January 23, 2023 | By Bronwen Largier
Motoring event the Longford Grand Prix Expo in Tasmania has been called off less than two months out from its debut.
The event was given $450,000 in funding from the Tasmanian Government in August 2022, with the state’s hospitality and events minister Nic Street saying in a statement that the event “aims to celebrate Longford’s rich history, as well as showcasing the future of motorsport through car and bike shows within the heart of Longford’s town centre”.
The event was supposed to build on the Longford Motorama events – although the Historic Racing Car Club of Tasmania suggests the Grand Prix Expo was in fact pushing the Motorama event aside – and organiser DX Industries had forecast 15,000 attendees.
The website and Facebook profile of the Longford Grand Prix Expo have been removed.
According to ABC coverage of the cancellation, the Tasmanian government had given part of the allocated funding to the event and was working to find out what had happened to it.
Meanwhile local Tasmanian paper the Northern Midlands Courier has reported that car enthusiasts in Longford are trying to salvage the event following its cancellation.
Insurance company RACT was still publicising the event in its December 2022 newsletter with DX Industries CEO Jeremy Dickson saying, “The event will feature a fully immersive adventure into motor vehicles and mobility, coupled with a range of educational, family-friendly and first-class hospitality activities”.
DX Industries, which runs motor events around the world, has not acknowledged the cancellation of the event on its website or its LinkedIn, but micenet understands there was a note on the Longford Grand Prix Expo website about the cancellation before the website was taken down.