The 11th June is the date for your diaries this year for the MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu. The time of year when the New Forest fills with the sound and sight of minis.
We will be featuring a number of different displays. The first of these will be a gathering of MK2 Cooper and S models highlighting their 50th Anniversary. The MK2 was BMC’s facelift of the iconic MK1 with simpler upholstery, a slightly revised front and rear, but retaining the same drivetrain.
Next up is a small display of R53 Cooper S race cars; kindly bought along by Sussex Race and Rally. The R53 was the first modern Cooper S and is supercharged. These cars, the oldest of which are now more than 15 years old are an affordable entry into performance MINIs and enjoying resurgence in popularity.
As in previous years we have a small display that is a little off the wall! “Sawn not Sorn” is a collection of chopped, sprinted, channeled and modified classic shape minis. Not a new phenomenon by any means as the first sprinted minis hail back to the 60s and more serious cosmetic modification was prevalent in the 70s. This display, we are sure, will be loved and hated in equal measure! A reasonable comparison may be a Warhol versus a Renoir.
Ex- works and competition cars
The usual array of ex-works and competition cars will be in attendance. Not all of them are red and white; indeed some of the cars featured are privateer rally or race cars from the 60s and 70s. But they always gather a crowd.
The concours will as usual be sharing space in the main arena. This year the classes have been revised with a view to be more open to all minis as well as Coopers. Booking in advance is preferable and costs just £5.00 plus the price of an entry ticket. Entry on the day is permitted providing there is sufficient room available in the chosen class.
The concours form can be downloaded from here. Please either post the completed form to the address on it or alternatively by email email@example.com
Our show at Beaulieu has long been associated with finding those hard to source items or new parts to enhance your car. This year will be no exception. As in previous years we will have a dedicated trunk trading area where non traders will be selling spare parts accumulated over the years. The main trade area will be populated in equal measure with traders selling hard to find or desirable parts and those selling modern replacements and accessories.
Club and regional stands can be booked, although tickets for club members should be bought in advance via the ticket line as below. MCR regions can also book by the same method. The booking form is here.
Will be provided by the noted author and historian Graham Robson, who will also be interviewing the many ex-works mechanics and drivers who will be attending the show.
Entry per person is only £11.00 in advance or £6.00 for a child and allows entry to the Beaulieu complex. Please book your advance tickets here.
The postcode for your satnavs is SO42 7ZN. For any other queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org