Just when we thought we were returning to some sort of normality the rules have changed yet again. The law forbidding gatherings of groups greater than 6 people means that regional meetings cannot now take place in any meaningful way. As a club we need to act responsibly and we are sure that our members will understand that it is all in the cause of safety. Everyone is frustrated with the current situation but if it works as expected, then at least we have the possibility of Christmas socials and meals to look forward to.
The committee continues to monitor the situation and are making every effort to fill CooperWorld with interesting and entertaining articles to replace the missing event reports. With that in mind if anyone wants to write about their Mini or Mini experiences the editor would be happy to receive them. After all we all have little more time on our hands now. Thank you.
With no license issued as yet and the looming threat of further short-notice restrictions and localised lockdowns, we have no option than to cancel this years event. Jack Ward, who has been organising it will be in contact with everyone who has entered to arrange refunds as soon as possible.
These events take an enormous amount of organisation and considerable time to arrange and I can assure everyone that this decision has not been taken lightly. We can but hope that next year will see a return to normality.
Having deliberated the pros and cons of the MCR exhibiting at this years show, we have decided that we will NOT be attending, even in the unlikely event that it does still take place. Our overriding concern is for the health and safety of those who man the stand for three days.
We also feel that many of our club would not go to the show this year anyway because of the on-going health risks that this pandemic brings particularly in an enclosed environment. The likelihood of further restrictions and localised lockdowns at very short notice as we have witnessed this week is an another factor that we cannot responsibly ignore.
This decision has not been taken lightly but we believe that it is the correct one.
Having deliberated the pros and cons of the MCR exhibiting at this years show, we have decided that we will NOT
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.