Victorian driver Kye Walters and Queenslander Aidan Raymont battle it out in the 2020 Kings Royal final

UPDATE January 12:  The proposed “Royal Stampede” has now been cancelled. 

January 6, 2021

The three-day Kings Royal speedway event – due to be held in Kingaroy between January 22-23 – has been cancelled as COVID-19 border restrictions could have prevented many interstate competitors from taking part.

“After a lot deliberation and consultation from Queensland Health concerning the border restrictions that are in place when entering Queensland, the South Burnett Speedway Club has made the hardest decision we have had to make that the 2021 Kings Royal as we know it has been cancelled for 2021,” organisers announced on Wednesday.

However, South Burnett speedway fans will still be able to look forward to three days of racing over the January weekend, even if the top-dollar competition won’t be happening.

A new event, to be known as “The Royal Stampede”, will feature the Harry and Megan cups.

The Harry Cup (replacing the Kings Royal) will be for Modifieds, while the Megan Cup will replace the Queens Royal for female drivers.

There will also be Production Sedans, Street Stocks, Modlites and Junior Sedans on the racing program.

“We thank each and every one of you for your understanding and support throughout these trying times,” a club spokesperson said.

“Let’s make the most of the situation and have a cracker of a weekend.”

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Other 2021 events to have been cancelled so far include:

  • Cooyar Show – The Cooyar Show Society announced late last year that the 2021 Cooyar Show will not be going ahead. However, the popular campdraft – usually held concurrently with the show – will still be happening on the weekend of February 20.
  • Festival Of Cultures – On December 31, the South Burnett Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation announced that due to unforeseen circumstances and COVID-19, the 2021 Festival Of Cultures, due to be held in Kingaroy, would not be run.

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