Sports car cruise

Classic Sports Car Cruise – Summer 2019

A warm, balmy summers night, a roofless sports car, a passenger or two, and a group of like-minded enthusiasts are the perfect ingredients for the first Sprite Club Classic Sports Car Cruise for 2019. About 30 vehicles met at the City of Adelaide Clipper Ship at Port Adelaide as the starting point for the 2019 Summer Cruise. These included the usual Bugeyes, Sprites and Midgets, who were supported by Big Austin Healeys, Triumph Stags and GT6, Mazda MX-5’s, Toyota MR2, various Clubmans and Sunbeam Alpines and V8 powered Tigers

Co-ordinator Pat Miller had put together a simple but effective run from Port Adelaide, via Port Road, West Terrace, Goodwood Road, then up Belair Road to the Windy Point Lookout. While the route stayed on major roads there was plenty of opportunity to showcase our Classic vehicles to alfresco diners enjoying the evening at various cafes and restaurants along the way.

To help promote the future lives of our classic vehicles to the next generation, drivers were encouraged to bring along a young person or two to enjoy the cruise and help the promote the sustainability of these vehicles to the next generation. 

To support this there was a Youth Appeal Award, voted by the younger members, as the most appealing car of the Cruise. This was awarded to the MG Midget of Doug Gordon, having owned the vehicle for over 45 years!

Sprite Club members voted for the Most Appealing Car of the Cruise and the Vehicle with the Best Patina. The Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 of Ian Hay was awarded the Most Appealing Car, while the well-used Bugeye Sprite of Jim Schubert was awarded the Vehicle with the Best Patina.

Special thanks to Pat Miller for arranging the Cruise and making the unique trophies. Also to those members who bought along a younger person to enjoy the cruise and the special classic vehicles helped make this the largest turn up since the Sprite Club has started promoting these events. I know it made an impression on the two youth members that we bought along, they cannot wait to the next Cruise!

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