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In regional NSW the town of Cooma came alive on Saturday 22nd November when 120 entrants participated in the Snowy Mountains 1000.

Conducted at the Snowy Mountains Airport, motoring enthusiasts got to experience the ultimate sprint event to see who could achieve the highest speed from a standing start to the timing beacon 1000 metres down the runway. This year was the third running of the event which was sold out within days of being made public.

‘Drive to Survive’ co-sponsored the event under the ‘taking speed off the roads’ campaign banner. Business Development Director Stewart Nicholls said, “Encouraging motoring enthusiasts to participate in events like the Snowy Mountains 1000 provides a safe legal environment that helps grow motor sport and responsible driving behaviour.”

Senator Ricky Muir of the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party attended the event as a guest of Ian Luff and Stewart Nicholls. The event organisers allowed Ricky to experience legal speed getting a ride with Luffy in the ‘taking speed off the roads’ campaign race vehicle.

Having its first competitive outing, the purpose built (left hand drive) Hyundai Genesis Coupe achieved 38th fastest speed of 231km/h.

Senator Ricky Muir said, “I support the ‘taking speed off the roads’ campaign and the message that the legal environment for speeding is the race track, drag strip, off road dirt rally and events like this, the Snowy Mountains 1000.”

Guest Blog: Ian Luff.