Jeff Jackson does his best to stay dry before he takes to the track in his custom built, one-of-a-kind vehicle at the Leyburn Sprints at the weekend.
Jeff Jackson does his best to stay dry before he takes to the track in his custom built, one-of-a-kind vehicle at the Leyburn Sprints at the weekend. Shannon Newley

Sprints host unique cars

THERE was no shortage of rare and unusual cars at the Historic Leyburn Sprints at the weekend but one was particularly unique – in fact, it’s the only one in the world.

The Jackson, named after its builder, owner and driver Jeff Jackson, was a one-of-a-kind model built in the 1970s in South Africa. It was brought to Australia in 1990.

Jackson said he built the 1300cc mid engine red sports car when he was in his teens with his father using some Mini Cooper parts.

He said it was his first time competing at the Leyburn Sprints with his car.

“It’s just fantastic,” he said.

“We really drive a lot of sprints and last year we came here to watch and it looked good so this year we entered.”

Former Warwick resident and competitor Tricia Chant said it was the sheer range of rare and unique cars that made the event great.

“It has the best group of cars, so many different types. It’s the best event for variety,” she said.


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