23 members wound their way up to Gumeracha to Fay and Gary Brock’s home for the traditional Australia Day BBQ and what a day it turned out to be. Adelaide put on wonderful weather for the event. Lots of nibbles, including Molly’s wonderfully exhilirating prawn crackers, and along with the barbie food and sweets, which were mouthwateringly delicious, none fattening of course, ha ha ha!, and with all the alcoholic beverages one could imagine, make it an enjoyable day.
The Australia Day Trophy, renamed the John Bowering trophy, in remembrance of John, was won by one of our newest members, Gerry Thompson, who assured us that he would cherish and care for the trophy until next year.
Thanks again to the Brocks for opening up their lovely home for a really enjoyable event.
Dont forget the thong throwing and Australia day BBQ at the Brock’s
Title: Australia Day – Thong Throwing Contest
Location: Fay & Gary Brock’s10 Ebenezer Pl Gumeracha
Description: The traditional Sprite Club Australia Day event and we will continue holding the event as a memorial to John Bowering at the Brocks. BYO drinks, BBQ meat and salad OR sweet to share
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 16:00
High Country & Murray River Tour – Anzac Weekend Update
Fantastic driving & scenic roads have been chosen for all sections of this 5 day tour at an average of 300km / day.
The drive from Lilydale / Coldstream up to Bright, and the return home from Hume Weir to Lilydale all form part of the event over selected ‘Spritely’ touring roads with scenic stops along the way.
Wednesday 24th April: Travel from Lilydale/Coldstream to Bright overnight via Thornton, Jamieson, Benalla and Milawa.
Thursday 25th : Travel from Bright to Mt Hotham, Omeo and Anglers Rest, Mt Beauty and back to Bright overnight again.
Friday 26th : Travel from Bright to Corryong overnight via Mt Buffalo, Happy Valley and Tallangatta.
Saturday 27th: Travel from Corryong to Ebden on Lake Hume via Cabramurra, Elliot Way, Walwa and Bell Bridge.
Sunday 28th: Travel from Ebden to Lilydale via Beechworth, Oxley, Whitfield, Mansfield and Yea.
There has been a huge response to this event, and it is almost full, with 18 couples already booked in with their deposits paid for the accommodation. We have 5 couples from SA, 2 couples from NSW, and the rest from Vic.
In fact there is only one room left at the Corryong Mountain View Motel (we have all the rooms and phone numbers in the previous listing) so any extra folk will have to try the Corryong Country Inn (02 6076 1333) over the road back towards the centre of town a few hundred metres. (The Corryong Hotel Motel (02 6076 1004) booked for the evening meal, is about half way between, and has cheaper ‘basic’ workman type cabins out the back too.).
However at the other o/n venues there are a couple of cabins left that are still reserved for us.
MEALS: All the evening meal venues have been booked as well as a couple of lunch venues, but meal choices will be yours, and pay as you go.
I will ‘cap’ the numbers to about 21- 24 couples, as otherwise we will have too many at the venues and on the road, even though I will split everyone into 3 touring speed groups.
There has been a small modification to the routes that will not affect those coming from NSW. The group has voted to modify the route up, to include the Thornton-Jamieson run, and do the Whitfield-Mansfield run on the way back. I have further details if you need them. All else is the same as listed earlier.
If you do want to make a booking (at all 3 venues) please let me know so I can keep a track of numbers, and for catering purposes etc, and for further contact about updates.
It is all very exciting, and the Second Newsletter with more details for those attending is about to be e-mailed out.
If you have any further queries contact John Fowler on 0400 278 375 or email@example.com
From ‘Sports Car World’ – August 1965
BMC’s contribution to the Cold War effort is largely unheralded – until now. Little known is the Sprite’s apparent popularity as the preferred vehicle for escaping East Germany and into the West. Of the three recorded Sprite inspired escapes, the most daring is the one effected by the then 23 year old Karl Heinz Schaeffer and his blushing bride to be, Agnes Walter, 26. They had worked on their cunning plan to freedom from the opressive East for a year.
The scene of this derring-do is the border crossing between Czechoslovakia and Austria at the Bratislava crossing. Armed with Kalashnikovs and orders to shoot to kill, border guards patrol the tightly held crossing, with a low barricade set across the road.
Meeting innocently as tourists in Czechoslovakia, they drove toward the border crossing with the windscreen loosened. Suddenly, they removed the windscreen, whipped around the cars lined up at the border, and flashed beneath the barricade amid a hail of bullets and on to freedom!
This daring escape was made possible by the fact that the barriers used were 37 inches high, and the windscreen-less Sprite has a total height of 36 inches.
This was apaprently not the first such attempt made using the Sprite. One other couple made a similar crossing technique, this time at Checkpoint Charlie, only reinforcing the rear facing bullet proofing qualities of British steel by stuffing the mother in law in the boot! The very same red Sprite was used by another couple at the same crossing three months later.
Thanks to that font of all things Sprite – Gordon Boyce – we have a proof pic of the human placement, proving once and for all that size does not matter, as long as the first line of defense is carefully chosen…
In the same issue, Sprorts Car World do a somewhat more empirical test of the Sprite’s fine handling qualities at Oran Park by asserting that “One finds that the most profitable Sprite technique was to the leave the locking over point as late as possible into the corner – sometimes braking into the apex – so that the car would start across the apex in an artificial oversteer attitude” .
I’m sure that the Kalashnikov weilding border guards took careful note of this at Checkpoint Charlie almost fifty years ago!
“Look Sergei – this one leaves his braking much later into the apex!”
“WOW WOW WOW” those who chose not to attend last nights mid week run missed out on an event worthwhile going to.
On a very warm evening, 15 members met at Pat and Mike’s home for drinks and nibbles and then we all wound our way down to the Sailmaster at North Haven, via Glenelg, West Beach, Henley Beach, Semaphore, Fort Glanville, noting many wonderful sights of Adelaide along our journey. Some members met us there, while others like John made hasty urgent repairs on the side of the rode to continue his journey.
The meals were fantastic, the drinks were brillantly cold and the conversations were riviting and very informative. Thanks again to the McLaren’s for taking the time to prepare, book and make an enjoyable run/evening for those who attended.
Don’t forget the Australia Day thong throwing and BBQ will be held at the Brock’s in Gumeracha this year. Please bring drinks and bbq food plus either a salad or sweet to share. See the events calendar for full details!
This year after five years of asking by the Sprite Drivers Club of Victoria the Grand Prix board is allowing Bugeye’s to parade the drivers prior to the running of the Formulae One and the V8 races, on the Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March.There will be 27 Bugeye’s on parade. So make sure you don’t miss this TV coverage.
Evening dinner runs have been very successful in Victoria in the warmer weather, hopefully we can replicate this success so come on get the spriget out of the shed and join us for a drive and dinner!
When: Wednesday 16/01/13 6pm for 6.30 depart
Meet: at the McLaren’s – Surrey Street Goodwood from 6pm
Dinner: A booking has been made at Salimaster tavern, the bar meals appear well priced and drinks at normal bar prices.
RSPV: We need to know numbers by Sunday 13 Jan contact Michael McLaren asap
Maybe we wont get quite this serious!