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The 1949 Australian Grand Prix was hosted on an ex-wartime airfield on the outskirts of Leyburn.

PHOTO: The 1949 Australian Grand Prix was hosted on an ex-wartime airfield on the outskirts of Leyburn.

LEYBURN (Queensland) - Current resident population, fewer than 500. The day the Australian Grand Prix came to Leyburn, 30,000!

These days the grand prix – when Covid-19 allows – is a Formula 1 extravaganza In Melbourne. It’s long-gone from the little town on Queensland’s Southern Darling Downs, but the legacy it created continues with the Historic Leyburn Sprints, set to be staged for the 25th time on 21-22 August.

Almost 220 historic, classic and performance cars ranging in vintage from 1925 to 2019 – and including two MGs from that grand prix - are set to contest the Sprints time trials on a 1.0 kilometre round-the-houses street course. The weekend crowd is expected to be closer to 15,000, still a deluge for this farming community 220 kms west of Brisbane.

“The Sprints bring the town alive. It’s a wonderful atmosphere,” says Shane Toy, landlord of the 1863 Royal Hotel, the oldest continuously-licensed premises in its original structure in Queensland.

“The heritage and spirit of the grand prix are still alive among the current competitors and the town welcomes them and the spectators with true country hospitality.”

The Southern Downs will be revved up this August with an adrenaline-packed program featuring some of Queensland’s signature horse and motorsport events.

The Historic Leyburn Sprints will host a huge weekend of street sprint action from 21-22 August. 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.

For the horse-fans, the IOR Rosebowl Polocrosse Carnival will run between 20-22 August at Morgan Park with three days of first-class polocrosse action and club pride on the line.

If rodeo is more your thing, the Killarney Rodeo will have all the thrills and spills of arena horsepower on 14 August. Also in Killarney is the annual Waddle, Saddle & Pedal on 28 August.

There’s drag racing at Carnell Raceway on 7 August and the Sixth Cottonvale Digout at Pete’s Hot Rods between 27-29 August. Morgan Park will host the Southern Downs Road Racing Series between 6-8 August and the Warwick 1000 returns to the raceway from 27-28 August.

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.