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Flashback Friday

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…..…….

Photos of your Sprite/midget/clubman or associate vehicle

I am after some photos of your Sprite/Midget/Clubman or Associate Vehicle on the road or in a scene with the vehicle and road in the photo for a project I am working on.

The photos can be current or from previous years

If you have one (or two/three/etc) can you please send them to me via the following emails:

If you are working on your Sprite/Midget and would like to put together some words and photos of what you have been doing during self isolation and social distancing please send to either me or Chris Brine and we will add them to the website.

Stay safe and Spritely, Gordon Boyce – President, SCSA

Inside Chris and Tina’s Bugeye

message from the president

The world changes very quickly during a pandemic event like COVID-19! Last week when I wrote to you all, some events were happening, some were likely to happen and some had ceased completely. The latter has become the norm for many events and organisations over the past few days.

While there was a very successful, socially distanced MSCA Super Sprint at Mallala last weekend (report to follow) many other events have since been cancelled.

The Sporting Car Clubrooms and the Fullarton Park Community Centre are two such organisations that have closed their doors to events this week. Therefore we do not have a venue for a Stars and their Cars Meeting in April and our General Meeting in May and possible beyond. These meetings have been cancelled and we will reconvene them once life returns to normal or whatever it will be post COVID-19.

Here is an update of the Calendared Events and their current Status:

April 5th – McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic Run – CANCELLED

April 6th – Stars and Their Cars Meeting – CANCELLED 

April 9th – 13th – 2020 National Sprite Challenge, CANCELLED 

May 3th – Peter Hall Memorial 6-Hour Relay – CANCELLED

May 4th – General Meeting, Guest Speaker – CANCELLED 

May 10th – Run to the Elephant Door – POSTPONED 

May 23rd – Classic Sports Car Cruise –  POSTPONED 

May 31st – Collingrove Hillclimb 2 – CANCELLED  

As the status of other events change we will keep you posted via the web site and the Facebook page.

While you cannot go for drive or socialise with the Sprite Club members, these times of social distancing and self isolating might be the catalyst to head to the shed and have a tinker with the Sprite, polish the Midget, service the Clubman or just sort the nuts and bolts into their various sizes!

The Sprite Club of South Australia will keep these pages active during this time with reports of previous events from this year, and flashback to time past and other snippets of information to keep your interest in the Sprite Club and the vehicles we “Foster, Promote and Preserve!”

Stay safe and healthy during these times

Your Spritely

President Gordon Boyce and the Committee of the Sprite Club of South Australia

MSCA Super Sprint Update

If you are competing or assisting with Flagging on Sunday at the MSCA Super Sprint at Mallala, the MSCA has the following request:

To try and reduce the time that competitors spend filling out forms and in scrutineering we are requesting that ALL COMPETITORS AND OFFICIALS fill out the Mallala wavier form prior to arriving on Sunday.

Thank you for you cooperation!

It is also noted that Motorsport Australia (formally known as CAMS) can confirm that Motorsport Australia sanctioned events will continue with support, in line with any government restrictions and also with suitable precautions in place.
Some of these precautions are expected to include, but will not be limited to:

Encouraging social distancing (standing 1.5m away from others)

Providing drivers’ and officials’ briefings electronically

Communicating to participants at all levels that if they are unwell, they must stay away from the venue

The provision of hand sanitisers and hand washing facilities at events

In times like these, it is important that we can enjoy our sport in a safe and practical way, while ensuring good hygiene and social distancing practices are maintained.

March Bugeye Burble and Coming events

Here is the March Bugeye Burble and Coming Events……………………………..

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

18 March             Mid-Week Meander – “Head to the Hills”           

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

Meet 9.30 am at Tilley Reserve, Yatala Vale Road, Surrey Downs for a 10.00 am departure.

We will stop at a local cafe to buy morning tea/coffee and lunch at a local Hills hotel.

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

22 March             MSCA Mallala Super Sprint & Come’n’Try – Round 1 – Mallala Motorsport Park

The Sprite Club have been rostered for flagging duties at this Round so please come along and get yourself trackside to see some motorsport action up close and support our competiting members.

Officials briefing at 8.30am.  On track action from 10.00am

5 April                  The McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic Event – Parade starts at 11.00am

The McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic is a great family day celebration of vintage and classic motoring. A fantastic mix of food, wine, music and the arts together with the energy and passion of motoring enthusiasts.   The Sprite Club will be hosted by Fox Creek Winery

6 April                  General Meeting – Stars and Their Cars – 6.30pm for pizza and a drink

Sporting Car Club, 51 King William Road, Unley.

Please note a different venue and the earlier start time.

We will have member’s cars on stage and have a Q & A with the owners.

Join us for pizza and a drink, the bar will be open, a special night for all members and partners

February General Meeting

3 February          General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

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

First General Meeting for 2020, chance to catch up with the latest from the Club, the 2020 Calendar will be released and Club Memberships and Rego can be finalised.

Club Registration owners please note that your rego expired on the 31 December if you are not financial, so please bring your Log Books, Rego Papers and Membership Fees.

australia day bbq and thong throwing competition

26 January          Australia Day BBQ and Thong Throwing Contest – Gumeracha –  From 11.00am

Gary and Faye Brock, Ebenezer Palace, Kenton Hill, Gumeracha will once again host the first event for 2020.  This will be a BYO BBQ, so please BYO BBQ Meat, Drinks and Chairs.

Please bring either a salad or sweets to share.

The Thong Trowing Competition will also be held supporting the spirit of Australia Day.

Phone the Brocks on 83891141 if you need directions