National Mini Day 2020

The club’s main event of the year will be held on Sunday 14 June 2020 at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, with the usual concours judging, trade stands and guest interviews throughout the day.

Details will be announced in the new year, but put the date in the diary now as this is one event not to be missed.

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Website refresh

As part of our aim to have the best communications with our members and everyone with an interest in the club’s activities, the committee will be discussing a refresh of the website and social media platforms at the October meeting.

The website now carries a regular news service, comprising some 6/7 items each month and the events section details the club’s own member activities and national events in which we play a part.

We are updating the club regional pages into a common format, outlining where the region is based, the meeting venue and dates, regional events for the year and how you can get in touch with the regional co-ordinator. These will be completed by the end of the month.

All the regions welcome prospective new members to their meetings, which are informal and usually held in a local pub.

Some regions have their own Facebook pages, as well as the two club ones, so do check out what’s happening in Essex, Kent, Thames Valley and Yorkshire

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Castle Combe Mini Action Day

The club will have a stand at this event to be held on Saturday 28 September, arranged by Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset regional lead, David Dangerfield.

Club/trade admission is from 7.00am.

The event has had over 28,000 views on our Facebook page and, judging by the comments, is proving very popular, being one of the last big outdoor Mini events of the year. Although the club display quickly filled up, tickets for the event, including booking track time, can be obtained from castlecombecircuit.co.uk

Advice from the organisers is to wear comfortable shoes and bring a camping chair. The viewing banks get you up and close to the track action, however they do not have stalls or chairs around the circuit.

(Photographs courtesy of Anthony Fowler)

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September issue of CooperWorld is out

The September issue of our club magazine CooperWorld is just out with 68 pages of news and views.
There is a look back at the racing career of Christabel Carlisle, round 4 of the HRCR Mini Sport Cup, the Brands Hatch MINI Festival, regional events and much more.

Subscriptions start at £35 a year, reducing to £32 for the second year if renewing by direct debit.

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New Yorkshire regional contact announced

Andy Ace Harrison, who is one of our Honorary Members and is well known for his racing successes and also for his business Acespeed, is the new Regional Contact for Yorkshire.

Andy is opening his Mini themed cafe at Acespeed and would like to invite members to join him at his premises for monthly meets on the evening of the last Wednesday of each month and, possibly, other events in the future.

For more information, please contact Ace at: Acespeed, 111 Biggate, Windhill, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 2BT. Tel 01274 585803 or acespeed@live.co.uk

New members can join the club by taking out an annual subscription to our magazine CooperWorld, which is published monthly throughout the year, priced £35 (£32 on renewal if paid by direct debit).

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New Yorkshire regional contact announced

Andy Ace Harrison, who is one of our Honorary Members and is well known for his racing successes and also for his business Acespeed, is the new Regional Contact for Yorkshire.

Andy is opening his Mini themed cafe at Acespeed and would like to invite members to join him at his premises for monthly meets on the evening of the last Wednesday of each month and, possibly, other events in the future.

For more information, please contact Ace at: Acespeed, 111 Biggate, Windhill, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 2BT. Tel 01274 585803 or acespeed@live.co.uk

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Diamond Mini Tour another successful birthday event

The famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb provided the destination for the Diamond Anniversary Mini Tour organised by club member Jim Partridge on Sunday 25 August, the day before the Mini’s official birthday. 

On a gloriously sunny day, the National Motorcycle Museum saw 42 Minis and MINIs arrive to check in and receive instructions and their road book. Whilst a motorcycle venue might seem a strange place to start a car event, drivers weren’t alone as a club from Coleshill were setting up in an adjacent car park.

The motorcycle link continued as the cars set off, with an early part of the route taking them along what is known as The Triumph Mile where bikes from the Meriden Triumph factory were tested between 1932-1945.

After a checkpoint in Knowle, it was off to Longbridge for a break at the new Bournville shopping centre before another passage control in front of the gates of what is now the base of MG Motor UK but, for all Mini enthusiasts, the home of the iconic car.

On again to Shelsley Walsh to join the cars that had been arriving from the beginning of the day, with one of the highlights being interviews with Russell Brookes and ten members of the Abingdon Competition Team.

The event was sponsored by Hagerty Insurance and Rybrook Worcester and held in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice and Midlands Air Ambulance.

There will be a full report in a future issue of club magazine CooperWorld. 

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Club in Performance MINI magazine

The September/October issue of Performance MINI, the UK’s only modern MINI tuning magazine, is just out and we are the featured club of the month.

Also, there is a five-page report on our National Mini Day at the National Motor Museum and, to complete the coverage, we have a full-page advert on page 59.

Look out for further coverage of our activities in upcoming issues of this magazine and also in MiniWorld and Mini Magazine that regularly carry reports and photos of the club’s events and displays.

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Social media numbers continue to rise

As well as promoting the club’s work through specialist magazines and this website, we also run two Facebook pages and a Twitter account which are, increasingly, becoming important channels of communication.

One Facebook page is just for members who have signed up to join in with news and views, but the other is open and now has 16,683 followers world-wide. We feature club activities, plus events that are of interest to Mini owners and lovers. A good example is the recent Castle Combe track day for which we shared photographs sent to us of the Minis taking part, which were seen by over 4,000 people in just a few days.

We also share news from our two sponsors Mini Sport (their IMM news bulletins and photographs were particularly popular) and Hagerty UK. If you haven’t seen it, do check out their tribute to The Italian Job filmed at Stowe School earlier this year.

Our events section has seen a huge number of people viewing, with our own National Mini Day topping the poll with 62.6k views, followed by the National Metro & Mini Show with 36.4k and the 60th Anniversary Diamond Tour to Shelsley Walsh, currently with 17.1k.

Our Twitter followers now number 2,848 and increase week by week.

We appreciate the interest shown in the club by all our followers on Facebook and Twitter.

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