June Bugeye Burble

.Here is the June Bugeye Burble and Coming Events………………………

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

20th June – Multi-Club Hillclimb – Round 2 – Collingrove Hillclimb

23rd June – Mid-Week Meander – Southern Solstice Sojourn

Meet 9.30am for a 10.00am departure

Russell and Judy have planned a Southern Sojourn for the next Mid-Week Meander to celebrate the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year!

But in the usual Schmarr Style we will take the long way there and shortest route home.

Meet at the Blackwood Railway Station Carpark – Eastern Side – cross over the railway if coming from Blackwood Roundabout. BYO Morning Tea.

After the usual interesting drive, we will end up in all directions for the lunch venue.

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

27th June – MSCA Mallala Super Sprint – Round 2 – Mallala Sport Motorsport Park

Next round of the MSCA Super Sprint is back at Mallala

On track action from 10.00am

5th July – General Meeting – 8.00pm

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

June General Meeting

We are ready for you!

The June General Meeting is on Monday 7th June at 8.00pm at the Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton Road.

Please remember to sign the QR codes for the Fullarton Park Community Centre, the Sprite Club and the Membership Sign-in Book.

Lunch Run to The Elephant Door

During 2020 the Sprite Club was invited to visit Club Members Dean King and Suzie Burgher’s The Elephant Door B’n’B, Wedding Venue and organic vineyard at Sellicks Hills. Due to COVID-19 this was put on hold.

So on Sunday 30th May 2021 thirteen vehicles (Bugeyes, Mk II’s, Midgets, MGB GT, MX-5 plus a couple of moderns) met at the Victoria Hotel on beautiful sunny morning. New members Craig Frost and his Mk II Sprite and Adrian Faulks and MG Midget also joined for their first Sprite Club run, Adrian having driven down from Whyalla the previous day!

The convoy headed off in the direction of Black Road towards Clarendon, enjoying the winding roads, minimal traffic and also a lack of the “lycra brigade”!

From Clarendon the cars headed to Kangarilla, turning off for the drive towards Mclaren Vale, climbing the winding Wickam’s Hill Road, and touring the ridgetop Range Road to Willunga. Crossing the Victor Harbour road the open Pages Flat Road allowed the Sprite and Midgets to “stretch their legs” and enjoy this flowing open run to Myponga.

After a regroup and a “pit stop” , a detour into the Myponga Reservoir, crossing the dam wall and return stopping at the lookout to view the surrounds. This road also provided some scenic views of the coast looking north towards Aldinga and Port Noarlunga, glistening in the sunlight.

The flowing Sellicks Hill descent and the final run to The Elephant Door allowed the convoy to provide a spectacle as they arrived. Named for the large wooden door on the front of the property, surrounded by various artwork, windsurfing and skiing memorabilia, the autumn tones of the vines provided a glorious backdrop for our lunch venue.

Dean and Suzie have a number of 1960’s grave vines (grenache, cabernet and shiraz) which have been certified using organic growing and cultivation methods. These include hand pruning and picking and use of no chemicals. They have produced a number of limited release wines from the grapes and these were sampled by the members with their picnic lunch.

Most members chose to sit in the sun, enjoy the surrounds and views, and sample the local produce. And the weather was certainly on our side of this event.

Our thanks to Dean and Suzie for hosting the event and to those members who enjoyed the drive and the day.

For more info on the Sellicks Chills range of wines check out:


Vale – John Sprinzel – 1930 – 2021

John Sprinzel was an all round Sprite gentleman. He was involved with racing, ralling, tuning, selling and authoring with Austin Healey Sprites.

John started racing an Austin A35 with much success. This lead to the formation of Speedwell in 1957, a tuning company that sold go-fast parts for Austin A35’s and Morris Minors. They also developed the Speedwell GT , a coupe version of the Austin Healey Sprite. John drove a number of vehicles for various manufacturer, including BMC and the Donald Healey Motor Corporation.

John sold off his share of Speedwell to Graham Hill and joined the Donald Healey Motor Company as Manager of “Special Equipment” ~ modifying Sprites for race, rally and for fast-road use. After a few years, this part of the Healey business closed and John set up his own business, John Sprinzel Racing, in Lancachester Mews in London.

Here he would sell Austin Healeys, Sprites and assorted vehicles. Many people joined John at the business, including Australian Paul Hawkins. Liaising with a number of specialist companies, they developed the very pretty and successful Sebring Sprite Coupé.

These vehicles were very successful in all forms of motor sport and raced at circuits all over Britain, Europe and at Sebring in the USA. Here they were driven by noted drivers Stirling Moss and his sister Pat.

John then went on to drive other vehicles for various manufacturers. John was also an author, writing many books on rallying, racing and vehicle modifications.

John’s last foray into International motor sport was to drive a MG Midget in the 1968 London to Sydney rally. On the final leg of the rally from Broken Hill he was in the Top 10 and was the leading privateer. Unfortunately a broken stub axle caused the Midget to lose valuable time, causing the Midget to be retired from the event.

John moved to various countries, finally settling in the Hawaiian Island of Molokai, with wife Carly. Here he continued his interest in windsurfing and owned a Bugeye Sprite, wearing his signature number plate PMO-200.

John passed away peacefully aged 90 years last week.

Our thought are with Carly and the Austin Healey community at this time.

Sunday Lunch Run To The Elephant Door – 30th May

Sunday 30th May 2021 – Lunch Run to The Elephant Door – Sellicks Hill

The Sprite Club has been invited to visit The Elephant Door for a BYO Picnic Lunch. Run by Club Members Dean King and Susie Burgher this venue, set in historic vineyards, is used to host weddings, Bed’n’Breakfast and other gatherings. With views of the vineyards and the local surrounds, the open decks and enclosed areas will be a fine venue for our Picnic Lunch.

The property is surrounded by grape vines that were planted during the 1960’s. These Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache vines are hand pruned and the grapes are also hand picked. The grapes are used to make a limited quantity of certified organic Sellicks Chills wines.

Meet at the Victoria Hotel Carpark, Main South Road, O’Halloran Hill at 10.00am. We will departing at 10.30am.

The run will transverse a number of range and ridgetop roads through the Southern Vales, finishing up with an open run through the flat grazing lands, visiting Myponga Reservoir and the Sellicks Hill descent.

Please BYO Picnic Lunch, drinks, etc.

As a courtesy can you please advise Gordon Boyce if you are attending.

Email: gordon.boyce98@gmail.com

Mobile: 0417 897 905

Images thanks to Susie Burgher

MSCA Peter Hall Memorial 6-Hour Regularity Relay

Sunday 2nd May 2021 – 10.59am

As the cars line up on the grid at Mallala Motorsport Park for the start of the Peter Hall Memorial 6-Hour Regularity Relay. Club member Helen Stephenson in her racing Hyundai Excel on pole with 3 other female drivers make up the “Driven Women” team. Behind them 22 other teams were eager for the flag to drop.

In the field over a quarter of the teams have a Sprite Club association. The Red Heifer Racing team with Gerard and Pat Miller, the Clubbies SA team “We’re in it for the Beer” , with David Tye, Rob Van Rob van Wageningen, Lee Kernich and Paul Rix making up the SA Sprite continginent.

With a change of COVID-19 and border restrictions allowed four Victorian Sprite Club Teams. Including “Darkside”, “All Brands”, “AHSDC Sprite Team 2”, and “Spritely Gentlemen’s Racing”. These teams included Sprites, Midgets, Sprite with funny motors, and other branded vehicles making up the numbers. Club Member Clive Spreadbury joined these teams with his Mk II Sprite.

Now some of these Victorian cars had their age creep up on them, with various diff and clutch issues. Two of the the team also celebrated their 75th birthdays as well on the Saturday.

11.00am – the flag drops and away they go!!

The cars have to try and lap within one second of their nominated time to gain a bonus lap, go too slow you only get one lap, go too fast you loose the lap, stay within the time window and you gain two laps! so smooth consistent driving helps consistant lap times. Traffic, faster cars, slower cars, and swapping the sash from car to car in the pits all add to the dilemma to maintain lap times.

To assist helpers from the Victorian and SA Sprite Clubs assisted over the weekend. This assistance is recognised by many:

Hi there SA Sprite Club,

I would like to place on record our sincere thanks for the support given to our AHSDC teams at the Peter Hall Memorial 6 hour relay recently. In particular David and Di Low, who assisted us on Sunday, and provided our volunteers to the MSCA for the event, and Dean King who was tireless in the garages helping with our numerous mechanical challenges on both Saturday and Sunday. We almost recruited him to one of the teams at one stage on Saturday!

Running our spritely cars in these long events is challenging for both the cars and drivers and the crew, and we appreciate the support we get from you.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Ruth Norris – Team Manager for  The Spritely Gentlemen’s Racing Team and Team Goblin.

As usual the six hour throws all sorts of challenges to the teams, fuel, brake and clutch issues started to plague the teams. Strategies go out the window and just trying to work out what cars are running and ready for the circuit kept the TEam Managers active during the event.

Soon it is nearing 5.00pm, the bright sun had been in the drivers eyes for nearly one hour as they head down the start straight. This has kept the drivers on their toes for the last few minutes. Soon the clock ticks to 5.00pm, the chequered flag drops and the event is over.

Teams de-brief, crack a cold beer, put on a bbq and pack up the cars and equipment. The computer in the timing room starts it’s algorium processing and the results start to be printed for the Trophy presentation.

Well the Clubbies SA team was not last (and thats is good news), the Red Heifers were a few places higher. The Victorian teams were placed 2nd, 5th, 12th and 17th. The “Driven Women” ended up 9th overall. So the Sprite Teams recorded a great range of results, and now the Team Managers are looking to return for next year.

Mid-Week Meander – Eastern Edge Encircle

Wednesday 19th May – Meet 9.30am for a 10.00am departure                   

Russell and Judy Schmarr have planned another fantastic 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. As usual there will be a nice drive there and a return trip, including a hillclimb.

Note: there will be approx. 7 km of smooth dirt road on 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

Catering for Austin Healey Sprite and MG Midget Enthusiasts