Longford Grand Prix Inaugural Exhibition Launch
The inaugural Longford Grand Prix display comes in a jam-packed block of next year’s motorsport calendar.
Scheduled for March 11-12, 2023, the exhibition will feature a display of premier motor vehicles, to help celebrate the historic legacy of racing in Longford, Tasmania.
The annual race meeting held over the Labor Day holiday weekend in early March was the largest event of its kind on the island, drawing crowds of over 40,000, the date of the exhibition next year to mark this.
First used in 1953, the Longford track had a lifespan of 15 years, with the 7.2km circuit hosting the Australian Grand Prix in 1959 and 1965 the Australian Touring Car Championship race from 1962, as well as a Tasman Series game each year from 1964 to 1968.
Some of the greatest drivers of the era made their way to the circuit, including Sir Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Bruce McLaren, Leo Geoghegan, Bob Jane and Allan Moffat.
While a new expo, a similar event has taken place before, with the Longford Revival Festival, which first took place in 2011, celebrating the races that took place from 1953 to 1968 in the town.
The new event is set to take place on the same weekend as is tentatively scheduled for next season’s opening round of Supercars at Newcastle.
It also precedes the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, scheduled for March 25-26, as well as the 2023 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix which runs from March 30-April 2.
DX Industries Australia and Andrew Collingridge lead the production of the first Longford Grand Prix Expo.
DX Industries Managing Director Jeremy Dickson said the event will celebrate the region’s automotive history.
“I am very proud to be developing the Longford Grand Prix exhibition in northern Tasmania, building on the motoring heritage associated with this town,” said Dickson.
“The event will offer a fully immersive adventure in motor vehicles and mobility.
“Coupled with a range of educational, family-friendly and first-class hospitality activities, the vision is to create an internationally recognized event that will become a marquee visitor experience on Tasmania’s events calendar.
The exhibition is supported by Events Tasmania, as well as the Northern Midlands Council.