Notice from MG car club

Invitation Challenge Event Description 2018

As mentioned on Monday night the MG Car Club is running its Challenge on the Queen’s Birthday weekend with a Hillclimb at Collingrove on Saturday 9 June and a Super Sprint at The Bend on Sunday 10 June.

For the sprint we will be using the west circuit at The Bend.

MG numbers are unlikely to fill our fields so we would welcome entries from your clubs. See attached invitation for more information.

I ask that you keep it to your club members and do not spread this to a wider audience.

Entries to non MG clubs will open on MONDAY 21 MAY, as advised, and any received prior to that date will not be considered earlier.

We would prefer entries to both events.

To enter both in meecams go to the Hillclimb first and enter the “Challenge” which is at a discounted price. Then go to the sprint and enter the sprint at no charge.

In the sprint event you can also book a Dorian and a garage/carport.

It would be appreciated if your club could also provide a helper or two for the event.

Any questions please call or email as below.


Murray Stephenson

Motorsport Secretary

MG Car Club of South Australia


Bugeye Burble – Updates..

Saturday 19 MaySprite Club Autumn Classic Sports Car Cruise – Meet at 4.30pm – Depart 5.15pm

Could Sprite Club members attending our classic sports car cruise on Saturday evening, upon arrival at the destination please give me their choice of,

The most appealing car

2 The car with the best patina, ie used and loved.

3  For this 60th anniversary cruise only  their choice of the best Bug Eye SpriteRegards Pat Miller.

Wednesday 30 May – Sprite Club Mid-Week Social Drive to Mannum – Meet 9.30am – Depart 10.00am

BYO Morning Tea – there is a stop planned for this during the run.

Contact Russell and let him know you’re going  0403 151 715 or

Bugeye Burble

Please find below the list May 2018 events and a downloadable Bugeye Burble – May 2018 here!

Saturday 19 MaySprite 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.

20 May – 60th Birthday of the release of the Austin Healey Sprite

Wednesday 30 May – Sprite Club Mid-Week Social Drive to Mannum – Meet 9.30am – Depart 10.00am

Russell and Judith Schmarr have organised another enjoyable mid-week run to the Pretoria Hotel, Mannum for Lunch.

Departing from the Oval and Tennis Courts, Onkaparinga Valley Road, Balhannah at 10.00am.

Monday 4 June – General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

Sport car cruise May 19


 Due to Adelaide turning on cancellation status weather for our scheduled sports car cruise last month the Sprite Club of SA is having a second attempt on Saturday May 19th. Which happens to be the eve of the 60 BIRTHDAY OF THE BUG EYE SPRITE. It would be especially good to have  drivers of all sports car, clubman, replica sports car or any car that fits the general description, join us.                                         

As usual 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 where the blue was to be Masters store stands, Sr Donald Bradman drive in the Adelaide airport precinct. Gathering for a bit of mingling and inspecting all the cars from 4:15 pm for a departure at 5:00 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 thissame 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  where there will be a short presentation. This should be at approximately 6:00ish. 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;19 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.

Weather ? Since this is such a significant birthday we hope the weather will be kind to us on as most previous cruises.

 Please pass this invitation to anyone you know who drives a sports car. There are no club memberships required. 

 For further info on the evening contact Pat Miller 0421 289 706  email

For Sale

1964 MG Midget L18 Spl  Gp R
Car originally built by Simon Aram and presented, including specifications, as per 1983 Australian Sports Car Championship at AIR.

Car has just had COD from CAMS issued and eligible as Group R, a great all round car that is reliable and fast, capable of running the biggest historic race meetings in Australia as well as MG Racing.

Car restored 2007-8, debuted back on track August 2009 and has since competed in 49 MG & Inv British race weekends with just 2x DNF’s and 1x DNS (all electrical).

Ultra reliable and regular top 5 outright over the last 10 years, the most reliable Midget around.   Interesting History, all originally SA owners

Car runs as period L18 Datsun engine and gearbox by Les Collins of Datrally. 4-2-1 exhaust system, Albins gearset, Quaife LSD, Birrana F2 unequal wishbones , 2x sets of wheels. Dorian. Alloy fabricated fore and aft camera mounts for GoPro. etc.

Numerous parts and spares included. Gearbox and Motor, discs, pads, wishbone jigs.  Bonnet, bumper & guards moulds. Plus +

Chassis No. 8353  Eng.    No. L18001961

‘Turn key’ ready to go for  – MG Series, State Race, Club  & Historic. Assistance / Pit crew if requested

Will be entered for Tailem Bend June 8,9 & 10. You could be in the seat

Contact Jim Robertson         0408107788

$34,000 negotiable.      + purpose built trailer available for $1400 if required

MSCA 6 Hour entrant required

Any car/ driver with super sprint or similar experience interested in participating in the 6 hour relay event on May 6th. We have a vacancy for an extra competitor in  the RED HEIFER racing team . Would any available competitors contact Pat Miller on 0421 289 706  or nanmiller@adam before the afternoon of Monday 23rd.

Is there anyone in the sprite club with expertise in the insurance or law scene prepared to take on a small one off task for the Marque Sports Car Association. The job involves making some phone calls to CAMS and some insurance companies to ascertain the public liability insurance situation should there be an incident at an MSCA event. Contact Pat Miller on 0421 289 706  or nanmiller@adam

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
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.

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