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!

Mt Alma – Dean King wins!!

Just letting people know that Dean King – in his 13b rotary powered sprite took out the 2wd hill climb at last weekend’s Mt Alma Hillclimb!  Another club member Michael McLaren also competed and bettered his previous best time by several seconds.

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and Damien Rafferty in a Blue Clio was also competing on the weekend…



Upcoming Events

Here are a couple of upcoming events as a reminder to get your entry forms in and/or hopefully get along to there great events


Saturday  11th April                               Come & Try Hillclimb 1
Sunday    12th April                               Wintercup Series – Round 1

More info here



April’s Sprite club run will be to the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic event.  For those of you that haven’t attended previously it’s a great day out.  Fantastic collection of cars at Serafino Wines, then a street parade and a club gathering at an allocated winery.  There is normally entertainment and food available or you can BYO.

More details on meeting beforehand to come!  If you want to join in get your entries in ASAP!

Please find a link to the entry form here.
All Historic Race Meeting – 25 and 26 April

The Sporting Car Club of SA – A totally new format, Saturday 25th (Anzac Day) will commence with documentation etc and there will be an ANZAC Commemorative Service mid morning. On track activities will not commence until 12 noon. However racing is going to continue under lights after a tea break. Accordingly the Sunday start will be later than we have been used to, but still expected to have competition completed by about 3.30PM. There will be a minimum of 4 races, with 5 races anticipated, for each racing class and Regularity and Super Sprints will get the same. – More info here



Marque Sports Car Association of SA are holding their yearly 6 hour multi club modern regularity – more info available here 



kernewer_logoCopper Coast Cornish Festival 17-24 May 2015

Enjoy the gathering of classic vehicle enthusiasts over breakfast at the Wallaroo start, then cruise the spectator lined streets of the Copper Coast before arriving at the big Show ‘n’ Shine
Rock ‘n’ Roll finale at Kadina Oval.



Further Info here

Entry Form available here


Old farts Garage opening – Wrap

Thanks to Sean’s invite to the sprite club members, we had about a dozen enthusiastic shed devotees attend the event.  Great to see a range of cars in various states of completion, including replica GT40 and Cobra.  Also a very nice Aston Martin DB2.  Thanks to the sponsors Minnow creek wines and Regency TAFE.  Look out for another event of this type soon!

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Yum Cha – wrap

A great morning out for those who attended.  Four brave souls diced with trains, bike racing events, bushfire damage and the general foibles of driving old cars in a loop though the Adelaide hills eventually arriving at Citi-Zen Chinese restaurant.  Too meet the rest of the crew who joined us for some fantastic Chinese fare!

As you can see by the picture we kept it fairly holy for a Sunday morning :-)

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McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic – Sunday 19 April


April’s Sprite club run will be to the McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic event.  For those of you that haven’t attended previously it’s a great day out.  Fantastic collection of cars at Serafino Wines, then a street parade and a club gathering at an allocated winery.  There is normally entertainment and food available or you can BYO.

More details on meeting beforehand to come!  If you want to join in get your entries in ASAP!

Please find a link to the entry form here.

Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts