Tasmanian motorsport lovers are shocked at the news of the cancellation of the Longford Grand Prix Expo less than two months out from its debut.
The event organiser DX Industries cited difficult economic conditions, including ongoing supply chain shortages, infrastructure costs and labour shortages.
But who are DX Industries?
According to their website
“The motorsport industries (sic) first and only true turn-key service and framework provider. With a rich 25+ year motorsport history DX owns, operates and promotes events around the world. Delivering on time and on budget is our guarantee.”
DX Industries, a Singapore-registered company is headed by Jeremy Dickson, a son of former Australian touring car racer, administrator/promoter and overseas circuit designer Ron Dickson.
Dickson, who has been living in Hobart in recent times, quietly announced on January 13 that the Expo, scheduled for March 11-12, had stalled “due to a combination of difficult economic conditions, such as infrastructure costs and ongoing supply chain issues and labour shortages”.
Further coverage can be read on the Auto Action website: Race to save Longford historic festival
However, what must be of concern to the event industry and the Tasmanian Government is DX Industries involvement in the Macquarie Point development which they boasted about in this LinkedIn post, “DX will partner with Hobart Brewing Co in the redevelopment of the Goods Shed that forms part of the $1.1B Mac Point urban renewal project. The transformation will see a home for Hobart events and producers aiming to provide a unique experience for Tasmanians and international visitors.”
Macquarie Point is also the site of the proposed AFL Stadium which is also courting controversy.