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59# Ford Fusion NASCAR in action, Marcos Ambrose celebrates an historic victory at Watkins Glen NY, Supercar ace Brodie Kostecki to drive at Leyburn

PHOTO: From top left, the 59# Ford Fusion NASCAR in action, Marcos Ambrose celebrates an historic victory at Watkins Glen NY, Supercar ace Brodie Kostecki to drive at Leyburn (Pic: Speedcafe.com).

LEYBURN (Queensland) - “They’re gonna feel the ground shake when this thing lights up,” says Supercar ace Brodie Kostecki about his planned runs in a thundering American NASCAR sedan at the Historic Leyburn Sprints next month.

Kostecki will take to Leyburn’s round-the-houses course in the 750-horsepower 59# STP Ford Fusion that Australian star Marcos Ambrose drove to an historic victory in NASCAR’s elite Nationwide series at Watkins Glen International Raceway, New York, in 2008.

He’ll do two demonstration runs on the second day of the weekend Sprints, Sunday 12 September, and will be on hand to show fans around the car when it is on display.

“The STP NASCAR will be awesome to see and hear at Leyburn, even though it’s built for running on far bigger and faster tracks in America,” says Kostecki, the only person in Australia owner Brett “Crusher” Murray has entrusted to drive the car.

Classic Racers lined up outside the Royal Hotel in Leyburn (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO: The Historic Leyburn Sprints is all set for its 25th anniversary event on 11-12 September (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - A full program of competition and off-track events has been confirmed for the postponed 2021 Historic Leyburn Sprints, now scheduled for 11-12 September.

After almost two weeks’ frantic work since the original 21-22 August Sprints were called off, organisers say the Sprints are on track for their 25th anniversary event.

Around 200 historic classic and performance cars will chase fastest times on the challenging, round-the-houses Sprints course, while fans will see special demonstration runs by Australia’s oldest racing car, the 1922 Wikner Ford Special, and the historic, race-winning NASCAR of Australian star Marcos Ambrose.

Off-track, the popular Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine and Vintage Caravan displays, meet-and-greet appearances by the Leyburn Legends including Dick Johnson, country markets, exhibitor and trade displays, a fun run and charity auction promise a fun-packed weekend for every visitor.

The Historic Leyburn Sprints will return with a colourful array of historic and classic racers (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

PHOTO: The Historic Leyburn Sprints will return with a colourful array of historic and classic racers (Pic: Trapnell Creations)

LEYBURN (Queensland) - The 25th Historic Leyburn Sprints have been postponed by three weeks until 11-12 September, because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Sprints President Tricia Chant said that although the State Government yesterday lifted the Brisbane lockdown, the Premier had asked people from those 11 affected Local Government Areas to refrain from visiting regional areas.

This meant many competitors and spectators from greater Brisbane would not be able to attend the award-winning event on the original date of 21-22 August.

“We are very mindful of running not only a successful event, but also a safe one, and we feel that this is the best solution for all involved. We are working as fast as we can to advise our competitors, suppliers, sponsors, supporters and others involved in the Sprints,” Mrs Chant said.

“With less than two weeks to go to the original date we were already almost fully prepared and expect the re-scheduled event will offer all the same great features and attractions.”

The Historic Leyburn Sprints is one of Australia’s most popular historic and classic motorsport events and attracts up to 15,000 visitors every year to the Southern Darling Downs region.

The Queensland Government’s Queensland Destination Events Program and the Southern Downs Regional Council provide financial assistance to help promote the Sprints and attract visitors to the Southern Downs region. This event also has been proudly funded by the Australian and Queensland Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

This post has appeared on the Historic Leyburn Sprints Facebook page:

Just an update on the Historic Leyburn Sprints. We are still planning for the 21st and 22nd August! We don't know any more than anyone else does as to when the lockdown will end. Whilst Leyburn isn't in the lockdown area, having SEQ shut down does affect us in terms of competitors, and more importantly, officials to run the event. Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for announcements, but for now we are crossing our fingers, and still working towards making this event happen!

Tricia Chant , President

Two iconic racing Fords are set to excite fans at the 2021 Historic Leyburn Sprints.

PHOTO: Two iconic racing Fords are set to excite fans at the 2021 Historic Leyburn Sprints.

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Two cars with iconic – but vastly different - Australian racing histories almost 90 years apart have been announced as exciting last-minute attractions at the Historic Leyburn Sprints on 21-22 August.

Leyburn’s 1.0 kilometre round-the-houses course will shake with the thunderous sound of a 2008 Ford Fusion NASCAR, once driven to victory in America by Aussie champion Marcos Ambrose, while the oldest Australian racing car, the 1922 Wikner Special Model T Ford, will evoke much earlier memories of Australian and American competition.

The Fords are late additions to the original field of almost 220 historic, classic and performance cars for the 25thannual Sprints, which celebrate the running of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix at Leyburn, on Queensland’s southern Darling Downs.

With Covid-19 forcing the cancellation of national motorsport rounds on the same weekend at Queensland Raceway and Morgan Park Raceway, the Sprints are expected to attract an even bigger crowd than usual.

“These are two of the most iconic cars we’ve had at Leyburn and will be fantastic new attractions to what promises to be one of Queensland’s biggest motorsport weekends,” Sprints President Tricia Chant said.