GET MOTORS RUNNING: Thousands are expected to roll into Leyburn for the annual sprints.
GET MOTORS RUNNING: Thousands are expected to roll into Leyburn for the annual sprints. Trapnell Creations

Sprints to take over small town for action-packed weekend

A POPULAR motorsport event at Leyburn is turning into a 'mini Bathurst' for some spectators who will be part of the thousands-strong crowd this weekend.

The Historic Leyburn Sprints is now in its 23rd year and draws one of the biggest crowds to a motorsport event outside the V8 supercars.

Last year, it was named Queensland Motor Sport Event of the Year at the CAMS State Motor Sport Awards in Brisbane.

Historic Leyburn Sprints committee president Tricia Chant said it was never expected the sprints to be so successful.

"We've always had good strong crowds but we've seen in the last three to five years it has exploded," Mrs Chant said.

"The camping had really taken off, you look around at the grey nomads and they're making it their annual pilgrimage to go to Leyburn."

About 15,000 people attended the event last year and more are expected this time around.

The sprints will run across Saturday and Sunday, taking over Leyburn, about 60km north-west of Warwick, to create a festival atmosphere.

"It's a country atmosphere, the ability to get close to drivers and cars," Mrs Chant said.

Competition runs from 8am-5pm Saturday and 8am-3pm Sunday.

Entry for adults costs $20 each day or $30 for a weekend pass. Children under 14 enter free with a school ID card.

Vintage caravans to join sprints action

SOME families cherish memories of growing up travelling in caravans and those moments are set to be brought back to life with a retro display at the Historic Leyburn Sprints.

The Vintage Caravan Comp will feature 28 retro and vintage caravans across Saturday and Sunday, including models from the late 1950s to 1970s.


Vintage caravans on display at Leyburn Sprints.
Vintage caravans on display at Leyburn Sprints. Trapnell Creations

Organiser Sandi Cray said vintage caravans were experiencing a revival, with many people interested in buying their own.

Caravans made out of aluminium and fibreglass will be among the models on display.

Some owners are also willing to open up their vehicles to allow visitors to take a peek inside.

Mrs Cray said caravans were a part of the nation's history as many Australians enjoyed the outdoors.

"There's always been caravanning by the beach and there's been a lot in the bush areas and I'm sure there's a lot of old vintage caravans out there," she said.

"A lot of people are taken aback, they remember going away with caravans with their parents."

Prizes areup for grabs for the caravan owners, with awards given to the best vintage caravan and display, best vintage caravan and car combination, best costume and quirkiest vintage caravan.

Winners will be announced at 4pm on Saturday.

The Show 'n' Shine will also run on Sunday, with more than 15 categories of cars on display.

Tickets to the Leyburn Sprints includes the cost of entry to the Show 'n' Shine and caravan display.

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