DICK JOHNSON AND FRED GIBSON JOIN LEGENDS LIST FOR LEYBURN GP CELEBRATIONS
PHOTOS: Dick Johnson (left) and Fred Gibson will be among the motor-racing legends attending the Historic Leyburn Sprints for Australian Grand Prix 70th anniversary celebrations (Images by Autopics.com.au)
LEYBURN (Queensland) - Bathurst winners Dick Johnson and Fred Gibson have joined a line-up of motor-racing legends set to attend the Historic Leyburn Sprints for 70th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Grand Prix next month.
Johnson, now 74, and Gibson, 78, will participate in a variety of meet-and-greet activities with fans at the 17-18 August event on the Queensland Darling Downs.
They will join 60s and 70s touring car contemporaries Colin Bond, John French, Kevin Bartlett, Bill Gates and others to commemorate Leyburn’s hosting of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix.
The visit will be the first for Melbourne-based Gibson, but Johnson has been a Sprints regular in recent years, enjoying the grass-roots atmosphere and occasionally guest-driving a NASCAR-powered Ford Falcon XY GT on the 1.0 kilometre round-the-houses course.
BIG KEV REVVED TO JOIN LEYBURN'S GRAND PRIX CELEBRATIONS
PHOTO: "Big Rev Kev" Kevin Bartlett, here steering his famous Chev Camaro Z28 at Mount Panorama, will be a special guest at the 2019 Historic Leyburn Sprints (Pic: Autopics.com.au)
PHOTOS: Two-time Australian Drivers' Champion Kevin Bartlett (left) and 1981 Bathurst winner John French are among Australian motor racing legends heading for the 2019 Historic Leyburn Sprints (Pic: Autopics.com.au)
LEYBURN (Queensland) - KEVIN Bartlett, one of Australia’s most popular racing drivers of the 60s, 70s and 80s, has joined the line-up of motorsport legends who will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix at the Historic Leyburn Sprints on the Queensland Darling Downs in August.
Bartlett will attend the Sprints on 17-18 August with his 1982 Bathurst co-driver Colin Bond, 1981 Bathurst winner John French, Queensland ace Bill Gates and several other former drivers yet to be announced.
Now aged 79, Bartlett – or KB or Big Rev Kev, as he was known – started racing in 1958 with a Morris Minor, but went on to win Australian Drivers’ Championships in 1968 and 1969, the 1974 Bathurst 1000 and set the first 100 mile-an-hour (160 kmh) Bathurst lap in a Repco Brabham in 1967.
COLIN BOND TO JOIN GRAND PRIX 70TH CELEBRATIONS AT LEYBURN SPRINTS
PHOTOS: (Left, CAMS pic) Colin Bond accepts his Hall of Fame award; (right, Garry O'Brien pic) The Caltex-sponsored Alfa Romeo 75 was one of many cars Colin Bond drove during an impressive 30-year career.
LEYBURN (Queensland) - CELEBRITIES from a golden era of motorsport, including multiple champion Colin Bond, will help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix at the Historic Leyburn Sprints on the Queensland Darling Downs in August.
A veteran of three decades of racing, rallying and rallycross, Bond will make his first visit to the annual Sprints, which will be staged on a 1.0 kilometre street course around the village of Leyburn for the 24th time on 17-18 August.
Organisers also have confirmed the attendance of prominent Queensland driver of the 60s and 70s Bill Gates, who will come out of a long retirement to drive a Ford Escort.
Sprints Founder and Race Director Mike Collins said negotiations were in progress to bring a number of other popular drivers representing the 60s, 70s and 80s to the event.
JUNIOR DRIVERS SHOW THEIR SKILLS AT LEYBURN
PHOTO: Tom Clift - Toyota Corolla (Trapnell Creations pic)
LEYBURN (Queensland) - THE racing drivers of the future took the opportunity to show their skills in a successful introduction of a Junior Trophy at this year’s Historic Leyburn Sprints.
Seven drivers aged under 16 entered a Regularity competition for the Ann Collins Memorial Junior Trophy, which was won by Thomas Clift of Toowoomba in a 1972 Toyota Corolla.
The competition was designed to test drivers’ skill and consistency, rather than outright speed, across the 18-19 August weekend. They incurred penalty points for completing the 1.0 kilometre Leyburn street course faster or slower than their nominated target time.
The Trophy honours the late, former Sprints President Ann Collins, who strongly advocated motorsport as an ideal training ground for young drivers on the road.
AMOS CLAIMS FIFTH LEYBURN SPRINTS WIN AND RECORD, BUT BENCHMARK LAP ELUDES
PHOTO: Dean Amos takes a fifth Historic Leyburn Sprints trophy in his Gould V8 (Pic by Trapnell Creations)
PHOTOS: Top left - “Quirkiest Caravan” winner Deanna Ward, Top right - Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine “Best Car” Dave Archer’s 1934 SS Swallow Saloon, Bottom - fastest Historic competitor Keith Carling (Tiga SC84) (Pics by Trapnell Creations)
LEYBURN (Queensland) - Dean Amos has claimed his fifth outright trophy and another record time at the 2018 Historic Leyburn Sprints, but windy and dusty conditions spoiled the Gould V8 driver’s crack at a benchmark sub-40 second run.
Amos lowered his time on the 1.0 kilometre street course to 40.1589 sec., comfortably beating second-placed Michael Von Rappard, who recorded 42.2608 sec. in a Dallara-Suzuki. Steve Woodbridge, in another Dallara, was third with a time of 44.7002 sec.
In the historic section, Keith Carling returned to the top with a 51.0654 sec run in his Tiga sports car.
Year 10 school student Tom Clift won a regularity competition for the inaugural Ann Collins Memorial Trophy, designed to encourage young racing drivers.
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