PRESTIGE: Bruce Garland is one of a host of famous faces set to hit the track at the Wondai Sprints.
PRESTIGE: Bruce Garland is one of a host of famous faces set to hit the track at the Wondai Sprints. Contributed

Bumper field for Wondai Sprints

Wondai Sprints: With thousands moving through the gates at last year's inaugural Wondai Street Sprints, you could forgive organiser Kevin Krosch for resting on his laurels.

Instead he has worked tirelessly alongside a large support crew to make this year's iteration bigger and better - and early indications are his efforts will prove successful.

More than 130 drivers from as far afield as Sydney will converge on Wondai for the June 10-11 event - up from the 93 drivers that competed last year.

One such driver, Dakar Rally veteran Bruce Garland, will also travel north for the event and it was hard to contain Krosch's excitement.

"To have a man of his calibre compete is just fantastic, he has raced all over the world,” Krosch said.

But the star power does not stop there, with Australian motorsport commentary veteran Will Hagon agreeing to return for a second-consecutive year.

"(Hagon) talks for two days non-stop about each vehicle, what he has stored away in his brain is magnificent,” Krosch said.

"He has such a lovely mellow voice, people just love to hear him talk. It's a pretty big coo for us to have him come up from the Hunter Valley (for another year).”

But even the former ABC, Channel 7 and Sunday Telegraph pundit will have his encyclopaedic knowledge of motor vehicles tested.

From a 1925 Austin 7 to a 2010 Renault Megane, there will be more than 80 years worth of motoring history roaring around the Wondai track.

Off the track, Sunday's show-and-shine will exhibit a 1912 'Whitey' - a historic, original racing car which now resides in Kingaroy.

In all, the Wondai Street Sprints offers something for everyone, and Krosch was quick to thank the community for their support.

"We've had a huge amount of support across the South Burnett, it's been overwhelming,” Krosch said.

With motels in Wondai booked out weeks in advance, Krosch estimates the economic benefit will far outweigh the outlay required to make the event possible.

"It's taken a massive amount of manpower (to make the event possible),” Krosch said.

"Last year it cost us around $40,000 to bring (concrete moulds) up from Dalby. It's cost us more this year, but we've poured our own which will help lower costs into the future.

"We can now aim at improving the facilities a bit more and spreading the profit to the sporting clubs who without their cooperation we wouldn't be able to run the event.”

The Wondai Street Sprints begin Saturday, June 10 at the Wondai industrial area behind the sporting fields.