Longford Revival Festival on track

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The organisers of the Longford Revival Festival are looking forward to 2012 after a highly successful inaugural event this year.

The reopening of Longford and the Flying Mile – one of Australia’s earliest grand prix racing tracks – after 42 years has put Tasmania on the world motor racing map.

It has also made for a wonderful new tourist attraction and an even bigger and better 2012 festival is already being planned.

Longford was one of the world’s great race tracks in the 1950s and ‘60s, and saw drivers such as Hill, Surtees, McLaren and Brabham compete on its 4.5 mile track at events including the 1959 and 1965 Australian Grand Prix.

One of the few sections to survive since the track close in 1968 is the famous Flying Mile, where cars today would reach over 180mph.

The revival festival is a celebration of the track’s heyday, a step back in time to the ‘60s and also a chance for modern day motoring legends to “fly the mile”.

Another highlight is the greatest automotive collection ever put together in the state, with over 100 machines brought from Australia and overseas.

Fashion and live music from the 1960s, as well as Tasmania’s world class food and wine from the Tamar Valley complete the package.

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