On the Leyburn Sprints course, the buck stops with him
THE man behind the scenes at the Leyburn Sprints, making sure everything ran smoothly, was Trevor Llewellyn.
"I run the event, I oversee all aspects and, basically, the buck stops with me," Mr Llewellyn said.
As a long-time motor-racing enthusiast, he was the clerk of the course for the event.
"I was a late-starter to it all but raced cars myself for about 20 years," he said.
"My wife told me I needed a hobby and I competed until a knee replacement forced me to stop.
"So I began officiating and have been doing that for about 13 years now."
Mr Llewellyn said after a few years as a CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) steward, he was asked to train to become a clerk of the course.
"As a driver I had a reputation for being somewhat recalcitrant. I was always in trouble as a competitor so, after years of fighting the system, I joined it," he said.
"So I get to travel around a lot and officiate as the clerk appointed by the race organisers.
"This is my ninth time here at Leyburn and eighth time as clerk of the course.
"I've got about 20 events to officiate at this year."
In 2009 Mr Llewellyn was appointed chairman of the Queensland Motor Racing panel and was also the Queensland representative for the Australian Motor Racing Commission, positions he no longer holds but he is still very much involved in the administration of motor racing in Australia.
Mr Llewellyn said the Leyburn Sprints were a great social event.
"People love coming to Leyburn," he said.
"The caravan park here is absolutely packed.
"At a lot of events around the state, competitor numbers are dwindling but here they are continually rising. It brings a lot of people to the area - two years ago there were 3000 people here and not many of those were locals."
Mr Llewellyn said it wasn't hard to find officials to make the trip.
"We all love coming here," he said.
"We're here to do a job and we do it as professionally as we can, and enjoy ourselves at the same time."