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.

Dedicated Mini Sport Website for Members

As you may be aware our sponsors Mini Sport are working with us to create a members only website which will be accessed from our webpage. The launch now is expected to be in September and we will keep you posted on progress. The new website will still have the same great members discounts that you enjoy at the moment but in addition it will have special offers for members. Keep watching, both here and the MCR website for more news and if you need help with getting your discounts, let us know and we will talk you through the process.

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Graham W Robinson. R.I.P.

We are very sad to report the death of Graham W Robinson, a founder member and previous Chairman of the Mini Cooper Register and known to many as the manager of Hinton Firs Hotel at Bournemouth where we have enjoyed so many January Mini Cooper weekends.
Graham owned APD 90H (a MK II ‘S’) for many years, which he used as his daily transport as well as a prototype Moke, and a vintage Rolls Royce.
Following his move to Brazil and his marriage to Edilene, he sold APD to Neil Burgess and we have continued to read of the exploits of the car in Neil’s hands.
Graham died peacefully in Brazil yesterday following the consequences of cancer. His funeral, also in Brazil, takes place today.
I feel sure he is up there now, looking out for John Cooper , Jack Daniels and Stephen Smith and an event to celebrate his life will be arranged in the U.K as soon as Covid allows.
To his wife, Edilene, his daughter Debbie and her family in Bournemouth, we offer our sincere condolences.