SPRINTS Race Director Mike Collins will have a busy time in August, competing in the delayed Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado on 12 August and Leyburn the following weekend.
Mike and two friends set off for the United States on the day organisers announced the postponement of the scheduled 8 July hillcimb due to disastrous forest fires in Colorado Springs, not far from the historic course.
They received the news while waiting for their flight at Brisbane Airport, but continued anyway. Mike was able to inspect and test-drive the early-60s Ford Mustang he had bought locally to contest the Vintage class. The Mustang will run complete with Leyburn Sprints signage
He has now returned to the Darling Downs, but will fly back to the US next month.
"We drove the hire car (a Chevy ) up Pikes Peak. What a road, what a view; the car didn't run out of air but we did.
"It seems the decision to postpone the event was a political one. The Mayor was not happy to have the county support the event with so much suffering going on in the area - 350 homes lost and some lives and 32,000 residents evacuated - and even though none of us wanted it I think we all agreed as would have had a detrimental effect on the future of the event if it had carried on regardless.
"The new date is set for the week before Leyburn which means I don't get back till Wednesday before the weekend, not much time to put everything in place but it will happen we always work better under pressure.
"The car looks great, Bob has done a really nice paint job and set the car up well, new brakes, fuel cells, etc. it all should be very competitive up the mountain."