We will be visiting the TAFESA Automotive Facility at the Regency Campus, Regency Road, Regency Park.
Enter via Entrance 4 off Regency Road and head straight through the gates to the Automotive Compound. Refer to attached Maps.
Automotive Lecturer Jamie Campbell will discuss and demonstrate the air flow characteristics of A-Series cylinder heads, SU & Weber Carbys and associated manifolds and some of their issues and problems. There will also be some dyno runs outlining the torque and power curves of Sprites and Midgets, both standard and modified. A great technical night for all members.
Due to TAFESA Safety Policy please wear minimum short sleeve shirt, long trousers, covered shoes or steel cap shoes/boots.
Contact Gordon Boyce (O4178979O5) if you need directions or more information.
March 17th2019 (St Patrick’s Day) was the start of major motor sporting events across Australia, the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix, Collingrove Hillclimb and the Round One MSCA Supersprint at Mallala. While the luck of the Irish may have not been smiling on competitors at the F1 GP and the Hillclimb (due to timing issues) nearly 100 competitors at Mallala did have smiles on their faces as they headed onto the track for the first time for 2019!
With a Come’n’Try event as well, a number of new or returning competitors tried the Mallala circuit for the first time. While it was warm, and the circuit surrounds very dry and dusty from the lack of any rain, most found the circuit to be in clean and good condition, based on the lap times from most.
The Sprite Club was represented by the usual stalwarts, Barry & Lyndall Edson and Paul Doube in Kestrel Clubman’s, Pat Miller in the Irukandji Clubman, Helen Stephenson in the Circuit Excel Hyundai, as well a few Clubman competitors, such as Ian Eldridge in the very quick PBR.
Once the briefings were over it was time to head to the circuit. Cars are grouped in their time order, so there is minimal passing, but all can have a clear lap and try for a fast time. While the track was clean, some found the end of the back straight an issue with a couple heading into the sand trap due to braking problems, one parking on its side, with minimal damage to the car, other than needing a good clean. One spinning Skyline off the back straight also raised quite a dust cloud as it drifted along the infield!
Our two flying females, Helen and Lyndall, both had brief off track excursions, but regained their confidence and both put down some reasonable times when they returned to the circuit. Well done ladies! Most competitors had four runs of five laps around the circuit, so there was plenty of track time for all.
The Sprite Club had been allocated to assist with Flagging duties for the day, so Chris Brine elected not to compete and was ably assisted by Dean King in manning the Turn 2 flag point for the day – special thanks guys, without your help the day could not have run. It is a shame a few more from the Sprite Club could have helped on the day. President Gordon was the CAMS Steward for the day to ensure all played by the rules……
Other than the Edson Kestrel being loaded on the trailer early, most had a good, but warm day, and I guess a few will be making adjustments and alterations for the next round. The next event is the Peter Hall Memorial 6-Hour Relay Sprint in May, so it would be great to see a few more members at the track to help out our two teams, plus the proposed three teams from the Victorian Sprite Club.
There are still a few vacancies available for the MSCA come and try sprint event on Sunday next 17thMarch. Get in Quickly by calling Sue Stephenson on 0408858046. The cost is $125 which covers everything. You just need a car, a helmet, and ankle to wrist clothing.
The sprite club is rostered for flag marshal duties this meeting make sure you write sprite club on the sign in form as this will earn 1 point towards the club of the year trophy.
Keep an eye on the Sprite Club Web site and Facebook page for more details on these events……………………
4 March – General Meeting – Guest Speaker – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.
Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.
17 March – MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – 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. There will be parade
Officials briefing at 8.15am. On track action from 10.00am
17 March – Winter Cup 1 Hillclimb – Round 1 – Collingrove Hillclimb
First Hillclimb of the year at the famous Collingrove Hillclimb in the Barossa Valley
29 March – Technical and Dyno Night – TAFESA Automotive Regency Campus – 6.00pm – 9.00pm
We will be visiting the TAFESA Automotive Facility at the Regency Campus, Regency Road, Regency Park . Automotive Lecturer Jamie Campbell will discuss and demonstrate the air flow characteristics of A-Series cylinder heads, SU Carbys and some of their issues and problems. There will also be some dyno runs outlining the torque and power curves of Sprites and Midgets, both standard and modified.
A great technical night for all members.
1 April – General Meeting – Stars and Their Cars – 7.30pm.
Sporting Car Club Clubrooms, 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, and there will be some door prizes
3 April – Mid-Week Meander – Southern Run – Departing at 10.00am – BYO Morning Tea.
Russell and Judy Schmarr have organised this Mid-Week Meander heading South.
Meet at Mitcham Reserve Car Park off Old Belair Road for a 10.00am departure.
As usual the run will cover some interesting roads south of Adelaide, ending up for lunch at a convenient venue. This will be close enough for a short run home after lunch. For catering purposes please let Russell and Judy know you are coming – O4O3 151 715
Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Park.
Our guest speaker will be Lynton Fuller from Trico Products. He will be talking about some specialty products ideal for our vehicles, particularly Sta-Bil Fuel Stabiliser, 303 Protectant and Nu Finish polishes.
The winner of the Winter Cup for the 2018 Hillclimb season was long time Hillclimber Geoff Vardon driving in a Datsun 120Y Sports Sedan that he built and engineered himself, powered by a Honda engine it defines a “pocket rocket.” Named 2nd in the competition was another longtime Hillclimber (and previous winner) Danny Maul driving his Circuit Excel, finishing 3rd was David Hall in his ever reliable Toyota MR2.
The Collingrove Challenge Trophy for Multi Club Competition was won by Peter Stanley in his Austin Healey Sprite Mk2, 2nd was David Hall Toyota MR2 and 3rd was David Angel in his Ford Cortina GT Mk2.
Congratulations to you all for your speedy and consistent performances over the season.
The Collingrove Cup was presented by its donor Mr Glen Dix OAM to Naomi Maltby.
The annual Marque Sports Car Association Trophy Presentation and Display Day was held at Vigara Winery on the 24thFebruary. While it was a warm day, it was well supported by members and vehicles from all the MSCA member car clubs.
As well a chance to display member’s vehicles, it is a day to recognise the achievements of the drivers competing in the MSCA Mallala Super sprints during the 2018 competition year.
A big congratulation must go to all the competitors from this year, but an especially big congratulation must go to the drivers who won their classes!
The Sprite Club of SA was well represented in the Winners Circle with Barry Edson (Clubman’s 1300-1600cc) and James Dover (Clubman’s 1600-2000cc) winning their respective classes for the year. Congratulations!
Barry also proved a consistent year on the track taking 2ndplace in the Sprint Driver of the Year Award. This trophy is now added to the others gained during 2018 at Legend of the Lakes hill climb, so overall it has been a successful 12 months for Barry and the Kestrel Clubman. Congratulations Barry!
Class BB winner – Barry Edson
Class C winner – Dick Manning
Class CC winner -James Dover
Class D winner – Jason Edwards
Class DD winner – Alastair Dow
Class H winner – Marque Lemaistre
Class M winner – Malcolm Ebel
Class O winner – Darren Bilsborough
Class V winner – Vu Le
Class X winner – John Davies
Sprint Champion 1st Place – John Davies
Sprint Champion 2nd Place – Jason Edwards
Sprint Driver 1st Place – Dick Manning
Sprint Driver 2nd Place – Barry Edson
Club of the Year – Nissan Datsun
Car Club Display Day Award 1st place – MG Car Club
Car Club Display Day Award 2nd place – Alfa Romeo Owners Drivers Club
Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts