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LEYBURN FEATURES ON CRUISE MODE TV

This episode of OXYGEN360's new weekly motoring show Cruise Mode was broadcast on Saturday 3 September 2016 on Channel 10 and then on ONE HD and is available on Tenplay for catch-up viewing. Tune in to see the full show or any other weekly episodes or for "Cruise Mode TV" on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram.

AMOS GRABS VICTORY ON LAST RUN AT 20TH LEYBURN SPRINTS

Dean Amos clinched his second Historic Leyburn Sprints trophy on his last run (Trapnell Creations pic).

PHOTO: Dean Amos clinched his second Historic Leyburn Sprints trophy on his last run (Trapnell Creations pic).

DEAN Amos, driving a Gould GR37 Judd V8, captured his second straight outright trophy at the 20th Historic Leyburn Sprints today.

Amos, from Lismore, NSW, put his English-built hillclimb special around the 1.0 kilometre Leyburn street course in 42.954 seconds, taking more than a second off his 2014 record and beating arch-rival and 2012-13 winner Warwick Hutchinson, in a rotary-engined Van Dieman.

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RARE BRABHAM RACER A LAST-MINUTE ATTRACTION FOR 20TH LEYBURN SPRINTS

Sir Jack Brabham’s rare BT23C-1 set for the Historic Leyburn Sprints

PHOTO: Sir Jack Brabham’s rare BT23C-1 set for the Historic Leyburn Sprints.

A RARE racing car built and raced by Sir Jack Brabham has been confirmed as a last-minute attraction at the 20th Historic Leyburn Sprints, which will celebrate the life of the late triple Formula 1 World Champion next weekend.

The 1967 BT23C-1 single-seater will appear in demonstration runs across the two-day time trials event, staged on the closed streets of the tiny Darling Downs town.

A near-record total of 230 historic, classic and performance cars spanning 90 years has been entered for the Sprints, which celebrate the running of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix on an ex-wartime airfield outside the town.

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2014 ENTRIES SPAN THE MOTORING DECADES

ALMOST 200 cars spanning nine decades of motoring will line up for the 19th annual Historic Leyburn Sprints.

The oldest starter will be an Indy Special single-seater based on a 1934 Ford V8 and driven by its Brisbane-based builder Rod McMullin.

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’49 AGP ATTRACTED 30,000 PEOPLE

EVEN today, a crowd of 30,000 at most sports events would be regarded as a decent size, but imagine the atmosphere when that many turned out at a remote spot on the Darling Downs to watch the 1949 Australian Grand Prix.

The date was September 18, the location a disused wartime airstrip near Leyburn. It was the first grand prix staged in Queensland and enthusiasm to resume motor racing was high after the war.

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VINTAGE VANS A MODERN TREND AT LEYBURN

THOSE dusty old vans that once sat decaying under the mango tree are now the latest trend in classic motoring recreation. Stand by for the historic Leyburn Sprints Retro Caravan Show-off!

Leyburn resident and Sprints committee member Michael Salvestro had the idea to add retro vans to the Shannons Show ’n’ Shine and other off-track attractions of the Sprints weekend.

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SPECTACULAR SHOW ‘N’ SHINE

IT’S been growing year by year and in 2014 organisers expect the annual Leyburn Sprints Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine will be an even more spectacular display on Sunday.

The Show ‘n’ Shine, to be held ONLY on Sunday, will showcase classic and modern cars of all kinds.

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AWESOME GROUP B AUDI SET TO THRILL

IT thrilled World Rally crowds in the infamous Group B rally era almost 30 years ago – and it will make an explosive appearance at the 2014 historic Leyburn Sprints.

The legendary Audi quattro S1 was among the fastest and most powerful rally cars ever made, but its run ended when motorsport authorities killed off Group B after 1986 because of dangerous speeds and several serious crashes.

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