Flashback Friday – Sprite Club Concours 1981

During the early years of the Sprite Club of SA the main interest was in socialising, competition and generally driving Sprites and Midgets.

During the early 1980’s there were a number of members who were interested in the restoration and originality preservation of these vehicles.

With that in mind the Committee planned to hold it’s first Concours for November 1981.. It was decided that the judging for the vehicles was based on a mixture of presentation and originality.

The venue chosen was Bonython Park, Port Road as it had a lot of passing traffic to help improve and promote, not only the Spridgets, but also the Sprite Club.

A total of around 20 vehicles lined up on the day, with Bugeye’s and Mk III/IIIA the most popular. Interesting to note three vehicles present on the day are still owned by the same owners today, the Bugeye’s of Julie Williams and Grant Stephenson, and the Mk II of Gordon Boyce. There were also two MG Midgets on the day, one the rarer 1961 Mk I Midget.

The format of this event has been continued by the Club, with the current Sprite Club Display Day that is annually held at Wigley Reserve, Glenelg.

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