Non BMC Content – Motorclassica Melbourne 2012

A diversion from the normal Sprite / Midget activity, but I thought it worth a look at the Concours D’Elegance event held in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Hall last weekend, followed by a classic car auction by Manhiem Australia.

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A nunber of the local Car Clubs were invited to display on the grounds in front of the entrance, and as ever, the Italians were as about as understated as a pink mini skirt at a Funeral Directors convention.

Needless to say, The Saint [and several clones] were on hand to represent the more subdued, and joined the rest of the Volvo Club outside.

Obviously, the 912 Porsche on the right demonstrates the correct display technique – the other one should have been at Summernats….Moon discs indeed…

Inside, it was all very twee, with lots to look at, and very little that was even vaguely affordable.  That aside, it was like a surreal treasure trove of over restored cars,rare sights here in Australia, and onlookers that either seemed to know everything, or nothing about what they were looking at.  The common denominator however, was the sense of admiration for some of the cars displayed – see below –

The best way to enjoy these kinds of shows in my opinion is to get in early, and just soak it all up without having to dodge people with their iPhones, or their six foot tripods and $3000 SLR cameras jockeying for position. That way, you can stand back and wonder in peace whether the 250GT or the 166 would be a better entry to have for the Mile Miglia.

This is a 300SL barnfind that will be restored soon – hopefully not too much.  Some of them need to remain patinated and looking ‘real’.  Besides, isn’t that all the rage now?

Patrick Devine once again generously shared his Gullwing with all and sundry, patiently answering lots of questions and openly staing that he was in fact a custodian of the car.  He is an owner that isn’t too precious, proven by the fact that he let my proletariat arse in it…

Star of the Show was definately Sir Jack Brabham, accompanied by Ron Tauranac and Tim Shenken.  Throughout the event, they were repeatedly hassled, stopped for photos, and interviewed, all taken in their stride, and with good humour.  Sir Jack and Ron in my humble opinion should be revered to a much greater extent than they are in this country.

So, amongst all the automotive beauty, the auction began.  Many of the lots passed in, including the Tatra T82 [a Czech built limo with an air cooled rear mounted 2.5L V8], and the ex Twiggy Muira that used to turn heads at the Birdwood Museum.  The owner, [who also has a Pur Sang T35 Bugatti], drove it to Melbourne for the auction, where it passed in at $800K.  I would have made a bid for it, but I can only sell one kidney….

All in all, a very satisfying weekend, packed with sights rarely seen.  What was missing?  Well, apart from the Healey Factory stand… know how this ends…







Spanner day wash up

Hi fellow Sprite drivers, We had a great day at the Felix’s garage with many cars getting a carbi tickle. Some were not that bad but it was good to see them performing better. Some needed attention and one even gave me grief with the fast idle screws from the choke causing some issues. Needless to say the audience were merciless. Thanks to the chefs we had a nice lunch and fellowship. I hope all had a good time.

Les and Lorraine Felix

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Lenswood Harvest Festival

Title: Lenswood Harvest Festival
Location: Memorial Park, Swamp Road, Lenswood
Description: A festival with a theme of Classic, old fashioned quality. Classic Car Clubs have been invited. The organisers need to know numbers.
There will be music, wine tasting, and gourmet food.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013/03/23
End Time: 15:30

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High Country & Murray River tour – Anzac Weekend 2013

John Fowler who came over for the 5 Ferries Run has organised a great run through the high country of Victoria/NSW. Those of you that enjoyed the elements of an extended run, or those who now wished they had gone on the 5 Ferries Run, here is an opportunity to participate in another very enjoyable event.

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Give it some thought !  Those concerned about Anzac Day, there will be time to attend the dawn service in Bright.


This 5 day tour would travel from Lilydale (N-E of Melb.) on Wednesday 24th April via Yea, Mansfield, Whitfield, Milawa, to Bright o/n; after optional Dawn Service, travel to Omeo via Mt Hotham, and back via Anglers Rest, Mt Beauty, to Bright o/n again; then via Mt Buffalo, Happy Valley, Gundowring, and Tallangatta to Corryong o/n; then via Cabramurra, the winding Elliot Way, Walwa and along the upper Murray River to Hume Weir o/n; then return home on Sunday 28th via Yackandandah, Beechworth, Stanley, Myrtleford, Euroa, Merton, Yea, Lilydale. Plenty of stops with early finishes, over great scenic driving roads.

Parking for tow cars and trailers is available at either the Turners’ in Bright, or the Harris’s in Stanley (Both AHSDC Members). The total accommodation cost for the 4 nights is $450 double, but to be booked individually. Interstaters could join/leave from any point or time. Expressions of interest would be appreciated. John Fowler 0400 278 375.  More details later.


Display Day…polished and parked.

Sunday 22nd October – Gumeracha Oval became just a little more colourful [less green], as twenty something Sprites, Midgets, and other members cars lined up for the club’s Annual Display Day.

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Bonnets raised for technical inspections, or just to show off the shiny bits, this simple act guarantees a gathering around to discuss vital issues about the car.  A man is not judged by the size of his Weber carbie, but in how he uses it….

 Innuendo notwithstanding, it was also an opportunity to meet some less frequent members, and catch up with passers by.  Special mention to Peter and Natalie.  Flares are OK.  Not wanting to miss an opportunity to make good use of the fine weather, a quick squirt through Cudlee Creek was organised after a breakfast at Hahndorf before meting up with the rest of the club.  Well worth it.


The Conditional Historic Registration Scheme has been developed to allow vehicles manufactured before 1st January 1979 (of either right or left hand drive) to be registered conditionally so they can be used for a maximum of 90 days per year.

The Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs and Transport SA has granted the Sprite Club of SA the authority to approve Conditional Registration for Austin Healey Sprites and MG Midgets.  Gaining this authority requires the Sprite Club and it’s officers and members to abide by a Code of Practice that outlines the responsibilities for all people using this registration scheme.

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For a detailed description of the NEW’ processes and your responsibilities under the amendments to the scheme please refer to the club letter below and the other documents attached. Or the club Historic Rego Page.

Club Letter to Members on Historic Registration Procedures

Code of Practice DPTI SA Gov

Left Hand Drive Procedures

Statutory Declaration

Who can witness a Statutory Declaration

All British Day 2013

All entries due [or postmarked] by the end of November for the

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Echunga Recreational Ground

Click on the link above to access the Entry Form, or go to the ABD website and go to the Entrants Information Section.

Get involved! There are Morris Dancers, Punch and Judy, a chance to win some prizes, and an animal zoo, [previously known as the Sprite Club of SA display…].




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