The proceeds from the Historic Leyburn Sprints are held in trust and invested back into Leyburn to improve spectator, camping, and safety facilities, with the betterment of the event paramount. Each year the Historic Leyburn Sprints continues to out do the previous year, this is due to the proceeds of this event and those who help to bring it all together.
Leyburn is a picturesque village brimming with talent and friendliness. When visiting any other time outside the Sprints weekend, allow plenty of time to explore the delights of this country-chic town. Spend some time walking around Leyburn's historic buildings.
A Commemoration of Queensland’s first-ever Australian Grand Prix - The weekend of August 18th and 19th 2018 will see the showcase of one of the most significant motoring events in Queensland and one of the State’s biggest regional events staged, when the 23rd annual Historic Leyburn Sprints takes place in the small rural community of Leyburn, on the Southern Darling Downs.
2018 marks the 23rd anniversary of the Historic Leyburn Sprints concept and the 69th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Grand prix in 1949. A record 15,000 plus people descend on this scarcely populated rural domain annually for two days of action. Those sorts of figures provide a massive injection into the local economy that is a welcome financial boost for the town of Leyburn, the Southern Downs Regional Council and the entire Southern Darling Downs region.
Motor racing in Australia came of age in 1928 with the inaugural AGP held at Cowes on Phillip Island. A short 21 years later, after enjoying a lengthy eight year stay at its original home and then stints at Victor Harbour (South Australia, 1937), Mount Panorama, Bathurst (NSW, 1938/47), Lobethal (South Australia, 1939) and Point Cook (Victoria, 1948) the plan was to strengthen the national significance of the event and the door was left open for Queensland to snare its own slice of motoring history.