Sprite Club April General Meeting – “Stars and Their Cars”

The April meeting of the Sprite Club of SA was held at the clubrooms of the Sporting Car Club in Unley, as we have done for the past few years. This special night allows the display of member’s cars on stage and a chance to find more about the featured members and their cars with a Question and Answer on stage.

Members arrived at the earlier start time and were provided with two tickets, one for the door prize raffle and the other for a complimentary drink from Stan the barman. There was also an array of pizzas to sample prior to the meeting.

President Gordon Boyce conducted an edited meeting covering the required basics of minutes, finances, coming events and reports from the various representatives.

Then the attention turned to the four vehicles displayed on stage, 1958 Bugeye Sprite of Jim Schubert, 1963 Sprite Mk IIA of Miles Jackson, 1965 Sprite Mk III of Kerry Fisher and the 1968 MG Midget of Russell Schmarr.

President Gordon asked each member different questions about the history of their car, why they chose a Spridget and some of the enjoyment of ownership they have had with their vehicles.

Starting in order with Jim’s Bugeye, which is the oldest in the Sprite Club as it turns 60 years in August this year, and was one of the early cars imported during 1958. Jim has owned the Sprite for over 30 years, purchasing the car from club member Don Williams. These early cars have several structural changes from the later Bugeyes and a different windscreen.

Miles’s Mk IIA was next in order, which started as a left-hand drive project car that need a large amount of work before returning to the streets. Miles outlined the parts restored during the process and some of the minor issues he has had since. Miles has used the Sprite on Interstate runs and is heading to the 2018 Sprite & Midget Nationals this month.

The Mk III of Kerry provided a chance to talk about why he bought a Sprite, to which he replied, “it was in the paper, it was red, it did not have a hood and the price was right!”. Kerry has completed only minor repairs and upgrades during the either years of ownership, although had to repair a broken throttle cable only recently. Kerry uses this Sprite regularly to work, having used it almost daily in the week preceding the meeting, but is yet to reach the 90 days allowed under Club Registration!

Finally, Russell’s fifty-year-old Midget was the final car to be discussed. Russell has been a member of the Sprite Club for 10 years, and displayed a magazine showing the first meeting he attended, and how some of the current members and committee were still involved, including Miles who was librarian in 2008! Russell has driven and attended several Sprite and Midget Nationals and Interstate Rallies with the Midget.

Each of these Spridget owners also had an interesting non-Spridget point of interest that was discovered during the Q & A:

  • Jim Schubert has an interest in woodturning and had produced the finial that tops the Sporting Car Club clubrooms
  • Miles has had a previous history in motorsport, racing Sports Sedans against Pat Miller at Adelaide International Raceway and Mallala
  • Kerry left the Navy and bought the Sprite
  • Russell took an interest in Sprites when he would see Richard & Mandy Stokes plus two kids pile out of their Midget at hockey matches many years ago!

Thanks to sponsorship from Penrite Oils and Pedder’s Suspension there was approx. 20 door prizes to giveaway! President Gordon invited Mary Dutch and Jan Symonds to assist with the raffle draw. Once the prizes were handed out, husband’s Ken and Alan were also invited on stage, where President Gordon talked with each about their years of membership (the Symonds joined in 1984 and the Dutches in 1990), and displayed photos of the Sprites they had both owned over the years, totalling approx. 7 Sprites, and a Mini Cooper S & MG Magnette, between both couples!

Then President Gordon announced and awarded both couples with Life Membership of the Sprite Club of SA for their services to the Club over the years, presenting all with certificates, name and lapel badges.

The meeting then concluded with members continuing to chat and mix with others, inspect the cars on stage and talk specifics with each owner. This has been a successful meeting over the past few years, and one that I think will remain on the calendar.

Special thanks must go to the Sporting Car Club for use of the venue, Michael McClaren for arranging the use of the clubrooms, and supplying the drinks and pizzas, Penrite and Pedder’s for their sponsorship and giveaways and particularly to Jim, Miles, Kerry and Russell for supplying and talking about their Sprites and Midgets.

Bugeye Burble April/May

Coming Events for April 2018 …………………………………………………..
 
Download hard copy pdf here Bugeye Burble – April 2018
 

Monday 9 April – General Meeting – Stars and Their Cars – 7.00pm for 7.30pm.

Sporting Car Club, 51 King William Road, Unley.

 Please note a different date due to the Easter Long weekend, the earlier start time, and the different venue.

 
Saturday 14 April – Sprite Club Autumn Classic Sports Car Cruise – Meet at 4.30pm – Depart 5.15pm

Meet at IKEA Car Park, Donald Bradman Drive, Adelaide Airport

This cruise will head towards the coast and then head for Outer Harbour and returning to the Port Canal shopping centre car park at approx. 6.30pm

Sunday 22 April – The McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic Car Event – Parade starts at 11.00am

The McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic is a great family day celebration of vintage and classic motoring. A fantastic mix of food, wine, music and the arts together with the energy and passion of motoring enthusiasts.

Wed 25 –  Sun 29 April – 2018 Sprite and Midget Nationals – Wodonga, Victoria

This National event has something for every Sprite and Midget owner, Sprints, Regularity, Motorkhana, Show ‘n Shine/Concours, Social Drives and Dinners

Sunday 29 April – Hillclimb – Winter Cup Round 2 – Collingrove Hillclimb

Sunday 6 May – MSCA Peter Hall Memorial 6-Hour Regularity Relay – Mallala Motorsport Park

The annual 6-Hour Regularity Relay will see teams of Sprites and Clubman’s mixing with approx. 20 other teams in the regularity relay.

Happy Easter!

message from the President, Gordon Boyce
 
Time to turn you clocks back……………………....
 
And your calendars forward…………………..……!
 
Due to the Easter long weekend the next General Meeting will be held on Monday 9th April.
 
 

Sporting Car Club
 
Please note this meeting is the “Stars and Their Cars” Meeting to be held at the:
 
Sporting Car Club
51 King William Road
Unley
 
Also the start time is earlier…..7.00pm for 7.30pm start.
 
Cars on display, Q and A with the owners, door prizes, pizzas and bar.
 
Please come along for a special night.
 
On behalf of the Sprite Club Committee we wish you a safe and happy Easter.

Classic cruise

All classic sports car drivers.

THE SPRITE CLUB OF SA. AUTUMN 2018 CLASSIC SPORTS CAR CRUISE.

The sprite club of SA will be running our third classic sports car cruise in the evening of April 14th. The drivers of all sports car, clubman, replica sports car or any car that fits the general description, are most welcome to join us. The event will not take up much of your time, it is an informal low key cruise along some of Adelaide’s popular coastal thoroughfares. The idea being to be part of a spectacle that spotlights on special interest classic sporting cars and to generally have some fun.

The gathering place will be the very western end of the IKEA car park on sir Donald Bradman drive in the Adelaide airport precinct. Gathering for a bit of mingling and inspecting all the cars from 4:30 pm for a departure at 5:15 pm. Driving west on Sir Donald Bradman drive, turning right on Seaview road and following through to Grange road, a quick right left onto Military road, A left turn at Bower road onto the Esplanade/ Lady Gowrie drive, going all the way to the roundabout at outer Harbor, returning along this road to make a left hand turn onto Semaphore road. At the end of Semaphore road turn right onto Causeway road, then turn Left onto Bower rd, followed by a left onto Port rd travel about 500 meters and turn left into the Port Canal shopping centre car park immediately behind KFC where there will be a short presentation. This should be at approximately 6:15. There are a good number of eating places in this area should you wish to make a night of it.

Sunset on this day is at 5;53 pm

As would be expected everyone joining us take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for the roadworthiness of their vehicle.

Driving standards should as always respect our road rules and the safety of yourselves and other road users.

The weather has been ultra kind to us on previous cruises and I hope we will be similarly blessed, however if the bureau predicts a temperature over 36 deg C or greater than 20% chance of 5mm or more rain the cruise will be postponed till a later date.

 

Flaggies Required – Sunday 11 March

Sunday 11 March 

MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 1 – Mallala Motorsport Park

Please Note: The Sprite Club of SA is required to supply officials to assist with running of this event. This would involve flag marshalling and other assorted duties. There is a safety briefing at 8.30am, and lunch will be supplied.

There will also be an opportunity to have some Parade Laps of the circuit during the lunchbreak.

This a great opportunity to get up close and near the on track action.

For the competitors it is time to dust of the helmet and gloves and head to Mallala for the first time on the racetrack for 2018. Come along and support our competing Sprite and Clubman driving members. Did all their adjustments and modifications over the break lower their lap times. Free Spectator Entry. Practice from 9.00am On track action from 10.00am

Mid Week Run – Numbers needed

Email if you’d like to join in, numbers needed for catering purposes admin@spriteclub.com.au

Russell Schmarr has organised a great run through the hills and down to Langhorne Creek for lunch. He’s promised some great roads to get down there and even some roads in the hills never traversed on previous runs! Couple of stops on the way down and BYO morning tea. Great time of year to get the spridget (or if you have to the tin top!) out of the shed!

Details…

Wednesday 14 March Sprite Club Mid-Week Social Drive to Langhorne Creek – Departure at 10.00amAn enjoyable mid-week run to the Bridge Hotel, Langhorne Creek for Lunch.

Departing Hazelwood Park North Carpark, Burnside at 10.00am.

Hazelwood Park Map

Email if you’d like to join in, numbers needed for catering purposes admin@spriteclub.com.au

March Events and Bugeye Burble

Coming Events for Mad March ………………………

Download Bugeye Burble – March 2018 here…

Monday 5 March  General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

Sunday 11 March MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 1 – Mallala Motorsport Park

 Time to dust of the helmet and gloves and head to Mallala for the first time on the racetrack for 2018.  Free Spectator Entry.  On track action from 10.00am

Wednesday 14 March Sprite Club Mid-Week Social Drive to Langhorne Creek – Departure at 10.00am

An enjoyable mid-week run to the Bridge Hotel, Langhorne Creek for Lunch. Departing Hazelwood Park North Carpark, Burnside at 10.00am.

Saturday 17 March Twilight Hillclimb – Winter Cup Round 1 – Collingrove Hillclimb

Come and enjoy this twilight event in the Barossa Valley

General Meeting – Monday 5th March – Meeting starts at 8.00pm

Monday 5th March

General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm

Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

Come along and find out what has been happening with the Club and what is coming up over the next few months

Enjoy a chat and coffee after the meeting, check out our Sprite Club Merchandise Specials or borrow a book from the library.

If you need an Historic Vehicle Inspection, please contact Don or Gordon, and your vehicle can be inspected on the night.

Club Registration owners please note that your rego expired on the 31 December if you are not financial, so please bring your Log Books, Rego Papers and Membership Fees.

Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts