5 Ferries run in South Australia

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5 Ferries run in South Australia

Postby Aussiedave » Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:35 am

The Sprite Club of South Australia this year celebrates the 40th year of the Club. So it was decided a special event should be held to celebrate.
So the idea of a 5 Ferries run was born. Held between the 16th and 22nd of September some 21 British cars, mostly Sprites and MG Midgets gathered at the Burnside Town Hall in Adelaide. The run would see overnight stays at Angaston, Clare, Morgan, Mannum and Goolwa, then finishing back in Adelaide for a celebration dinner.
Entrants came from , Victoria, NSW and South Australia, and a group of six cars did a run along the Great Ocean Road on their way to Adelaide. Just to prove how versertile these cars are , one driver drove his MG Midget from Sydney to Melbourne then on to the Great Ocean Drive run to Adelaide, then after the 5 Ferries run he retuned to Sydney .
Wherever the cars stopped people gathered to take photos and ask questions.
The first day a visit was made to the Birdwood National Motor Museum then on to the Barossa Valley. A special route book was produced by the organisers containing route instructions, maps and list of sites to a visit during the day. It was not a structured convoy, but all got together at the end of each day for drinks followed by dinner. All this was pre-arranged to make the trip easy for the participants.
At Clare a visit was made to view the Model Engineers display of Steam Trains and Train memorabilla.
Morgan was very welcoming and the local Morgan Community Development and Tourism Association put on a fantastic barbeque and breakfast for a very reasonable fee. We then visited their Museum which they opened especially. Their Country welcoming spirit was just amazing.
The theme of the run was crossing the Murray 5 times by Ferry, but in fact we crossed it 10 times by Ferry. At Swan Reach we were able to squeese some 15 Sprites on to a Ferry, which was a great photo opportunity. This was due to a very co-operative Ferry Master.
As these cars are old and can be unreliable, the Sprite Specialist Bugeye Barn owner Tony Bennetto from Melbourne brought along a utility with a car trailer and a chest of spare parts. It got a bit of use, but most cars were reliable, some needed a little work before they could return to their interstate homes.
Other places visited were a member of the Sprite Club of South Australia's home to see his model Railway and Steam engine collection, the Mount Alma Hillclimb, Goolwa Motor Museum and the usual winery and food stops. At the end of each day wine and nibles would come out along with lively and conversation mixed with laughter.
All of this concluded with a Dinner in Adelaide attended by about 70 people, the whole week was declared a great success. Good support was given by Shannons car Insurance and many of the Sprite Club Community.
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