Speed on Tweed on the skids
THE Festival of Speed on Tweed, which drew tens of thousands of motor sport fans to Murwillumbah for nearly a decade, appears dead but not yet buried.
Speed on Tweed chairman Bill Larkin yesterday announced his committee had disbanded with no sponsor and no planning for this year’s event.
He laid the blame squarely at the feet of protesters against Rally Australia, which decided to move its event to the Coffs Harbour region.
“The rally was half-owner of Speed on Tweed, as well as the Rotary Club of Murwillumbah,” Mr Larkin said.
“The committee can’t see any support coming from the rally as the No Rally group has chased them out of town.
“It’s almost April now and no planning has been done.
“We need a big sponsor to back us up financially.”
Mr Larkin said it was highly unlikely the festival, which brought scores of historic racing cars to the town each September and tens of thousands of spectators, would again be held.
Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber president Toni Zuschke described the decision as “heartbreaking”.
Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner said he was disappointed the Speed on Tweed committee had disbanded, but added: “It’s a repercussion that could have been expected with the demise of the rally.”