GelatO – Ice Cream Run

A warm barmy Adelaide Summer’s night, a Sprite with the roof down, and cruise around the city to end up for an ice cream sounds like a great event!

A quick check of the weather forecast and the signs are not looking good, cool weather, rain forecasted and more looming on the radar could have “dampen” the run.

On arrival at the K Mart Car Park at Firle we were greeted with 2 x Bugeyes, 2 x Mk II Sprites, 1 x Mk IIA Sprite, 1 x Mk IIIA Sprite, 1 x Austin-Aston-Healey-Martin (!), plus a Mazda, Honda Jazz and 4WD Toyota.

After a quick COVID sign-in, Social Co-ordinator Michael McClaren outlined the planned run and we all headed onto Glynburn Road.

The route headed towards the lower Adelaide Hills via Montacute Road, Gorge Road, Darley Road turning left at Grand Junction Road. Heading west there was a deviation onto Prospect Road heading back towards the city.

While we were in the Mazda, we followed the convoy of Sprites and enjoyed the smells of warm engine and gearbox oil, rich fuel mixtures and the sounds of noisy gearboxes and slipping clutches, so it felt and smelt like we in a Sprite!

Onto Port Road, through North Terrace, South onto Hutt Street and Greenhill Road. After a couple of miles we turned back onto Glynburn Road and finally completed the loop turning back to Magill Road.

Here we parked in a side street and headed to 48 Flavours for our ice creams – and what a choice there was. Choices included lemon sorbet, rum and raisin, chocolate, honeycomb, plus the usual flavours.

All Members enjoyed the ice creams and stayed around and had the usual chat and discussion about the drive and the looks from the public as we drove past.

They joy of driving older classic sports car is that they need a little bit of maintenance and tinkering to keep them running – and at the end of the run a couple of Sprites needed a quick adjustment of the SU’s and swap of batteries due to charging issues.

Special thanks to Michael for planning and organising the Ice Cream Run and thanks to those members who braved the weather (but it did not rain) and enjoyed the yummy ice creams.

Ken’s article for North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club

I have attached an article I was asked to write it by the editor of the “North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club” in the county of Norfolk,England.

A friend of mine called Bob who lives in Norfolk mentioned to him that he had a friend in Australia who was involved in classic cars.

Editors being editors he thought this could be an opportunity to get a story for his magazine! Bob asked me if I was interested. I thought it might be an interesting thing to do so I agreed to do it.

The article features classic cars I have owned over the years, not everyday family cars. 

I thought it might be suitable to put on the website or email to club members. 

Let me know what you think,

Cheers, Ken.


Flaggies Required – Sprints – The Bend

A good opportunity to check out THE BEND at close quarters. Traditionally the sprite club has helped with flagging at the first meeting of the year usually Mallala this year the meeting will be on the exciting West circuit at THE BEND. Even if you have never flagged before do not be scared to have a go. Any questions Pat Miller 0421289706.

From the MSCA.

Round 1 Super Sprint is scheduled at The Bend on the west circuit on Sunday 28 February.

Nominally the duty flagging clubs are MG, Fiat Lancia, Nissan Datsun and Sprite but they will need input from other clubs.

We will be using nine flag points which requires eighteen volunteers.

COVID requirements continue to apply so I will need to confirm the volunteers before the event and have a list of names, phone and email addresses.

Please ask your clubs for volunteers and send me names and contact details before 21 February. Assuming we have a surplus, I will then confirm the final list.

It would help if they nominate their preferred team mate as well.

Murray Stephenson

Secretary, MSCA

Mobile: 0419 565 970


February Bugeye Burble and Coming Events

Here is the February Bugeye Burble, 2021 Calendar and Coming Events………………………

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

6 February          Sprite Club Gelati Run

So dust off your Sprite. Midget, Clubman or Associate vehicle and join us for our first run for 2021.

Meet at the K Mart Firle Shopping Centre, Glynburn Road, Firle at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm departure.

Any queries please contact Michael McClaren – 0407 399 260

7 February          Clubbies SA – Southern Group

Southern Clubbies coffee and chat at The Perfect Note Cafe, 168/170 Main Road Blackwood this Sunday, from 8.30am

14 February       Shannon’s British at the Bend – The Bend Motor Sport Park, Tailem Bend

The Bend will play host to a collection of the best British cars, motorcycles and working vehicles, across a themed and multidisciplinary celebration of the finest automotive brands and vehicles, both past and present, that Britain has to offer!

For more info and entries please visit:

21 February       MSCA Trophy Presentation Day

Everyone is invited to the MSCA Presentation Day for the 2020 class awards along with the many other trophies up for grabs! More information at

We are being hosted by Virgara Wines, 143 Heaslip Rd, Angle Vale.

Assemble from 11.00am, Judging Display – 1:00pm, Presentation of Trophies – 2:00pm

21 February       Clubbies SA at the Rezz

Join the Clubbies SA clubmans for their Informal coffee/breakfast meeting on the 3rd Sunday of each month, at the Rezz Hotel, 20 Hamilton Terrace, Newton, from 9am.

28 February       MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 1 – The Bend Motor Sport 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.

The MSCA will be using the West Circuit which includes the long Main Straight and pit area.

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

Please support our competing Sprite and Clubman driving members as they compete.

1 March               General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

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

6 March               Sprite Club Classic Sports Car Cruise – Southern Cruise

Join us for the first Classic Sports Car Cruise of the year with a run down south.

More detail about the start venue, etc to follow – Mark your diaries

7 March               Clubbies SA – Southern Group

Southern Clubbies coffee and chat at The Perfect Note Cafe, 168/170 Main Road Blackwood this Sunday, from 8.30am

14 March             Bushfire Relief and COVID Picnic and Car Display

Garry Beaton has invited us once again to display our vehicles at this Hills Picnic and concert.

17 March             Mid-Week Meander – “Hills Face Roam”               

Russell and Judy Schmarr have organised the first Mid-Week Meander for 2021.

As the name implies this run will use a number of roads on the Adelaide Hills Face Zone, so expect lots of rises and descents on some great roads with lunch at a close, but iconic summit venue.

General Meeting – Monday 1st February – 8.00pm

The Sprite Club is ready for Monday the 1st of February which will be our first General Meeting for 2021.

Over the break the Committee has been busy putting together a calendar of events for 2021, plus adding some interesting events for later in the year and revisiting some that we did not run due to COVID-19 and everything else. Find out more about these events at the meeting.

Also if you have a Club Registered vehicle time is running out to have your Log Book and rego papers stamped, as your Membership and rego will have expired on the 31st December 2020.

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 are:
• 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).

There will be the usual QR Code and sign in as you enter the building. Please abide by these regulations as they assist the Sprite Club in meeting the COVID-19 requirements that we have to adhere to while conducting the meeting – thanks for your assistance.

Australia Day Thong Thowing extravaganza

Only to thank our hosts, Des and Penny for their hospitality, and to assure you that competition in the thong throwing was fierce, made more difficult by the sloping terrain, which made the bucket tilt away from us. After three rounds, the bucket was moved closer and Michael made a perfect shot. Despite the covid restrictions, we all managed to eat well, with a dazzling array of desserts. A very pleasant afternoon all round.

The last photo with the thong in mid-air by the bucket was the winning shot. Cheers Don William

Sprite Club Gelato Run : Saturday 6 February

Join us for a 1 hour, or thereabouts, run around the city & suburbs, finishing for a gelati.

And, if it’s your wish, home before you have to flick the Lucas Switch to light the way.

Meeting Place: Firle Shopping Centre carpark

Glynburn Road, Firle

Time: 5.30pm for a 6pm depart.

Notes available on the day at the Firle Shopping Centre carpark.

Any queries; contact Michael McClaren 0407 399 260

Website Hosting

We’ve just been notified that our website host is closing in a couple of months, if anyone has recommendations of a website hosting service, preferably located in SA, please let me know, cheers Chris