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December Sprite Club Meeting – Monday 7th December – 7.00pm

Due to the current COVID-19 Restrictions we are unable to have our usual Christmas BBQ Meeting on Monday 7th December.

To allow Members to pay their Annual Subscriptions and have their Club Registration Log Books signed and stamped the Committee will be opening the Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park from 7.00pm.

Please bring the following items to allow a speedy transaction to occur:

  • Completed Sprite Club Membership Form
  • $50 Membership Fees – Cash or Cheque or EFT Receipt – refer to Club Web Site for Bank details.
  • Current Log Book and Registration Papers for signing and stamping
  • $5.00 if you require a New Log Book

Due to the COVID-19 Restrictions and advice from the Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs we do not need to inspect vehicles for this year.

Please Note the following COVID-19 Restrictions when entering the Centre:

  • All Members attending on the night will be required to sign in using the new QR Code or manually sign-in if they do not have a SmartPhone. Members will also require the mySA GOV app – available on either the App Store or Google Play
  • Wash hands or use sanitiser provided when entering and exiting the premises.
  • Practice physical distancing where possible, stay 1.5m apart
  • Maintain appropriate personal hygiene practices (especially covering coughs and sneezes).
  • Please do not enter the Centre if you are experiencing cold and flu like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath or have a chronic medical condition

If you are unable to attend the night to have your Membership and Log Book renewed, please contact Don Cardone (0411 876 067) or Gordon Boyce (0417 897 905) to arrange an alternative method to complete this process.

Please note that Log Books, etc will not be processed during the Christmas/New Year break, so please ensure you have this completed if you wish to drive your Club Registered Vehicle during this time.

Sprite Club MEMBERSHIPS NOW DUE

REMINDER TO ALL MEMBERS AND CLUB REGISTERED VEHICLE OWNERS

Sprite Club membership expires on the 31st December 2020.

Membership Fees are $50 for the year – This membership covers all members and partners plus children under 18 years of age.

Membership Forms are available on the Link below.

Payment can be direct to the Sprite Club or you can use the EFT Details below:

Bank: NAB Adelaide Branch.

Account Name:  THE SPRITE CLUB OF SA INC.

BSB:  085-005

Account Number: 20-743-2628

Please note your Surname and Details in the Comments Section.

If you have a Club Registered Vehicle or a vehicle that is eligible for Club Registration, the requirements for this registration system are:

•You must be a Financial Member of a recognised Car Club. EG Sprite Club of SA

•You must have your Log Book signed and stamped to show you are a Financial Member.

•You must have the current Registration Paper Signed and Stamped to state that you have a Log Book and you are a Financial Member.

•If the vehicle has extensive modifications an DPTI Exemption Certificate is required

Without these completed you are deemed to be driving an Unregistered and Uninsured Vehicle.

The Current Fine for this offence is $750.00.

Sprite Club Update

It has been an interesting month for the Sprite Club of SA! Just when you think things were back to normal the COVID-19 bug ramps up another gear.

We did have the Classic Sports Car Cruise to Gawler and from all reports it was a great success, the weather was fine and the the drive on the new Northern Connector was a chance for some members to drive this road for the first time. Thanks to Pat Miller for his efforts arranging this drive.

The following day was the last MSCA Supersprint for the year. While Mallala can be windy on most days, the the weather gods had gathered together and all headed to the circuit!

In the words of our Competition Secretary Pat Miller “First it rained then lightning knocked out the power grid for the area, no PA, no timing, the wind came up in the afternoon blowing all shade tents away along with raised dust and a temp of 40deg.” Reports of those driving open cars along the back straight being buffered by the wind was rather scary.

After the third run the event was called off with all concerned happy to be be heading home, though there were some vehicles that did not survive the heat – Gerard Miller’s Plymouth Special suffering a head gasket failure.

Then it was time to get ready for the ReUnited-ReUnion Dinner. And what a week that was! The COVID-19 restrictions started to escalate due to the Parafield/Woodvile Pizza Bar issue. On Monday things were looking ok, but the room size may have been an issue, then on Tuesday we may have to reschedule to fit all 40 members in the restaurant, then on Wednesday the State went into lockdown and the Dinner was off!

Special thanks to Michael McClaren and the committee for their assistance with this week. The email traffic was high, the phone was running hot and lots of quick thinking and decisions needed to be made, before the lockdown finally sealed the deal.

Therefore the Dinner has been postponed until 2021!

We will inform all of you the date for next year once things settle back to normal after the New Year. We have your payments and will put these forward to the Dinner at the appropriate date. Please contact the Committee if you have any queries about the Dinner for 2021.

Due to these current restrictions the December Meeting will also be cancelled. we will be unable to have the Christmas BBQ as per usual, and the room restrictions for the Fullarton Park Community Centre have also changed, with a reduction in the number of people we can have in the room and the recommendation of wearing face masks while in the room.

We will open the Centre on Monday 7th December from 7.00pm and have the Treasurer and Club Registration Officers available to allow members to pay their Subs and have their Log Books signed and registration papers signed and stamped, so they will be legal if members drive their vehicles over the Christmas Break.

More details to follow.

Yours Spritely

Gordon Boyce – President and the Committee of the Sprite Club of SA

Gerry Coker (1922-2020)

Gerry Coker

Gerald Charles Coker, known to all as “Gerry,” was born June 24, 1922 in Northamptonshire, England.

He is known in the Healey world for his body design of the Healey Hundred introduced in 1952. 

Gerry’s design talent showed up early in life with his childhood “doodles” of motorcars.  He began his training as an engineer in 1939 when he apprenticed at the Rootes Group, where he worked with experimental designs for armored vehicles and other military vehicle components prior to and during WWII.

He joined the Donald Healey Motor Company as Healey’s body engineer in 1950.  His first job was to look after the Nash Healeys as they came from Panelcraft, the Nash Healey body makers.

Early on at the DHMC, Healey challenged Gerry to show him a sports car design, and in late 1950, he created the body design for what would become the Austin-Healey 100.  This timelessly beautiful sports car stole the show in October, 1952 when it debuted as the Healey Hundred at the London Motor Show at Earls Court.

Gerry also styled the Austin-Healey Streamliner (the “pretty one,” he says) that was driven to 192.7 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1954 while establishing records in speed and endurance.  And just before moving on from the DHMC, Gerry developed the preliminary body design for the forthcoming Austin-Healey Sprite, which made its very successful first appearance in 1958. Budget considerations caused the Sprite’s final design to be altered considerably. This early design did not include the unique headlamps which caused the first Sprites to be called “Bugeye” in North America and “Frogeye” in Great Britain.

Gerry and his wife, Marion, were wed in June, 1953 near Coventry, Warwickshire.  Their engagement coincided with Gerry’s design work for the Healey Hundred.  Their wedding almost didn’t take place, as that June weekend was also the race weekend at Le Mans.  Donald Healey had entered four cars (two Austin-Healeys and two Nash Healeys) and wanted Gerry to attend the race.  He did not.  Marion recalls that “I won that one!”

In 1957, the Cokers left England for life in America. Gerry worked at the Chrysler Corporation for about five years before a move to the Ford Motor Company, where he worked until 1987, when he retired as a Senior Product Design Engineer.  It was Gerry who designed the famous dual action tailgate for station wagons; he and Ford hold a patent on his ingenious design.

Gerry and Marion Coker are familiar faces to most Healey club members who have met them over the years at various Austin-Healey meets. Gerry passed away surrounded by family Nov. 13, 2020. 

When you see an Austin-Healey, you can thank Gerry Coker for its timeless design.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting – Monday 2nd November

All Members please note that the Annual General Meeting of the Sprite Club of South Australia will be held on Monday 2nd November at 8.00pm at the Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

All committee positions will be declared vacant, so if you would like to join the committee and assist in the running of the Sprite Club of SA please think about nominating or volunteering at the AGM. Talk to any of the committee if you are interested or require further information.

If you are attending there are a number of COVID-19 requirements you need to be aware of. These include:

• Do not attend the Centre if you, or anyone in your group:
• Is experiencing cold and flu like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath
• Has a chronic medical condition and/or weakened immune system and has not sought advice from a health care professional prior to attending.
• Practice physical distancing where possible, stay 1.5m apart
• Wash hands or use sanitiser provided when entering and exiting the premises.
• Maintain appropriate personal hygiene practices (especially covering coughs and sneezes).
• Avoid lingering in foyers and waiting areas and encourage members to arrive just prior to your starting time and to exit as soon as the event has finished.

If you are the holder of a trophy that was presented last year can you please return these on the night to allow them to be prepared for awarding later in the year.

Mid-Week Meander – “Head for the Hills”

The Mid-Week Meander was the first chance for the Sprite Club members to have a social drive since the COVID-19 lockdown

In March 2020 the Sprite Club Calendar listed that the first Mid-Week Meander had been scheduled and was themed “Head to the Hills” to assist the various business and communities that had been affected by the bushfires during the late part of 2019.

Unfortunately the effect of COVID-19 and the associated health risks during March caused the Sprite Club to postpone the event in line with the SA Health advice and the general health and wellbeing of the members.

Jump forward seven months and our trusty Mid-Week Meanderers, Russell and Judy Schmarr dug out the Run Sheet, wiped it with hand sanitiser and a few alcohol wipes and the Meander was ready to go!

Meeting at Tilley Reserve, Yatala Vale

The intrepid Meanderers met at Tilley Reserve at Yatala Vale, for some this was a journey in itself! With Social Distancing requirements and Contract Tracing signatures to complete, the Sprite Club members complied with the appropriate regulations and had a chance to catch up on the events of the past few months. There were Bugeyes, Sprites, Midgets, a Clubman & Mazda MX-5 plus a modern or two.

The Brocks Holden Tigra and some of the Meanderers at Gumeracha

Soon Russell had mustered the group and they were on their Meandering way. As usual Russell and Judy had found a combination of roads that takes “the long way there and the short way back”. This route was no different with the Meanders stopping at Gumeracha to allow a regroup of the convoy. Here they were joined by Gary and Faye Brock and their Holden Tigra which has replaced their MGB GT.

A stop at the Warren Reservoir for a BYO morning tea allowed the Sprite Club members to enjoy this once secured area. These reservoirs have now been opened to the public for a number of outdoor activities including hiking and mountain biking or enjoying a picnic on the lakeside. Water sports including kayaking/canoeing and fishing along the shore or from a kayak are also allowed.

Morning tea stop at Warren Reservoir

Once a coffee or tea and a couple of biccies had been completed the Meanderers were once again on the road. The weather was on the side of the group and most enjoyed a top down run through the scenic Adelaide Hills.

The lunch venue was the Charleston Hotel, here the Meanderers had the chance for more social catch-up and support this local business affected by the bushfires. With good food and a glass of their choice, all reported that they did not need anything else to eat on the way home!

Enjoying lunch at the Charleston Hotel

Special thanks to Russell and Judy for arranging this Mid-Week Meander and thanks to the Meanderers for their support of the event. It was also the Sprite Club’s first social event since the COVID-19 pandemic and chance to review the regulations that have been put in place to allow the Sprite Club to conduct and enjoy these events.

If you missed this one, keep an eye on the website and calendar as more events are added as the year continues.

Hiding in the shade…………………

MSCA Super Sprint – THE Bend East Circuit

The Marque Sports Car Association SA Super Sprint series headed to The Bend for Round Four. Having used the West Circuit last time, the MSCA has booked the East Circuit for this event. With 3.9km and 22 corners there were going to be a lot of track learning required for most drivers who had not driven on this circuit. As well as the bends there were a number of elevation changes that changed the balance of the vehicles during the lap.

Enjoy the lap with Alistar Dow in the Puma Clubman – Thanks to Alistar for the video

A number of Sprite Club members enjoyed the circuit with most having a huge smile on their return from the circuit. There were small clouds of dust as some found the track limits, with most stating that you had to get Turn 1 correct to help set up Turns 2, 3 & 4. Then you headed to to the uphill Turn 8 into a tight right at 9, then downhill at 10. 11. 12…. So lots of “thinking about each series of corners” was important.

With a well built Race Control building with all amenities, a Barista serving hot coffee/tea and you could order a nice meal for lunch, the drivers were spoilt for their day at the track compared to Mallala.

There were some mechanical issues and the day ended unfortunately with a roll-over for a MG ZT and it’s junior driver. although shaken, bruised but unhurt, thanks to the Women for Wheels and Medical Team for their assistance.

All drivers agreed that it was a fantastic track with a number of challenges that most had not experienced before. They all stated they were looking forward to returning to the circuit at a future date.

October Bugeye Burble and Coming Events

Here is the October Bugeye Burble and Coming Events………………………

Keep an eye on the Sprite Club Website, Email Postings and Sprite Club Facebook Page for more information…………

21 October             Mid-Week Meander – “Head to the Hills”           

Russell and Judy have planned an enjoyable run for the return of the Mid-Week Meander for 2020.

Meet 10.00 am at Tilley Reserve, Yatala Vale Road, Surrey Downs for a 10.30 am departure.

BYO morning tea/coffee and then lunch at a local Hills hotel.

Please let Russell and Judy know if you are attending for catering purposes – 0403 151 715

2 November      Annual General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

All committee positions will be declared vacant, so if you would like to join the committee and assist in the running of the Sprite Club of SA please think about nominating or volunteering at the AGM.

14 November    Sprite Club Classic Sports Car Cruise – “Northerly Aspect!”

Our first cruise of this season we will meet at Kateena Street, Regency Park opposite the Dept of Transport Inspection Station, and head up the new Northern Connector and Expressway to Gawler.

Start time to be advised in the next Bugeye Burble and on the Web Site

Any enquiries contact Pat Miller 0421289706.

15 November    MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 5 – Mallala Motorsport Park

This competition event will be held at Mallala for the final round of the MSCA Super Sprint Series.

Hoping the weather will provide a fast track for the competitors.  On track action from 10.00am

21 November    Sprite Club of SA Reunion Dinner – Namasté Nepalese Restaurant, Parkside

The format will be a catered banquet with an interesting range of dishes for each of the courses. Cost is $40 per head. The meal and drinks will be subsidised by the Sprite Club.

Payment can be made via the Club’s Bank Account EFT – Please note the Surname and numbers attending when making the deposit.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be No Dinner Payments on the night, must be prepaid before.

7 December       Christmas General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.

Sprite Club Update

Hello All Sprite Club members

It has been a while but slowly the Sprite Club will be returning to normal activities. The Committee has been working on a number of requirements and events behind the scenes as we come to grips and understand the new regulations we need to follow as part of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our Club.

General Meetings – Monday 12th October

We will be returning to normal General Meetings at the Fullarton Park Community Centre on Monday 12th October at 8.00pm.

We have been working with the Fullarton Park Centre and SA Health to return to our usual meetings.

There are a number of COVID-19 requirements you need to be aware of. These include:

• Do not attend the Centre if you, or anyone in your group:
• Is experiencing cold and flu like symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, and/or shortness of breath
• Has a chronic medical condition and/or weakened immune system and has not sought advice from a health care professional prior to attending.
• Practice physical distancing where possible, stay 1.5m apart
• Wash hands or use sanitiser provided when entering and exiting the premises.
• Maintain appropriate personal hygiene practices (especially covering coughs and sneezes).
• Avoid lingering in foyers and waiting areas and encourage members to arrive just prior to your starting time and to exit promptly after completion of your activity.
• There is no communal food or beverage service areas
• The Sprite Club will need to keep and retain contract tracing records in accordance with their COVID Safe Plan. You will be required to complete an attendance sheet containing details of the group, the date of the activity, and the names and phone numbers of each attendee.
• Hirers are responsible for cleaning and disinfection of touch-points (door handles, light switches, counters, table tops, and backs of chairs)

While this list has a number of specific requirements , these, our COVID Safe Plan and our COVID Marshals are an important part for us as a Sprite Club to maintain to have our General meetings. Your assistance with these requirements that allows the Sprite Club to return to normal activities is appreciated.

Sprite Club Display Day – 25th October

Thank you to those who have responded to our request for interest in this event for 2020.

Unfortunately we received a low number of replies by the due date, and in light of the investment for the hire of the venue and the COVID-19 requirements the Sprite Club would have to meet for this event, the Committee has decided to cancel the event for 2020.

This decision was not made lightly, and involved many discussions and emails between the Committee members, and I thank them for their input with these discussions.

While we as a Sprite Club believe would be able to meet the COVID-19 requirements, the COVID Safe Plan and the social distancing, the Committee felt that to apply this to the general public would require more resources than the Club would be able provide.

The general public’s interest in our Sprites, Midgets and Associate vehicles is an important part of the day, and the promotion of our special vehicles and the Club.

Members who attended the recent Bay to Birdwood rally stated that there were no spectators at the start on the event at West Beach to reduce any risk to attendees, as well as the general public.

The Sprite Club Committee acknowledged this reduced risk, so have decided to ensure that we “reduce the risk to members and the general public” for any Sprite Club planned events. This aligns with the current requirements and regulations that we have to abide by under the COVID-19 Safe Plan and directions implemented by SA Health. As these are changing at regular intervals the Sprite Club will monitor these and apply any changes to meet these requirements.

There are a number of other events and social drives that are in the planning stages and we will announce some of these at the next General meeting and as the details become finalised.

Thank you to all members for your support over the past few months and looking forward to catching at a general meeting or event soon.

Yours Spritely

Gordon Boyce – President and the Committee of the Sprite Club of SA

Sprite Mk II and Midget Mk i – 60th Anniversary Print

Greetings from Melbourne and the Austin Healey Sprite Drivers Club

Our club is being proactive in regard to the 60th anniversary next year and I thought some of your members may also be interested in one of the prints.

The AHSDC has commissioned Mike Harbar to create a piece of original artwork to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the MK2 Sprite and MK1 Midget in 2021. 

AH Sprite Mk2 Poster A4 250x354.jpg

The club will be offering 100 numbered prints for sale.

There will be 30 x A2 prints numbered from 1 to 30 and 70 x A3 prints numbered from 1 to 70.

The prices (excluding postage & handling) are as follows:

A2 – A$94.80

A3 – A$61.50

Requests for specific print numbers will be accommodated, providing the number(s) are still available, but please provide a couple of options.

Please send your orders through to Greg or Terri at:

greg@gregcorbinarchitects.com.au 

or

 terri@gregcorbinarchitects.com.au


Cheers Mike Welsh – President – Austin Healey Sprite Drivers’ Club Inc.