National Challenge – 2016

Please find below some info on next year’s Sprite National Challenge

Hi all,
It is now slightly less than twelve months before Easter, 2016.
Good Friday 25th March through to 28th March, 2016.
At the last challenge we where asked if the Sprite Car Club of Australia will host the 2016 event. The cost of hosting track days and the availability of tracks was a major concern for us and moves where made directly after the 2014 meet to secure a venue.
We could not even get a booking or idea of cost at that point. In fact it was only in the last few weeks that we have been able to sort out a suitable venue.
So the answer is YES the SCCA will be hosting the 2016 National meeting.
Where will it be and what can we expect.
It will be based around Goulburn NSW (Approximatly 2 hours South of Sydney) we will have a mix of competition and social activities throughout the weekend.
We have a sub-committee working on details at present and would hope to have some more to you in the next month or so. 
Please get the message out to all members as soon as you can.
At this stage we are running with similar number as Queensland achieved in 2014 which were Approximatly 110 in total.
It would be good to get some rough number ASAP which would help with the organising.
Perhaps you could put some names around those who would come and make contact with me on this email address
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me
Greg Holden
President Sprite Car Club of Australia
0418 286 831

Meeting and Mallala

Just a reminder about the Monthly Meeting of the Sprite Club at the Fullarton Park Centre from 7.30pm this Monday 4 May 2015.

Also if you are looking for something to fill in this Sunday, 3 May 2015, the PETER HALL MEMORIAL 6 HOUR REGULARITY RELAY is being held at Mallala,  the event start at 11am.

Hopefully it won’t be this wet!1962 Sebring Sprite 480

ANZAC weekend events – Mallala Racing and Carrick Hill Car Show

There are two automotive events on this ANZAC weekend.

Historic Race Meeting – ANZAC Weekend April 25th and 26th at Mallala

The annual All Historic Motor Race meeting to be held at Mallala Motor Sport Park over the 2015 ANZAC Weekend promises to deliver a special 2 days of motorsport history. With more than 150 of the rarest and finest racing cars and drivers from around the country there will be magnificent on track action. Multiple Australian Drivers’, Touring Car, Sports Car and Bathurst Champion, John Bowe will cross the border to campaign the famous Formula 1 March with its Cosworth DFV power while Rusty French will take leave from his day job as owner of the Ford Perfromance Racing V8 Supercar Team to drive his De Tomaso Pantera, a car he has raced from new.

The weekend will also see the return to Mallala of the Davison family’s team “Ecurie Australie”, running a development team of three Formula Fords. Ecurie Australie was the entrant for Lex Davison, father of current team manager Chris Davison, when he won his 4th and final Australian Grand Prix at Mallala in 1961. The Australian Grand Prix history continues with Queensland’s Frank Moore bringing “Black Bess”, the winner of the 1950 race held at Nuriootpa, back to an SA track. Local racing cars include Andrew Ford in his Formula 2 Championship winning Birrana, Brenton Griguol in a thundering Lola Formula 5000 and Peter Whelan in the ex-Ricardo Patrese Macau Grand Prix winning Chevron.

The battle of the Bathurst “tin-tops” will be on with the bellowing V8 Mustangs, Monaro’s and Camaro’s trying to hold off the nimble Mini’s, Cortina’s and Porsches. With more than 20 on track together, door handle to door handle action is assured. A feature category for 2015 are the Sports Sedans, those highly modified cars made famous in the 1970’s and 80’s. Dick Ward is crossing the Nullaboor with his wild rotary powered Fiat 500 while Mark Trenoweth will bring the V12 Jaguar from Queensland to light up the track and re-unite it with its originator, John McCormack. McCormack, who won 2 New Zealand Grand Prix, 3 Australian Drivers Championships and created two of the most iconic Sports Sedans ever, will be a special guest along with his 1973 Championship winning Elfin MR5 Formula 5000.

BoomerangThe action is not all on track with Sunday 26th featuring a genuine World War 2 Boomerang military plane making a fly-over at lunch time, recognising the ANZAC anniversary and Mallala Motor Sports Parks original role as a World War 2 airfield. There will also be around 100 Classic and Collectable cars on display and doing parade laps while some 1600hp and 27 litres of former Spitfire V12 Merlin is fired up and on display.

Saturday racing will commence after noon and continue into the night under lights Sunday racing will commence at 9.30am

Tickets can be purchased from the gate. Adults $20 per day or $30 for a two day pass and children under 14 FREE .

Celebration of the Motor Car – Sunday, April 26th 2015 at Carrick Hill 

Displayed by invitation only, the cars are the crème de la crème of the state’s finest collectable cars, with a few interstate exhibits added into the mix. In the region of $20 million worth of rare and desirable cars are on show each year, spanning vintage through to the latest prestige and exotic cars.

Bentley Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Ferrari F40 Corvette 1957

The upmarket atmosphere is enhanced by live performances of classical music, gourmet food, lovely wines and champagne available on site. The venue in Perth is the beautiful Cottesloe Civic Centre, the gardens framing the cars perfectly against the background of the Indian Ocean. In Adelaide, it is the beautiful grounds of Carrick Hill in Springfield, the mansion providing a perfect backdrop for the cars displayed on the lawns and the surrounding attractions. A charity fund raising event, Celebration of the Motorcar provides support various local charities.cover

McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic – Wrap Up!

A brisk start – but fine and mild day greeted the participants in the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic.  Yet another well organised event and luckily the paddock wasn’t sodden at Serafino’s Winery for the start!

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A great collection of over 500 cars but the standout for me were the beautifully restored ’31 Packard next to the ‘original’ early small window VW and of course the Hip2015-04-19 10.09.42po on the Landy! And you couldn’t miss the hot pink Eureka!
The participating Sprite Club members, John and Briony Whitburn, Chris and Tina Brine, Luther Nunnerly, Dean King, David Dineen, Ray and Jenny Kinlay and Kym Ninnes enjoyed fine lunch and a few very tasty vino’s at Woodstock Winery with the large MG club crowd.2015-04-19 13.06.41
All in all a great event – don’t miss it next year!

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McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic – this Sunday



Don’t for get this great event is on this Sunday 19 April.

At this stage make your own way to Serafino’s paddock to arrive between 9 and 10 am.  Breakky is available at Serafino!

The parade commences at 11am down the main street of McLaren Vale.

The Sprite club is sharing digs at Woodstock Winery with the MG’s and Big Healeys – where lunch and wine tasting is available or BYO – cars on display until 3.30pm.

Live Music Duo, Emily & Warwick
Food: Ala-carte menu plus specials on the day. $25 salt n pepper squid, chips & salad. Creamy prosciutto pasta, and vegetarian arancini balls.
Other activities: Australian animals private zoo.

So if you haven’t entered come down for a visit anyway!

Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts