Reminder – August General Meeting – Postponed

Just a quick reminder to advise you that due to the recent lockdown and various activity restrictions put in place by SA Health, the State Government and the Fullarton Park Community Centre, the Sprite Club Committee has decided to postpone the August General Meeting.

The main reasons for this decision are:

  • Changes to the number of people we can have in the Meeting Room
  • Need to wear face masks at all times

The Committee and I would like to thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through these new restrictions and their impact on our events.

Please keep a look out for information updates on the Website, email and Facebook page.

Yours Spritely

Gordon Boyce – President and the Committee of the Sprite Club of SA

2022 Sprite National Challenge – Cancelled

The Venue.

We have recently received this communication from David Baigent, President of the Sprite Club of Australia (NSW Sprite Club).

Another major event affected by the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Dear Sprite Club Presidents,

As you are all aware the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 Pandemic is causing major disruption to the way we go about our lives. Recent outbreaks in both Sydney and Melbourne have resulted in lockdowns and restrictions on travel. It looks like we are going to have to live with this uncertainty until we have sufficient people in the community vaccinated and our whole approach to living with COVID-19 changes to something like we are now seeing in the US and in Europe. As has been well publicised, Australia has been somewhat left behind in this exercise and we are looking at the end of 2021 as the earliest possible date for this to occur.

This has obviously had a great deal of disruption to the efforts of the SCCA team who have specifically been tasked with organising the Sprite National Challenge for 2022. Normally by this time we would have visited a number of venues and started roughing out our plans however this just has not been possible and we have become extremely nervous about where we are up to in planning but also the potential for further disruption between now and Easter 2022.

The SCCA committee has deliberated on this matter for considerable time and have come to the conclusion that it remains too risky to run an event in 2022 and are therefore cancelling our plans to host the Nationals in 2022.

We realise that this may come as a shock to some of you and your members but we believe that until the country becomes stable and united in all States with regards to living with Covid, the risks are too great to run an interstate gathering. With this in mind we would like to leave the organisation of the Nationals for future years open for discussion. By this I mean, we should decide if we want to try and run an event in 2023 or leave it to 2024 to maintain the ‘even year’  We, SCCA, are also open to who should run the next Nationals, which we are happy to do but are also open to others if they wish to step in.

Please pass this information on to your members.

Regards

David Baigent                                                                                                             

President – Sprite Car Club of Australia

Mallala 60th Anniversary

Anyone interested in entering the Mallala 60th anniversary 2 day meeting will need to get their entry in quickly. At the time of writing there are only 43 starts available and that is for Saturday Aug 28 only. Entry is via the Mallala website. Entry fee is discounted to MSCA members by quoting  MSCA60TH on the promo code in the entry form. I have looked for sup regs I believe they are not yet released.

Regards

Pat Miller

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August General Meeting – Postponed

I would like to advise you that due to the recent lockdown and various activity restrictions put in place by SA Health, the State Government and the Fullarton Park Community Centre, the Sprite Club Committee has decided to postpone the August General Meeting.

The main reasons for this decision are:

  • Changes to the number of people we can have in the Meeting Room
  • Need to wear face masks at all times

We will circulate the next Bugeye Burble and Coming Events once the Committee has determined these events and the requirements of the new activity restrictions.

The Committee and I would like to thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through these new restrictions and their impact on our events.

Please keep a look out for information updates on the Website, email and Facebook page.

Yours Spritely

Gordon Boyce – President and the Committee of the Sprite Club of SA

Flashback Friday – Spritely Sprites

During this lockdown period it is a chance to Flashback and have a look at the some very Spritely Sprites!

When the 948cc Sprite appeared on the market during 1958 it’s performance was reasonable compared to the vehicles of the time. But as usual some people just wanted to go faster…..

While there was a thriving aftermarket industry with performance parts, some people performed engine transformations on their Sprites and Midgets. These included the Jack Brabham Coventry Climax engined Midgets, the fitment of Jaguar 3.8 litre engines, Australian’s Own Holden, and Valiant engines plus various other Japanese, English and American Iron of varying capacities.

A V8 engine has always been linked to power, and I guess a quite night in the shed, a few beers and soon V8’s appeared under the bonnet of Sprites and Midgets. Quite often these were intended for the drag strip. Here is a few of the examples from both Australia and around the World.

Australian Darren Veal’s 454 cubic inch Bugeye “Frrite” has over 600 bhp and has topped the time sheets at 9.1 seconds for the quarter mile at a speed of 148 mph and looks impressive on the track!

Englishman Philip Herrick’s Bugeye started with a 970cc A-Series, replace with a 2.6 litre Alfa Romeo engine and finally a Rover V8. The Sprite went faster from 15.1 to 13.1 to 11.6 seconds @ 125 mph. It was rebodied as a TR7 and went slower!! Phillip then wen to to build another V8 power Sprite road car.

Queenslander Jeff Watson’s Giant Killing Sprite Mk II was a sensation during the early 1990’s. Quite often lining up in semi and finals with Victor Bray and his ’57 Chev Super Stock/Door Slammer! As a lot of these were run under a handicap start the Sprite would get the jump on the Chev and still get to the finish line first.

With a turbo-charged Nissan FJ20 and about 520 bhp the little Sprite would stop the clock at 8.18 seconds @ 163 mph.

And when it comes to outright speed not many can compare to Gail Phillips and her 258 ci powered Bugeye Sprite Salt Lake Racer.

Gail and husband Al competed at both Bonneville and at Lake Gairdner in South Australia. Gail was able to reach a top speed of 205.538 mph on the salt lake during 2001- joining the famed 200 MPH Club and the first woman to reach this speed at both Bonneville and Lake Gairdner. The Sprite then, with a 350 ci engine, went on with Doug Odom at the wheel to reach 220.237 mph that same year.

Gail and husband also visited the South Australian Sprite Club stand at the Adelaide Motor Show during 2008, when they were visiting for another run with the Dry Lakes Racing Association. Unfortunately wet weather caused this event to be postponed.

So when tinkering under the bonnet of your Sprite and Midget you might get caught up thinking of power upgrades like many have before……..

Sprite Club Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation

Saturday 11th September – 6.00pm for 6.30pm

We did not get there last year, so will try once again!

We have booked Namasté Nepalese Restaurant, 41 George St, Parkside for the Sprite Club Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation.

Starting with pre-dinner drinks, the Annual Dinner will consist of an excellent way to sample the favourite dishes of Namasté, comprising of mixed pieces of entree, 4 main selections, 3 vegetable accompaniments, Roti (naan style bread) and basmati rice.

Cost is $40 per head.

The meal and drinks will be subsidised by the Sprite Club.

Either pay the Treasurer or use the Sprite Club’s EFT feature – please note your name and number attending in the reference box.

Account Name:  THE SPRITE CLUB OF SA INC.

BSB:  085-005

Account Number: 20-743-2628

July Bugeye Burble

Here is the July Bugeye Burble and Coming Events for the next few months………………………

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

5th July                            General Meeting

18th July                          Multi-club Hillclimb – Round 3 – Collingrove Hillclimb

2nd August                     General Meeting

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

14th August                   Come’n’Try Hillclimb

15th August                   Collingrove Challenge Trophy Hillclimb – Collingrove Hillclimb

15th August                   Slot Car Run and BYO Picnic Run – Meet at The Rezz Hotel

Challenge each other to slot car racing using Bugeye Sprite and other Scalextric racers.

Meet with the Clubbies SA either at 9.00am for Coffee and Breakfast or for a  10.45am departure for a short hill’s run to Club Member, Clive Spreadbury’s Scalex World, 3 Paul Street, Ridgehaven. BYO Picnic lunch.

28th/29th August        60th Anniversary for the Mallala Motorsport Park

As part of the Anniversary all cars and drivers that have ever competed at or visited Mallala are welcome to join in the celebrations. For More information and Entry Details: www.mallala.com/60th-anniversary

29th August                   MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 3 – The Bend East Circuit.

For those who went last year, these drivers are still smiling after 3.9 Km and 22 corners with elevation and camber changes as well. Come for the drive, grab a coffee or meal, and support our  Sprite and Clubman driving members. On track action from 10.00am

11th September           49th Sprite Club Annual Dinner and Trophy Presentation – Namasté Nepalese Restaurant

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.

Either pay the Treasurer or use the Sprite Club’s EFT feature – please note your name and number attending in the reference box.

Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts