new names, which this time will also include some of the top mechanics of the era who put the winning cars on track.

“All these special guests at the Leyburn Legends Weekend will add another level of attraction for fans at the 2021 Sprints and we’re hoping there’s a company out there that would like to put its name as sponsor to this highlight.”

The Sprints time trials are run on a 1km course around the closed streets of Leyburn.

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