“What Do You Do On The Weekend?”

Kimberley Franklin hosts the “What the Hills” Community News and Current Affairs program on Lofty Community Media 88.9fm and lofty.org.au every Monday from noon. During the program she catches up with local Adelaide Hills events, activities and people.

During the recent Over COVID Rock’n’roll Festival at the Lenswood Oval, Kimberley interviewed event coordinator and Sprite Club member Garry Beaton and President Gordon Boyce about the festival and particularly about the Sprite Club of South Australia.

The program went to air this week and is available as a Podcast via the usual platforms, including Spotify, Google Podcasts and Audible.

You can also listen via the link below:


McLaren Vale Vintage And Classic

The Annual McLaren Vale Vintage and Classic event was cancelled last year, so on Sunday 17th April, the 2021 event brought together new entrants as well as the seasoned regulars from all Car Clubs.

The cars met at Serafina Winery and paraded down the Main Street to the enjoyment of the many onlookers and members of the public who came out to enjoy the day.

Car Clubs are allocated to various wineries, and once again the Sprite Club of SA were on display at Fox Creek Wines. Here music, food and various wines were available.

The weather was favourable which allowed many people to inspect the cars on display and enjoy the event.

Thanks to Robin Dunk and Tina Brine for the use of the photos.

Re-United, Re-Union, Re-Visited Dinner Plus Stars and Their Cars

The 2020 Sprite Club Annual Dinner was put on hold last year due to COVID-19 , so a Re-United, Re-Union Dinner was planned for November, but it also was cancelled due to COVID-19. So the Committee, guided by Social Coordinator, Michael McClaren, planned a Re-United, Re-Union, Re-Visited Dinner at the Sporting Car Club at Unley.

Also incorporated with the event were the Stars and Their Cars Display, with the vehicles of Peter Dineen (MG Midget), Darrel Hanna (Sprite Mk III), Steve Leane (Sprite Mk II) and Gary Brock (Holden Tigra) displayed on stage as a backdrop to the evening.

The Dinner started with pre-dinner drinks and nibbles, after the usual COVID QR sign-in and it was a chance for many members to catch-up and socialise, some we have not seen for over 12 months. Then the catered Roast Meal was served and there was a vast array of meats, salads and vegetables for members to enjoy. This was followed by an assortment of desserts, tea and coffee.

President Gordon Boyce acted as MC and Interviewer and had the various members up on stage and talk about their early motoring history and about their specific cars. There was a theme with many owning Austin/Morris/BMC vehicles with the occasional Holden thrown in. Many of these cars had Twin/triple SU carbies fitted and the usual bits and pieces a new owner will add to their first pride and joy!

Each of the Member’s cars had a Re-United, Re-Union or Re-Visited theme as well. Peter Dineen’s Midget had been previously owned for 40 years by Richard and Mandy Stokes, so Richard was re-united with the Midget and joined Peter to talk about the car’s early life.

Steve Leane’s Sprite Mk II had previously been owned by Kurt Heinrich, so it is good to have the car’s re-union with the Sprite Club. Steve had slowly been doing bits and pieces to the Sprite since joining the club in late 2020. It is also a very early 1961 Sprite Mk II, so was celebrating it’s 60th birthday as well.

Many has last seen Darrel’s Sprite Mk III as a stripped bodyshell on a rotisserie at the visit to Marque Restorations last year. Gerard Miller and the team have done a fantastic job, and the Sprite has been re-united with Darrel and is looking just like to did when it rolled out of the factory many years ago. Also has the “optional” child’s seat located behind the seats, although it would require a very small child to fit in this space.

Gary Brock’s Holden Tigra was awarded Peoples Choice at the Over COVID Festival at Lenswood Oval recently, so was good to be re-united with this interesting vehicle and it’s electric roof. Gary was proud to show the retracting and raising of the roof, although too many operations can cause the battery to go flat!

There was also some trophy presentations for 2020 Lady Driver of the Year – Helen Stephenson and the 2020 Encouragement Award – Michael Doube. Congratulations to both winners!

Special thanks to Michael McClaren for his organisation of the event, and must also include thanks to partner Pat plus Chris and Tina Brine for the set-up and assisting with the dishes, etc. And thanks to Gary Brock, who magically produced one of his famous “Gary’s Quiz” to keep the members entertained between food courses.

April Bugeye Burble and Coming Events

Here is the April Bugeye Burble and Coming Events………………………

Keep an eye on the Sprite Club Website, Email Postings and Sprite Club Facebook Page for more information…………

17th April                        Re-Union Re-Visited Dinner with the Stars and Their Cars – 6.30pm for 7.00pm

We will reunite and revisit our Dinner from 2020. Added with the Stars and their Cars plus trophy presentations from 2020, will make it a very special night

Buffet Spit Roast Dinner plus pre-dinner drinks – $40 per head

Sporting Car Club at 51 King William Road Unley

17th/18th April            All Historic Race Meeting – Mallala

Mallala All Historic Race Meeting will return in April 2021 celebrating historic motor racing and classic cars.

The Sprite Club has been invited to join the SCCSA Classic Section for a Run to the Races.

Meet at the SCCSA Clubrooms, 51 King William Road Sunday 18th April at 8.15am for 8.30am departure. https://www.sportingcarclub.com.au/event-details/all-historic-mallala-2021

18th April                        McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic

The McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic is a great family day and celebration of vintage and classic motoring.

After the Parade the Sprite Club will be displaying at Fox Creek Wines, with food and music available. https://www.vintageandclassic.com.au/

24th April                        Hillclimb Multi-club 1 – Collingrove Hillclimb – Note this is on Saturday 24th April

2nd                                    MSCA Peter Hall 6-Hour Regularity Relay – The Event will start at 11.00 am.

The Annual 6-Hour Regularity Relay attracts teams of cars from all MSCA Clubs, as well as interstate. Come along and help our Clubman and Sprite Club teams including three teams from Victoria, with various tasks, as well as spectate this interesting Club and Teams Event.

3rd May                           General Meeting

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

19th May                         Mid-Week Meander – Eastern Edge Encircle   Meet 9.30am for 10.00pm departure

Russell and Judy have planned another run for this Mid-Week Meander.

This time the route will be “dropping over the Eastern Edge” and touring some well and not so well used roads. Note: there will be approx. 7 km of smooth dirt road in this Meander.

Meet 9.30 am at the Main Oval Gates, Onkaparinga Valley Road, Balhannah for a 10.00 am departure. BYO morning tea/coffee, etc and Lunch will be at a local motoring named hotel.

Please let Russell and Judy know if you are attending for catering purposes – 0403 151 715

URGENT Re-Union / Re-Visited Dinner Incorporating Stars and their Cars

URGENT Re-Union / Re-Visited Dinner Incorporating Stars and their Cars

17 April at Sporting Car Club clubrooms

Text Box: *** But if you haven’t done so, now is the time to RSVP for everyone planning to attend this club event.   RSVP to : social@spriteclub.com.au
It’s the only way we can handle catering numbers.
Thanks to all those members who have responded.

*** But if you haven’t done so, now is the time to RSVP for everyone planning to attend this club event.   RSVP to : social@spriteclub.com.au

It’s the only way we can handle catering numbers.

All you need to know:

Date:               Saturday 17 April 2021

Venue:            Sporting Car Club at 51 King William Road Unley

Time:               6.30pm for 7pm

Cost:    $40ph  Note if the Club is holding your payment for our cancelled “Namaste” dinner you do NOT have to pay twice.


BSB:  085-005

Account Number: 20-743-2628

Peter Hall 6 hour Relay

MSCA Peter Hall Memorial 6 hour Regularity Relay which will be run on Sunday 2nd May 2021.

Supplementary Regulations are up on the MSCA website.  http://www.mscasa.com/suppregs/6hourreg/supp_reg.aspx, entries are open and to be lodged through the Motorsport Australia Entry System.

Please get a team or two organised and come and enjoy the day with us this year, alternatively contact Pat Miller for Team info for the Red Heifers.  Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, NO DINNER will be held on Sunday night but presentation will be conducted about 6:00pm on Sunday 2nd May 2021.  Mallala Motorsport Park will have a practice day for cars only on Saturday 1st May 2021.  Cost not included in entry.  Refer to home page of the MSCA website sight for booking details.  Scrutineering will be done via the MA Self-Scrutineering Checklist & MA Self Statement of Vehicle Compliance which need to be submitted with the COVID-19 checklist & Mallala Waiver forms to comp@mscasa.com prior to entering.  Form B’s which are available on our website need to be submitted by the Team Manager.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information by emailing msca on comp@mscasa.com

Over COVID Rock’n’Roll Festival

As the sun sets over the pine trees, and the coolness of the evening fell over the Lenswood Oval, the sounds of the Master’s Apprentices last few songs (Gloria and Turn Up Your Radio) echoed around the natural amphitheatre to finish up a wonderful day.

Hills farmer, orchardist, and Sprite Club member Garry Beaton, ably assisted by Molly, plus a number of fellow Hills residents saw the need to support the local district. Having been through the usual seasonal variations as a farmer, the recent bushfires and COVID-19 have put a range of pressures and issues on the Hills communities and the support services, the CFS being one of them.

Gary and his colleagues sowed the idea of having an event that would bring some people into the area and support the district. Rock’n’Roll music, local food, wine and produce plus a few classic cars should fit the bill. Add the Mater’s Apprentices as the headline act, the support of the Sprite Club for some display vehicles and the stage is set.

14 Sprite Club vehicles plus some of Garry’s neighbours vehicles made a total display of 22 cars. These included the vehicles of the usual attendees; Brines, Boyces, Beatons, Kings, Kinlays, Tyes, Chabrels, Schmarrs and Brocks. New members, Steve and Kathie Leane in their Blue Mk II Sprite, Peter Dineen displaying his Cream Midget and Grant Stephenson’s Bugeye having its first Sprite Club run in nearly 14 years, added to the line up added some different Spridgets to the display.

Some of Garry’s neighbours vehicles included Jaguar XK120, very original Torana A-9X, Mustangs, Corvettes plus el Camino Chev added to the Sprites, Midgets, Mini, Clemente Clubman, Lotus and Tigra.

The bands started at 12.00pm and belted out a range of rock’n’roll hits throughout the day. Food stalls, wineries and breweries provided the guests with enough of the local produce to keep the the hunger pains away.

Between the different bands there were gymnastic displays, belly dancing and other assorted activities to keep the crowd entertained. There was a dance floor for those who wanted to kick up their heels and a few rock’n’rollers showed their specific moves.

A “Most Appealing Car” award allowed the public to view the display vehicles and choose their favourite. This went to Gary and Faye Brock and their Holden Tigra. Well done to the both of you! Not only the oldest members in the Sprite Club, but they stayed well into the early evening enjoying the sounds of the bands.

Of course the highlight was the Master’s Apprentices, who played a variety of originals, covers and iconic songs that keep the crowd on their feet until the twilight of the evening. While there was one more band to go, most of the members headed back to the city thankful that they could support the event,and particularly the local region affected by a number of issues over the past few years.

Special thanks to all members for bringing their vehicles to support the event. Thanks to Garry , Molly and their fellow organisers for allowing us to join in the event, and we look forward to supporting similar activities in the future.

Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts