Wonders of the Wondai Street Sprints committee
MANY people have worked hard to make the fourth annual Wondai Street Sprints better than ever.
According to president and event co-ordinator Kevin Krosch, including their working committee of 16 members, their volunteers make a 30-strong team.
Mr Krosch said this team was filled with diverse people who had a passion for motorsports and vehicles, from solicitors to pilots and everything in between.
"A lot of people don't race, it's just a way to get involved with the motoring community,” he said.
The team have been working on this year's Wondai Street Sprints non-stop since August last year.
"We had to get started early because there is a lot of work involved, especially when getting permits for road closures and meeting police requirements,” Mr Krosch said.
However, Mr Krosch believes the hardest part of preparation is setting up the event.
He said they can't put much on the road prior to the event, as the industrial estate roads were still being used.
They can only begin set up one or two weeks prior, and everything must be packed away a week later, for safety reasons.
Despite the intense work involved, Mr Krosch and his team love bringing the event to the South Burnett.
"We started the Wondai Street Sprints because there are no similar motor events on our side of the Great Dividing Range,” he said.
"We used to run Motors in Motion, which had a collection of cars and aeroplanes, but we knew we wanted to move to an event like this. When the opportunity arose, we decided to take it right away.”
Since their first event in 2016, they've noticed that it brings a lot of tourists to town, which in turn brings economic benefits.
Mr Krosch said many came from around South East Queensland for both the racing and the Sunday's Show and Shine event, with only half from our South Burnett region.
After three good years, Mr Krosch said the team had brought in some new and exciting attractions to bring even more motor fanatics to the region.
"Shannons Big Rig is here this year for the first time, and Corvettes Down Under are bringing up some extra cars,” he said.
"We also have some vintage caravans that will be on show for a bit of a competition, and it's the first time they've come along.”