Stars join the cars at Historic Leyburn Sprints

Get up close and personal with racing legends.

Bathurst winners Dick Johnson and Fred Gibson have joined a line-up of motor-racing legends set to attend the Historic Leyburn Sprints for 70th anniversary celebrations of the Australian Grand Prix in August

Johnson, now 74, and Gibson, 78, (pictured driving their respective Ford Falcon V8 touring cars) will participate in a variety of meet-and-greet activities with fans at the 17-18 August event on the Queensland Darling Downs.

They will join 60s and 70s touring car contemporaries Colin Bond, John French, Kevin Bartlett, Bill Gates and others to commemorate Leyburn’s hosting of the 1949 Australian Grand Prix.

“We’re thrilled that Dick Johnson and Fred Gibson are coming to the Historic Leyburn Sprints,” organising committee President Tricia Chant said. “Both had huge parts in the history of Australian touring car racing as drivers and team owners and have been recognised for their achievement with induction into the Supercars Hall of Fame.”

Ms Chant said other stars of yesteryear who had agreed to attend the Sprints included drivers Brian Michelmore, Jim Bertram, Bruce Richardson, Don Holland, Bruce Allison, John English and event promoter David Harding.

This year’s 24th annual Historic Leyburn Sprints is expected to attract more than 200 vintage, classic and modern cars for two days of time trials. The field will include an original 1949 grand prix entry, an MG TB to be driven by Colin Schiller.

The Sprints also promises a packed weekend of off-track attractions. The popular Vintage Caravan display and Sunday’s Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine line-up of classic road cars and motorcycles are crowd favourites, along with market stalls and food and drink outlets.

Adult tickets will be on sale at the gate at $20 per day or $30 for the weekend. Children aged under 14 will be admitted free. Gates open at 6:30am daily and racing starts at 8am.

Images courtesy of Autopics