Speed on Tweed: October 2021
Started by Roger Eland in 2002, and overseen by him each year until 2008, Murwillumbah in the Northern Rivers of NSW, hosted "Speed on Tweed", which was widely regarded as the premier historic motor sport classic event in Australia.
Featuring street circuit speed trials, the event attracted more than 150 racing, sports and touring car enthusiasts for a weekend of competition and social events.
Almost succumbing to logistical issues and skyrocketing insurance costs in the wake of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), which almost put coverage beyond the reach of the charity fundraiser event, hopes were raised when support was provided by the Rally Australia as part of the 2009 World Rally Championship (WRC).
But the final Speed on Tweed was held in 2010, after local objections saw the Australian leg of the WRC move to Coffs Harbour, and practical support for Speed on Tweed, went with it.
In 2018, a local committee was established to bring Speed on Tweed back, but due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the planned 2020 event has been rescheduled to October 2021. (Fingers crossed!)
In its halycon days from 2002 to 2009, if you looked closely, you may have seen legendary Australian racing drivers like world F1 champions Sir Jack Brabham and Alan Jones, Grand Prix of Endurance (24 Heures du Mans) - Le Mans 24 hour endurance race winner - Geoff Brabham, or celebrated touring car drivers like John Bowe, Dick Johnson or Jim Richards showing off their pride and joy, or putting the pedal to the metal around the picturesque Murwillumbah road circuit.
Spectators and visitors got to enjoy the friendly and festive atmosphere of a traditional country town, and had the chance to get up close and personal with motoring legends for photos and autographs, or enjoy the opportunity to wander through show and shine displays, and talk to competitors and restorers about their cars.
The non-profit festival, which had donated more than $100,000 to local charities and causes over the years, was managed by the Rotary Club of Murwillumbah, with a huge team of volunteer officials and enthusiastic workers keeping the show on the road.
Sponsors included Rally Australia, South Coast Automotive, Tweed Shire Council, Southern Cross Ten, and numerous local businesses.
Big Volcano TM&M, Speed On Tweed, September 2010
Malcolm Oastler, Union Jag Hillclimb Special, Speed On Tweed, September 2007
- Rotary Club of Murwillumbah
- Speed on Tweed Facebook Community page.
- Tweed Valley Weekly: Speed on Tweed rescheduled for 2021, 28 May, 2020
- Tweed Valley Weekly: Pedal to the metal for Speed on Tweed, January 16, 2020
- Tweed Daily News Track barriers put brakes on Speed, 30 March, 2019
- Vintage Road and Race Car: Speed on Tweed 2005
- Historic Racing: Speed on Tweed 2008
- Graham Ruckert Photography: The Inaugural Festival of Speed on Tweed - September 21/22, 2002
- Speed on Tweed Official Website: Archived 2009
- Wikipedia: Speed on Tweed
- Wikipedia: Rally Australia
* The event date is currently slated for the October long weekend in 2021.
Nearby Towns and Villages for accommodation and attractions
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