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Fastest and oldest at the Historic Leyburn Sprints, six-time champion Dean Amos's Gould GR55B and Justin McCarthy's 1925 Austin 7 Sports Special  (Credit: Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO: Fastest and oldest at the Historic Leyburn Sprints, six-time champion Dean Amos's Gould GR55B and Justin McCarthy's 1925 Austin 7 Sports Special (Credit: Trapnell Creations)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Defending champion Dean Amos heads a huge field of 219 entries for the 25th Historic Leyburn Sprints on Queensland’s Southern Darling Downs next month.

The entry list includes 58 different makes of racing, sports and touring cars, ranging in vintage from 1925 to 2019, competing for honours at one of the region’s biggest sporting and social events on 21-22 August.

Commemorating Leyburn’s hosting of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix, the Sprints are returning after a Covid-forced absence in 2020. The weekend line-up features non-stop grassroots motorsport, classic car and caravan displays, appearances by the Leyburn Legends drivers, markets and a host of other family-oriented attractions.

Sprints President Tricia Chant said: “The thousands of spectators and competitors who flock to Leyburn every August are hungry to return again to Queensland’s Motor Sport Event of the Year. It’s a great weekend of inexpensive family entertainment in a friendly country atmosphere and this year the array of cars is simply amazing.”

Ford falcon GTHO rounds a corner at Leyburn Historic Sprints

THE Historic Leyburn Sprints return to the Southern Darling Downs on 21-22 August for a unique festival of grassroots motorsport and motoring fun.

After a Covid-forced cancellation last year, the Sprints are back for a 25th time with more than 200 historic, classic and performance cars on track, a glittering collection in the Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine and a paddock full of colourful vintage caravans.

Celebrating Leyburn’s hosting of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix, the Sprints time trials run on a 1.0 kilometre closed-street course around the town. They feature a mouth-watering array of racing, sports and touring cars dating from the 1920s to modern-day competing in more than 50 classes – but there are plenty of other attractions too.

Meet the Leyburn Legends, a special invited group of famous motorsport champions from past decades including Dick Johnson, John Bowe, Colin Bond and Fred Gibson, top racing mechanics and more.

John Bowe and Torana (Pics: TCM)

PHOTO: John Bowe will take a break from his Touring Car Masters campaign to join fellow Legends at the Historic Leyburn Sprints on 21-22 August (Pics: TCM)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - John Bowe, one of Australia’s most decorated motor-racing champions, will attend the Historic Leyburn Sprints for the first time at its 25th anniversary celebrations next month.

Bowe, recently awarded the Order of Australia medal for his lifetime’s service to motorsport, will be among a select group of drivers known as the Leyburn Legends invited on 21-22 August to celebrate the Sprints’ quarter-century and the Darling Downs township’s hosting of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix.

Still an active and winning competitor after 50 years at the wheel, the Tasmanian-born ace will join former rivals from the 70s and 80s including Dick Johnson, Colin Bond and Fred Gibson, plus other stars still to be announced.

The Leyburn Legends are set to be among the highlights of a packed weekend of grassroots motorsport competition featuring more than 200 historic, classic and performance cars racing the clock on a 1.0 kilometre closed-street course.

Classic cars line up in front of the Royal Hotel Leyburn

PHOTO: The Historic Leyburn Sprints have welcomed Australian car care brand Bowden's Own as a major product sponsor of the 25th anniversary event (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - The classic four-wheeled stars of the Historic Leyburn Sprints will hit the track with some extra sparkle this year thanks to a new dash of polish from Australian car care company Bowden’s Own.

Bowden’s Own will be a major product sponsor for the 25th anniversary Sprints on 21-22 August, supplying samples and prizes from its range of around 70 Queensland-designed and made products.

Sprints organising committee President Tricia Chant welcomed Bowden’s Own as the event’s newest partner.

“The Historic Leyburn Sprints is all about beautiful classic vehicles on the track and in the Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine and Vintage caravan displays, so it’s perfect that we’ve joined forces with the most respected name in Australian car care products,” Mrs Chant said.

1962 Centaur Waggot (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO: Some of the greatest drivers and cars in Australia's motor-racing history - including this unique 1962 Centaur Waggot - return in August for the Leyburn Legends Weekend at the Historic Leyburn Sprints 25th anniversary celebrations (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Some of the most popular personalities of Australia’s motor-racing past will be honoured at the Leyburn Legends Weekend during 25th anniversary celebrations for the Historic Leyburn Sprints in August.

The Sprints will return to the rural township on the Queensland Southern Darling Downs on 21-22 August after the 2020 event was cancelled because of Covid-19. It will be the 25th event since the Sprints were launched to commemorate the 1949 Australian Grand Prix at Leyburn.

The Legends were a big attraction in their first appearance in Leyburn in 2019 and Sprints President Tricia Chant said the organisers were keen to invite them back.