Events on this page are shown in date order (latest at the top) and are a combination of 50th Anniversary happenings and regular events such as annual competition days.

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Last event of our 50th Year!

Saturday, 10th December 2016: Golden Jubilee Christmas Dinner

Barn Find in Benalla – Auction Saturday, 3rd December 2016!

Deceased estate – 10,282 miles on the odometer.

Registration expired in May, 1975. Sold for $21,000.

Other vehicles in the collection:

XC Falcon van (New – 191 kms)           $37,000

Holden Astra convertible                       $10,500

Austin A55 ute                                       $10,500

FJ Holden utility                                     $27,000

FJ Holden sedan                                    $26,000

Datsun 260Z                                           $21,500

Sunday, 4th December 2016: 12th Grand Day Out with the Mini Club

AHSDC Display at Bundoora on Sunday 4th of December from 10am to 3pm. Free entry and free raffle.

The 12th GRAND DAY OUT was run by the Victorian Mini Club and was our last club display in the Clubs 50th year.

It certainly was a Grand Day Out and more than a dozen Spridgets came along. It was good to catch up with Mini Club members and to meet some new members of our own club. We all got home before the thunderstorms on a day of 36 degrees!

Sunday, 6th November 2016: Social Drive to Yea Open Gardens

After meeting up at Walker Park the initial cloudy gloom of early morning was starting to clear and it turned out to be a lovely warm and sunny day. We met up at Pigeon Bank Road with other gardeners and set off in convoy (two Sprites and a Mercedes) for our first stop, which was coffee at an artisan Bakery in St Andrews, highly recommended by two of our crew.It lived up to expectations and we sat in the sunshine while Bailey the dog checked out things of interest.

Then we were off again, dodging the never-ending cyclists along the twisty and winding Heidelberg-Kinglake Road. We drove towards Castella, down through the trees and on to Glenburn. We turned into Break O’Day and made our way to the first country property “Clear Springs” where we met up with two other Sprite Club members (VW Eos). The garden was started 40 years ago with cuttings and the original site was an empty paddock, with only one Blue Gum on it. This tree still takes pride of place by one of the larger dams.

Next stop was Sierra Park, in fact a working farm, down a long and winding gravel road, but it was worth it. The roses were stunning and we all had lunch there.

We finished up in the town at the garden of ex member Ken Maxfield and his wife Paddy. His pride and joy – an Austin A40 was on display in the garden to add to the floral and garden art dislays.

A great day out!

Sunday, 23rd October 2016: Motorclassica at the Exhibition Buildings

We were again been allocated space for 11 cars to display at Motorclassica this year. Apart from proudly representing AHSDC in this 50th Anniversary Year, those who participated received a free entry to the show for all car owners participating in Club Sandwich PLUS one guest.

The weather was not the best but the displays made up for it!

Although there were no wings because of flooding at the airport, there were plenty of wheels!  A large array of cars, utes and old fashioned trucks lined up on the grass in front of the Railway Station.  A small group of cars were there representing the club and joined in the drive to Avoca for lunch and then on to the makers of painted fine bone china.  We returned to Maryborough in the rain, having swapped over batteries in two of the cars to enable charging.  Hopefully the wings event will be run next year.

Thanks to Jim and Chris Dewar and all their crew for all their hard work.

Sunday, 11th September 2016: Bryant Park 50th Anniversary Competition Event

The venue was excellent, the organisation was excellent but the turn up for this event was disappointing.  Once again the sun gods smiled on us and those who competed had a wonderful day!

See Competition Events for all results.

Bryant Park address:  Haunted Hills Circuit, Bill Schulz Drive, Yallourn

Sunday, 14th August 2016: Observed Section Trial – the Social Drive

This event was held at the home of John and Kira Moore ‘Parc Ferme’ in Leongatha. The socially minded drove there through Drouin and Korumburra, arriving at the property around 11.00 a.m.

There were 14 competitors and there was a terrific bbq lunch after an early finish. Everyone enjoyed themselves watching people trying to get up a slippery slope and gain the most points. The weather was glorious once again for one of our Anniversary events.

All results can be found on the Competition Events

Thanks to John and Kira for supplying the venue and the bbq facilities.

Tuesday, 9th August 2016: Tour of the Healey Factory

This was a joint tour for AHSDC members and the Lotus Club and there were approximately the same number from each club, the only difference being that we had three females who find these events interesting too!

We were given a general introduction by Robbie Rowlands and then we were split up into four groups: oversight of the entire operation of car restoration; the mechanics of it all; the finer details of welding and preparing new body parts and the paint shop – works in progress. We were all highly impressed – not only did their clients/cars come from Australia, but there were a couple from America and Canada. The display/for sale area was sparkling with shiny cars (several Sprites included) and as we ate our biscuits and drank our tea, we picked out our dream cars!

Thanks to the staff at the Healey Factory for giving up their evening to entertain and inform us and to Graham and Sue Dows for setting it up.

29th-31st July 2016: 50th Anniversary Weekend



This was a fantastic historic night of festivities. Recent Club acquaintances and those from the distant past came along and it was estimated there were close to 120 people there. The lighthearted entertainment on the night was highly entertaining, courtesy of the recently (re)formed AHSDC Revue Group!  It was wonderful to see our interstate visitors from far and wide:  Cairns, Newcastle, Sydney and Adelaide, as well as Victorian members from Warnambool, Geelong and Maryborough.

Old photos, regalia items, memorabilia and many other objects collected or acquired over the years of Club involvement were  on display.  There were four Sprites in the room: Mk 1, Mk 2A, Mk3A and Midget.  Two items were auctioned by John Fowler:  a first editiion radiator badge in mint condition donated by a former member, Bob Spackman and the no. 1 50th Anniversary badge.  Bidding was fast and furious and provided an excellent result.

Members and visitors enjoyed the supper but just went on talking, talking, talking, reminiscing about times gone by!



This was another excellent night in a beautiful venue.  Everyone put their best foot forward and dressed to impress – such a change from the race suit and the motorkhana gear!  Guests were welcomed with drinks and canapes on arrival and soon there was a buzz of chatter around the room as people met up with others they had not seen for some time.   We even had an international visitor from the UK, albeit an Aussie!

The three course dinner was very good, as was the service.  The band “Black Suede” was put on the spot by being asked to perform a pre-prepared potted history of the Club written by our President to the tune of “We’ve been everywhere (man)” but they coped with great skill and good humour!

The three significant Auction items: the John Sprinzel book “Lucky John”; the Healey framed print with personalised message and the Newnham framed original of the Club’s history all were sold after some spirited bidding and encouragement by the auctioneer.



82 very tired people made it to the start of the drive at Aura Vale Lake in glorious sunshine (someone must have put in a special order) and it stayed that way for the whole day.

This relaxed social drive took in parts of the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, after which we enjoyed a coffee stop at the Chocolaterie near Yarra Glen.  Then we headed off towards the renowned Yarra Valley wine district before arriving at Coombe Estate, once the home of our very own opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba. She was one of the most celebrated artists of all time and the gallery provided an opportunity for visitors to experience the lifestyle of the world’s first diva.

The manager, who just happens to be a club member, took us all on a walk around the picturesque cottage and the stunning gardens. Behind the six hundred metres of cypress hedge were a succession of terraced lawns, native, Italian and vegetable gardens, a croquet lawn, an old tennis court, a newly established rose arbor and the oldest swimming pool in Victoria.

This was followed by a fabulous High Tea outside the wine tasting area.  The sun was still shining as we made our farewells.  Another lovely day in our 50th year of celebrations!

Friday, 17th June 2016: Nosh Night in Boronia

Nosh Night at the Kingsland Chinese Restaurant, 92 Boronia Road, BORONIA. Enjoyed by all!

Saturday 28th/Sunday 29th May 2016 40th Anniversary of Winton Historics

Thanks again to the Austin 7 Club for the day and the Parade Lap!

Sunday, 15th May 2016 – 50th Anniversary Motorkhana

What a great day for our motorkhana “revival” at the Pakenham Auto Club grounds!  More than 20 competitors took part, including several newer members.  It was a grass surface (some of the time), it was easy on the car and there were only forward direction tests.  However, luckily there were two runs at each test as there were some senior moments in the dust! Unfortunately there were no budding juniors in the field apart from little tackers, but one “graduate” acquitted himself very well.

The event counted for Sprite Championship points.  There were 8 tests with 2 runs at each AND we were home just after 4.30 p.m.!

For those of you not able to make it, motorkhanas provide a great way to experience what you and your car can do. A standard Sprite can be just as quick, and often quicker, than the most highly developed competition car in this form of motorsport.

23rd – 26th April 2016: 50th Anniversary Pure Gold East Tour to Gippsland

This tour was fully subscribed with some 26 cars (and their occupants!) taking part in another of John Fowler’s magnificently varied Gippsland tours!  The weather was magnificent (if a little foggy in the early morning) and the roads sensational.  Everyone agreed it was a great tour.  Thanks John!

Sunday, 10th April 2016: RACV Classic Showcase at Flemington

We took our cars and flew the flag for AHSDC in its 50th year! Thanks to the Austin Healey Club for allowing us access to their display area.

Sunday, 21st February 2016: Family Day


What a GREAT day out it was for the first of our 50th Anniversary celebrations with approximately 120 attending!  The weather was perfect and the location couldn’t have been better. It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves in the sunshine and shade of the gums.

There was an excellent turn up of some 40 Spridgets, which generated a lot of interest from the passers-by in the park.

Thanks to Greg and Terri for securing the site, setting up the banners, bringing along games, chips and chocolates for the children and a big board for everyone to sign.

Sunday, 17th January 2016 First+ Social Drive for the RACV Great Australian Rally

First+ social drive for 2016!
Sprite Club at the RACV Great Australian Rally at Mornington Racecourse on Sunday 17 January 2016

AHSDC members, in their freshly polished Spridgets, met up at the Stud Park, Rowville, shopping centre for the RACV Rally to Mornington (one of the three starting points in Melbourne). It was unanimously decided (in view of the predicted 31 degrees temperature) that we would take the ‘short route’ to Mornington rather than the longer scenic drive. This proved to be a good choice as we had a pleasant drive and managed to stay in one group for the entire trip.

We had a good variety of Sprites on display – the Bugeyes were represented by Lorraine & Gary Boyd, James McGeorge and Sue & Graham Dows; Tony Young and Frank Deane drove their MK2s; Valerie & David King and Jim Dewar came in their MK3s and Greg & Terri Corbin were in their Italian ‘Innocenti’ Sprite. Jim Dewar travelled from Maryborough to Stud Park, Rowville, for the Rally – a 187 kms trip before he drove down to Mornington with everyone else – and then home again later that day!! Another long distance traveller was Frank Deane who travelled up from Inverloch to join us at Mornington. Well done, Jim and Frank – we hope you both had a good trip home! Rob Couper also drove his Willys to the event and new member, Dave Hume, was down from Mansfield hoping to find a MK3 to buy, while Trish & John Niemann and Sue & Mike Dore walked over (from home) to check out the display after they had finished their Chardonnay lunch.

Thanks to all AHSDC members who came to Mornington – this is one of the largest classic vehicle displays in Victoria, raising money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation.

Sue & Graham Dows
Social Secretaries

Sunday, 10th January 2016 Beach Run to Blairgowrie

30 year old tradition continues!
24 grown ups, 4 small children and one dog came to play at the beach in glorious summer weather. Many of us were lucky enough to go out on the new boat with Jeff and it was great fun. As people came and went, we sat around reminiscing about old times while Tony Young made videos and took photos. It was a perfect way to start the Club year, so thanks to Jeff and Faye for continuing the tradition – long may it last!

24-25th September 2016: Wings and Wheels, Maryborough

Although there were no wings because of flooding at the airport, there were plenty of wheels! A large array of cars, utes and old fashioned trucks lined up on the grass in front of the Railway Station. A small group of cars were there representing the club and joined in the drive to Avoca for lunch and then on to the makers of painted fine bone china. We returned to Maryborough in the rain, having swapped over batteries in two of the cars to enable charging. Hopefully the wings event will be run next year.

Homework for Club members!  Too late now so hope you won’t feel upset that you missed out!

Create your place in the Club’s 50th Anniversary, Golden Jubilee Year Book which is now in the planning.

The absolute deadline for submission of your Homework is the end of June 2016.*  Date was extended to 18th July!

HURRY!  HURRY! Your last chance for your car to be in a publication for posterity!

Here are your Homework Guidelines and Pro-forma

Every AHSDC Member is requested to provide relevant information to be included in this 50th Anniversary Yearbook.

The previous 40th Anniversary Yearbook information supplied by current Members about their Sprite/Midget will be published again as is unless an updated version is supplied by that Member for this Yearbook.

You can present it in whichever page format/layout suits you.

The one to two page outline including one or two photos, should include the following (as well as any other relevant information) :

Member’s/s’ name(s) and year of joining, (age at joining – optional).

Model of Sprites/Midgets currently owned.

Chassis Number (most important) of the current car/s and Year/s of purchase.

Brief details about any previous Spridget you have owned – if any.

Previous history of your current Sprites/Midgets prior to your ownership – if known.

Details about your current Spridget:  eg. Colour, engine/size, state of tune, suspension/wheels, body and interior etc.

History of the car in your ownership eg. Reliability, maintenance jobs, refurbishment, partial or full restoration etc.

Highlights of your current ownership with the Sprites/Midgets – including Club activities, and also including the best and worst Spridget experiences.

Please email in your submissions in Word format, together with your good quality photos.

If any of you have hardship in either producing or sending soft copies, please let John Fowler know and in these (we expect, rare ) cases we can arrange to accept a hard copy from you. Thank you in advance for your understanding on this.

Email your submissions to

For any questions or to arrange the hard copy submission option, please contact John Fowler at the above email address or on 0400 278 375.

Sunday, 13th November 2016: Tri-Club Social Drive