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March Bugeye Burble and Coming Events

Here is the March Bugeye Burble and Coming Events………………………

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

6 March – Sprite Club Classic Sports Car Cruise – Southern Cruise
Join us for the first Classic Sports Car Cruise of the year with a run down south.
Starting at the Windy Point Lookout – Upper Car Park we will meet at 4.30pm for a 5.00pm departure. The destination is Port Noarlunga and try and catch the sunset!
Any further info Ph Pat Miller 0421289706 email nanmiller@adam.com.au

7 March – Clubbies SA – Southern Group
Southern Clubbies coffee and chat at The Perfect Note Cafe, 168/170 Main Road Blackwood this Sunday, from 8.30am

14 March – “Over COVID Rock ‘ n Roll Music Festival” and Car Display – Lenswood Memorial Park
Garry Beaton has invited us to display our vehicles at this Hills Picnic and music concert. Featuring Hills food and wine and some headline bands, including the Master’s Apprentices. The Sprite Club will have a display of Sprites, Midgets and Clubmans. More details on the web site 12.00pm – 9.30pm – Display Cars to be there from 10.30am
If you would like to display your car, please contact Gordon Boyce – 0417897905 or Gordon.boyce98@gmail.com with your vehicle details and rego number.

17 March – Mid-Week Meander – “Hills Face Roam”
Russell and Judy Schmarr have organised the first Mid-Week Meander for 2021.
Meet at 9.30am at Hazelwood Park Playground car park, Howard Terrace, Burnside (off Greenhill Road) Departing at 10.00am, please BYO morning tea for a short stop on the way.
Please advise Russell or Judy you are attending by 15th March – Phone: 0403151715

21 February – Clubbies SA at the Rezz
Join the Clubbies SA group for their Informal coffee/breakfast meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month, at The Rezz Hotel, 20 Hamilton Terrace, Newton, from 9am.

27th March – Hillclimb Come’n’Try 1 – Collingrove
A great day out for both spectators and competitors at the famous Collingrove Hillclimb in the Barossa Valley

12th April – General Meeting
Monday Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

17th April – Re-Union Re-Visited Dinner with the Stars and Their Cars – 6.00pm for 6.30pm
After a short adjournment for COVID shutdowns we will reunite and revisit our Dinner from 2020. Added with the Stars and their Cars this will make it a very special night.
Sporting Car Club clubrooms – Buffet Spit Roast Dinner plus pre-dinner drinks. More details to follow

2020 MSCA Trophy Presentation Day

Sunday 21st February was the date for the MSCA Trophy Presentation Day at Virgara Winery at Virginia. This day is held each year to acknowledge the winners for the various classes and overall winners for the MSCA Supersprints for 2020.

The past year was a challenge for the organising committee of the Marque Sports Car Association trying to continue to conduct motorsport events with everything that was going on in the world.

The first Supersprint of the 2020 season was the last motorsport event to be held in Australia before the COVID pandemic shut down the world for a number of months. As usual the MSCA rose to the challenge and covered all of the changing requirements with their usual professionalism and skill.

After the forced break the Supersprints returned and allowed the competitors to run at both Mallala and the MSCA conducted one of the first Supersprints on the East Circuit at The Bend Motorsport Park.

As well as the trophy presentations there was a chance for the MSCA member clubs to display their cars -and a great range of vehicles were on display, track cars, road cars and various other vehicles.

Of course the various winners were the true champions of the day and we congratulate all of the class winners and overall winners recognised on the day. These were for the various classes – Marque Sports, Street and Modified.

Sprint Champion 1st Place John Davies
Sprint Champion 2nd Place Fletcher Bolton
Sprint Driver 1st Place Michael Katsikitis
Sprint Driver 2nd Place Randall Warry
Class C Winner Dick Manning
Class D Winner Jason Edwards
Class E Winner Duane Kaak
Class EE Winner Pat Miller
Class G Winner James Taylor
Class H Winner Fletcher Bolton
Class J Winner Neil Martin
Class M Winner Malcolm Ebel
Class R Winner Michael Coles
Class T Winner Rob Atkins
Class U Winner Michael Katsikitis
Class V Winner Robert Hal
Class X Winner John Davies
As you will notice our own Competition Secretary, Pat Miller was the winner of the EE – Racing Clubmans category – Congratulations Pat!

The MSCA Member Clubs were also recognised – there winners were:

MSCA Club of the Year MX-5 Car Club
Best Presented Team MG Car Club of South Australia

If you would like to watch the presentation you can follow it via the link below:

Thanks to Helen Stephenson and the MSCA for use of the photos and video.

Shannons British at The Bend

With the cancellation of the traditional All British Day at the Echunga Oval, the owners of The Bend Motorsport Park stepped in and organised an alternative event on the same weekend.

Shannons British at The Bend consisted of a Show ‘n ‘Shine, Track Sessions for those competition vehicles to have blast around the circuit, a Motorkhana and Track Parade for the displayed cars and bikes.

With approx 200 cars and bikes on display, a number of competition vehicles and good weather, there was a good turnout of car enthusiasts, general public and Sprite Club members.

Dean King and Clive Spreadbury entered their competing vehicles for the Track Sessions, but gremlins affected both – Dean with brake issues at the end of the straight and Clive was having issues with the Mk II not achieving full revs!

There were a number of impressive track cars including a well developed TVR, Rover SD1, various Minis and older Singers, Jags and MG’s.

While on the display side there was David and Carole Tye and their lovely Lotus Elan. There were also the Bugeye, previously owned by Doug Gordon/Robert George and the nice Mk I Midget pictured above.

The Motorkhana did not eventuate, but the Track Parade gave all a chance to drive the 7.77km of the GT circuit. The crowd were able to stand on the pit wall and cheer and wave the participants at they completed a few laps behind the Safety Car.

Overall it was a good day, with many making use of the facilities of The Bend complex, including the cafe/coffee bar in the foyer, the restaurant and bar for a nice meal and refreshing ale or two. It was also noted that at the end of the day, many were booking into the Motel to stay the night, returning to Adelaide the following morning.

While the All British Day is scheduled for 2022, the British at The Bend gave those owners of British cars a chance to display and drive their cars this year.

GelatO – Ice Cream Run

A warm barmy Adelaide Summer’s night, a Sprite with the roof down, and cruise around the city to end up for an ice cream sounds like a great event!

A quick check of the weather forecast and the signs are not looking good, cool weather, rain forecasted and more looming on the radar could have “dampen” the run.

On arrival at the K Mart Car Park at Firle we were greeted with 2 x Bugeyes, 2 x Mk II Sprites, 1 x Mk IIA Sprite, 1 x Mk IIIA Sprite, 1 x Austin-Aston-Healey-Martin (!), plus a Mazda, Honda Jazz and 4WD Toyota.

After a quick COVID sign-in, Social Co-ordinator Michael McClaren outlined the planned run and we all headed onto Glynburn Road.

The route headed towards the lower Adelaide Hills via Montacute Road, Gorge Road, Darley Road turning left at Grand Junction Road. Heading west there was a deviation onto Prospect Road heading back towards the city.

While we were in the Mazda, we followed the convoy of Sprites and enjoyed the smells of warm engine and gearbox oil, rich fuel mixtures and the sounds of noisy gearboxes and slipping clutches, so it felt and smelt like we in a Sprite!

Onto Port Road, through North Terrace, South onto Hutt Street and Greenhill Road. After a couple of miles we turned back onto Glynburn Road and finally completed the loop turning back to Magill Road.

Here we parked in a side street and headed to 48 Flavours for our ice creams – and what a choice there was. Choices included lemon sorbet, rum and raisin, chocolate, honeycomb, plus the usual flavours.

All Members enjoyed the ice creams and stayed around and had the usual chat and discussion about the drive and the looks from the public as we drove past.

They joy of driving older classic sports car is that they need a little bit of maintenance and tinkering to keep them running – and at the end of the run a couple of Sprites needed a quick adjustment of the SU’s and swap of batteries due to charging issues.

Special thanks to Michael for planning and organising the Ice Cream Run and thanks to those members who braved the weather (but it did not rain) and enjoyed the yummy ice creams.

February Bugeye Burble and Coming Events

Here is the February Bugeye Burble, 2021 Calendar and Coming Events………………………

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

6 February          Sprite Club Gelati Run

So dust off your Sprite. Midget, Clubman or Associate vehicle and join us for our first run for 2021.

Meet at the K Mart Firle Shopping Centre, Glynburn Road, Firle at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm departure.

Any queries please contact Michael McClaren – 0407 399 260

7 February          Clubbies SA – Southern Group

Southern Clubbies coffee and chat at The Perfect Note Cafe, 168/170 Main Road Blackwood this Sunday, from 8.30am

14 February       Shannon’s British at the Bend – The Bend Motor Sport Park, Tailem Bend

The Bend will play host to a collection of the best British cars, motorcycles and working vehicles, across a themed and multidisciplinary celebration of the finest automotive brands and vehicles, both past and present, that Britain has to offer!

For more info and entries please visit: https://www.thebend.com.au/british-at-the-bend

21 February       MSCA Trophy Presentation Day

Everyone is invited to the MSCA Presentation Day for the 2020 class awards along with the many other trophies up for grabs! More information at www.mscasa.com

We are being hosted by Virgara Wines, 143 Heaslip Rd, Angle Vale.

Assemble from 11.00am, Judging Display – 1:00pm, Presentation of Trophies – 2:00pm

21 February       Clubbies SA at the Rezz

Join the Clubbies SA clubmans for their Informal coffee/breakfast meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month, at the Rezz Hotel, 20 Hamilton Terrace, Newton, from 9am.

28 February       MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 1 – The Bend Motor Sport Motorsport Park

The Sprite Club have been rostered for flagging duties at this Round so please come along and get yourself trackside to see some motorsport action up close.

The MSCA will be using the West Circuit which includes the long Main Straight and pit area.

Officials briefing at 8.30am. On track action from 10.00am.

Please support our competing Sprite and Clubman driving members as they compete.

1 March               General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

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

6 March               Sprite Club Classic Sports Car Cruise – Southern Cruise

Join us for the first Classic Sports Car Cruise of the year with a run down south.

More detail about the start venue, etc to follow – Mark your diaries

7 March               Clubbies SA – Southern Group

Southern Clubbies coffee and chat at The Perfect Note Cafe, 168/170 Main Road Blackwood this Sunday, from 8.30am

14 March             Bushfire Relief and COVID Picnic and Car Display

Garry Beaton has invited us once again to display our vehicles at this Hills Picnic and concert.

17 March             Mid-Week Meander – “Hills Face Roam”               

Russell and Judy Schmarr have organised the first Mid-Week Meander for 2021.

As the name implies this run will use a number of roads on the Adelaide Hills Face Zone, so expect lots of rises and descents on some great roads with lunch at a close, but iconic summit venue.

General Meeting – Monday 1st February – 8.00pm

The Sprite Club is ready for Monday the 1st of February which will be our first General Meeting for 2021.

Over the break the Committee has been busy putting together a calendar of events for 2021, plus adding some interesting events for later in the year and revisiting some that we did not run due to COVID-19 and everything else. Find out more about these events at the meeting.

Also if you have a Club Registered vehicle time is running out to have your Log Book and rego papers stamped, as your Membership and rego will have expired on the 31st December 2020.

If you are attending there are a number of COVID-19 requirements you need to be aware of. These include:

• Do not attend the Centre if you are:
• Experiencing cold and flu like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath
• Has a chronic medical condition and/or weakened immune system and has not sought advice from a health care professional prior to attending.
• Practice physical distancing where possible, stay 1.5m apart
• Wash hands or use sanitiser provided when entering and exiting the premises.
• Maintain appropriate personal hygiene practices (especially covering coughs and sneezes).

There will be the usual QR Code and sign in as you enter the building. Please abide by these regulations as they assist the Sprite Club in meeting the COVID-19 requirements that we have to adhere to while conducting the meeting – thanks for your assistance.

Australia Day Picnic and Thong Throwing Competition – 26th January

Our first event for 2021 will be the Australia Day Picnic and Thong Throwing Competition on Tuesday 26th January.

This year the “thong” has been passed from Gary and Faye Brock to Des and Penny Chabrel, who will host the event at their property at Dorset Lane, Oakbank.

There are a few changes due to the COVID-19 requirements and the restrictions on the sharing of food and utensils, so please note the following:

  • There will be no cooking facilities, so this will be a BYO Picnic Lunch (Cold meat/Chicken and salad or similar)
  • Please bring a Sweets to share – we have one person serving these to prevent any sharing of food utensils, etc.
  • Please BYO Chairs, Drinks, Sunscreen, etc
  • There will a COVID-19 Contract 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.

An important and enjoyable part of the day will be the Thong Throwing Competition, supporting the spirit of Australia Day. Several members have been practicing throughout the lockdown period so the competition should be strong.

Please RSVP to Des and Penny on 0457 206 946 – letting them know what sweets you will bring and for further directions, etc

Sprite Club Update – January 2021

Happy New Year to all of the Sprite Club Members!

The Sprite Club Committee has been busy behind the scenes putting together the 2021 Sprite Club Calendar. This is currently in draft form and we will be posting the final version soon.

While we hope that we will not have the COVID-19 issues that we faced during 2020, the Committee has put in place plans to reduce the risk to members and have planned events that will have a minimal impact if we need to go into lockdown for any reason.

We also ask that you abide by the various regulations that the Club has to meet when conducting events, contract tracing sign-ins, social distancing, personal hygiene, etc and not attending if you are unwell or have any of the recognised symptoms.

Here is a taste of the first couple of months – more details to follow:

  • January
  • 26th – Australia Day Picnic at the Chabrel’s
  • February
  • 1st – General Meeting
  • 6th – Ice Cream Run
  • 14th – Shannons British at The Bend
  • 21st – MSCA Presentation Day – Virgara Winery
  • 28th – MSCA Supersprint – Round 1 – The Bend West Circuit
  • Sprite Club Members Required for Flagging Duties

Your’s Spritely

Gordon Boyce – President and the Committee of the Sprite Club of SA

Happy New Year To All!

Wishing all of our Members a Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great festive season and celebrated with family, friends and your Sprite or Midget!

Hope you had the opportunity to do a few odd jobs on the vehicle, or even better enjoyed a nice Summer cruise in the Spridget.

Just a quick reminder to those with Club Registered vehicles that you Club Membership expired on the 31st December, so if you have not renewed your Membership by now your Club Registered vehicle is Unregistered.

You will need to pay your subs as soon as possible and have either Don or Gordon sign, stamp and update your log book so you can legally drive your car.

All details can be found in either previous posts or on the Sprite Club web site.

Merry Christmas To All

Enough has been said about 2020 and the different year we have all had.

Both the Sprite Club Committee and I would like to thank all of the Members for their support of the every changing environment that we have been through for the past year.

The Committee will be meeting in early 2021 to plan the Calendar for the coming year. A number of events are starting to take shape with other organisations (Virtual All British Day, British at the Bend, Cavalcade of Classics, etc). We will post this information in the New Year.

One important Sprite Club event is in the early planning – the Australia Day BBQ. Previously held at Gary and Faye Brock’s, the “thong” has been handed to Des and Penny Chabrel to host the event for 2021.

Our special thanks to Gary and Faye for hosting this special event for a number of years – and also to the Chabrel’s for taking up the event.

More info to follow in the new year, but the format will remain as previously (subject to any COVID-19 restrictions), BYO BBQ, salad and sweets and the all-important Thong Throwing Competition.

I would like to take this time to wish all of the Sprite Club members a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!

Yours Spritely

Gordon Boyce – President and the Committee – Sprite Club of SA

PS: I have just been on the phone to Des Chabrel who will be spending Christmas in hospital this year – our thoughts are with you Des and Penny.