Australia Day Picnic and Thong Throwing Competition

Wednesday 26th January -12.00pm – 3.00pm.

Our first event for 2022 will be the Australia Day Picnic and Thong Throwing Competition on Wednesday 26th January.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to host this event at a private residence, therefore the Committee has determined we will hold the event in the grounds of the Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

We will be in the same area that we have the Christmas Picnic.

This will be a BYO Picnic Lunch, so please bring the following:

Picnic Lunch, Drinks, Chairs/table, etc

The Chabrels and Beatons will be provide some fresh Hills Produce for sweets.

An important and enjoyable part of the day will be the Thong Throwing Competition, which will be held in the early afternoon. The highly coveted John and Judy Bowering Memorial Trophy will be the just reward for the winning thong throw!

There are a few changes due to the COVID-19 requirements that we ask you to comply with:

  • Please BYO Chairs, Drinks, Sunscreen, etc
  • There will a COVID-19 Contact Tracing check-in – either via the QR code or Manual sign-in.
  • Please maintain the usual social distancing and personal hygiene requirements.
  • Please do not attend if you are unwell or have any of the recognised symptoms.
  • Thank you for your support of these requirements to allow this event to proceed.

Please RSVP to president@spriteclub.com.au , gordon.boyce98@gmail.com or 0417 897 905 if you are coming on the day so we have an idea of numbers attending.

Wanted 2 post hoist

I am looking for a 2 Post 240 v Hoist . I have a 4 post Tuff Lift that works , but I have issues with the drive through clearance as my car trailer is so wide and a slight height issue .

Any help from club members would be great .

Thanks Grant Stephenson0428 858 046

sthngas@bigpond.net.au

Happy New Year 2022!

Welcome to 2022 and the 50th Anniversary Year of the Sprite Club of South Australia.

This year will be a celebration of the formation of the Sprite Club and there will be special events throughout the year to commemorate this event.

Though with the the current restrictions and COVID-19 and Omicron still prevalent in the community the Sprite Club Committee will meet over the next month to finalise the 2022 Calendar.

Please note the next scheduled event is the Australia Day Picnic at the Chabrels at Oakbank on the 26th January, but will see what the latest restrictions are before posting further details ( currently 10 people at a private house event will impact on this event) More details to follow as they develop.

Just a quick reminder to all members with Club Registered vehicles. If you have not paid your membership by 31st December 2021 you and your vehicle are unregistered. You need to be financial for the vehicle to be registered.

Also you Log Book and rego papers must be updated as well. Please contact either Gordon or Don if you need these signed and stamped.

December Christmas Picnic Meeting

The Park alongside the Fullarton Park Community Centre is named Kumangka -which means “together” in Kaurna and “signifies a place of people coming together”.

So this is the ideal location to hold the Sprite Club’s annual Christmas Picnic prior to the December General Meeting. Nearly 40 people attended the perfect evening for a picnic and get together.

While people enjoyed their BYO Picnic dinner, the Club provided a vast range of beverages to lubricate the members. This spot with the eskies was a popular meeting place for the male members of the Sprite Club!

President Gordon interrupted the proceedings to Welcome all and make a small announcement.

During the coming week Life Member Gary Brock will be turning a Spritely 90 years old! Gary and wife Fay have been extremely active in the Sprite Club, and other community groups for many years.

There was a few kind words and Gary was presented with an embroidered Sprite Club jacket. A quick chorus of “Happy Birthday” and a range of speciality cup cakes appeared to finish off the picnic.

Soon it was time to head inside for the General Meeting part of the night. After the usual minutes, financial and associated reports, it was time for General Business.

President Gordon announced the competition trophy winners for 2021.

These winners were:

Sprite Driver of the Year – Clive Spreadbury

Associate Driver of the Year – Gerard Miller

Lady Driver of the Year – Helen Stephenson

Encouragement Award – Lee Kernick

Gerard was the only one present, so the the other trophies will be presented in the near future.

Pat Miller had calculated that all of the Sprite drivers had totalled over 680 laps of both the Bend and Mallala circuits during the year!

Congratulations to all of these deserving winners!

The evening soon drew to a close and the members said their goodbyes and passed on Christmas and Festive Season Greetings.

Thanks must go to the following for supplying the drinks, cup cakes, Gary’s gift and for transporting Gary and Fay from Gumeracha to the meeting and return.

Michael McClaren and Pat Lescius

Chris and Tina Brine

Ray and Jenny Kinlay

Pat Miller

December Bugeye Burble

With the Festive Season on it’s way and the Sprite Club having a Christmas break here is the December Bugeye Burble and Coming Events for the next few months………………………

Keep an eye on the Sprite Club Website, Email Postings and Sprite Club Facebook Page for more information…………

6th December – Christmas General Meeting – BYO Dinner
Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

25th December – Merry Christmas

1st January 2022 – Happy New Year
The first day of the Sprite Club’s 50th Year Celebrations

26 January – Australia Day Picnic and Thong Throwing Contest-Oakbank
Des and Penny Chabrel have once again offered to host the first event for 2022.
A traditional Aussie lunch followed by the infamous Thong Throwing Competition will also be held supporting the spirit of Australia Day. Please RSVP to Des and Penny on 0457 206 946

7 February – General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.
Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

13 February – 37th All British Day – Echunga Oval
The annual All British Day is a chance to display our Members car and view over 750 British vehicles. This year the All-British Day is returning to Echunga in 2022 with a range of interesting vehicles.
If you have entered, entry to the ovals is from 9.00am.
Excellent Catering, Displays and Trade Stalls are available as well.

27 February – MSCA Trophy Presentation Day
The MSCA Presentation will be held at Mount Barker Oval.
Trophies for the Supersprint Rounds, Driver of the Year, and Club of the Year will be presented.
More details to follow.

2021 President’s Annual Report

Well anther Sprite Year has passed and provided a range of challenges once again for the Sprite Club Committee. The plan for 2021 was not to put the Club or its members at risk with the effects of the COVID pandemic still present in the community.

The calendar at the start of the year had some type of event scheduled for each weekend, a good program considering the past 12 COVID months. These events went off without any issues and the Club had good representation at all of these.

As the various development and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic changed, so did the Sprite Club and the events. The QR code continued to be used and the meetings soon included the use of masks for inside events, something that continued for most of the year.

With borders being locked down the previously rescheduled 2020 National Challenge became the 2021 event, which was then postponed once again as interstate travel became a thing of the past.

Though for SA the lockdown did not occur, and life seemed to continue as “semi-normal” as it has been. Events continued to be run, peopled attended as required and followed the appropriate requirements.

The motorsport calendar continued with good Sprite representation at all events, both at Mallala and The Bend. Even the Peter Hall 6-Hour had excellent local and Victorian Sprite Club member making up nearly a quarter of the entrants.

Socially, other than a few hiccups due to various weather and COVID issues, all events were well attended, with the Mid-Week Meanders and Classic Sport Car Cruises popular with the members. The Ice Cream Run and the Sunday Run to The Elephant Door at Sellicks Hill was a success. The Annual Dinner was well represented with 50 members attending, great to see so many members together at one time enjoying the social camaraderie.

The General Meetings provided an opportunity for a monthly chat and also to welcome several new members over the year. With overseas travel on hold there was once again a number of “new” Sprites and Midgets on the market, with prices increasing over the past few months. A number of these cars and their owners have now joined the Sprite Club and we welcome them to the Club.

I would like to thank the Sprite Club Committee for their help and assistance over the past year. With this support the Club has continued its business and provided the members with a number of events, Club Registration and a chance to enjoy their vehicles with like-minded people. I also thank the members for their support of the various events that the Committee has conducted and organised this year.

In closing 2022 marks the 50th year of the Sprite Club of SA and look forward to the Club celebrating its Silver Jubilee. Some events have been planned and these will be revealed in due course.

Yours Spritely
Gordon Boyce President and the Committee – Sprite Club of South Australia

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