The Jamboree event was started in 1991 by a group of drag racing enthusiasts from Volkswagen Drivers Car Club of QLD to full a void in the small car scene. Ray Box and Mark Stanbury ran the Jamboree as club members for over 5 years.
After this time Ray and Mark formed Small Car Productions and then the Sport Compact Group to run and promote the Jamboree & other Sport Compact events throughout Australia.
The Jamboree has established itself as the Premier Event on the small car enthusiast’s calendar in Australia. It's not all about drag racing either! There is just as much happening at the Jamboree off the track with a massive Show-N-Shine, Car Audio Sound Offs, Dyno Comps, Tech Talks, Babe & Bikini Comps, Motorcycle Stunt Shows, Automotive Product Displays, Competitions, Giveaways and much more. Many teams and spectators plan their holidays around the Jamboree these days. The Brisbane Jamboree has become the 2nd largest event on the Willowbank Raceway calendar with the multi day event, the Winter Nationals being the largest. The Brisbane Jamboree has grown to a level when we see close to 500 competitors and approx 10,000 spectators through the gate.
In 2004 the event calendar was expanded into NSW with the opening of the Sydney Dragway and the introduction of the Compak Attak event, now the Sydney Jamboree. The Sydney Jamboree has grown from strength to strength and is widely recognized by racers, sponsors, spectators and SD as the best Sport Compact event in NSW. In 2006 a 2nd Queensland event was established in the form of the Mini-Jam giving Australia’s Sport Compact Capital a 2nd event for hungry enthusiasts. In 2007 our 1st Victoria event was launched with the Summer Slam at the Heathcote Park Raceway.
The development of the Sport Compact Group Drag Racing Series in 2007 was the biggest thing to happen in Australian drag racing for many years and Sport Compact Group is proud to have pioneered the way for this to become a reality.
No less than 12 new classes were developed to better cater for the unique Australian Sport Compact community allowing opportunities for the Sport Compact racers to express themselves through their cars like never before.
In 2009 we took a strategic step back to our two main events, the Sydney Jamboree and the Brisbane Jamboree. The Victorian Summer Slam event at Heathcote Park Raceway is not a viable option at this stage due to the track surface not meeting safety standards and requirements for the performance of our Pro class racers.
We see this move as a positive one, for our business and the Sport Compact scene in general, allowing for more lead up planning and promotion, creating these 2 major events even bigger.
In early 2010, founder Ray Box took over full ownership of Sport Compact Group, with Mark Stanbury moving on to other business opportunities.
2015 sees owner of Jett Racing and prominent drag racing personality Collin Willshire become shareholder and partner of Jamboree with the formation of The Jamboree AUS Pty Ltd to manage the Jamboree events. By combining Ray’s 25 years of Jamboree management and Collin’s outstanding experience of over 16 years in business under the Willshire Enterprises Pty Ltd umbrella alongside Jett Racing’s 15 year success story, Ray & Collin aim to expand Jamboree to include events in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in addition to the existing Brisbane and Sydney events and look forward to an exciting new concept in Jambo Nights.
We hope you can come join us in 2015 !