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Friday, 3rd February 2017: General Meeting and Welcome Back BBQ

Great weather for the first meeting of the year so people gathered outside to have a BBQ, a few bevs and some good conversation. Two events of importance: John and Jan Fowler became grandparents a couple of days before: proud parents Hayden and Alison Fowler welcomed Georgina Rae and Bob Lomas and Glenys Phillips announced their long-awaited engagement. Congratulations to all!

Friday 5th February 2016

More than 70 members came along to the first meeting of the year and enjoyed the sumptuous bbq and salads provided. As promised, the weather was perfect and everyone sat outside socialising until it was time to have the official meeting. Many members came in their Sprites and we had two excellent examples inside for people to view. Both Nathan and Dennis gave us a rundown on their vehicles and how they came to be Sprite owners; then President Greg and the 2016 Committee read out their reports. A good start to our 50th Anniversary year!

See Photo Gallery/Social
for pics of the evening.

Friday 4th March 2016

Our March meeting saw Mike Welsh and his daughter Lucy recount their amazing adventures in India and Sri Lanka. Some amazing photographs and even more amazing stories, especially Lucy being the best foreign bride!!

Friday 1st April 2016

Thanks to John for doing a magnificent job of hosting a wonderful trivia night at the last club meeting. We had two teams, made up of ‘volunteers’ (volunteered by John) from the audience, the Round Wheel Arches (Mandy P-J, John Moore and Jeff Smith) and the Square Wheel Arches (Simon Browning, Peter Harrison and John Fowler). It was a fun and fact filled event with everyone dredging the recesses of their minds (especially when it came to recognizing faces in 30 year old photos). Scoring, as usual, was highly controlled and extremely accurate but in the end it all boiled down to the final question (funny – exactly the same thing happened last year!!). Both teams were showered with chocolates for correct (and incorrect answers) as were the audience. Ultimately there can only be one winner and the Round Wheel Arches were victorious. Two highlights of the night were, John’s line (after stumbling over a few words) “Never get your teeth from Tobin Brothers” and the screening of Episode 2 of Skippy which featured a Mk2 Sprite and some very wooden acting. Unfortunately we ran out of time and will have to wait for the next trivia night to find out what happened to Skip – “tsz, tsz, tsz”. The trivia competition was followed by our usual meeting and then another yummy supper.

Friday, 6th May 2016

A 24-hour race; 100 vehicles; super-fit athletes; teams from around the country and Internationals…sounds like Le Mans, but it isn’t!

This is HPV (Human-Powered Vehicle) racing. Club member Ian Maud has been working with teams of students to design, build and compete in HPVs for many years and gave an excellent presentation (with ‘in-car’ video) at this meeting. Ian also brought along a couple of their vehicles to have on show. We heard all about the trials and tribulations of endurance racing, HPV-style!

Friday, 3rd June 2016

Remember Baldrick? "We have a cunning plan tonight!" It turned out to be a very entertaining and interesting evening for one and all, with "guest" speakers from the assembled crowd telling us about their Sprites/Midgets/Associate cars and some of their experiences with them. You just never know what surprises can emerge!

Friday, 1st July 2016

After the success of the June meeting, we had our very own special guest speaker, Peter Wezenbeek.

After his stint in Formula One, he is currently working with the Matt Hall Racing Team in the Red Bull Air Races. Peter is an expert at “Real Time” management and his talk was both entertaining and informative. The videos of the racing were breathtaking and it's good to see Aussies on the ground and up in the air doing so well around the world.

There was no General Meeting in August - 50th Anniversary celebrations at the end of July!

Friday, 2nd September 2016

After the fun and frivolity of the Nostalgia Night, it was back to business as usual. Our guest speaker for the September meeting was Keith Mortimer. A long time member of the Jaguar Club of Victoria, Keith has some interesting cars, one of which (a Rolls Royce) he brought to the meeting.

Friday, 7th October 2016

Daryl Meek, RACV's Motoring Interests Manager, gave us a potted history of his life, car collection and the RACV Heritage Collection, of which he is in charge. He brought along an Austin 7 Utility Coupe, which was the original car from the Patrol Fleet in the ‘30s. An interesting point was that it had a longer body than the usual Utility so that it could be converted to carry an ambulance stretcher!!

Long time member John Beaumont brought his Mk3 (which also happens to be up for sale). John says it doesn’t get as much use nowadays as it isn’t the most comfortable on long trips!

Friday, 4th November 2016: AGM and Pie Night!

November was the AGM. The election results are in!!

The new Committee has been chosen, even the Comp. Sec(s).

After all the fuss and palaver of 2016, the 2017 Committee can put their feet up and cruise along, basking in the glory of the previous incumbents!

AND "Man about the House" was highly sought after during the raffle procedures.

Friday, 2nd December 2016: Mike and John's Swansong!

This was the official Christmas Meeting. What a build up!!

We re-visited the Nostalgia Night theme. There were tables with memorabilia, video presentations and, of course, a visit from the t(not quite so) fat bloke in the Red Suit - there were even be some chocolates thrown around. Spiffing trophies were awarded for Spritely achievements. Once again the raffle was a highlight! And a great job was done by our Club Meetings people.

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