Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring // Fast and Furious style battle unfolds on track in Joondalup

The Tyrepower Joondalup City Sprint featured an on-track battle that would have made a Fast and Furious scriptwriter proud when the drivers of two favourites of Japanese car culture, a Toyota Supra and Nissan GTR, were posting times so close that the winner wasn’t clear until the last run.

The Joondalup City Sprint is part of the Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring, a two day free to attend motoring feast that combines motorsport, car displays, activations, entertainment and food outlets.

The Sprint was Sunday’s program highlight for the thousands of eventgoers who turned out to watch 140 competitors try and set the fastest time on the 2.2 km closed city street course. In a test of horsepower and driving skill, the participants had four runs of the course, with the cumulative time of their fastest three determining the final result.

The GWM Toyota Supra had a successful weekend on the results sheets, being driven by both first-placegetter Bryce Moore and third-placegetter Mark Cirillo.

Simon Richards splits the two Supra drivers and continues the tradition of a Nissan R32GTR taking second place at the Joondalup City Sprint, with the Godzilla of Matt James-Wallace clinching second in 2022.

Moore secured the victory with the narrowest of margins. He beat Richards by only fractions of a second across all three counting runs, ending up with a cumulative time of 4:55.55 compared to Richards’ final time of 4:55.79.

Moore credits the team at GMW for building a vehicle that withstood the mechanical stress test of its double competition duty.

“This is only the Supra’s second outing,” said Moore. “A huge thanks to the boys at GMW for putting the car together. We are so happy to bring this fantastic result home for the team.

“Simon has a very different car from ours. It is slippery out there, and the Supra is rear-wheel drive, so it is harder to get the power down.

“We knew we didn’t have the horsepower compared to Simon, so we had to make the most of the corners and keep the speed up.”

Simon Richards’ was happy to finally experience the Joondalup City Sprint in his 650hp Nissan R32 GTR after missing the inaugural event.  

“I haven’t used the car for a while,” said Richards, “So I thought it would be good to get back out there with it.

“People said the last event was really good fun, and I felt a little like I missed out. I was lucky to be back in Perth in time for this event and to race.

“The course is quite tight for my car, but I got speed up in some sections, and my driving improved over the course of the day.”

After being a couple of seconds off the Top 5 pace in Run 1, third-place Mark Cirillo quickly got to grips with the Supra, and as his time fell, his place up the order rose. He finished with a final time of 4:57.42.

Cirillo was also very grateful to GMW for the work they had put into the Toyota Supra.

“They’ve (GMW) been a big, big sponsor for us and have put a heap of time into building the whole thing,” said Cirillo. “So, a huge thanks to the team at GMW and all the other sponsors as well.”

“The crowds this weekend have been unbelievable. It was great to see kids getting out and wanting photos of the cars and to see them being given a rev. A lot of people came out to the event, and we enjoyed the support.”

While the cars on the track may have been a blur to spectators, motoring groups provided nearly 1,000 static display vehicles, including some rare exotics from curated private collections for people to get a closer look at.

Event Director Justin Hunt appreciated seeing the automotive community out in force supporting the event.

“We have some wonderful car groups in WA who enthusiastically commit to and promote events such as ours, and we really couldn’t do it without them,” said Hunt.

“Northern Steel Car Club brought 220 member cars on Saturday night, Cars and Coffee have told us they had an attendance of over 600 cars in their section on Sunday, and the Hyundai N group had over 60 vehicles. We’ve already had many clubs ask us for a bigger display area next year.

“The Joondalup city centre was buzzing, and we thank the local businesses and residents for their understanding.

“While our event brings free family entertainment and puts Joondalup on show, we acknowledge that this event can interrupt daily life for some locals due to the road closures and increased traffic to the area. The event team would like to thank them for their patience and understanding.

“We’d also like to thank the event volunteers, sponsors, competitors and the City of Joondalup.

“We hope to build upon the success of the past two events and bring a whole heap of colour and horsepower back to Joondalup next year.”

For a complete listing of overall and class results for the Tyrepower Joondalup City Sprint, please see www.mstalr.com.

For the latest Festival news and information, please visit www.jfom.com.au (website), facebook.com/joondalupfom (Facebook) and @joondalupfom (Instagram).

Contribute to the community spirit and be the driving force behind JFOM

Organisers of the Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring are looking for volunteer motorsport officials to be the driving force behind the motorsport element, the Joondalup City Sprint, and contribute to the community spirit of the free, family-friendly festival.

In return for their valuable time, all registered officials will receive a uniform, lunch AND one entry to the Tyrepower prize draw, seeing one lucky event volunteer win a set of tyres from generous event sponsor Tyrepower (up to $2k value). Both seasoned and newcomer officials are welcome to register for the event, with just a passion for safety and the ability to clearly relay information over the radio required.

The Joondalup City Sprint takes place on Sunday, 5 May. JFOM trackside volunteer officials will have a front row seat to the high octane motorsport time trial on a challenging 2.2km closed road course.

If trackside is not your vibe, there are a variety of other positions available such as event administration personnel, spectator marshals and service paddock marshals.

Important prize draw information:

  • The prize is not redeemable for cash
  • The prize is for up to $2k towards one set of tyres. No change or refunds given.
  • The prize must be selected in-store at a Tyrepower Store as advised by Tyrepower WA.
  • Prize drawn on Sunday, 5 May 2024

To register as an official, complete the online registration form on www.jfom.com.au or email info@jfom.com.au for inquiries.

The Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring is a free, family-friendly event that takes over the Joondalup CBD from 4 – 5 May. The festival showcases the automobile’s design, function, and culture in a way that you don’t have to be a lifelong car enthusiast to appreciate by blending the thrill of motorsport with entertainment, activations and gourmet delights.

Note that road closures around the Joondalup CBD will occur on 5 May. Access maps will be made available on www.jfom.com.au closer to the event.

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2024 Joondalup Festival of Motoring to be powered by Tyrepower

Joondalup Festival of Motoring organisers are proud to announce that Tyrepower has continued their naming right’s sponsorship of the 2024 event which will be a two-day celebration of the motorcar’s beauty, history and culture both past and present, held in the Joondalup city centre May 4 & 5.

Originally announced for the 2023 event, the Mariginiup- Wanneroo bushfires postponed the event and stalled the inaugural year of the partnership. 

Event Director Justin Hunt said that sponsor’s understanding and patience was appreciated by the organising team during the period of uncertainty. “We’re lucky to have sponsors like Tyrepower who are genuinely love the Festival format and want to support community motoring events,” Justin said.

“Their enthusiasm plus the anticipation for the rescheduled event from participants, other sponsors and the local community has really spurred the event team on.

Tyrepower General Manager Dale Klompmaker said there was no question whether the group would renew their commitment to the Joondalup Festival of Motoring.

“Last year’s postponement was a disappointment, not just for us but for the entire community eagerly awaiting the festival,” he said.

“Our hearts went out to the Wanneroo community affected by the bushfires, and we extend our gratitude to the fire and emergency service workers and volunteers for their incredible efforts.

“As we gear up for this year’s event, the anticipation is brining greater excitement, and we’re looking forward to sharing this unique experience with the local community, WA and all visitors.

“This is a celebration of automotive culture that brings together the past, present, and future of motoring, with something for everyone, so I encourage you all to come along, from car enthusiasts to families looking for a fun day out.”

The free two-day programme features a mix of new additions and festival favourites. New to the festival line-up is Saturday’s JFOM Trash or Treasure Car Jumble, where attendees can stroll through a treasure trove of automotive parts and memorabilia.

Rejoining for the 2024 event is Steel Bumpers and Beverages with the Northern Steel Car Club, Classic Cars and Coffee, JDM and the Trevors Carpets Display Zone. Adding to the festival atmosphere will be a selection of delicious food vans, beverages including a licenced area and live entertainment.

Festival highlight, the Tyrepower Joondalup City Sprint is back again on Sunday to exhilarate and delight, when cars take on 2.2km of closed city streets in time trial format to prove they are more go than show.

Those who would like to take part in the Tyrepower Joondalup City Sprint are can enter now through the Motorsport Australia portal.

Due to the high number of previously entered competitors carrying their entries forward to this event, organisers do only have a very limited number of spots available.

For entry forms, supplementary regulations and general event information, please visit www.jfom.com.au. Stay updated on the latest Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring information by following us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Note that road closures around the Joondalup CBD will occur on 5 May. Access maps will be made available on www.jfom.com.au closer to the event. 

Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring roars back to life on 4-5 May 2024

The much-anticipated rescheduled date for the Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring has been released with the motoring spectacle now set to reverberate the streets of the Joondalup city centre on the 4 – 5 May.

The festival showcases the automobile’s design, function, and culture in a way that you don’t have to be a lifelong car enthusiast to appreciate by blending the thrill of motorsport with entertainment, activations and gourmet delights.
The second running of the annual motoring festival was initially scheduled for November last year but was postponed when a bushfire took hold in nearby Wanneroo less than 48 hours out from the event.

Event Director Justin Hunt was overwhelmed by the public’s positive response to the difficult decision to reschedule. “Even though we knew postponing the event was the right thing to do on a number of fronts, we weren’t prepared for the outpouring of support for our decision from both stakeholders and the wider community,” said Mr Hunt. “We’re now looking forward to the rescheduled date and putting on an exhilarating programme of motoring-themed activities and experiences.”

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said “It was the right call by the event organisers to postpone the event in November out of respect for those affected by that terrible fire. I encourage people get out in big numbers over the first weekend of May to experience this two-day celebration of all things fast and furious. If ever an event deserved the support of our community, it’s the Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring.”

The revised line-up also introduces a new addition, the JFOM Trash or Treasure Car Jumble. Attendees can stroll through a treasure trove of automotive wonders, a golden opportunity to snag that elusive automotive part, or just browse amongst fellow motoring aficionados.

All prior entries to the Tyrepower Joondalup Sprint are still valid. For those who couldn’t make the original event date but would like to take part in the Sprint action on May 5, entries will be reopening soon.

Event officials and competitors who registered for the November event can expect to be contacted by organisers regarding availability for the rescheduled date.

Note that road closures around the Joondalup CBD will occur on 5 May. Access maps will be made available on www.jfom.com.au closer to the event.

Stay updated on the latest Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring information by following us on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

Showcase your pride in your ride at the 2023 Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring

Polished and pristine machines will take over the laneways of the Joondalup City Centre on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of November for the 2023 Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring.

Event organisers invite members of Perth’s car clubs and collectives to bring their pride and joy out of the garage to put on display for all to enjoy at this free family event. You are also welcome to roll on in solo – we just love cars!

The rows of hundreds of pristine vehicles lining the Joondalup streets were a highlight of last year’s event, allowing attendees to get up close and appreciate the vehicles from various eras, manufacturers, and countries of origin.

Adding to the colour and variety of vehicles on show are some of Perth’s most popular car groups who will be holding their monthly car meets at the festival.

Each day will have its own display theme and the program is:

Saturday 25th November, 12pm to 9pm: Saturday’s theme is Australian, American and Steel Bumper vehicles. From 4pm, Northern Steel will roll into the Instant Product’s display zone to showcase their old school cool vehicles for their monthly meet from 7:00 pm.

Sunday 26th November, 9am to 5pm: On Sunday, the spotlight turns to classic, exotic, European, and Japanese vehicles. The festival will host Classic Cars and Coffee and the JDM Prefecture monthly meet in the Instant Products display zone. Meanwhile, Hyundai N Club will be cruising up to the festival and assembling on Boas Ave.

On both days. there is a festival atmosphere to enjoy with entertainment, food trucks and a pop-up bar, making it the perfect place for a social gathering of your car group.

Displaying your car at the festival is free. However, Classic Cars and Coffee are fundraising for Prostate Cancer, so a $10 fee will apply to join their display.

Organisers ask that groups over five notify organisers (info@jfom.com.au) before the event so an area can be allocated to your group. On Sunday, display vehicles must enter via the Davidson Terrace and Shenton Avenue intersection due to road closures being in place. Those displaying vehicles will not be locked in and can leave the event at a time of their choosing.

The Tyrepower Joondalup Festival of Motoring is a car culture experience that compliments a motorsport main event, celebrating the automobile’s design, function, and culture in a way that you don’t have to be a lifelong car enthusiast to appreciate.

The free family event takes over the Joondalup City Centre from 24 – 26 November. The program features an exciting line-up of activities, including motorsport, car displays, entertainers, activations, live music, outdoor movies, food vans and pop-up bars. To plan your day, visit www.jfom.com.au.

2023 Joondalup Sprint Course Revealed

This article first appeared on carsales.com.au

The Joondalup Festival of Motoring is back for another year and organisers have now made some significant changes to the headline City Sprint course for 2023, resulting in a slightly more compact but challenging parkour this time around.

For starters, the course now runs anti-clockwise around the Joondalup CBD and, although it’s now shorter than last year at 2.2km (versus 2.4km), it actually features more turns than last year and is much more accessible for festival goers both in terms of access to the festival itself and spectator points.

“We changed the course primarily to create a better spectator experience, the new layout is more easily accessible in and around the City Centre and the viewing from Central Park will be fantastic,” festival director Justin Hunt told carsales.

“We have essentially flipped the course to take advantage of the undulating road network.”

The start point for this year’s sprint will be on Grand Boulevard near the intersection with Boas Avenue, with drivers skirting the edge of Central Park before hooking left onto Teakle Court and then taking a sharp right onto a car park access road, culminating in a challenging downhill sequence onto Kendrew Cres.

“This is where things take a turn (literally) and we have a few surprises in place, before the long run along Lakeside Drive, and then turn left into the flying finish at Reid Promenade,” Hunt said.

The course will be littered with mandatory chicanes to prevent speeds getting too high before the braking zones, though course designers say there’s no detriment to the flow of the course.

Feedback provided by last year’s competitors has resulted in the implementation of a longer cool-down stretch after each run and a bigger service centre.

Organisers also claim the new course will provide a level playing field for first-time entrants and returning competitors alike, with entries currently sitting at about 80 per cent of capacity ahead of their closure on October 30.

“Entries are looking really good,” Hunt said. “It’s a fantastic mixture of classic and performance vehicles.”

As per 2022 and other locally-run sprint events, drivers will have four runs of the course each, with the outright and category winners being those with the smallest cumulative time at the end of those four runs.

This year’s event will also feature a parade lap in which close to 100 Hyundai N cars will crackle, pop and burble their way around the course as part of the official WA Drive Meet.