BIG KEV REVVED TO JOIN LEYBURN'S GRAND PRIX CELEBRATIONS
PHOTO: "Big Rev Kev" Kevin Bartlett, here steering his famous Chev Camaro Z28 at Mount Panorama, will be a special guest at the 2019 Historic Leyburn Sprints (Pic: Autopics.com.au)
PHOTOS: Two-time Australian Drivers' Champion Kevin Bartlett (left) and 1981 Bathurst winner John French are among Australian motor racing legends heading for the 2019 Historic Leyburn Sprints (Pic: Autopics.com.au)
LEYBURN (Queensland) - KEVIN Bartlett, one of Australia’s most popular racing drivers of the 60s, 70s and 80s, has joined the line-up of motorsport legends who will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix at the Historic Leyburn Sprints on the Queensland Darling Downs in August.
Bartlett will attend the Sprints on 17-18 August with his 1982 Bathurst co-driver Colin Bond, 1981 Bathurst winner John French, Queensland ace Bill Gates and several other former drivers yet to be announced.
Now aged 79, Bartlett – or KB or Big Rev Kev, as he was known – started racing in 1958 with a Morris Minor, but went on to win Australian Drivers’ Championships in 1968 and 1969, the 1974 Bathurst 1000 and set the first 100 mile-an-hour (160 kmh) Bathurst lap in a Repco Brabham in 1967.
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COLIN BOND TO JOIN GRAND PRIX 70TH CELEBRATIONS AT LEYBURN SPRINTS
PHOTOS: (Left, CAMS pic) Colin Bond accepts his Hall of Fame award; (right, Garry O'Brien pic) The Caltex-sponsored Alfa Romeo 75 was one of many cars Colin Bond drove during an impressive 30-year career.
LEYBURN (Queensland) - CELEBRITIES from a golden era of motorsport, including multiple champion Colin Bond, will help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Australian Grand Prix at the Historic Leyburn Sprints on the Queensland Darling Downs in August.
A veteran of three decades of racing, rallying and rallycross, Bond will make his first visit to the annual Sprints, which will be staged on a 1.0 kilometre street course around the village of Leyburn for the 24th time on 17-18 August.
Organisers also have confirmed the attendance of prominent Queensland driver of the 60s and 70s Bill Gates, who will come out of a long retirement to drive a Ford Escort.
Sprints Founder and Race Director Mike Collins said negotiations were in progress to bring a number of other popular drivers representing the 60s, 70s and 80s to the event.
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