Snowy Mountains 1000 & more this weekend

By: Glenn Torrens, Unique Cars magazine

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Sprints, hillclimbs and world-famous wrecking yards - it's all happening in NSW this weekend

Snowy Mountains 1000 & more this weekend
Brace yourself for some seriously quick cars at Cooma.

Cooma airport, on the edge of NSW’s Snowy Mountains, will again be the venue for the Snowy Mountains 1000 airport sprint next weekend (Nov 26).

Now in its fifth year, this event is terrific. Sorry, but it’s booked out – entries closed mid-year – but if you’re a car nut (or a car club) from Canberra or southern NSW (even Sydney if you don’t mind the five-hour drive each way) it’s a great destination for a weekend cruise. Cooma has plenty of accommodation - motels, pubs and caravan parks - and places to eat so make a weekend of it. Cooma Airport is one of the few places this side of the dry salt surface of South Australia’s Lake Gairdner where you can witness street cars reaching 300+ kays an hour… and that’s something pretty special.

And if one day of redline action isn’t enough, there’s a local hill-climb on the next day, too. Organised by the crew at the Cooma Car Club, the hill-climb is a challenging run up the access road to the Mt Gladstone Lookout and will have a few cars from the Snowy 1000 running there. Mt Gladstone is only a few kays south of Cooma and the clubbies have put plenty of effort into providing spectator areas…but the venue is in scrubby bushland so bring your walking boots!   

Double bonus: Take a look at the world-famous Flynns Wrecking Yard while you’re there. It’s $10 entry and just across the road…really!

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