Upcoming events for MCR members

The Warwickshire region will be hosting a display of 20 cars showcasing the Mini across the ages at the National Metro & Mini Show at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Sunday 4 August.

This will be followed by The International Mini Meeting (IMM) at Bristol starting on Thursday 8 August. The IMM only visits the UK every five years and David Dangerfield from the Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset Region is leading on this.

We look forward to seeing as many members as possible at both events.



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Dr Alex Moulton and the mini project

Join Club Competition Secretary Peter Barker on Friday 16 August to hear of the contributions to the Mini project of Dr Alex Moulton, a close friend and engineering partner of Sir Alec Issigonis, who played a highly significant part in the development of the innovative car.

Peter is Head of the Design & Communication School at Plymouth College of Art and has spent over twenty-five years teaching Industrial Design in the UK, Denmark and the USA and worked with Dr Moulton in the 1980’s.

For details click here


National Metro & Mini Show

The club will be making a first appearance at this year’s event, to be held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Sunday 4 August.

Cliff Porter has been busy assembling a display of 20 vehicles representing the Mini across the ages, which will be on show just across from the main museum entrance.

A pre-booked ticket for the event costs £7 which is good value compared to the standard museum entrance charge and visitors will be able to take in the show and the exhibits, which include a special Mini 60 display on the mezzanine level.

As well as the three Monte Carlo winning cars, the museum has the very first and last Minis to be built at Longbridge.

We hope to see you there.

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HRCR Mini Sport Cup 2019

New for our 2019 calendar is the JD Competition Tyres Bob Shaw Memorial Brawdy Stages Rally, covering eight miles of smooth, yet erosive, surfaces for each run, our crews had six stages to complete, writes Cara Jackson of MiniSport.

With only seven of our Mini teams registered, many of our crews tried to get a run on the rally, but left it until after Down Ampney to enter, and it was full with 14 reserves. Well received by those who competed, Brawdy Stages gave our crews nearly 60 Stage miles for just the £200 entry fee, which may be why it filled so quickly!

The warm and dry weather caused brake overheating issues for many of our crews, despite being overcast!

Regrettably, Roy Jarvis & Luke Greaves were the first crew forced to retire from the event in Stage 2, when absolutely flying at 100mph, they braked – causing the front hub assembly to part company with the Mini!

It was also a truly tragic end to the rally for Ken Pryce & Don James, who had been on to a winner, despite having a damper pin break – by chance, Clive had a spare, which got the crew back out. Leading the Minis, right up until the very last stage, when a mere three corners in, they were struck down with complete transmission failure, halting their impressive run!

Tormented from the 1st Stage with boiled brake fluid, this set the tone of the rally for Craig King and Adrian Lloyd – with this occurring on every stage! Things went from bad to worse on the penultimate stage, where the crew completely lost the brakes whilst flat out in 4th gear on the approach to a very tight chicane.

Knowing that they had absolutely no chance of making it through & thinking fast, Craig decided to risk sliding it on the hand brake, unfortunately, they were going too fast which resulted in hitting the tyres – breaching the Mini in a field!

Peter Ellerby & Colin Tombs had a strong run, with the Mini never missing a beat, the service crew didn’t have to put a spanner to it all day! The only issue the team faced was that Colin was unwell, suffering with whooping cough, it made it extremely difficult for him to read the pace notes for Peter, due to his constant coughing.

Credit where credit is due though, having made the lengthy journey down from the North East to compete, Peter & Colin finished 2nd in Class and 2nd Mini overall.

Clive King & Anton Bird were plagued with braking issues from the off, being forced to bleed the brakes in first service and finding that they had been so hot that even the rubber covers on the ball joints had burnt!

Brake issues eventually over, there was the opportunity for Clive and Anton to get on the attack but, although still 26 seconds behind their rivals, going in to the final stage, they went on to take 1st Mini overall.

Clive and Anton are now joint leaders of the 2019 Championship, tying with Jack Hartley and Gary Dawes on 105 points each (equivalent to 3 maximum scores).

Overall Results:

1st Category 1 Clive King / Anton Bird

1st Category 2 Craig King / Adrian Lloyd

1st Category 3 Harvey Stevens / Lawrence Selly

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the HRCR Mini Sport Cup – Mini Sport, Mintex, Yokohama and Penrite & Questmead, without whom there wouldn’t be a Championship.

(Photos courtesy of Clive King, Anton Bird & Stuart Hart)


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July edition of CooperWorld is out

July sees the latest edition of the club’s acclaimed magazine CooperWorld mailed to members, with 68 pages of news, views, technical support and photographs from events over the last month or so.

Editor Paul Sulma has again produced a magazine to be proud of, which promotes the club beyond the 2,000 subscribers who receive it each month.

Some 6,000 people have viewed the publication announcement on Twitter and Facebook and, whilst a number will already be subscribers, we hope that some will be interested enough in what the club is all about to look at taking out a subscription.

The first annual subscription is £35 but, renewals by direct debit come cheaper, so it’s well under £3 a copy for the 12 issues. A subscription unlocks access to the clubs services and events, so do take a look and see what you are missing.


Club secures new sponsor

Mini Cooper Register (MCR) has secured a new sponsor in Hagerty Insurance, who join MiniSport in supporting the club.

Run by avid classic car owners and enthusiasts, Hagerty is dedicated to the development of specialist insurance and do not offer any other insurance products such as household or travel cover. Their aim is to offer clients the best premium rates for a comprehensive range of classic car insurance products available in the UK.

Mini Cooper Register was set up in 1986 with the twin objectives of preserving the name of the Mini Cooper and stimulating interest in the car and its history. The Register has grown over the years and now has over 2,000 members worldwide, with Mike Cooper as Honorary President. Its remit covers both Classic Minis and modern MINIs.

As well as organizing events and services to members, the club publishes the acclaimed CooperWorld magazine monthly.

We are delighted to have Hagerty Insurance as joint sponsors with MiniSport from 1 July and hope that this proves a successful arrangement for both parties” said MCR chairman Robert Young.

We are thrilled to be working with the Mini Cooper Register as their members embody everything Hagerty stands for in preserving, driving and enjoying their cars” said Hagerty UK marketing director Marcus Atkinson.

We look forward to talking and meeting as many members as possible during our partnership with the MCR” he added.

Earlier this year, Hagerty celebrated the 50th anniversary of the film The Italian Job with a chase sequence through the grounds of Stowe School shown at the annual speech day at which former pupil Michael Deeley, the producer of the original film, was guest of honour.

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60th Anniversary Diamond Mini Tour

Not to be missed, this birthday celebration event is being held on Sunday 25th August, incorporating a 70 mile scenic route starting at the National Motorcycle Museum on J6 of the M42 and passing the Longbridge factory en route to the iconic Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, where there will be rally cars, trade stands and live 60’s music.

Organised by Tulip Rally Tours, the event is run in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice and Air Ambulance.

Latest news on the event is that two-times British Rally Champion Russell Brookes will be a guest at Shelsley Walsh, giving participants and visitors an opportunity to find out how the Mini contributed to his successful rallying career.

For more information go to http://www.TulipRallyTours.co.uk       

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National Mini Day Concours Results

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on Sunday 9 June for another successful National Mini Day.

Congratulations to all our Concours prize winners who were as follows:

Class Place Name Car
Class 1 2nd Scott Turner MK3 Cooper S
1st Chris Krzywiec MK1 Austin Cooper
Class 2 2nd Paul Winter MK2 Morris Cooper S
1st John Smith Broadspeed Mini
Class 3 2nd Brian Hulbert Rover Cooper
1st Robert Guy Rover Cooper
Class 4 No entries
Class 5 2nd Keith Stone Austin Mini Deluxe
1st Andy McPhail Mini Moke
Class 6 2nd James Finn Mini City
1st Oli Graves Austin Mini
Class 7 2nd Michael Healy Mini Cooper S
1st Wayne West Mini JCW GP

Beaulieu Cup winner from Classes 1 and 3 Scott Turner.

Chief Judge’s Special award (John White Cup) Bryan Purves.

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Works cars at IMM Bristol

On Sunday 11th August, IMM 2019 will be having a huge birthday party to celebrate the Mini’s 60th birthday! In addition to the trade stands, displays of special Minis & live music, the Sunday show will also host a Show & Shine, prize givings & much more.

All IMM weekend tickets will include free entry to the Birthday Party, although day visitors are also welcome from 9am with tickets available on the gate. With visitors confirmed to be attending from all over the World, this is going to be the biggest Mini 60 event in the country.

Our friends at Mini Sport plan to have a dedicated area next to their stand for all the Works Mini’s and other vehicles associated with them (bus & service barge etc) plus the people bringing them (2 tickets will be allocated per display vehicle).

Within this they would have a dedicated area for the BMC Veterans with seating & refreshments provided, where they can spend the afternoon, either choosing to be quiet & enjoy the Mini 60 festivities, or perhaps discussing the old days with old friends! Clive King would be on hand all day to organise & help, so everyone is comfortable with someone they mostly already know.

If you would like to be involved, please contact Mini Sport or go to the IMM website.

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All roads led to Beaulieu for National Mini Day

After two days of rain had threatened to dampen spirits and the National Motor Museum showground, the sun shone and the cars and their drivers came out in force to Beaulieu to celebrate 60 years of the Mini.

Once again, Graham Robson was holding the microphone, using his expert knowledge to keep everyone abreast of the activities taking place and conducting some fascinating interviews with our president Mike Cooper, Paddy Hopkirk and mechanics and drivers from the Abingdon works rally and race teams amongst others.

To celebrate the Mini’s birthday, there was a display of cars from 1959 up to the present day, representing a cross-section of models that were available from the factory over the years. The 1959 model was an especially early example, having been owned by renowned motoring journalist John Bolster.

Matthew Field was signing copies of his new book “The Self Preservation Society: 50 Years of The Italian Job” along with David Salamone, who played Dominic the driver of the red Mini in the film, and it proved so popular that they ran out of copies before noon. Not to leave anyone disappointed, all those who ordered on the day will receive signed copies sent by post.

The concours at National Mini Day is rightly considered to be the pinnacle of detailing within the mini world and owners spend considerable sums of money and time ensuring that their cars meet the exacting standards of the judges. Based on seven classes, competition was as keen as ever with Scott Turner taking the coveted Beaulieu Trophy with his Cooper S Mk3

To close the day, official presentations were made by president Mike Cooper to the club winners for 2018 announced at the Annual General Meeting.

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