Tasmanian government gives $150k to new motorsport event after Grand Prix Expo cancellation


The Tasmanian government has provided $150,000 for a new motorsport event in northern Tasmania that will replace the cancelled Grand Prix Expo, which it had already spent $370,000 on.

“Following the unfortunate cancellation of the GPX event in recent weeks, I’m pleased that our government is able to support the organisers of a new motorsport showcase in Longford,” said Premier Jeremy Rockliff

“The enthusiasm shown in ensuring the motorsport and Northern Midlands communities don’t miss out on sharing their motorsport history has been great, and I’m sure the event will be a success.”

To be held at Woolmers Estate, The Long Weekend at Longford is being co-organised by Justin Brown, who was previously the organiser of the Longford Motorama, which has run for the past three years.

“We’ve been planning to hold an event for quite some time before we ever knew about the previous event that was going to be held, we’ve had to bring all of that forward,” Brown told the ABC.

“There was going to be a void and we can now fill it.

“We’ve had a lot of support, a lot of people coming out of the woodwork pretty much to get us to put this event on.”