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Steve Hood, from Kingaroy, brought along his 1920s Case traction steam engine which is always a popular exhibit at South Burnett events

The badly damaged Commodore is removed from the track on Saturday afternoon

April 18, 2018

There was plenty of excitement both on and off the track at the third annual Wondai Sprints held at the weekend.

Saturday’s crowd numbers were down – possibly due to the weather – but the warm autumn sunshine had people flocking to the track on Sunday.

There were 125 vehicles nominated for the sprints.

As the times laps progressed several withdrawals occurred because of mechanical issues and a couple through accidents.

The biggest prang occurred on Saturday afternoon when a Brock-replica Commodore came to grief against the concrete crash barriers.

The driver was taken to Murgon Hospital by ambulance for observation.

A Lotus Elise also sustained damage in another coming together with the barriers.

The fastest vehicle over the weekend was driven by Vikki Paxton, from Yatala,  who repeated who 2017 win in her four-litre open-wheel Dallara F301.

Paxton has been on the podium at all the Wondai Sprints, coming third in the inaugural event.

Motors in Motion president Kevin Krosch said it had been a terrific weekend, and he was especially pleased with the growth in entries for the show’n’shine.

He said the decision to move the event from winter to autumn looks to have paid off, however the timing for next year’s event will depend on dates available from CAMS (the officiating body for motor sport in Australia).

Off-the-track excitement occurred on Saturday afternoon when a Cessna 172 with a fuel blockage had to make an emergency landing on a grassed area at the back of the circuit.

The landing went so smoothly some observers thought it was planned.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident (see separate report).

[UPDATED]

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Action On The Track

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Wondai Sprints Results

Class winners:

  • Group JB Vintage Cars – Austin 7 Sports Special – J. McCarthy
  • Historic Group KB – Ford V8 Indy Special – G. Corbet
  • Historic Racing and Sports Cars – Tiga Sports 2000 – K. Carling
  • Historic Touring Cars Group Nb – Renault Dauphine – J. Luttrell
  • Historic Touring Cars Group Na – Hillman Imp – K. Martin
  • Historic Touring Cars (No Logbook) – Fiat 2300S – B. Birt
  • Sports Sedans Up To 1600cc – Ford Anglia – B. Reed
  • Sports Sedans 1601cc to 2000cc – Chrysler Lancer – M. Boyd
  • Sports Sedans 2001cc to 3000cc – Chrysler Lancer – P. Holter
  • Sports Sedans Over 3001cc – Ford Escort – S. Ritchie
  • Racing Cars Formula Libre over 2001cc – Dallara F301 – V. Paxton
  • Touring Cars Pre-1965 3501cc to 5100cc – Ford Falcon – S. Boss-Walker
  • Touring Cars Pre-1972 1001cc to 1300cc – Leyland Mini – R & J Manning
  • Touring Cars Pre-1972 1301cc to 1600cc – Datsun Bluebird P411 – G. Bankin
  • Touring Cars Pre-1972 1601cc to 2000cc – Ford Escort – C. Saunders
  • Touring Cars Pre-1972 2001cc to 3500cc – Holden GTR Torana – J. Boulton
  • Touring Cars Pre-1972 over 5101cc – Ford Falcon XY GT – J. Chant
  • Touring Cars Pre-1980 up to 1600cc – Toyota Corolla – S. J. Victor-Hogg
  • Touring Cars Pre-1980 1601cc to 2000cc – Ford Escort – S. Brazier
  • Touring Cars Pre-1980 2001cc to 3500cc – Holden Torana – D. Malone
  • Touring Cars Pre-1980 over 3501cc – Holden UC – S. Klein
  • Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc – Lotus Elise – S. Donka
  • Pre-1979 Sports Cars 1501cc to 2000cc – Lotus Europa – E. Huffam
  • Pre-1979 Sports Cars 2001cc to 3000cc – Datsun 260Z – D. Roberts
  • Modern Sports Cars 1501cc to 2000cc – Mazda MX5 – R. Schloss
  • Modern Sports Cars 2001cc to 3000cc – Toyota MR2 – D. Swan
  • Modern Sports Cars over 3001cc – Skelta G-Force – R. Vandersee
  • Modern Clubman – Westfield SEi – D. Christy
  • Special Interest up to 2000cc – Renault Clio F1 – R. McDonald
  • Special Interest 2001cc to 4000cc – Mini Cooper S – S. McCaughey
  • Special Interest over 4001cc – BMW 135i – P. Buccini
  • Special Interest Race Cars – Readster MTR1 – M. Read
  • Special Interest 4WD up to 2000cc – Audi TT Quattro – D. Blinkhorn
  • Special Interest 4WD 2001cc to 3500cc – Mitsubishi Evo VI RS – C. Ching
  • Special Interest 4WD over 3501cc – Nissan GTR – P. Sutcliffe

Some of the busiest people over the weekend were the Taabinga Rotary Club members who manned three gates controlling entry to the Wondai Industrial Estate over both days

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Sunday Show’n’Shine

The 2018 Wondai Sprints Show’n’Shine attracted a record number of entrants: 90 cars and 30 motorbikes.

All prizes were determined by popular vote, ensuring the organisers had an easier day!

Prizes were presented by Col Rogerson, from sponsors Shannons Insurance.

Jonathon Crown, from Wondai, with his 1995 VS Commodore, didn’t have to travel far to take part in Sunday’s show’n’shine

Mick Baker and Kym Hibbs, from Kingaroy, with Stephen Horne, from Gympie, and his prize-winning 1975 Celica

Yvonka Rogerson, from Kingaroy, and Cr Ros Heit checking out Col Rogerson’s 1924 AJS

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Show’n’Shine Winners

  • Best Classic Sedan pre-1968 – Darryl Brown – 1966 Ford XP tudor
  • Best Classic Sedan 1969-1988 – Harry Brazier – Holden FC ute
  • Best Classic Sports Car pre 1968 – Rob Goodchild – Austin-Healey coupe
  • Best Classic Sports Car 1969-1988 – Stephen Horne – Toyota Celica
  • Best Vintage / Veteran – Neil Cooper – 1927 Chrysler
  • Best Classic Commercial – Harry Brazier – Holden FC ute
  • Best Modified / Hot Rod – Grathan Leatherbarrow – 1941 Willys panelvan
  • Best Motorcycle – Geoff Evans – Harley-Davidson
  • Best Classic Caravan – Belinda Paynter – BB Bounce’s Leyland bus
  • Best Modern – Rod and Reene Henderson – Mustang

Col Rogerson and Darryl Brown

Harry Brazier (who collected two prizes)

Stephen Horne

Neil Cooper

Grathan Leatherbarrow

Geoff Evans

Belinda Paynter

Reene Henderson

[UPDATED with correction]

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Show’n’Shine Gallery

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