THE 2014 HISTORIC Leyburn Sprints will be supported again with funding from the Queensland Government, which has committed to a three-year program.

The funding is administered by the Regional Development Program of Tourism and Events Queensland.

It’s intended to help promote this marquee event in the historic motorsports world and attract more competitors and spectators from outside the Southern Down region.

Many local community groups help run the not-for-profit Sprints and raise funds for their own activities.

The ongoing Tourism and Events Queensland support is a recognition of the Sprints’ heritage, its standing in the national historic racing movement and popularity with spectators, says Organising Committee President Ann Collins.

“This helps us to grow and secure the Sprints as one of Australia’s longest-running historic motorsport weekends.

“Next year will be our 20th event, an achievement the community of Leyburn will be proud to reach.

“It’s a very special event. Visitors love its grass-roots, friendly country atmosphere and of course the huge array of cars to see in the Sprints and the Show ‘n’ Shine.

“The motorsport is top-class and very competitive as the clock ticks down towards the final runs on Sunday afternoon.

“For people who live in country Queensland with less access to motorsport events, the Sprints are a real treat.

“In particular, I expect our new Retro Caravan Show Off will prove a hit with people of all ages.

“It’s year-by-year improvements such as these that the government funding helps us to achieve.

“We greatly appreciate the contribution from Tourism and Events Queensland and the State Government.”


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