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Flashback Friday

At the recent All British Day I returned to my Sprite to find a previous Sprite Club Member (thanks John Stockton) had left a couple of past editions of the Club’s bi-monthly magazine, “Sprouting Forth”. These were the months of July and December 1976. The “Bugeye Burble” was the bulletin that was produced for the alternate months.

Here is some snippets from the pages of these issues.

1976 Sprite Club Committee 

President – Richard Stokes 

Secretary – Reinhardt (Joe) Walker   

Competition Secretary – Kevin Warren

Social Secretary – Mandy Stokes   

Editors – Don Williams and Doug Gordon (still owns a BRG MG Midget and been on a few Sports Car Cruises) 

The Sprite Club had around 30 – 40 financial members and the membership fees were:  

Club Membership                                                                $6.00  

Club Membership with a CAMS Licence                             $8.00   

Club Membership with 2 x CAMS Licence (Hubby/Wife)    $10.00

There were articles on Sprites and Midgets, the Bordertown Motorkhana with the Victorian Sprite Club, the Annual Dinner at the Hungarian Restaurant, Motorkhana Results (entry fee $1.50), recipes, crosswords and Christmas Songs with Sprite wording!

There were a couple of Sprites/Midgets for sale, a Black Rotary Powered Sprite (which I think was purchased by Don Williams brother Rick), A MkIII Sprite for $995 and changeover front wishbones for $35 a side.

Also the Guest Speaker for the July Meeting was to be Gary Cooper (of Elfin Sports Car fame) who was to provide a talk and slide show.

There was also a “Thesis on the Extistence of Aardvarks” by Reinhardt (Joe) Walker BA (Batchelor Aardvark), but I will save that for another day…..…….

Photos of your Sprite/midget/clubman or associate vehicle

I am after some photos of your Sprite/Midget/Clubman or Associate Vehicle on the road or in a scene with the vehicle and road in the photo for a project I am working on.

The photos can be current or from previous years

If you have one (or two/three/etc) can you please send them to me via the following emails:

president@spriteclub.com.au

Gordon.boyce98@gmail.com

If you are working on your Sprite/Midget and would like to put together some words and photos of what you have been doing during self isolation and social distancing please send to either me or Chris Brine and we will add them to the website.

Stay safe and Spritely, Gordon Boyce – President, SCSA

Inside Chris and Tina’s Bugeye

message from the president

The world changes very quickly during a pandemic event like COVID-19! Last week when I wrote to you all, some events were happening, some were likely to happen and some had ceased completely. The latter has become the norm for many events and organisations over the past few days.

While there was a very successful, socially distanced MSCA Super Sprint at Mallala last weekend (report to follow) many other events have since been cancelled.

The Sporting Car Clubrooms and the Fullarton Park Community Centre are two such organisations that have closed their doors to events this week. Therefore we do not have a venue for a Stars and their Cars Meeting in April and our General Meeting in May and possible beyond. These meetings have been cancelled and we will reconvene them once life returns to normal or whatever it will be post COVID-19.

Here is an update of the Calendared Events and their current Status:

April 5th – McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic Run – CANCELLED

April 6th – Stars and Their Cars Meeting – CANCELLED 

April 9th – 13th – 2020 National Sprite Challenge, CANCELLED 

May 3th – Peter Hall Memorial 6-Hour Relay – CANCELLED

May 4th – General Meeting, Guest Speaker – CANCELLED 

May 10th – Run to the Elephant Door – POSTPONED 

May 23rd – Classic Sports Car Cruise –  POSTPONED 

May 31st – Collingrove Hillclimb 2 – CANCELLED  

As the status of other events change we will keep you posted via the web site and the Facebook page.

While you cannot go for drive or socialise with the Sprite Club members, these times of social distancing and self isolating might be the catalyst to head to the shed and have a tinker with the Sprite, polish the Midget, service the Clubman or just sort the nuts and bolts into their various sizes!

The Sprite Club of South Australia will keep these pages active during this time with reports of previous events from this year, and flashback to time past and other snippets of information to keep your interest in the Sprite Club and the vehicles we “Foster, Promote and Preserve!”

Stay safe and healthy during these times

Your Spritely

President Gordon Boyce and the Committee of the Sprite Club of South Australia

For Sale – Lightweight Trailer

Trailer for sale

Small car tilt trailer with independent suspension, override brakes, removable winch, 5 stud Holden hubs, mag wheels, ramp extensions, 4 ratchet tie down straps. Inside width 1770 mm and 3 m long tray. Has been used for a Puma Clubman. Price $2200 ono. Adelaide area. Contact:- Rob   0413 283 835.

MSCA Super Sprint Update

If you are competing or assisting with Flagging on Sunday at the MSCA Super Sprint at Mallala, the MSCA has the following request:

To try and reduce the time that competitors spend filling out forms and in scrutineering we are requesting that ALL COMPETITORS AND OFFICIALS fill out the Mallala wavier form prior to arriving on Sunday.

Thank you for you cooperation!

It is also noted that Motorsport Australia (formally known as CAMS) can confirm that Motorsport Australia sanctioned events will continue with support, in line with any government restrictions and also with suitable precautions in place.
 
Some of these precautions are expected to include, but will not be limited to:

Encouraging social distancing (standing 1.5m away from others)

Providing drivers’ and officials’ briefings electronically

Communicating to participants at all levels that if they are unwell, they must stay away from the venue

The provision of hand sanitisers and hand washing facilities at events

In times like these, it is important that we can enjoy our sport in a safe and practical way, while ensuring good hygiene and social distancing practices are maintained.

Sprints Sunday 22 March

Please find a message from Pat Miller below, please check the website or the MSCA SA closer to the event for any updates…

The Super Sprint Meeting at Mallala will go ahead as planned on Sunday next 22nd, in line with advice from Motorsport Australia. There will be precautions taken to reduce  risk of virus transmission. As usual the meeting will require Flagies, it is the Sprite Club’s turn to provide somepeople to assist with this. It may prove to be your last chance to get up close to motor sport for a while.  At this stage further MSCA motor sport in the short term foreseeable future will depend on how effective measures are to contain Corvid 19.

Regards

Pat Miller.

Message from the President

Dear Sprite Club of South Australia Members

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances regarding the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the Committee of the Sprite Club of South Australia has responded to the advice from the various medical agencies, SA Health, State and Federal Governments. With the recommendations regarding non-essential gatherings and meetings the Committee has decided to cancel or postpone certain Sprite Club organised events.

This has been for the protection and well-being of the health of both Sprite Club members and the associated public. While these decisions have not been made lightly, the Sprite Club will follow the evolving recommendations regarding these events.

As more information develops, we will ensure all members are aware of any changes to Sprite Club organised events, which will be communicated via the website, email and Facebook pages. Please keep checking these for updates and event information.

For those events that the Sprite Club of SA is associated with including hill climbs, MSCA super sprints, Coffee & Cars and other parades and displays, please check the organisers website or Facebook for the latest information on the status of these events.

We thank the members for their understanding at these times and hope that they will continue to enjoy the use of their Sprites, Midgets and Associate vehicles in the meantime and follow the recommended good hygiene and social distancing practices.

Please contact the President if you have any specific queries or concerns.

Yours Spritely 

Gordon Boyce

President and on behalf the Committee of the Sprite Club of South Australia.

March 2020

Sprite Nationals Cancelled

Message from the The Sprite Car Club of Queensland

Sad to say, but the time has come to make the decision that the National Challenge 2020 has been cancelled due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.
We have had discussions with each of the state Presidents and they all agree this is the right decision.

As we have had a number of expenses – permits, deposits etc which are non refundable, we hope you understand that we need to share the costs of expenses paid, so our Treasurer will do some financial calculations and inform all participants of their refunds.

I am sure the Presidents will liaise in the coming months, and hopefully this event  may take place at a later date.

Regards

Keith Gordon
Sprite Car Club of Qld.
Ph 0432483228.

McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic – Cancelled

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • 15 March 2020 McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic 2020 cancelled.

In its most recent (15.03.20) Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert, the Australian Government has advised that, effective from Monday 16 March, organised, non-essential gatherings should be limited to 500 people.

As a consequence, we are left with no alternative other than to cancel the McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic 2020.

This step has been taken with heavy heart but full awareness of the need to ensure public safety at an event that was anticipated to draw in excess of 15,000 local, South Australian and interstate visitors to the Grand Parade on McLaren Vale Main Street on Sunday April 5, 2020.

Event Chairman Trevor Sharp said,“For this year, we have received record entry levels of classic cars and motorcycles that would have paraded down the Main Street of McLaren Vale. Sadly, we have had no other choice but to cancel the event.”

“Wineries have geared up to welcome entrants and visitors as this is one of their major tourism events. They are of course disappointed but understand that this was our only and realistic option”.

Trevor Sharp commented that: “A primary goal of McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic, now in its 15th year, is to raise funds for the McLaren Vale and District Hospital, CFS McLaren Vale and CFS McLaren Flat units and, this year, the Southern Koala Rescue. It will be doubly disappointing if our charitable goals are not met due to events beyond our control.”

As you have already paid the entrance fee we would like to give you the option to pass on the funds to any of the three fundraising beneficiaries already nominated with the event.   Could you please indicate your preferred charity  –  McLaren Vale & District War Memorial Hospital, CFS or Southern Koala Rescue.

Refunds are also an available option.   If for some reason you would prefer to have your entry fee refunded you will need to provide bank details –  name of account, BSB and account number.

Both options must be channelled via email at mclarenvalevintageandclassic@gmail.comWe hope to see you at the 2021 event April 17th and 18th
Regards
Trevor SharpChairmanMcLaren Vale Vintage & Classic EventPhone:  0415 820 719www.vintageandclassic.com.au