Calendar of Events
26th Feb 2017
1st April 2017
Mt Ommaney HillClimb &
Minson Ave Motorkhana
2nd April 2017
Northam Flying Fifty
3rd June 2017
Mt Clarence Hillclimb
1st Oct 2017
26th Nov 2017
Northam Flying Fifty and Hillclimb
Northam’s historic Motor Sport Festival – including the iconic Flying 50 – is on again in April when the streets will be closed to all but very fast traffic.
The two-day event blasts off on Saturday 1st April, with hill-climbing events on Mt Ommanney and the traditional Minson Motokhana display of legendary drivers navigating the tight circuit against the stop watch at Bernard Park.
On Sunday, there will be a full day of regularity events around the street circuit, static car displays, street stalls and family entertainment.
For Saturday’s hill-climbing events, there are public viewing points at the foot of Mt Ommanney and a free bus ride to take you to the turn one action.
Bernard Park will be a buzz with the Lions Club markets kicking the day off at 8am and continuing during the day when the Minson Motorkhana blasts to life at 1pm. The public will get the chance to inspect the range of cars up close during this unique event.
On Sunday, roads in the CBD will be closed during the running of each event, with pedestrian access and vehicle movement under supervision. Commercial activity will continue as usual within the circuit area during business hours.
Spectators are asked to follow the instructions of race officials and track marshals at all times.
The two-day extravaganza is FREE; programs are available on site. There will be full commentary on public address throughout Sunday’s meeting which also includes a live broadcast with “Frenchy” on radiowest 6am with interviews with competitors, winners and race officials.The events include sports cars, racing cars, historic touring cars and combinations of the three. Drivers and their vehicles enter from all over W.A. with some competitors travelling from the east coast making this a highly competitive event. All the weekends activities are under the supervision of officials from CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport).
Organized by The Vintage Sports Car Club of W.A. Inc., with support from the Shire of Northam, the event has been a popular draw card for locals as well as a tourist attraction since it was first run in 1999.
In conjunction with the Festival, Northam Town Hall will be the venue for a range of locally-themed displays. Five well-known community groups will mount photographic and other displays telling their individual stories. Refreshments will be available, and volunteers are on duty to explain the workings of the following groups:
Northam & Districts Historical Society
Northam Heritage Forum
Northam Army Camp Heritage Association
Earth Solutions - Avon Valley
Avon Valley Vintage Vehicle Association
The Town Hall will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm both days. Entry is by gold coin donation.
Northam & Districts Historical Society focuses on the history of the district since the 1830s, with emphasis on the development of the railway system which was so important to the development of the town and region; Northam Army Camp Heritage Association is concentrated on the military and migrant history of the Army Camp, as well as other migrant locations around Northam and the important contribution of migrants to the district’s post-war development; Earth Solutions – Avon Valley is an environmental group highlighting the advantages of recycling, reuse and innovation in protecting the environment; Avon Valley Vintage Vehicle Association is the region’s centre for collectors, owners and the general public interested in the vehicles of yesteryear.Northam Heritage Forum is the “umbrella group” for these bodies, based at Northam Heritage Centre – Old Northam Railway Station, a museum open to the public nearly every day of the year.
For further information contact the Northam Visitor Centre 96222100 or Event Coordinator Randle Beavis 0428 950 813
A pleasant drive from Perth - Please note : there is also train service this year! (2017)
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