SPRITE CLUB OF SA 50TH ANNIVERSARY CAR BADGES

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Sprite Club of South Australia a special car badge has been commissioned, with the design selected by the Sprite Club members this year.

This full colour badge will be available at a cost of $30 per badge.

Please include and additional $10 if you would like the badge posted.

The Sprite Club will be ordering theses badges soon, so if you would like one badge (or two) please place your order as soon as possible.

You can order these badges via EFT Payment which can be made via EFT to the Sprite Club’s Bank Account – please refer to the details below.

Please note your Name and Number of badges in the Description with the EFT Payment.

http://www.spriteclub.com.au/?page_id=1313

This will be the perfect 50th Anniversary gift for your Sprite or Midget.

50th Anniversary Sprite Display Day

Sunday 11th September – Wigley Reserve, Glenelg

As part of the Sprite Club of South Australia’s 50th Anniversary Weekend, The 50th Anniversary Display Day will be held at Wigley Reserve, Glenelg.

This will be a display of Sprites, Midgets, Clubmans and Members Associate Vehicles.

Car will be on display from 9.30am, and this will be a chance to showcase both our vehicles and the Sprite Club of South Australia to the General Public and help celebrate 50 years of the Sprite Club of SA.

There will be People’s Choice Awards and there will be a coffee van on the site.

Please bring along your Sprite or Midget, we would like to see a many vehicles in restored, original condition, race or competition, or under restoration.

Please note that Clubman and Member’s Associate Vehicles are also welcome as well.

To assist with the running of the event if you have either Fire Warden or First Aid Training and can assist with these duties on the day please contact at your earliest convenience either:

Don Cardone – DonCardone@adam.com.au

Gordon Boyce – gordon.boyce98@gmail.com

SPRITE CLUB 50TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER – Catering Numbers Required

Saturday 10th September – 6.00pm for 6.30pm – Lion Hotel, North Adelaide

With 2022 being the 50th Anniversary Year for the Sprite Club of SA we have a number of special events planned to help celebrate this achievement.

The 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held at the Cellar Room at the Lion Hotel, Melbourne Street, North Adelaide on Saturday 10th September.

Starting at 6.00pm for 6.30pm with pre-dinner drinks, this will be followed by an enjoyable three course meal.

This will be a subsidised event – the cost will be $50.00 per head for a three-course meal + pre-dinner drinks.

To assist with the catering for this event can you please finalise your Dinner payments by 28th August 2022.

Payment can be made via EFT to the Sprite Club’s Bank Account – please note your name and the number of people in the Description with the EFT Payment.

http://www.spriteclub.com.au/?page_id=1313

Looking forward to seeing you there at this special night!

Climb to the Eagle

Many club members have participated in this great event over the years, hosted by the SCCSA

Good afternoon,

Entries for the 2022 John Blanden’s Climb to the Eagle are now open. Enter now as is it is sure to be a sellout!

Entries can be done online here or if you prefer you can complete the Entry Form attached and return.

Kind Regards,

Sandra Brooker

Office Administrator

Sporting Car Club of South Australia Inc.

51 King William Rd, Unley, SA 5061

Ph: +61 8 8373 4899

Mob: 0478 296 185

ww.sportingcarclub.com.au

Pie ‘N Pea Night – Catering Numbers Please

Saturday 20th August                Fullarton Park Community Centre

This year we have been having a rather cold Winter, with very low temperatures.

One of the best ways to warm up is a bowl of Pie ’n Peas and splash or two of your favourite drink will make for a warming night.

This year as a change the Sprite Club will hold this event at the Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park from 6.30pm for 7.00pm Start

$6.00 per pie ’n peas and please BYO drinks and nibble/sweets to share.

Please note that the payment for the pies will be in cash on the night – do not EFT to the Club’s Bank account

To finalise catering numbers can you please let Don and Elaine Cardone know if you are attending and if you are bringing either nibbles or sweets by Monday 15th August

DonCardone@adam.com.au

August Bugeye Burble and Coming Events

Here is the August Bugeye Burble and Coming Events for the next few months and particularly our 50th Birthday Celebrations

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

14th August – MSCA Supersprint – Round 3 – Mallala Motorsport Park
Next round of the MSCA Super Sprint is back at Mallala Motorsport Park
On track action from 10.00am

20th August – Pie ‘n Pea Night – Fullarton Park Community Centre – 6.30pm for 7.00pm Start
With Pies ’n Peas and splash or two of your favourite drink will make for a warming night.
This year we will hold this event at the Fullarton Park Community Centre.
$6.00 per pie ’n peas and please BYO drinks and nibble/sweets to share.
Please let Don and Elaine Cardone know if you are attending and if you are bringing a nibble/sweets – by the 15th AugustDonCardone@adam.com.au

5th September – General Meeting – 50th Anniversary General Meeting – Starts at 8.00pm.
Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

10th September – 50th Anniversary Sprite Club Annual Dinner
The 50th Anniversary Dinner will be held at the Lion Hotel, Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, starting at 6.00pm for 6.30pm with pre-dinner drinks, this will be followed by an enjoyable evening.
This will be a subsidised event – the cost will be $50.00 per head for a three-course meal
Payment can be made via EFT to the Sprite Club’s Bank Account – please note your name and the number of people in the Description with the EFT Payment. http://www.spriteclub.com.au/?page_id=1313

11th September – 50th Anniversary Display Day – Wigley Reserve – Cars on display from 9.30am
The 50th Anniversary Display Day will be held at Wigley Reserve, Glenelg.

14th September – Mid-Week Meander – Northern Celebratory Ramble
Russell and Judy Schmarr have planned a Mid-Week Meander – Northern Ramble heading from Yatala Vale through the Northern Regions ending up at a country pub for lunch – Thanks Russell and Judy!

25th September – MSCA Super Sprint – Round Four – The Bend Eastern Circuit
And for those competitively minded there will be the MSCA SA Super Sprint at The Bend East Circuit.

A “Spritely Adventure” General Meeting

With the various COVID-19 restrictions, it has been over two years since the Sprite Club General Meetings have had a Guest Speaker, so the 4th of July General Meeting was a special occasion.

Our Special Guests were Ian and Wendy Gibbs from the NSW Sprite Car Club who were stopping over in Adelaide on their “A Spritely Adventure” tour of Australia. Having mechanical problems ( a burnt exhaust valve) when arriving in Adelaide, the repairs were completed in time for Ian and Wendy to bring along their 1964 Austin Healey Sprite “Esme” and specially-built camper trailer “Shirley” as Guests of Honour.

With nearly 50 members present (including Gerry and Bib van Oosterom – Victorian Sprite Club members) there was an opportunity to listen to Ian and Wendy’s journey so far.

Leaving Grafton nearly 100 days ago Ian and Wendy headed north to Queensland, travelling to Cairns, turning left towards the Northern Territory and Darwin, Esme and Shirley travelled the outback roads with road trains and Grey Nomads. After Darwin, the team headed further West towards the blue waters of Broome, and the Western Australia coast. After Perth, they headed through the Tall Timber forests of South-West WA towards Kalgoorlie before heading east across the famous Nullarbor Plain.

Ian and Wendy talked about their travels and the experiences and fun that they have had so far. Arriving in Adelaide only a few days before the meeting, a burnt exhaust valve had a number of local workshops assist with the repairs to get Esme “back on the road”!

Ian and Wendy also discussed the specifics of Esme, having been used as a road, race and rally car during their ownership. Esme (with Wendy at the steering wheel) has also competed in the Austin Healey challenge in the USA and the 1998 International Healey Commemorative Race at the Bathurst 1000. With upgrades of torquey 1275cc engine, 5 speed gearbox, telescopic shock absorbers, modern seats, plus the addition of several creature comforts, Esme has proved herself as a strong tow vehicle throughout the journey so far.

Then it was Shirley’s turn in the spotlight. Having purpose built the trailer Ian discussed the build process and the use of as many common parts to Esme, so Shirley could also be a mobile spare parts department if required. Shirley contains twin lithium batteries for lighting and to power the fridge, solar panels in the tonneau cover, food storage and battery powered fridge, fuel tank plus electric pump to refuel Esme as required, as well as the rooftop tent, chairs, tables and associated camping paraphernalia.

Many questions were asked and one of the topics was reliability of the Sprite. Other than a broken timing chain (due to a loose bolt – as A series engines usually do not break timing chains) a weeping rear wheel hub (more on this later) -, a cracked inlet manifold and carby issues on the WA leg of the journey, there had only been a few issues along the way that had slowed their progress, but all were easily repaired. This carby issue of varying rich and lean would probably lead to the burnt valve on arrival in Adelaide.

Not only was this the first chance for a Guest Speaker (or two) but thanks to Chris and Tina, Michael, and Pat we had a great spread of nibbles, platters, and a varying range of wines to sample after the meeting. Members chatted with some they may not have seen at a meeting for several months, while some ventured outside where Ian and Wendy had set up Shirley in “Camping Mode” for all to see.

Our thanks to Ian, Wendy, Esme and Shirley for entertaining the Sprite Club members and President Gordon handed them a bottle of Sellick’s Chills Shiraz (grown from grapes by Club member’s Dean and Suzie) and some SA goodies to be added to Shirley’s food container for later on the road!

Also, thanks to Chris, Tina, Michael and Pat for assisting with the supper.

Postscript

Esme and Shirley (with Ian and Wendy) turned in an Easterly direction on the Tuesday after the meeting, heading to Penola and the Coonawarra district (for more supplies!), Mount Gambier, Warrnambool, Lorne, the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne. Leaving the Vic Capital, they headed across the Gippsland area to Lakes Entrance, and up the Easterly Coast to Eden.

A run in with a Kangaroo put a dent or two in Esme’s grille and lower panel on the scenic coast run to Bermagui, continuing up the coast to Mollymook, Kiama to Sydney. Here a few rest days and a chance to catch up with NSW Sprite Club members. A visit to Colin Dodd’s – Sprite Parts – helped sort a few parts and issues that had occurred on the way.

After some searching, the sources of the leaking rear hub was located. Since Katherine, NT, where wheel and hub nuts and moving axle bearing were found to be loose after the local mechanics had checked the brakes and had not retightened everything correctly. Ian had initiated a number of repairs, but the leak persisted during the various legs of the journey through WA and SA. It was found that the rear axle flange had several cracks causing the oil to leak. How this did not break in the numerous miles that had been travelled since, is a testament to the British Engineering, particularly with the added load of the camper trailer and assorted bits’n’pieces.

With just a few days left in the “Spritely Adventure” we look forward to Ian and Wendy’s (and Esme and Shirley’s) next journey and thank them once again for stopping by and sharing their Spritely Adventure with the Sprite Club of SA.

Parts for sale

Shed clean out! There is probably more hiding but this is a start!

Carburettors:

1x pair HS2. Fully rebuilt, on a Sprite/Midget manifold including heat shield – $750

1x HS2 (forward/left hand) carb. In a BL parts box and fully rebuilt – $350

2x HS4 + 1x parts spare. Rebuilt. Very late production – $600

1x MGB manifold (excellent condition) – $200

2x HS6 + parts spare. Unrestored – $300

1x pair H6. Includes choke levers for a TR3 and 2x gasket kits. Have been cleaned and reassembled, not re-shafted. – $500

2x 4” substacks for HS2 – $120 (new)

Manifold:

Mangolesti ‘flat’ intake manifold for an A Series (new) – suits both HS2 and HS4. – $300.

Ignition:

Aldon Ignitor (ie, Petronix), model LU-143A (Negative Earth) – $200

I’m negotiable on prices!

Robin

(rsdunk@gmail.com, 0431247746, pick-up Goodwood or I can bring in to a club meeting)

MCLAREN VALE Vintage and Classic 2023

I have some great news to share with you.  After several months of uncertainty I can confirm that the McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic event will go ahead in 2023.

The McLaren Vale Business & Tourism Association, along with most of you, did not want to see the demise of this iconic event so took the initiative to “go public” in the search of some enthusiastic people to take over the running of the event in 2023 and beyond.

The good news is several enthusiastic locals, and service clubs, have come forward and will take over the co-ordination of this event.  I will work alongside the new committee for the coming event.

Please put Sunday 23rd April 2023 in your diary now and the new committee will keep you updated on all the details.

PLEASE DO NOT   try to register your entry until you are notified.  There are several updates to be made to the website and a new method of registration and payment will be implemented.  Until these changes are in place entries cannot not be accepted.

Regards

Trevor Sharp

Past Chairman

McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic Event

Phone:  0415 820 719

www.vintageandclassic.com.au

Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts