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JUNIOR DRIVERS SHOW THEIR SKILLS AT LEYBURN

Tom Clift - Toyota Corolla (Trapnell Creations pic)

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.

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AMOS CLAIMS FIFTH LEYBURN SPRINTS WIN AND RECORD, BUT BENCHMARK LAP ELUDES

Dean Amos takes a fifth Historic Leyburn Sprints trophy in his Gould V8 (Pic by Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO: Dean Amos takes a fifth Historic Leyburn Sprints trophy in his Gould V8 (Pic by Trapnell Creations)

Quirkiest Caravan, Best Car, Fastest Historic

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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DEFENDING CHAMPION TARGETS RECORD RUN AT LEYBURN SPRINTS THIS WEEKEND

Dean Amos hopes to break the 40 second mark in his Gould V8 at Leyburn (Trapnell Creations pic)

PHOTO: Dean Amos hopes to break the 40 second mark in his Gould V8 at Leyburn (Trapnell Creations pic)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Defending champion Dean Amos aims to be the first driver to run the Historic Leyburn Sprints street course in less than 40 seconds at this weekend’s 23rd annual event.

Amos’s campaign for a fifth-straight Col Furness Memorial outright trophy will be spurred by re-invigorated competition from some of Australia’s fastest sprints and hillclimb drivers when a field of 210 historic, classic and performance cars takes to the 1.0-kilometre track for two days of time trials.

The sub-40sec. goal has eluded Amos even though he has reset the course record in each of his past four winning appearances, but he believes this could be the year.

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INGENIOUS "AUSTRALIAN SPECIALS" PART OF GRAND PRIX HISTORY AT LEYBURN SPRINTS CELEBRATION

 

The 1954 Wolseley Flying W Special of Eric Cossiche from South Australia

PHOTO: The 1954 Wolseley Flying W Special of Eric Cossiche from South Australia represents the heritage of home-built Australian racing cars at next weekend’s Historic Leyburn Sprints

LEYBURN (Queensland) - When the Historic Leyburn Sprints roars into action next weekend it will celebrate not only the time the Darling Downs village hosted the Australian Grand Prix but also the ingenious home-built cars that helped revive Australian motor-racing after World War 2.

The entry list of 28 cars at the 1949 grand prix included 19 described as “Specials” - either roadgoing models lightened of superfluous bodywork or ground-up creations using combinations of secondhand parts. Their expensive imported rivals included two Bugattis, the winning Delahaye, a Jaguar and several MGs.

Virtually all the “Australian Specials” were constructed by enthusiasts with either limited funds or skills, but made up in speed what they lacked in style.

They became part of an engineering tradition that has continued for decades and will be remembered when around 20 cars that have been built as one-offs compete among a total entry of 210 in the weekend’s time-trials on the Leyburn 1.0 kilometre street course.

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FROM McLAREN TO A COP CAR SPECIAL - LEYBURN SPRINTS RAFFLES ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME TRACK RIDES

An Audi quattro S1 Group B rally car and 820-horsepower Ford Falcon GT will be offering thrilling rides to spectators at the historic Leyburn Sprints (Trapnel Creations pics)

PHOTOS: An Audi quattro S1 Group B rally car and 820-horsepower Ford Falcon GT will be offering thrilling rides to spectators at the historic Leyburn Sprints (Trapnel Creations pics)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Can you imagine riding in a McLaren or Lotus sports car, an Audi quattro rally beast, an 820 horsepower Falcon GT or even an ex-police pursuit drag racer? Some lucky spectators are in for the experience of a lifetime as winners of an amazing competition at the Historic Leyburn Sprints next month.

Raffles to win passenger “hot laps” in these rare and exotic cars on the Leyburn 1.0-kilometre street course will be held throughout the 18-19 August Sprints weekend.

Sprints President Tricia Chant says the event’s traditional ride raffle has been upgraded into a major spectator attraction this year.

“For the price of a $5 ticket, we’re offering Sprints spectators the unique chance to ride in some truly incredible cars. I can’t think of another event in the country that offers an experience like this and I’d like to thank the drivers for making their cars available,”Mrs Chant said.

WIN Hot Laps in some classic MUSCLE

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SABAKAT-LOTUS REVIVES A RACY HISTORY WITH LEYBURN DEBUT

The Sabakat started its life as a 1957 Lotus 12 before being spirited to Australia in the fuselage of a plane (Pic: nzpeterb on Flickr)

PHOTO: The Sabakat started its life as a 1957 Lotus 12 before being spirited to Australia in the fuselage of a plane (Pic: nzpeterb on Flickr)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - It was disguised under the name Sabakat and around 60 years ago had a decidedly racy history, but now one of the first Lotus competition cars is returning home to the Darling Downs for its debut in the Historic Leyburn Sprints next month.

The appearance of the 1957 single-seater among more than 200 historic, classic and performance cars entered for the 23rd annual Sprints on 18-19 August will revive stories of its alleged smuggling into Australia, grand prix history, a spectacularly fiery demise and eventual re-creation.

The Sabakat, to be driven by owner Mike Gosbell, is a Lotus 12, the model that launched the British manufacturer’s first foray into Formula 1 and Formula 2 racing in 1957.

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NEW TROPHY BOOSTS LEYBURN'S YOUNGEST DRIVERS

Tom Brelsford, 15, will race for the Ann Collins Memorial Trophy in his Ford Escort at the 2018 Historic Leyburn Sprints (Trapnell Creations pic)

PHOTO: Tom Brelsford, 15, will race for the Ann Collins Memorial Trophy in his Ford Escort at the 2018 Historic Leyburn Sprints (Trapnell Creations pic)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - The Historic Leyburn Sprints, one of Australia’s favourite classic motorsport events, will use its heritage to help boost the careers of the youngest racing drivers at this year’s 23rd event in August.

From this year, the Sprints will award the perpetual Ann Collins Memorial Trophy for the fastest driver aged 16 and under on the 1.0 kilometre street course.

The award will honour the former President of the Sprints organising committee Ann Collins, who passed away earlier this year leaving a legacy of strong commitment to the community-run event and to the futures of young people.

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