Leyburn sprints attract local drivers

The Redlands was well represented at the 25th anniversary Leyburn Sprints held on September 11 and 12.

Driving were Sheldon Arkinstall of Cleveland in a 2012 Porsche Cayman S, Denis Cotton of Capalaba in a 1974 Porsche 914 Targa, Noel Pocklington of Thornlands in a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Coupe, Roy Davis of Cornubia in a 1970 Triumph 6T6 and Geoffrey England of Cornubia in a 1991 Ford Falcon XR8.

A drag racer since the early 1970s, England said this was his first time he had turned a corner in a car race and the first time he had competed in that car.

England said his business was building Ford engines and it was always a pleasure to race one where possible.

"I moved a bit of grass on one corner," he said.

Arkinstall, 55 said he saw the sprints as a boy's weekend and a relief from his work as a business analyst, sharing the experience with other friends.

"I've had a Porsche since 2002. I'm a bit of a Porsche fanatic. They are robust and reliable. I love the German engineering," he said.

"Getting together like this is a chance to get in the thick of it and talk to other drivers and look at their cars. Mine is a series 2 and pretty rare in Australia."

Cotton said he was the only entrant in his class.

"Don't tell anyone. But I will be the winner no matter what. This event suits this car. I bought the car sight unseen at an auction and at the time I wondered what I'd done. Since then it's raced all over. It's unique," he said.

Both Cotton and Davis are regulars at the Mount Cotton hill climb events.