Formerly known as the Northam Flying Fifty the all new Northam 2 Day Festival of Speed is a two-day event and is traditionally held in March. The event encompasses a hill climb at Mt Ommanney on Saturday followed by the Autokhana in Bernard Park with the 'round the houses' re-enactment on Sunday. The Town of Northam hosted the first of five 'round the houses' races in 1952 with the first races being run over a 2.2 mile (3.5 km) circuit south of the town. In later years a second circuit was laid out north of the town centre. In 1999, the VSCC and the then Town of Northam joined forces to re-create 'round the houses' racing. Extensive support from the Shire of Northam and the local business community allows for the centre of Northam to be closed to regular traffic during the event.
Hundreds of volunteers transform the streets into a fast, but safe street circuit that offers some of the country’s best spectator viewing.
Proudly hosted by The Shire of Northam on the 28th and 29th of March, the 2015 Northam 2 Day Festival of Speed incorporating Northam Flying 50 is action packed with historic and modern motor competition and car displays all weekend plus a Free Family Fun Fair in Bernard Park adjacent to the new water playground on Sunday. With so much to see and do, Northam is the place to be on this particular weekend!
Conducted by the Vintage Sports Car Club of WA the weekend kicks off at 9.00 am on Saturday at the fast and exciting Mt Ommanney Hill Climb with single cars racing up the hill. New viewing points available this year.
This year the Sports Car Builders Club will put on the Autokhana in Bernard Park, with a "Come and Try" for locals to compete. Come & Try does not allow timing but bragging rights are still permissible.
Sunday sees the streets transformed for the “around the houses” regularity competitions, the Northam Flying 50, 21 events featuring about 100 historic and classic racing and sports cars, starting at 10.00 am and winding up at 4.30 pm.
Another major attraction is the appearance of former V8 Ute Racing Champion, Mr Grant Johnson who will be competing in both the Hillclimb and the Round the Houses circuit. There is a huge Car Clubs Display in Bernard Park on Sunday, and Demonstration laps from the juniors at the Hurricane Go Kart Club.
Bring the whole family, because away from the cars will be open shops, cafés and eateries plus the Family Fun Fair in Bernard Park. Wow! What a couple of days of action, adrenalin packed fun and excitement for everyone.
Northam offers a range of affordable accommodation from Bed and Breakfasts, charming old Pubs and Hotels, a caravan park and a motel, all of which make the perfect base to explore Northam and the wider Avon Valley. A pleasant drive from Perth or take the train -
Avon Link Train leaves 9.00am from Midland returning at 4.15pm from Northam.
Cost $29.70 adult return, Concessional $19.18 return, Children $19.18 return.
Train takes 60 seats only.
Make bookings on line https://secure.transwa.wa.gov.au/bookingsexpress.aspx prior as Midland booking station not manned Sunday. Easyrider tickets can be done at the station or ring Trans Perth 1300 662 205. Note an additional train may be made available if online bookings exceed capacity.
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