National Mini Day 2021

After a rather disastrous 2020, The MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu is ready to return in 2021 with a flourish.

The Mini Cooper was first manufactured in 1961 and it became an immediate success.  Motorsport and commercial success followed quickly and the brand is still with us today.  The MCR will be celebrating the 60th birthday of the Mini Cooper with a display of cars bearing the Cooper name in the central arena as well as a gathering of some of the Ex-works and competition cars that made the Mini a motorsport legend.

This is sure to be the biggest, and dare I say the best, gathering of Minis and Coopers of the coming year.  With club stands, the best concours in the Mini world, celebrity guests, trade stands aplenty and fields of Minis, this is an event not be missed.

The venue is the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire and the date is Sunday 13th June.   PUT THIS IN YOUR DIARY NOW!

All Minis, old and new, are welcome and if you want a place in your registers display we suggest that you contact your registrar without delay.

Watch the ‘MCR at Beaulieu’ page on this site where we will publish  more information and advance ticket details as and when it becomes available.

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NEC Classic Car Show 2020 On-Line

The NEC have arranged an On-Line version of the show that had to be cancelled.  It is to be shown this Saturday (14th Nov) on their Facebook page. We as a club were invited to make a 3 minute video for display as part of the Club Stands section of the event, which we have done.  Please also note that the event is supporting a great charity and details can be found on the link.

In keeping with the spirit of the real MCR stand, our video is aimed at informing people about our club and the benefits that people enjoy with their membership.  Most of you will of course be very aware of what we have to offer but it would be nice if you are able to ‘Pop In’ and see the video in the same way that you would if you were at the actual show.

We can’t give you a time for our moment in the limelight but if you follow the link you should see the timings and who is displaying.  If they show the club videos in alphabetical order and every club uses their full 3 minute allocation you should be able to get a fair idea of when we are on.  Please note that the clubs showcase is split into two sessions!

Here is the link for event details: www.necclassicmotorshow.com/online-edition

If you are unable to ‘attend’ we will publish the video on the closed Facebook page at some point in the week that follows.

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Mini Sport continue during lockdown

Good news for members.  Mini Sport have confirmed that they are continuing to take and despatch orders during the current lockdown.  All the normal channels (MCR members-only website, e-mail and telephone) are open with the single exception of the shop itself.  No excuses then for not finishing that overdue project!

Follow the link on from the members tab for more details.

Stay safe everyone.

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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.

Regional Meetings and the Rule of 6

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.

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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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Off-Peak Run 2020 UPDATE!

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.

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UPDATE! NEC Classic Car Show 2020

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.

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UPDATE! NEC Classic Car Show 2020

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 take place. The overriding concern for the health and safety of those who man the stand for three days is paramount. We also feel that many of our club would not go to the show this year anyway because of the on-going health risks from this pandemic. The likelihood of further restrictions and localised lockdowns 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.

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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.