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Dinner Cancelled

Hi Everyone, as you probably are already aware due to the current Covid statewide lockdown the dinner planned for Saturday night has been cancelled.

We will endeavour to reschedule the event for early next year, the committee hopes this will suit those who have already paid their deposit.

The December meeting is still obviously in some doubt, more to come on this in the coming week or two.

Dinner Update

In light of the current Covid situation in SA, please take note the following info:

Booking are finalised – the numbers are now closed!

Do not arrive too early! 7pm is the start time, you will have to wait outside until then.

There will be some limited drinks on the Sprite Club, Michael Mclaren and Bentleys – after this there will be an honour system in place and monies collected at the the end of the evening.

We are watching the ever changing situation with Covid restrictions please watch you emails for updates.

Hopefully we’ll see you on Saturday – Stay safe and well

Gerry Coker (1922-2020)

Gerry Coker

Gerald Charles Coker, known to all as “Gerry,” was born June 24, 1922 in Northamptonshire, England.

He is known in the Healey world for his body design of the Healey Hundred introduced in 1952. 

Gerry’s design talent showed up early in life with his childhood “doodles” of motorcars.  He began his training as an engineer in 1939 when he apprenticed at the Rootes Group, where he worked with experimental designs for armored vehicles and other military vehicle components prior to and during WWII.

He joined the Donald Healey Motor Company as Healey’s body engineer in 1950.  His first job was to look after the Nash Healeys as they came from Panelcraft, the Nash Healey body makers.

Early on at the DHMC, Healey challenged Gerry to show him a sports car design, and in late 1950, he created the body design for what would become the Austin-Healey 100.  This timelessly beautiful sports car stole the show in October, 1952 when it debuted as the Healey Hundred at the London Motor Show at Earls Court.

Gerry also styled the Austin-Healey Streamliner (the “pretty one,” he says) that was driven to 192.7 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1954 while establishing records in speed and endurance.  And just before moving on from the DHMC, Gerry developed the preliminary body design for the forthcoming Austin-Healey Sprite, which made its very successful first appearance in 1958. Budget considerations caused the Sprite’s final design to be altered considerably. This early design did not include the unique headlamps which caused the first Sprites to be called “Bugeye” in North America and “Frogeye” in Great Britain.

Gerry and his wife, Marion, were wed in June, 1953 near Coventry, Warwickshire.  Their engagement coincided with Gerry’s design work for the Healey Hundred.  Their wedding almost didn’t take place, as that June weekend was also the race weekend at Le Mans.  Donald Healey had entered four cars (two Austin-Healeys and two Nash Healeys) and wanted Gerry to attend the race.  He did not.  Marion recalls that “I won that one!”

In 1957, the Cokers left England for life in America. Gerry worked at the Chrysler Corporation for about five years before a move to the Ford Motor Company, where he worked until 1987, when he retired as a Senior Product Design Engineer.  It was Gerry who designed the famous dual action tailgate for station wagons; he and Ford hold a patent on his ingenious design.

Gerry and Marion Coker are familiar faces to most Healey club members who have met them over the years at various Austin-Healey meets. Gerry passed away surrounded by family Nov. 13, 2020. 

When you see an Austin-Healey, you can thank Gerry Coker for its timeless design.

Reminder – Sprite Club Re-Union Re-United Dinner – Namasté Nepalese Restaurant, Parkside

Saturday 21 November . The venue will be at Namaste Restaurant, 41 George Street, Parkside at 7.00pm.

The format will be a catered banquet with an interesting range of dishes for each of the courses. Cost is $40 per head. The meal and drinks will be subsidised by the Sprite Club.

Payment can be made via the Club’s Bank Account EFT – Please note the Surname and numbers attending when making the deposit. Please let Darrel dazzarh@optusnet.com.au and/or Michael mmcclaren@adel.bentleys.com.au know your coming and paid!

PLEASE NOTE: There will be No Dinner Payments on the night, must be prepaid before.

Reminder – Sports Car Cruise – Saturday 14 Nov

14 November   Sprite Club Classic Sports Car Cruise – “Northerly Aspect!” departure 

For the first cruise of this season our gathering point will be in Kateena Street, Regency Park, next to the Regency Park Vehicle Inspection Centre.

Gathering from 4:30 PM. Departure time will be at 5:00 PM. and head up the new Northern Connector and Expressway to Gawler, enjoying some different roads and scenery on this new road infrastructure. Any enquiries contact Pat Miller 0421289706.

Can you help?

Hi club members

 We have received a request from Chris Clarke who’s mother is turning 90 in December. The lady used to drive and race a duck egg blue bug eye sprite. Chris would like to find a similar car to pick her mum up on the day as a gesture of past experience. Can any club member help out here if so please ring Chris on 0408034172. May be as a club we could organize a bug eye guard of honour.

Regards

 Pat Miller

AGM and PresidEnts report 2020

Please find a copy of the AGM minutes here

Gordon’s presidents report is also available for download

The AGM elected the following members to the committee

At the Sprite Club of SA Annual General Meeting the following were elected to the 2021 Sprite Club Committee.
President: Gordon BoyceSecretary: Ray KinlayTreasurer: Darrel HannaSocial Coordinator: Michael McClaren with assistance of other MembersCompetition Secretary: Pat MillerWeb Master: Chris BrineClubbies SA Representative: Barry EdsonLibrary: Miles JacksonRegalia: Kerry FisherFederation of Historic Motoring Clubs SA Delegate: Don CardoneClub Registration Authorised Officers: Don Cardone and Gordon Boyce
Thanks to all of these people for their assistance with the running of the Sprite Club for the next 12 months. Also Special Thanks to Ken Dutch for his work as Regalia Officer for a number of years, your work with this role has been appreciated and thanks to Kerry Fisher for volunteering for the position – Welcome to the Committee!

Bugeye Burble

2 November     Annual General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

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

All committee positions will be declared vacant – Help be a part of or choose the Committee for 2021

14 November   Sprite Club Classic Sports Car Cruise – “Northerly Aspect!” departure 

For the first cruise of this season our gathering point will be in Kateena Street, Regency Park, next to the Regency Park Vehicle Inspection Centre.

Gathering from 4:30 PM. Departure time will be at 5:00 PM. and head up the new Northern Connector and Expressway to Gawler, enjoying some different roads and scenery on this new road infrastructure. Any enquiries contact Pat Miller 0421289706.

15 November   MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 5 – Mallala Motorsport Park

This competition event will be held at Mallala for the final round of the MSCA Super Sprint Series.

Hoping the weather will provide a fast track for the competitors.  On track action from 10.00am

21 November   Sprite Club Re-Union Re-United Dinner – Namasté Nepalese Restaurant, Parkside

The venue will be at Namaste Restaurant, 41 George Street, Parkside at 7.00pm.

The format will be a catered banquet with an interesting range of dishes for each of the courses. Cost is $40 per head. The meal and drinks will be subsidised by the Sprite Club.

Payment can be made via the Club’s Bank Account EFT – Please note the Surname and numbers attending when making the deposit.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be No Dinner Payments on the night, must be prepaid before.

7 December      Christmas General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

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