Footage provided courtesy of Roy Flynn, who's uncle Sam Flynn filmed the event.
ALMOST 200 cars spanning nine decades of motoring will line up for the 19th annual Historic Leyburn Sprints.
The oldest starter will be an Indy Special single-seater based on a 1934 Ford V8 and driven by its Brisbane-based builder Rod McMullin.
EVEN today, a crowd of 30,000 at most sports events would be regarded as a decent size, but imagine the atmosphere when that many turned out at a remote spot on the Darling Downs to watch the 1949 Australian Grand Prix.
The date was September 18, the location a disused wartime airstrip near Leyburn. It was the first grand prix staged in Queensland and enthusiasm to resume motor racing was high after the war.
THOSE dusty old vans that once sat decaying under the mango tree are now the latest trend in classic motoring recreation. Stand by for the historic Leyburn Sprints Retro Caravan Show-off!
Leyburn resident and Sprints committee member Michael Salvestro had the idea to add retro vans to the Shannons Show ’n’ Shine and other off-track attractions of the Sprints weekend.
IT’S been growing year by year and in 2014 organisers expect the annual Leyburn Sprints Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine will be an even more spectacular display on Sunday.
The Show ‘n’ Shine, to be held ONLY on Sunday, will showcase classic and modern cars of all kinds.
IT thrilled World Rally crowds in the infamous Group B rally era almost 30 years ago – and it will make an explosive appearance at the 2014 historic Leyburn Sprints.
The legendary Audi quattro S1 was among the fastest and most powerful rally cars ever made, but its run ended when motorsport authorities killed off Group B after 1986 because of dangerous speeds and several serious crashes.