New Register for 2022

We are pleased to announce that the club is creating a new register.  For some time now the MINI Register has been growing (which is unsurprising as the cars are of course still in production) and it is now one of the largest we have.  The time has come now to divide this register into two sections and they are as follows:  First Generation Mini and Later Generation MINI.

The First Generation MINI will be for R50, R52 and R53 models and the Later Generation MINI will be for all cars after those.  A reminder here that the Models are as follows: R50 = MINI One and Cooper 2001 – 2006.  R52 = MINI Convertible 2004-2008 and R53 = MINI Cooper S 2001 – 2006.

You do not have to do anything as we will identify the cars that are currently on the MINI Register and move them into their correct locations. If yours is one of the cars affected please be patient while we create and split the cars into two groups.

David Young will continue his wonderful work as registrar of the Later Generation MINI and we have appointed a new registrar for the First Generation MINI who will introduce himself in the February edition of CooperWorld.

There are several reasons for this move but perhaps the most persuasive one is that on events throughout the year, we see many younger owners who have entered the Mini world with the 1st Gen cars.  Often, the younger owners see car clubs as purely an on-line activity but we want to encourage them to join us by providing a home for them within the MCR where they will feel welcome.

 

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Dates Announced for National Mini Day 2022

The 12th of June 2022 is an important date for all Mini owners and enthusiasts for that is the day when the New Forest will again be thronged with Minis of all shapes, sizes and ages, from the very old to the very new.  Beaulieu has again been chosen as the venue for our flagship event and the 2022 theme is going to be ‘Minis in Motorsport’ which given the many and varied types of motorsport that Minis have enjoyed competing in over the years, should provide an interesting central display.

There will of course be the ever-popular Concours d’Elegance and if last year is anything to go by, we can again expect the cars to be of a very high standard.  Club stands will be available and requests for these can be made via the Club’s website.  Also on the website, you can book a trade stand or secure a trunk traders pitch.  Refreshments will be available throughout the day both in the display area as well as in the Barbazon restaurant.  Don’t forget that your show entry ticket also covers admission to the National Motor Museum with all its treasures.  It’s hard to imagine a better day out for all the family.

Following last year’s slightly stripped-down event, the MCR are hoping that the 2022 event will be free of all pandemic restrictions, however it is important to note that it is Beaulieu themselves that control ticket sales and their allocation.  When the tickets do go on sale please read the ticketing information carefully particularly regarding ‘ticket sales on the day’ which was not available last year.  We will also publish the date of when the tickets go on sale so keep watching here or on our social media sites for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/MiniCooperRegister

https://twitter.com/CooperRegister

https://www.instagram.com/minicooperregister/

Dates Announced for National Mini Day 2022

The 12th of June 2022 is an important date for all Mini owners and enthusiasts for that is the day when the New Forest will again be thronged with Minis of all shapes, sizes and ages, from the very old to the very new.  Beaulieu has again been chosen as the venue for our flagship event and the 2022 theme is going to be ‘Minis in Motorsport’ which given the many and varied types of motorsport that Minis have enjoyed competing in over the years, should provide an interesting central display.

There will of course be the ever-popular Concours d’Elegance and if last year is anything to go by, we can again expect the cars to be of a very high standard.  Club stands will be available and requests for these can be made via the Club’s website.  Also on the website, you can book a trade stand or secure a trunk traders pitch.  Refreshments will be available throughout the day both in the display area as well as in the Barbazon restaurant.  Don’t forget that your show entry ticket also covers admission to the National Motor Museum with all its treasures.  It’s hard to imagine a better day out for all the family.

Following last year’s slightly stripped-down event, the MCR are hoping that the 2022 event will be free of all pandemic restrictions, however it is important to note that it is Beaulieu themselves that control ticket sales and their allocation.  When the tickets do go on sale please read the ticketing information carefully particularly regarding ‘ticket sales on the day’ which was not available last year.  We will also publish the date of when the tickets go on sale so keep watching here or on our social media sites for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/MiniCooperRegister

https://twitter.com/CooperRegister

https://www.instagram.com/minicooperregister/

Date Announced for the National Mini Day 2022.

The 12th of June 2022 is an important date for all Mini owners and enthusiasts for that is the day when the New Forest will again be thronged with Minis of all shapes, sizes and ages, from the very old to the very new.  Beaulieu has again been chosen as the venue for our flagship event and the 2022 theme is going to be ‘Minis in Motorsport’ which given the many and varied types of motorsport that Minis have enjoyed competing in over the years, should provide an interesting central display.

There will of course be the ever-popular Concours d’Elegance and if last year is anything to go by, we can again expect the cars to be of a very high standard.  Club stands will be available and requests for these can be made via the Club’s website.  Also on the website, you can book a trade stand or secure a trunk traders pitch.  Refreshments will be available throughout the day both in the display area as well as in the Barbazon restaurant.  Don’t forget that your show entry ticket also covers admission to the National Motor Museum with all its treasures.  It’s hard to imagine a better day out for all the family.

Following last year’s slightly stripped-down event, the MCR are hoping that the 2022 event will be free of all pandemic restrictions, however it is important to note that it is Beaulieu themselves that control ticket sales and their allocation.  When the tickets do go on sale please read the ticketing information carefully particularly regarding ‘ticket sales on the day’ which was not available last year.  We will also publish the date of when the tickets go on sale so keep watching here or on our social media sites for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/MiniCooperRegister

https://twitter.com/CooperRegister

https://www.instagram.com/minicooperregister/

Minis 2 the Alps 2021 Cancelled

It is with much regret that we have to announce the postponement of the 2021 Minis to the Alps event until 2022.  Organiser Robert Young posted the following of the MCR Members Group Facebook page earlier today.

“After yesterday’s latest travel restrictions with France, we now have little choice but to sadly postpone the 2021 event for yet another year. After last week’s hard work, this is bitterly disappointing – but we now find ourselves with no chance of running the event this year. We have emailed all entrants”.

As of today, no UK events are affected but please keep an eye on the media for updates.

MCR 2021 Awards Presented at Beaulieu

The Club and event awards were presented this year by Andy Harrison and were as follows:

The Graham Allan Trophy (Spirit of the Event) was presented to Steve Burch.

The Beaulieu Regions Trophy was awarded to Thames Valley

The John Kelly Trophy (awarded to a MkI or MkII Cooper in roadworthy condition but not heavily restored) went to James Palmer for UBJ 697F

The Club Regions Trophy was won by Yorkshire Region

Editors Award went to Malcolm Voss

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Beaulieu 2021 Concours Results

Class 1 1st Gordon Jones Morris Cooper ‘S’ Radford
2nd Chris Hix Morris Cooper 997
Class 2 1st Ella & Chloe Whitchurch Morris Cooper
2nd Chris Pelmear Austin Cooper MkII
Class 3

 

1st x x
2nd x x
Class 4 1st Mark Leary Rover Cooper Rally Car
2nd Ian Hucker Rover Cooper
Class 5 1st Robert Guy Rover Mini 40
2nd Mark Leary Austin Pickup
Class 6 1st Alex Kingman Wolseley Hornet
2nd James Finn Mini City
Class 7 1st Wayne West Mini GP
2nd Jason Ling Mini Checkmate
 
Beaulieu Cup Winner Robert Guy
 
Chief Judge’s Special Award Ella & Chloe Whitchurch

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Beaulieu 2021

The 2021 National Mini Day has come and gone and despite the slightly slimmed down nature of the event, a good time seemed to be had by all.

The social restrictions in place this year forced us to reduce the size of the event but the enthusiasm of the people attending more than compensated for this.  The sun shone bright and hot throughout the day which helped to show off the cars that people had clearly spent a lot of time preparing.

There was no shortage of cars to see either, with the Central Arena displaying a Cooper for every year that it was manufactured between 1961 and 2000 as well as cars representing the current MINI range.  There were two beautiful additions of the Mini Super and the RSP which were both included because of the role that they played immediately prior to the two main classic Cooper production runs.

The Ex-Works and Competition Register also had a fine turnout of 20 cars which included many works examples including EJB 55C and LRX 828E, both fresh from restoration by Chris Spennewyn.  On display too was Simon Drew’s much used Special Tuning built 1275 GT which had driven from Scotland to be there.

As usual the various registers put up displays of their members cars with some superb examples of minis, both ancient and modern.  Because of the number and variety of cars produced over the years it’s never really possible to cover everything but if it wasn’t on show in the arena, a brief walk around the thousands of cars in the club stands and the parking areas was sure turn up your particular favourite.

This year we were pleased to welcome Brian Culcheth, Andy ‘Ace’ Harrison and Bill Price, all honorary members as well Michael Cooper, our honorary president.  Andy also presented the various awards in the afternoon as well as accepting one for his own region, Yorkshire, and being interviewed with many others by Peter Barker who stepped in at short notice to act as the MC for the day.

The Concours d’Elegance was well supported as always with some beautifully prepared cars and the results are shown in a separate news post along with the names of others who received awards at the show.

Beaulieu is not all about cars however, its about people.  Yes, we had to be careful of course, but you only had to look around you to see people enjoying picnics and chatting with friends to realise that we had been missing a lot over the past year.  It was great just to see so many people smiling and relaxing in the summer sunshine again.

If you were a visitor, we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we hope that we will see you again next year by when we should be back to normal.

As ever, events such as this don’t just happen, they are created with a lot of hard work.  Our very own Vice Chairman Tony Salter spent months putting the whole thing together and its worth mentioning that it was done from a very delayed starting point as we only committed to the event at the end of February this year.  Tony was not alone however, his wife Sally was, as ever, there to help.  There were many club members on hand to help out of course but you can never have too much help with an event like this so, if you want a free ticket to next year’s show, please consider volunteering, it makes a real difference.

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Beaulieu 2021

The 2021 National Mini Day has come and gone and despite the slightly slimmed down nature of the event, a good time seemed to be had by all.

The social restrictions in place this year forced us to reduce the size of the event but the enthusiasm of the people attending more than compensated for this.  The sun shone bright and hot throughout the day which helped to show off the cars that people had clearly spent a lot of time preparing.

There was no shortage of cars to see either, with the Central Arena displaying a Cooper for every year that it was manufactured between 1961 and 2000 as well as cars representing the current MINI range.  There were two beautiful additions of the Mini Super and the RSP which were both included because of the role that they played immediately prior to the two main classic Cooper production runs.

The Ex-Works and Competition Register also had a fine turnout of 20 cars which included many works examples including EJB 55C and LRX 828E, both fresh from restoration by Chris Spennewyn.  On display too was Simon Drew’s much used Special Tuning built 1275 GT which had driven from Scotland to be there.

As usual the various registers put up displays of their members cars with some superb examples of minis, both ancient and modern.  Because of the number and variety of cars produced over the years it’s never really possible to cover everything but if it wasn’t on show in the arena, a brief walk around the thousands of cars in the club stands and the parking areas was sure turn up your particular favourite.

This year we were pleased to welcome Brian Culcheth, Andy ‘Ace’ Harrison and Bill Price, all honorary members as well Michael Cooper, our honorary president.  Andy also presented the various awards in the afternoon as well as accepting one for his own region, Yorkshire, and being interviewed with many others by Peter Barker who stepped in at short notice to act as the MC for the day.

The Concours d’Elegance was well supported as always with some beautifully prepared cars and the results are shown in a separate news post along with the names of others who received awards at the show.

Beaulieu is not all about cars however, its about people.  Yes, we had to be careful of course, but you only had to look around you to see people enjoying picnics and chatting with friends to realise that we had been missing a lot over the past year.  It was great just to see so many people smiling and relaxing in the summer sunshine again.

If you were a visitor, we sincerely hope that you enjoyed the day as much as we did and we hope that we will see you again next year by when we should be back to normal.

As ever, events such as this don’t just happen, they are created with a lot of hard work.  Our very own Vice Chairman Tony Salter spent months putting the whole thing together and its worth mentioning that it was done from a very delayed starting point as we only committed to the event at the end of February this year.  Tony was not alone however, his wife Sally was, as ever, there to help.  There were many club members on hand to help out of course but you can never have too much help with an event like this so, if you want a free ticket to next year’s show, please consider volunteering, it makes a real difference.

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Mini Sport Continue to Despatch through the Lockdown

Our friends and sponsors at Mini Sport have confirmed that they will continue to take and despatch orders through the current lockdown.

The usual channels of e-mail, telephone and of course our own members-only dedicated web-site will remain open throughout.  There has never been a better time to get those projects finished or even grab a present for the Mini lover in your life.

For more details please go to the main Mini Sport website link.