Whitty’s Garage Visit – Wrap Up

from Paul Doube

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Thanks to the good graces of John Whitburn in arranging the visit, the 14 members who attended were treated to a fantastic afternoon at Ian Gear’s home on Sunday 27 July.

It is a wonderful and varied collection of road cars, racing cars both circuit and speedway, as well as an enormous collections of memorabilia and models spanning the decades.

Of particular interest was the Alec Rowe Supercharged Peugeot engine speedcar from the 60’s, that was driven so capably by the late Bill Wigzell. It has been beautifully restored, and is a tribute both the Alec for his amazing engineering and ingenuity, and to Billy Wigzell who got the very best out of the car as a driver, consistently beating the favoured and vastly more costly Offenhauser engine cars. It was particularly poignant though, as Bill donated the trophies and winner’s sashes in his collection, to stay with the car.

This was one of four speedcars in the collection, which also included a TQ and a Jawa 500 speedway bike. To put the speedway riders in to perspective in terms of bravery, the specifications for the bike are as follows – 493cc single, direct drive (clutch but no gearbox), 55 bhp on methanol, and no brakes!!!

While the collection of road and circuit cars also attracted much attention, Ian’s modeling skills made a few feel quite inadequate, as evidenced by his building a very accurate replica of his UX1 Torana historic racer car.

Add in Ian’s great ability as a story teller, and all were treated to much laughing across the afternoon, while marveling at both the size of the collection and the variety of the memorabilia in his sheds.

Perhaps the funniest part of all, was Ian pointing to his framed report card from primary school, which suggested he would never amount to much. I hope that teacher who wrote that report was made aware of the success Ian has and continues to enjoy.

As noted, a fantastic day and a very big thank you must go to both Ian for his hospitality in opening his home and garages to us, and to John for arranging the visit. Thanks must also go to Chris for arranging the drinks and nibbles.

I on the other hand, contributed very little, other than to bring some red wine for those attending to share and a couple of bottles as a gift of thanks to Ian. I then made a glutton of myself by hogging as much of Ian’s time as possible to explain almost every single item in the collection.

A great day and much enjoyed by all who attended.

Cleared for Take Off….Breakfast Run.

Most Sundays it’s the usual crowd at Bistro 25 at Hahndorf. Looked to be that way again until Clive Spreadbury, and Peter Graham, who showed up with his ’68 Midget. It’s known as the Anti Social Run…actually that’s what I like to call it. No long lunches, no meandering around gazing at the scenery, just a quick breakfast, rug up and take a spirited “see if you can break it” run through the hills in old bangers before getting home for lunch.


Chris, Clive and myself at Clarendon on a pit stop. Missing from this picture is Peter, who showed up with his Primrose Yellow Midget (the car….), and chased us around before turning off at Meadows.

On the way up to Hahndorf, I learned that it was wise to look under the distributor cap once in a while, though I was saved by Comrade Brine, who was on the scene with another one in fifteen minutes.

So, if you want to embody the true spirit of motoring, and hypothermia, feel free to join us on any given Sunday morning.


Lots on at Your Club!

Hi, here is a quick update on whats on at the Sprite Club in coming weeks…

Sunday 27 July

Paddy’s Big Breakfast – 8:15am Bistro 25, 25 Main Road Hahndorf

Whitty’s Garage Visit – 1.30pm see Events Calendar for Full Details

Tuesday 29 July

Australian Rally Championship night 6pm – See previous post

Monday 4 August

General Meeting – 7.30 for 8 – Fullarton Park Centre

Sunday August 10

Don Dug Run + Lunch – Organised by Gordon Boyce – stay tuned for more details!

Sunday 24 August

MSCA Super Sprint Mallala – lots of clubbies – one lone sprite last time – can we get any more???

Sunday 14 September

Annual get together – it’s a luncheon this year! Full details here



Australian Rally Championship night – Tuesday 29 July 6pm

From Damien Rafferty

Following last year’s visit, they’re back! Scott Pedder & Dale Moscat and the Clio Rally car.


There are 2 ways to see a Clio RS 3….

 The more comfortable way is in the Main North Renault Showroom next Tuesday 29 July…

Come along for an interesting night of Q&A about Rallying, Professional driving and all things ARC with Scott Pedder, Dale Moscat and the Rally Car!!!

Come along for the Greek BBQ and drinks…

But wait…I know you want more!

We will be giving away 2 Hot Lap experiences at the Media Launch…. And…

Tickets to the Main North Renault VIP Marquee at the Sunday Special stage in the Gawler Showgrounds!

Food and Drinks Supplied!

Let me know if you would like to come along (for catering) and we will see you at 6 for 6:30.




Damien Rafferty
Renault Sales Consultant

Main North Renault
75 Main North Road
Nailsworth, SA, 5083
Tel : +61 8 8309 5055 – Mobile: 0401 625 498
Fax : +61 8 8309 5077

Mallala Supersprints!

Dropped in to Mallala Raceway to see how some of our members went waving flags on Sunday. I also found a few of our Clubbies as well as the Pre War rep, and a lone Bugeye with racing stripes, with straight cut gears howling away up the back straight. Swear Jar Award went to Clive Spreadbury, who after checking everything the night before, went home after scrutineering with a dud battery and brake lights not working. Chris picked up a Tek screw in a tyre, which almost put him out for the day.


Barry held off the Italians – note the steaming up inside the visor.

And finally, Gerard Miller shows us how it’s done. He promised that if I had a go, he wouldn’t laugh at me…much.

I should also thank on behalf of the organisers the members who trudged out there to help out for the day with the flag duties. Hope you enjoyed the lunchtime parade laps.


Rally SOS Information Session on this weekend Saturday 26th

Dear rally enthusiasts,

Reminder it’s on again this weekend!.

Due to popular demand and with help of the Confederation of Australian Motorsport the RallySOS group are again presenting a free information session for the rally community and all are welcome;

WHEN:     Saturday 26th of July 2014, 2-4pm.

VENUE:    The Sporting Car Club SA

51 King William Road, Unley. Adelaide

Safety and First Aid at a Rally Accident Scene. By

Declan Dwyer. Metropolitan Fire Service Officer and 2012 South Australian Rally Champion.

Thien LeCong. Anaesthetists, Retrieval Dr, Rally Chief Medical Officer.

v A rally car accident scene practical demonstration.

v The importance of safety systems and equipment; a firsthand account.

With support from Naomi Tillett, Josh Doyle, Tristan Catford and Kate Catford.

Please feel free to forward and promote this event within your clubs, organisations and the rally community.

Many thanks.

Kate Catford



Rally SOS Flyer July 26 2014

Winter Weekend in the Barossa Valley in July – Wrap Up

Winter Weekend in the Barossa Valley in July by Ken Dutch

Our annual weekend away in July is the club’s way of reminding us there is always somewhere colder than Adelaide! We are booked for two nights in the Barossa Motor Lodge at Tanunda and driving through the morning fog in the Adelaide Hills.

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Visibility is about twenty metres and progress is a bit slower than usual but after fifteen minutes or so we leave the fog behind. We arrive at Tanunda about two o’clock and get settled in our room. When the other club members arrive they are invited to our room for afternoon drinks and nibbles, this takes us up to about six o’clock when we all head off to the Tanunda Hotel for dinner. After a very enjoyable dinner all of us head back to our room at the motel for drinks, a few laughs and watch the Crows lose,then to bed around 11.30. It’s Saturday morning, it’s cold but sunny and people start to head over to the dining room for the included breakfast.

After breakfast we go to the Farmer’s market in Angaston. There’s always something good to buy there and we all did our bit for the local economy. It was then back to Tanunda for a browse in the well known Wohlers home furnishing store. After coffee and a snack we return to the motel until we leave at about 2 o’clock to go to Anne & Mike Schmidt’s house in Tanunda for afternoon tea and drinks. Anne put on a marvellous spread, there was plenty of homemade muffins, cheeses, dips etc to satisfy everyone. We were joined here by Gary & Fay Brock & Barb Ridge. Anne & Mike have a very nice house just off the main road, of particular interest to the men was Mike’s garage. There are four bays with roller doors and it’s high enough for a hoist to be installed!

Back at the motel some of us changed for dinner and then saw Paul and Ruth’s room. Their room, we were surprised to see was twice as big as the other rooms, after many jokes and mention of ‘honeymoon suite’ it was thereafter known as the ‘Presidential Suite’. Barb had us booked in for dinner at The Vine Inn at Nuriootpa for 6.30. At The Vine Inn we were also joined by Clive Spreadbury, he came direct from competing in his Sprite at the Collingrove hillclimb. The food there is excellent, I can recommend it to anyone. Leaving

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The Vine we headed back to the motel to relax and chat in the ‘Presidential Suite’ for the rest of the night. Sunday morning and it’s bright and sunny so after breakfast a group of us go to Angaston to have a poke around in the big antique/collectables shop in an old church on the main road. After our goodbyes Mary and I head for home.

I think everyone enjoyed the weekend, good food and drink and a lot of laughs. Our thanks on behalf of everyone who attended the weekend go to Barb for organising and to Mike & Anne for our afternoon tea. Those attending were: Paul & Ruth, David & Di, Peter & Roz, Don & Elaine, Gary & Fay, Clive, Barb and ourselves. Ken & Mary Dutch

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