Ipswich revving up for Festival of Horsepower

24 May 2022

An adrenaline-packed program of high-octane events will deliver entertainment for the whole family during the Festival of Horsepower in Ipswich.

Held in June, the annual festival combines heart-pumping local favourites and a number of signature horseracing and motorsport championships events.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the Festival of Horsepower was the ‘torque of the town’ as an exciting local favourite that also drew visitors from across the globe.

“Council welcomes the world-class annual Festival of Horsepower to Ipswich, set to take off at top speed again this June,” Mayor Harding said.

“Festival of Horsepower will be delivering various heart-racing and exhilarating events, offering something for everyone in the family.

“We’ve had a few tough years with the pandemic and a few tough months with the floods – the Festival of Horsepower will be a great opportunity for our community to come together.”

The festival kicks off with the Ipswich Cup Barrier Draw at Tulmur Place on 14 June. Then join in the action at the Ipswich Cup on 18 June, Australia’s largest regional race day.

Willowbank Raceway will have plenty of motorsport action including the Winternationals from 9 to 12 June, the largest championship drag racing event outside of North America and the final round of the national 400 Thunder season for championship honours.

Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Nicole Jonic said the calibre and diversity of this unique major festival was a testament to the Ipswich community.

“It is a drawcard for thousands of visitors to our region from across Australia and the world,” Cr Jonic said.

“It provides immense economic value to our whole region while championing Ipswich on the world sporting stage.

“Ipswich’s business offerings, experiences and attractions are the drivers that enable such world-class events to come to our region."

Highlights of Festival of Horsepower include:

Winternationals – Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 June
Largest championship drag racing event outside of the US and final round of the 400 Thunder season.

Ipswich Cup Barrier Draw – Tuesday 14 June
Broadcast live on the big screen at Tulmur Place, Ipswich.

Rotax Pro Tour – Friday 17 to Sunday 19 June
Australia’s premier karting tour and Ipswich Kart Club will be hosting round three.

Ipswich Cup – Saturday 18 June
Ipswich’s social event of the year, rich in history, heritage and horses at the Ipswich Turf Club.

2 Days of Thunder – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June
A weekend of fast racing action at Queensland Raceway showcasing motorsports legends.

More information available at ipswichfestivals.com.au