Debra Jones, with her 1960 Mark I bugeye Sprite ‘Oggy’, is known around the track as Madam Lash.
Debra Jones, with her 1960 Mark I bugeye Sprite ‘Oggy’, is known around the track as Madam Lash. Jayden Brown

‘Bugeye’ attracts plenty of stares

MOTOR RACING: Among the more than 100 cars and their drivers at the National Sprite Challenge at Morgan Park Raceway over the weekend, one stood out.

Complete with eyelashes, Debra Jones' 1960 Mark I "bugeye" Sprite attracted a lot of attention at the track.

Jones, who nicknamed the racer Oggy, said the event was her first national challenge. "The sprints are a timed event," she said. "It's all about the time ... the first lap is a warm-up."

The Brisbane driver is a second generation Sprite enthusiast and was presented with Oggy by her father who also has a car adorned with eyelashes.

Jones, the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland under-16 100CC sports car champion for the past two years, said driving Sprites was a lot of fun. "It's like driving a big go-kart," she said.

Jones was one of more than 100 competitors who took part in the national challenge with drivers travelling from as far as South Australia and Victoria to compete.

Among the drivers who travelled from interstate was Doug Fielder who journeyed from Melbourne with his friend David Osborne. Fielder said they had a superb weekend of racing at Morgan Park. "The track and amenities are an absolute credit to the organisers," he said. "We had an excellent time."

Queensland were the eventual winners of the National Sprite Challenge, narrowly edging out rivals Victoria who have held the trophy for the past four challenges.

The Sprite Car Club of Queensland ended the weekend with a show and shine in Leslie Park and a motorkhana in Albert St, which drew hundreds of car enthusiasts to the Rose City.

Sprite Car Club of Queensland member John Robertson said the weekend had been great for competitors and spectators alike.

"We've received lots of positive feedback about the event and the town," he said.

Sprite cars will return to the track at Morgan Park Raceway for the second round of the B Series of the Queensland Super Sprints on May 31 and June 1



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