PHOTO: Bo Seton will bring his ‘favourite’ Ford Capri to Leyburn (Australian Muscle Car magazine pic).
FORD Capri touring car ace Bo Seton will be among several of Australia’s best known racing identities of past decades in the spotlight when the Historic Leyburn Sprints hosts its inaugural Legends Dinner during the 20th anniversary event in August – and his favourite Bathurst car will be part of the celebrations.
The 1965 Bathurst Armstrong 500 winner, now aged 78, will be making his first appearance at Leyburn, the round-the-houses time trials that commemorate the running of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix on a wartime airfield just outside the Darling Downs village.
“Captain Capri”, as he’s known, hopes to bring the car that he and his son Glenn shared in the 1983 Bathurst 1000. Bo hasn’t driven the Capri for several years, but says it’s the only one he’s kept from the many he built and raced, because of its sentimental value.
“I’ve always kept it. It means a lot to the family. It’s quite a few years since it’s run but I still love getting away to race meetings,” says Seton, who is profiled in Issue 81 of Australian Muscle Car magazine.
The inaugural Legends Dinner at Leyburn’s Royal Hotel on Saturday night 15 August will provide welcome entertainment for the many competitors and supporters who camp every year and add to the Sprints’ special country atmosphere. Tickets cost $85 and are available to purchase at historicleyburnsprints.com.au/legends-invites.html.
Organisers are expecting entries from up to 225 classic, historic and performance cars on the track and the names of more special guests for the Legends Dinner are expected to be announced soon.
“Our Legends’ achievements will be already well known to the community of competitors and friends that has grown over 20 years of the Historic Leyburn,” Sprints Committee President Ann Collins said.
“But I’m sure there will be many new stories and anecdotes to be heard when they are interviewed by our dinner emcee Will Hagon, whose own experience covers more than 50 years as a motorsport commentator.
“This is a great way to celebrate our 20 years of the community-run Sprints, which itself celebrates the running of the Australian Grand Prix near Leyburn in 1949.
“Leyburn is proud to have an association that goes back to the earliest days of Sir Jack Brabham’s career. Although Sir Jack didn’t contest the grand prix he did race in a later event on the old airfield circuit and with his passing last year it is very fitting to celebrate the cars and achievements of this great Australian."
While on-track competition takes centre stage, off-track attractions will feature big Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine and Vintage Caravans displays, both offering prizes for winners in several classes.
Tickets to the dinner are limited to 250 and are selling fast. The evening includes a buffet meal prepared by the Royal Hotel – the oldest continually licensed premises in Queensland – and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks.
The community-run Historic Leyburn Sprints are supported through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Regional Development Program as part of a growing calendar of events across the State, plus the Southern Downs Regional Council.