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SIX high-powered, tyre-smoking drift cars will provide spectacular entertainment at the 21st Historic Leyburn Sprints this weekend.

Alongside the 210-plus thoroughbreds entered for the Sprints time-trials, there's definitely nothing historic or classic about the Hogs Breath Café-Maxtrek Drift Demo Team led by Dan "Showtime" Kenneally and his 400 horsepower Nissan Skyvia ute.

The sport of drifting demands extreme skill and accuracy to slide the cars sideways at high speed, even on a straight road. The result is plenty of noise and tyre smoke – and huge fun for spectators.

"Our job for the duration of the event is to entertain and put on a crafty display of driving skill, car control and extreme precision on track," says Kenneally, an Australian and Queensland drift champion.

"We like to call it 'Dancing on Asphalt'. We will put down rubber on the corners, smoke out the crowd and entertain them with our sideways, action-packed mayhem."

The drift cars will be on track for demonstrations between each of the six or seven runs of the Sprints field across the weekend.

When not on track they will be on static display in Warwick Street, diagonally opposite the Royal Hotel.

The Hogs Breath Cafe-Maxtrek Tyres Drift Demo Team is -

Dan "Showtime" Kenneally
2001 Stadium Drift Australia Champion, 3-time Queensland champion
Vehicle: Nissan R134 Skyvia Ute
Engine: RB 25 DET
Power: 400 HP at the wheels
Sponsors: Hogs Breath Cafe, Maxtrek Tyres, Exedy Racing Clutch, Dickies Clothing

Cameron "Groover" Hill
Vehicle: Nissan R32 Skyline
Engine: RB 25/30 DET
Power: 580 HP at the wheels
Sponsors: Camerons Body Works, Exclusive Wraps, TOG Auto

Trent Wooley
Vehicle: Nissan S15 (200SX)
Engine: RB 25 DET
Power: 400 HP at the wheels

Grant Grinter
Vehicle: Nissan S13 Silvia
Engine: SR 20 DET (4-cylinder)
Power: 350 HP at the wheels
Sponsors: All One Mechanical, KMAK Aero, Drift Pirates Photography

Justin "Loosy" Loose
Vehicle: Nissan R33 Skyline
Engine: RB 25 DET
Power: 400 HP at the wheels
Sponsor: Camerons Body Works, TOG Auto

Phillip "Silky" Silk
Vehicle: Nissan S14 200SX
Engine: GM LS 6.0 litre V8
Power: 450 HP at the wheels
Sponsor: Silke Fabrication

The Hogs Breath Café-Maxtrek Drifts, Sprints time-trials, Shannons Show 'n' Shine, vintage caravan display, fun-run, market and souvenir stalls and other attractions guarantee a weekend packed with entertainment for everyone.

Sprints competition starts at 8am on both days. Adult tickets at the gate cost $20 per day or $30 for the weekend, with accompanied children under 14 years admitted free.

The Sprints are supported through Tourism and Events Queensland's Regional Development Program as part of a growing calendar of events across the State, plus the Southern Downs Regional Council.