Wine and Cheese Night! (as well as a general meeting…)

Surely it won’t be this cold

Don’t forget our mid winter meeting next Monday 3 July 2017!


To try and encourage you to come out in the cold we always throw a bit of wine and cheese your way to make it worthwhile!

We’ll also have a couple of guests, one from the Sporting Car Club whetting our appetite for the upcoming Adelaide Motorsport Festival and the Michelin Man coming to the meeting to talk tyres.








Hope to see a great turnout for this meeting!

AHSDC 2018 Sprite & Midget Nationals Wodonga Victoria April 25th – 29th 2018

Please see below information on next year’s Sprite Nationals

Hi everyone,

Well it is that time again when the Austin Healey Sprite Drivers’ Club are promoting the 2018 Sprite & Midget Nationals.

Please find attached (via this link) Bulletin No 1 with all the initial information. Ongoing Bulletins will be distributed with more informative information and details.

If you wish to Register your Expressions of Interest please let me know by email and please pass the word to Save the Date and to start planning your visit in 2018.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards, Terri

Terri Corbin

2 Explorers Court

Vermont South, Vic  3133

Mobile: 0414 988 641

Motofest – Bay to Birdwood

Don attended a Federation of Historic Car Clubs meeting and there was a Motorfest rep there who advised that the Museum and a Shed or Two run on 20th September (this is the one Don (and several other club members) have entered) is 56% full.
Any interested Sprite Club members wanting to attend this event of any oft others, they need to do something about it quickly otherwise if they put off entering until the last minute they will miss out. Full details on the Bay the Birdwood website.

Motorfest – Bay to Birdwood

Regarding the Motorfest.

Don has entered the Museum and a Shed or Two run on 20th September and would like to invite other Club members to join him and form a Sprite Club group.  At least 6 or 7 Spridgets (or more) would be optimistically nice .

Entry forms and details are available on and click on the Motorfest window.

If members want to talk to Don they can ring him on 0411 876 067 or email

Bay to Birdwood – Entries Open

We are pleased to announce that entry into the 2017 Bay to Birdwood Classic is now open.  The event will be held on Sunday 24 September and all substantially original 1956 – 1981 vehicles are eligible to enter.

An entry form is attached.  You are also able to download entry forms from the website

We encourage you to enter online via the website to save on printing and postage.  This method of entry will also guarantee you receive a return email acknowledging your payment and entry.

There has been a change to the entry fee structure.  If you are a member of a Club which is associated with a State body that is a member of the Australian Historic Motoring Federation the entry fee is $10 less than the standard fee.  If you are unsure, please contact your Club before submitting the form.

All entries must be accompanied by a photograph depicting the vehicle as it will be on the day of the event.   

Entries close Friday 4 August or before if the limit of 1750 vehicles is reached.  

Please feel free to share this email with anyone else who may have an eligible vehicle.

We look forward to receiving your entry.


PAULINE RENNER   Event Coordinator & Bay to Birdwood Finish Manager and Entry Director


Bay to Birdwood – Motorfest 2017

The Sprite club would like to participate in a few of this year’s Bay to Birdwood Motorfest activities. These events are open to all other car clubs so the numbers are limited, we need to enter and pay our fees as soon as possible.
Entry forms and payment details are available on the Bay to Birdwood web site under Motorfest or the Federation’s detailed pdf.
If a member wants to talk to Don about attending these events phone me on 0411 876 067 or email
Hope we get a few interested parties.



Welcome to Motorfest 2017

For over thirty years, Motorfest has been providing a selection of events showcasing South Australia and providing entertainment and fellowship for enthusiasts from every corner of Australia and sometimes the world.

The Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs SA invites Bay to Birdwood entrants and other motoring enthusiasts to join us for a fortnight of interesting and fun events. We hope you will enjoy taking part in our various events and at the same time see a little more of Adelaide and its surrounds.

This year’s events have been organised by some of South Australia’s great historic car clubs and will certainly be of interest to our Interstate, Country and local enthusiasts.

Again the various day outings will take you to many well known, and some not so well known places of interest. For this Motorfest Classic we have some very different never been done before destinations which range from the lower mid north to the Fleurieu showcasing so much of our great state of South Australia.

We trust that as many of you as possible will take advantage of this wonderful programme and avail yourselves to as many Motorfest Classic events as possible.

Please be aware that you do not require a specific vehicle to enter any of these events. You may use any vehicle you wish to, including your current model family car or Mum’s taxi.

To enter simply download the entry form, fill it out, and it send it back via mail with your payment.

Happy Motoring.

Graham Tonkin
Motorfest Classic Director

Motorfest 2017 Events

Below is a summary of the events, and to download the detailed program CLICK HERE,…

  • Day 1 – Monday, 18 Sept – Flour Mills of the Adelaide Hills
  • Day 2 – Tuesday, 19 Sept – A Day at the Flicks
  • Day 3 – Wednesday, 20 Sept – A Museum and a Shed or Two
  • Day 4 – Thursday, 21 Sept – Ariel Viewing of Chevs
  • Day 5 – Friday, 22 Sept – Classic Cars & Fine Art
  • Day 7 – Sunday, 24 Sept – BAY TO BIRDWOOD CLASSIC
  • Day 8 – Monday, 25 Sept – Wheels and Tracks
  • Day 9 – Tuesday, 26 Sept – A Grave Experience
  • Day 10 – Wednesday, 27 Sept –  Biggest Morning Tea & Y P Field Day
  • Day 11 – Thursday, 28 Sept – Fleurieu Coast Beckons

To book a seat for any of the events, download the entry form by CLICKING HEREComplete the entry form and post it with your payment, back to the following address:

Motorfest Classic Entry Director
3 Bain Street, Christie Downs
SA 5164


Great Grape Run – wrap up

17th May 2017 : Sprite Club’s Great Grape Mid-week Run

Fortune favoured the brave. Eight cars. Fourteen members. Weather holding. Everything that was needed for a wonderful day. We met at the Woolworths Cumberland Park carpark and headed south at 10.30am.

It was a run that had a bit of everything – smooth suburban driving and spirited country roads. We headed south along Marion Road then through Flagstaff Hill. The first goal was to pick up Chandlers Hill Road and head to Clarendon. No over-heating; no hold ups. The roads from Clarendon to Kangarilla  & McLaren Flat reminded Russell Schmarr of rural France and who am I to argue.

We stopped for an early bakery lunch at McLaren Flat. We were well looked after and got fed up. Don Cardone is still wondering how it is that every bakery in Australia can have Award Winning pies. My answer: who cares, it was all pretty good.

Then it was a quick drive to d’Arenberg Winery for our look at the d’Arenberg Cube – our tip is people are going to come from miles and indeed interstate to see this little wonder. Penny, one of the family,  

hosted our wine tasting. We were walked through 4 whites and 4 reds in the hour and then treated to 2 older (2009) reds as a comparison to the later releases. We hope Miles Jackson’s sister from Victoria was impressed.

A push to get the McClaren / Lescius team started, a  final photo shoot and then about 3pm we all headed for home. Everyone would have got their cars safely shedded before the day’s light sprinkle wafted down.

In short,  an enjoyable day was had by all; we learned  a few things, grabbed some wines, talked cars and didn’t get cold or wet.

Great Grape Run 2017

Thanks to Don & Elaine Cardone, Chris & Tina Brine, Russell & Judy Schmarr, Jim & Shirley Schubert, Miles Jackson, Michael & Pat, Garry Beaton and Curt Heinrich.


Sprites etc.. Needed – Mid Week Run – Wed 17

Right,  Michael has organised a great run next Wednesday through the McLaren region – we need a minimum of 16 people to make the tasting at d’Arenburg a great success! (its paid for!!) Get your car out!!

  1. The weather forecast is brilliant, ie

            17th May 


            Precipitation 50%

            Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a stray shower in the afternoon…   what more could we want and in any case tin tops are welcome if the weather is really dodgy.

  1. For an annual sub, of not much, this is a way to get a return on investment.
  2. When your rego falls due just remember there was a Club, our Club,  that went into bat for members.
  3. If wine is not your thing there are always folk who can seriously  talk cars  and solve problems
  4. If all else fails the drive will be brilliant!

Please make this event a success, use this email link to Michael ASAP to let him that you’ll attend!

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