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Wow, a massive thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help out at our supersprint at The Bend this weekend!! With an outstanding response we now have plenty of officials for this weekend and don’t need anymore.

This shows how great our little community is! If you wanted to volunteer for this weekend but were busy or didn’t get in in time, remember your club is rostered on for one Mallala sprint every year and we welcome you at any event.

Once again, thanks everyone for this massive show of support!

MSCA Sprints – Sunday 16 June

Call for Flag Marshals for Sunday 16 June

The MSCA is running its first Super Sprint on the West Circuit at The Bend on Sunday 16 June.

This is an exciting development for the Association and we are calling on all member clubs to help out with providing flag marshals. Where eight marshals can adequately do the job at Mallala we need to operate ten points and the start line at The Bend, i.e. twenty marshals.

We are asking each member club to nominate three volunteers for the day.

A few background points:

• Officials must sign on and attend a briefing at 8:45am on the Sunday morning;

• You will be required to complete a Peregrine waiver form at sign on so it will save time if you download one from the MSCA website and bring it completed;

• If you have a CAMS official’s licence please bring it but, if you don’t, please consider applying on the CAMS website. It does not take long and costs nothing;

• Lunch and water will be provided for nominated officials and you will return to the pit area or lunch;

• Time permitting, officials will have the opportunity to do controlled parade laps at lunchtime;

• Those wishing to do the parade laps must nominate at sign on their wish to do so.

Passengers will be permitted;

Please provide name, mobile and email address for each volunteer so that we can communicate directly. If they have a CAMS official’s licence please also provide the number.

This is a great development for the MSCA and a lot of work has gone into the planning but it will only work if we have the support of the membership to make it run smoothly.

Please respond by 9 June with club nominations to:

Murray Stephenson, Secretary

Sue Stephenson, Competition Secretary

Bay to Birdwood entries Open

2019 Bay to Birdwood Classic Registrations Open

Sunday 29 September 2019 is the 39th anniversary of the Bay to Birdwood. If your vehicle is manufactured between 1956 to 1986 you are now invited to enter.

Either click here to enter online or click here to view conditions of entry and click here to download a printable version of the entry form.

The spirit of the Bay to Birdwood is for a spectacular parade of vehicles that are well presented and without major modifications to go on show for the general public and vehicle lovers alike to admire and appreciate. It is the quality of entries that makes this event one of the world’s great historic motoring events. 

This year we are asking that every entry is accompanied with a photo of the vehicle as it will be presented on the day and that clearly shows its condition (3/4 view front image preferable). Entrants that wish to be judged in the Concours d’Elegance or Preservation Awards will be required to upload three images of their vehicle to be considered eligible. Please have your photos ready.

All of the conditions of entry are clearly defined on the Bay to Birdwood website.

Please contact the Event office on (08) 8568 4022 or (08) 8568 4019 if you require assistance.

Stars and their cars

Stars and their Cars Meeting – 1stApril 2019

Each year the Sprite Club Committee has made the decision to hold a General Meeting at the Sporting Car Club and have a change from the usual General Meetings by having Member cars on stage and a chance to talk to these Members about their cars. This April was our opportunity to conduct this special meeting.

The evening commenced with the opening of the clubrooms and the bar. Members were given a ticket for a drink at the bar while the cars were assembled on stage and the pizza arrived. Members mingled and chatted while enjoying an drink and some pizza and wedges. 

The General Meeting is an edited form but covers the important agenda items and reports. So once completed, Members grabbed a top up to their pizza and drinks and the Cars and their Stars part of the evening commenced.

This year the cars were representative of Sprites and Midgets with a difference. President Gordon Boyce conducted interviews with each owner about their motoring history and the specifics of their vehicles

First member was David Low and his Bugeye Sprite. David and Di have owned this Sprite for over 36 years and it difference is the change in specification of the vehicle over the years of ownership. The Bugeye started as a 948cc drum braked Sprite. David started the changes as he had the engine modified for more power while living in NSW. Moving to SA and joining the Sprite Club continued the Club association.

After using the Sprite for club events, National Meetings and tours of Tasmania,  Gippsland and the Victoria High Country tours, the quest for “more power” led to 1275cc power and disc brakes. This allowed the Bugeye to climb the hills better and allowed for more relaxed cruising on  the highway. While there are no more changes to the Bugeye with a difference, there will be more Club use of this vehicle in the future.

Clive Spreadbury’s Sprite MkIIA fitted with a 1500cc Corolla engine was the next “different” Sprite on stage. Clive purchased this Sprite with a 1200cc Toyota engine and upgraded to larger engine for more power. Clive has used the Sprite for a number of different competition events such as Mallala Supersprints, Legends of the Lakes hillclimb at Mount Gambier and the Adelaide Motorsport Festival.

Clive also has a strong competition history on a smaller scale, building and racing slot cars for many years. Clive now owns and operates Scalex World, where he sells and runs slot car race meetings and events.

The next Midget with a difference was the 1966 MkII MG Midget of Don Williams. Don has been a long term member of the Sprite Club, having owned a MG Midget during the early ‘70s, a Bugeye during the ‘80s (which is now owned by Jim Schubert and was on the stage last year). After a number of years of non-Spridget ownership, Don and wife (and Ex-Sprite MkIII owner) Chris,  purchased an English-built and imported MG Midget – with a difference. This Midget is 1098cc powered and has a removal hood, different to the usual MkIII Midgets we normally see with 1275cc power and convertible hood.

While Don has thought of selling the Midget, he enjoys the driving of the vehicle and has now recovered the seats and new carpets which has made the Midget more comfortable. Don has also researched that a number of these Midgets were imported by BMC dealers, so there may be more around Australia.

The last Sprite was certainly one with a number of differences, the 1970 Sprite Mk IV of Caroline Mercer. Purchased new by her father in Scotland, this Sprite is in extremely original condition having only been repainted. The Sprite had been used for tours of Europe by Caroline’s parents and she can always remember the Sprite as part of her families life.

When Caroline moved to Australia the Sprite followed and was registered in Western Australia while Caroline’s partner and her were working in the mining sector. A transfer to Adelaide allowed the Sprite to head over the border and become part of our club. The Pale Primrose Sprite has 1275cc power, convertible hood, twin jacking points each side, plus numerous other differences to the usual Sprites we see on Australian roads (and Clubs).

The Sprite was also used for Caroline’s wedding, and the 1stApril is her anniversary so it was extra special for Caroline and father in law XXX (as her husband was away with work) to celebrate this special event and special Sprite with the Club members.

Each member had been given a raffle ticket and thanks to Penrite Oils for supplying a number of special, door prizes including framed prints, boxed glasses, lifesized David Reynolds cutout and other posters and stickers, etc. These desirable items made there way to various members garages and “man-caves”.

The Stars and their Cars Meeting has become a special event on the Sprite Club calendar and special thanks to Michael McLaren for arranging the use of the Sporting Car Club,  Stan the barman, pizzas and other items that made the night a great event. Also special thanks to David, Clive, Don and Caroline for bringing their Spridgets with a difference along and allowing us to talk with these “Stars” about “their Cars”.

Bugeye Burble

Sprite Club Coming Events for May 2019.

Keep an eye on the Sprite Club Web site and Facebook page for more details on these events……………………

6 May                  General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

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

Come along and find out what has been happening over the past month and what events are coming up. Library, regalia and tea and coffee also available.

17-19 May          43rd Historic Winton Race Meeting – Winton Raceway, Victoria

With over 400 historic race cars on the circuit and over 1000 historic cars in the surrounding “car park” this event is one for the bucket list. This year there is an emphasis on South Australian vehicles, so head over the border for a great weekend.

19 May                 Winter Cup Hillclimb – Round 2 – Collingrove Hillclimb 

Sunday Round 2 of the Wintercup Hillclimb Series at the famous Collingrove Hillclimb in the Barossa Valley

19 May                 Copper Coast Classic Cavalcade of Cars and Motorcycles – Wallaroo, Moonta & Kadina

This event is part of the week long celebrations for the Copper Coast Cornish Festival, 

The Kernewek Lowender and is for vehicles built before 1985.

Spectators line the streets and roads to watch the procession of around 500 cars.

19 May                 Tea Tree Gully Historic Car and Motorcycle Display – Waterworld, Tea Tree Gully

Car display as part of SA History Month and the National Motoring Heritage Day.

2 June                   Multiclub Hillclimb – Round 2 – Collingrove Hillclimb 

A great day out for both spectators and competitors at the famous Collingrove Hillclimb in the Barossa Valley for Round 2 Hillclimb

3 June                   General Meeting – Meeting starts at 8.00pm.

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

16 June                 MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 2 – The Bend Motorsport Park

This is the first time that the MSCA have conducted a Supersprint at The Bend Motorsport Park at Tailem Bend. The West Circuit will be used allowing over 3 km of circuit with lots of interesting corners and bends to challenge the drivers. 

All MSCA clubs have been rostered for flagging duties at this Round so please come along, assist and get yourself trackside to see some motorsport action up close at The Bend!

More information and Supplementary Regulations are available on the MSCA Web Site:

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