SPRINTS WIN FRESH FUNDING FOR TOURISM PROMOTION
THE Historic Leyburn Sprints has been awarded fresh funding of $20,000 under the Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).
The funding, which continues TEQ’s support after the previous three-year support package, will be used to help grow the event through increased marketing.
The 22nd Historic Leyburn Sprints will be on 19-20 August next year.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones said $535,000 had been awarded to 21 events, including Leyburn.
LEYBURN SPRINTS PROCEEDS TO HELP LOCAL KIDS
PHOTO: (From left) Sprints President Tricia Chant, Leyburn Police Officer in Charge Steve Gibbs and Sprints Treasurer John Hall at the $3500 cheque handover to the Blue Light Association.
THE Historic Leyburn Sprints has donated part of the proceeds from its 2016 event to help children in the Darling Downs town.
Organising committee President Tricia Chant and Treasurer John Hall presented a cheque for $3600 to the Leyburn branch of the Queensland Police Blue Light Association.
LEYBURN FEATURES ON CRUISE MODE TV
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LEYBURN TAKES RON THORP BACK TO HIS COBRA HEYDAYS
Ron Thorp AC Cobra (Speedcafe pic)
NOT only the cars have stories to tell at the Historic Leyburn Sprints. The event frequently attracts well-known drivers from yesteryears, keen to re-live their experiences, renew friendships and see cars from their era in action.
This year’s guests included Ron Thorp, a driver from the 1960s renowned for his glorious 1964 AC Shelby Cobra 289.
Based in Wollongong, Thorp and the dark green Cobra were familiar sights at circuits and hillclimbs all over Australia. Thorp won the Australian Hillclimb Championship for sports and racing cars in 1965-66-67 before he and the car retired to Inverell to allow him to follow his other passion, flying.
Amos sprints to third straight Historic Leyburn victory
PHOTO: Dean Amos wins his third Leyburn title (Credit: Trapnell Creations)
PHOTO: Dick Johnson and John French drive a replica of their 1981 Bathurst 1000 winner (Credit: Trapnell Creations)
DEAN Amos didn't need to get out of second gear to win his third straight Historic Leyburn Sprints outright title in record time at the weekend.
The driver from Lismore NSW rocketed back from a 10-month competition lay-off to cover Leyburn's 1.0 kilometre round-the-houses street course in 42.5447 seconds, lowering his previous best mark by 0.4 sec. on his fifth of seven runs against the clock.
"The car felt fantastic all weekend and I obviously didn't put wheel wrong when it mattered," Amos said.
"My car is suited to these Sprints events. It won the British Hillclimb Championship three times before my dad brought it to Australia. I has a Judd Formula 1 V8 engine. Around Leyburn I don't need to get out of second gear – but that's good for 170 kmh!"
Amos was almost 1.4 sec. faster than his nearest rival, North Queensland's Michael von Rappard, who drove a Formula 3-based Dallara and improved on his own times from 2015.
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