As many of you know I’m restoring a bugeye and at the last meeting I reported on the fact that I’d broken the heads of the rear spring bolts – however thanks to a tenacious cornishman (AKA John Whitburn) they have been successfully removed and the bugeye is now happly at minus paints!
All the events for 2012 have now been published for 2012. Please take a good look as this the Club’s 40th. year. Take special note of the 5 ferries run in September.
Apariently some members have paid their subs, but not filled in a membership form. So could they please download a form from the website and return it to the treasurer.
Members still to pay your subs, please make sure you fill in your membership form when paying your subs.
Gordon Boyce will be at the meeting from 7:00pm, so members wishing to have their cars inspected for Historic Rego, can do so prior to the meeting.
Road Trip!….not as bracing perhaps as the Clubman fraternity like to have it, but nonetheless a pleasant trip over with a few of the boys over to Phillip Island to look at old things going very bloody fast.
Including three dozen of these nasty fellas – best place to see them? Main straight plunging into Turn One…you can spot who has left the brains in the toolbox from that vantage point.
OK – Slightly less insane perhaps, but all of our BMC brotherhood represented themselves quite well that weekend, including one absolute ball tearer run from behind from Troy Ryan [NOT illustrated above], after an off track excursion early in the race. I think he may have been a little pleased with himself after that little effort.
And then there was the exotica – the Wheatcrofts brought over Ascari’s season dominating Ferrari Tipo 500 over for a blast – and blast it did, mercifully some people have retained the good sense to exercise priceless machinery for the broader enjoyment of others. Although pretty to look at, they look much better at full song, and driven with some intent.
For more of the same, click the link and have a look at some of the other pics I took that weekend. http://www.flickr.com/photos/62sprite [just click on the right gallery on the right of screen – looking past the drag racing]
The run was conducted yesterday March 18th in superb weather for Sprites. Everything ran smoothly, even the cars.
So I would like to thank these people for turning up and making the day enjoyable for all.
Peter Dineen and Ros, Garry and Molly Beaton, Ken and Mary Dutch, Hilton and Kim Jamieson, and Barb Ridge.
David & Di Low (organisers).
A Fish and Chip lunch run to Encounter Bay. Get your Sprite out it is the Club’s 40th Year.
Meet at the Top of Tapleys Hill on Main South Road, just past Black Road.
Date: Sunday 18th March 2012
Time:10:00am for 10:30am.
Enjoy a nice indirect drive down South to Encounter Bay. Park along the bay. Plenty of seating inside the Fish cafe.
An Austin Healey Sprite mark 3. 1966.
Re-built 1098 motor including:
Crankshaft Grind 20′
New pistons and rings, main bearings and big ends, oil pump and timing chain.
New ring gear, clutch plate, pressure plate, and water pump.
Radiator has been professionally cleaned.
A re-built master cylinder fitted, New slave kit and a re-built starter motor and generator.
Rego Number : RMK 543. Engine No: 10CCDAH15357.
This car is currently on Club Historic Rego.
Good tyres, Body, Paint and trim.
Has a roll bar Tonneau cover. It comes with books and some spares.
Contact Bevan Adams 0405084099 and email email@example.com
Price $11650 ONO
Uraidla Oval was once again the venue for the gathering of several hundred examples of the best and brightest achievements of the British motor industry. In the far corner of the Oval under the goal posts were the new banners for the Sprite Club of SA, and twelve examples of the marque.
Few would argue that this is not a well attended event and the weather certainly made it a pleasant prospect. Helps when you snag a spot under the marquis. Not even the Rolls and Bentley crowds got shade! Centre stage was taken by the Cortina – Capri Club of SA, who rolled up in some pretty grunty examples, including this…
No sign of any strudel, curry, or Peking duck here folks, just Morris dancers jingling away between Punch and Judy shows, and the Goon Show over the speakers. Doing the rounds of the Oval were the usual crowd of hard core enthusiasts, poring over engine bays and peering into cabins, critiquing and murmuring long forgotten details and factiods, generally making the average trainspotter look a bit average.
The above grinning idiot is me – driving in a clean Sprite for once. Thing is, it’s not mine, it’s a loaner from Mike Schmidt, [Cheers Mike], who is selling his uber clean and original Bugeye [see ad on this website]. I am not sure whether it was a good idea for me to have driven this car. It feels decidedly unnatural to have everything work as it should, and an undercarriage that is cleaner than should be allowed. Points off for unrealistic presentation Mike. In the spirit of Sprite-Swapping [a new craze hitting the Club], mine went in as a Rover P5B driven by Ken, in an entry paid for by another Mike. Look, it’s complicated, but all cars were returned in one piece and no one’s feelings were hurt.
I never get tired of seeing this car – the DBR Z ‘Special’ that sounds like war – well just a small one. This event is all about variety, not taking one’s self very seriously, with the only downside being the fact that you probably should wash your car before displaying it. Fortunately, I got some help – thanks Mike. It is also a chance to gather some rare sights together like this moment with our friend Paul Mitchell and another Jem. These two were fielding “what is it” questions all day.
It wasn’t all cars though, there was a Commer and Bedford truck in there, stationary engines chugging away in the background, stalls sellings bits, and a small gathering of British bikes clustered around some pretty hardy looking gents. I am sure they must be able to back up the look with substance – anyone who can kick start a Vincent Black Shadow from cold gets maximum respect from me.
It can’t be a real one…it doesn’t drip oil….
All British Day. Just don’t mention the War. Or the fall of the Empire, warm beer, constant rain, or Tom Jones. Love their cars though….
David Dineen is after a Speedo cable and a combined temperature/ oil pressure gauge to suit his mark 2 MG midget. his phone number is 04188 33379
Title: Mallala National Historic Race Meeting Easter Car Club Display
Description: Invitation to participate in the annual Mallala National Historic Race Meeting Easter Car Club Display, Saturday 7th April 2012
Hi car clubbers
We have been Running historic motor racing at Mallala over Easter for the last 31 Years
For the last few we have been inviting clubs like yours to bring your cars along on the Saturday
You can enter as club groups or individuals
We want from you
· Enter by the 16th of March
· $25 per car (and occupants)
· The old cars for everyone to look at
For that, we provide
· The best park in Mallala, next to the track on the lawns
· Some shade and somewhere to sit down
· Furthermore, during the lunch break from racing, you get to take your cars around the circuit on parade laps
It’s a fun day for all and last year the classic day attracted an excellent crowd, more than double the Sunday turnout.
We would love to see you all there and appreciate if you would include
If you don’t think that is exiting enough, then consider entering the historic regularity event! (contact me for more info on that)
On behalf of the Historic Racing Register of the Sporting Car Club of SA
0419 666 307
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 15:00