At the recent All British Day I returned to my Sprite to find a previous Sprite Club Member (thanks John Stockton) had left a couple of past editions of the Club’s bi-monthly magazine, “Sprouting Forth”. These were the months of July and December 1976. The “Bugeye Burble” was the bulletin that was produced for the alternate months.
Here is some snippets from the pages of these issues.
1976 Sprite Club Committee
President – Richard Stokes
Secretary – Reinhardt (Joe) Walker
Competition Secretary – Kevin Warren
Social Secretary – Mandy Stokes
Editors – Don Williams and Doug Gordon (still owns a BRG MG Midget and been on a few Sports Car Cruises)
The Sprite Club had around 30 – 40 financial members and the membership fees were:
Club Membership $6.00
Club Membership with a CAMS Licence $8.00
Club Membership with 2 x CAMS Licence (Hubby/Wife) $10.00
There were articles on Sprites and Midgets, the Bordertown Motorkhana with the Victorian Sprite Club, the Annual Dinner at the Hungarian Restaurant, Motorkhana Results (entry fee $1.50), recipes, crosswords and Christmas Songs with Sprite wording!
There were a couple of Sprites/Midgets for sale, a Black Rotary Powered Sprite (which I think was purchased by Don Williams brother Rick), A MkIII Sprite for $995 and changeover front wishbones for $35 a side.
Also the Guest Speaker for the July Meeting was to be Gary Cooper (of Elfin Sports Car fame) who was to provide a talk and slide show.
There was also a “Thesis on the Extistence of Aardvarks” by Reinhardt (Joe) Walker BA (Batchelor Aardvark), but I will save that for another day…..…….