READY FOR ACTION: It's been 12 years since Les Eather has been to the Sprints but he's loving every moment.
READY FOR ACTION: It's been 12 years since Les Eather has been to the Sprints but he's loving every moment. Bianca Hrovat

Sprints stay true to social heart 12 years on

A LOT has changed in the 12 years since ex-Sprints committee member Les Eather left Leyburn, but the most important part of the event has stayed the same.

"It used to be quite good but it's enormous now!” he said.

"It's very impressive, how professionally it's being run and organised.

"But the social part of it has stayed the same and that's what's always made the competition special.”

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FULLER HOUSE: Leyburn's Royal Hotel on its busiest day of the year. Bianca Hrovat

Mr Eather said he still has the cars he used to race at the track, including the 1988 Westfield Clubman sports car he keeps in the shed of his Western Australian home.

The classic cars were out on the main drag, and Mr Eather said seeing the impressive variety had always been a favourite pastime.

"It's great to be back!” he said.