THE Leyburn Sprints have won renewed financial support from the State Government’s events organisation to help promote its historic motorsport weekend held in August each year.
The Sprints will receive $20,000 from the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP), assisting it to market the event in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Now in its 18th year as a round-the-houses time trial in the normally peaceful village of Leyburn, the Sprints celebrates the running of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix on a nearby ex-wartime airstrip.
Organisers expect around 200 racing, sports and touring cars, invited on the basis of their historic provenance or appeal, to race against the clock in front of several thousand spectators.
The former gold-mining village, 220 kms south-west of Brisbane, comes alive for the Sprints as competitors and spectators set up for the weekend in the campground, in residents’ front yards and at the roadside.
The Royal Hotel, Queensland's oldest continuously-licensed pub, which is located close to the starting line and where the host is retired Broncos rugby league player Shane Webcke, is the event’s social hub.