Phillip Island Historics 2012

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.

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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. [just click on the right gallery on the right of screen – looking past the drag racing]






Fish and Chip Run to Encounter Bay

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.

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David & Di Low (organisers).




An Austin Healey Sprite mark 3. 1966.
Re-built 1098 motor including:
Crankshaft Grind 20′
Re-bore 20′
New pistons and rings, main bearings and big ends, oil pump and timing chain.
Valve grind.
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
Price $11650 ONO

All British Day 2012 – in a borrowed Bugeye

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.

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 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….


Mallala National Historic Race Meeting Easter Car Club Display

Title: Mallala National Historic Race Meeting Easter Car Club Display
Location: Mallala
Description: Invitation to participate in the annual Mallala National Historic Race Meeting Easter Car Club Display, Saturday 7th April 2012

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Entry Form PDF

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)


Troy Ryan
On behalf of the Historic Racing Register of the Sporting Car Club of SA
0419 666 307
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2012-04-07
End Time: 15:00

2012 Festival of Sprites,254th-29th April

Please re-consider this event it will be all lot of fun. Lets face Sprite members in our Club do enjoy a good time, that is a fact. I really want to call on all our members who have not indicated or who are contemplating involvement , to attend this event, as I know you will enjoy it and take away some great memories from it. This event caters for those who wish race track time, those who wish to drive socially ( that is us) and those who don’t even own a Sprite. The mere fact you are a Sprite devotee you will enjoy meeting other Sprite devotees from WA,VIC,QLD, and NSW. See their cars, share their passion, and make new friends. This is what all single make car clubs aspire to.

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What better place to do it that at Wangaratta, nearby is the Winton Raceway and Wangaratta is the gateway to so many wonderul touring Sprite roads,places of historic and scenic interest, many local producers of wine, cheese,olives and chocolate.

Good accommodation has been secured at extremely good rates and the tariff for this event reflects this, plus evening meals, lunches,a farewell breakfast and of course entertainment.

For more info you can ring me on 83812093 or email me at or contact the Victorian Sprite Drivers Club at mob 0414988641 or

For details contact David Low at

McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic

Entries are again open for this event on Sunday 29th April

Previous entrants will get a postal entry form – but it can be downloaded at

The day starts with an early morning gathering at Serafino’s [McLaren’s on the Lake], and then a parade down the main street of McLaren Vale at 11 am.  Thousands of people line the street to get a close view of the incredible range of vehicles driving past; cars, vans, and motorbikes with a flyover by vintage Biplanes.  Drivers then head out to participating wineries to display their vehicles for the afternoon, picnicking etc.

The Sprite Club of SA usually gets a dozen or so cars involved – join us again this year.  It’s a pretty good gathering of old cars and a good little get together for the Club.


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