Car buffs flock to fabulous Flying 50

Car buffs flock to fabulous Flying 50

The two-day event included a hill climb at Mt Ommanney on Saturday and a ’round the houses’ race on Sunday.

Northam hosted the first of five ’round the houses’ races way back in 1952.

Initial races were run over a 2.2 mile (3.5km) circuit just south of the town. In later years, a second circuit was laid out north of the town centre.

In 1999, the Vintage Sports Car Club of WA and the Shire of Northam joined forces to re-create the historic races.

Extensive support from the town community and local businesses enables the centre of Northam to be closed to regular traffic during the weekend.

The Flying 50 this year featured events for more than 100 historic, classic and sports cars

VSCC WA president Ross Oxwell said the event was once again a big success.

‘It was a great weekend,’ he said. ‘The numbers were down a bit from last year but we’ll do better next year.’