New date for National Mini Day

In the light of current government measures to combat the coronavirus, it has been agreed with the National Motor Museum to postpone this event until Sunday 16 August.
All bookings and tickets will be valid for the new date and we look forward to welcoming all our visitors to Beaulieu in August.

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National Mini Day 2020

In the light of current government measures to combat the coronavirus, it has been agreed with the National Motor Museum to postpone this event until Sunday 16 August.
All booking and tickets will be valid for the new date and Mini Cooper Register looks forward to welcoming all our visitors to Beaulieu in August.

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World Cup Rally 50 postponed

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and measures announced by the government on Monday to combat the disease, the Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) have announced the postponement of the WCR50 event due to be held on the 19 April.

In a statement, HMRG said “We have had concerns for the health and well being of those attending and, although this wasn’t an easy decision, it became inevitable due to advice from authorities.”

“Overseas visitors were going to find it impossible to get here and, of course, not everyone is in the best of health, making the risk too great to carry on.”

“Whilst there will, undoubtedly, be disappointment among the many exhibitors, visitors, volunteers and organisers alike, it would have been irresponsible to endanger the health and well-being of those individuals.”

The event will now be held at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on Sunday 18 April 2021 as “WCR50 + 1”.

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Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration takes shape

Plans for this new event to be held as part of the BMC & Leyland Show at the British Motor Museum are taking shape.

Although not a Mini Cooper Register event as such, club members are amongst a small organising group leading the way and, following a meeting at the Museum on the 7th, the following four features have been confirmed:

  • A BMC Competitions Department static display, consisting of Abington team race and rally cars, plus team support vehicles including two transporters.
  • An adjacent display with stands mounted by the single-make car clubs, including Mini Cooper Register, featuring period competition cars and replicas.
  • Veterans from BMC Comps, ST, Downton Engineering and Warwick Healey.
  • A programme, jointly mounted with the Historic Marathon Rally Group and TR Register, of talks, films and Q&A sessions. This will particularly feature the veterans.

The event now has its own dedicated Facebook page @AbingdonWMC where you can catch up with all the latest news.

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2020 HRCR Mini Sport Championship

The 2020 HRCR Open Day and Mini Sport Cup Registration at the British Motor Museum on Saturday 12 January saw the start of this year’s Championship, with competitors from all over the country coming together for a catch up and the opportunity to sign on for the 2020 season.

With entries opening for the 2020 Championship, Mini Sport had 14 crews register on the day, including two brand new crews who will be joining. Of course, some of the seasoned regulars will be back again, as Mini Sport welcome current champions Clive King and Anton Bird, Shane Gamble and Bob Ward, Peter Ellerby and John Cressey, plus Martin Cressey for another action-packed year of rallying.

Fast forward to last weekend and the crews were out testing at Curborough ahead of the Championship start on March 14th with the AGBO stages.

(Photos courtesy of Anton Bird)

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It’s CooperWorld time !

The latest edition of our acclaimed magazine is out with a striking front cover showing a scene from the 2019 Northumberland Borders Rally.

 

Inside there is a report on the members weekend in Bournemouth, part 2 of Stephen Chandler’s “In the footsteps of Charlie Croker”, more Things Electrical and Stephen Dalton’s fascinating “Old Cooper Stuff” as well as the usual registrars features and regional round-up.

 

To subscribe, please sign up on this website for just £35 a year for 12 issues.

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Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration

After discussion with the British Motor Museum, it has been agreed to move the show originally planned for Sunday 2 August to Sunday 12 July and integrate it within the well-established BMC & Leyland Show, where there is a guaranteed large audience and a context in which to set it.

It will be known and promoted alongside BMM as the Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration, featuring a large display of cars and a Q&A session with Abingdon veterans in the Museum building.

Nine car clubs are currently signed up to the event, covering the range of vehicles associated with the highly successful Abingdon era.

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Reis Race Retro report

Reis Race Retro, Europe’s number one historic motorsport show, secured a ‘podium finish’ with enthusiasts who braved the inclement weather over the weekend and hailed the 2020 event ‘the best ever.’
 
With over 140 rally cars in action, a stellar line-up of celebrity drivers and guests, over 24,200 attendees visited Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park for the annual celebration.
 
Show Director Lee Masters said: “We are thrilled with the feedback we have seen so far on the show and thank all those who continue to support this great event, including our new headline sponsor Reis Motorsport Insurance.”
 
Making his show debut, French World Rally Champion Didier Auriol was just one of the guests appearing on the Reis Live Stage, hosted by Gemma Scott. European Rally Champion Chris Ingram, F1 driver Martin Donnelly, Le Mans racer Andy Wallace, and former McLaren F1 mechanic Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley were also interviewed to name a few.
 
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors enjoyed the high-octane action on the two Live Rally Stages with over 140 Group B and WRC cars in action under the watchful eye of Rallying with Group B.
 
Inside the halls, the Reis Pride of the Paddock competition was won by Paul Boscott’s 1967 Lotus Elan Plus 2 with Brian Betteridge’s 1988 Ford RS200 in second place and Jim Angliss’ modified 1967 Ford Anglia 105E in third.
 
Richard Morley, Broking Director at Reis Motorsport Insurance, commented: “The show celebrates all that is great about the motorsport community and there is truly something for every enthusiast to enjoy. It was our first year as headline sponsor and a fantastic way to kick start the season for us.” 

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Motorsport at the Palace

The Sevenoaks and District Motor Club have just opened the entries for their sprint, car show and bike demonstration (pre-1972 bikes) at Crystal Palace.

(Sprint entries are welcome from all clubs affiliated with ACSMS, AEMC, ASWMC and ASEMC)

They would love to see a full sprint entry this year and a wide range of cars in their displays. Also, as part of the car show, they will be running a show and shine.

Tickets for the event are also available now for a period of time at the early bird rate.

For further information, go to https://www.motorsportatthepalace.co.uk

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Annual General Meeting

The Club’s annual general meeting, open to all current members, will be held on Sunday 8 March at 11.00am at the usual venue of the Best Western Hotel, Oxford Road, Banbury, OX16 9AH.

Club officers will report to members on the year’s activities and the annual accounts will be presented by the Treasurer. The meeting is an opportunity for members to meet and ask questions of the committee on any aspects of the club.

All committee posts are up for re-election and two members who will not be standing next year are Subscriptions Secretary, Lesley Young, and Public Relations Officer, David Hucker. A nomination has been received for the Subscriptions Secretary position on behalf of Danielle Ward, wife of Youth Co-ordinator, Jack Ward, but the committee is still seeking a nominee for the public relations role.

Announcements will be made of the winners of club awards for 2019, to be formally presented at National Mini Day at Beaulieu on Sunday 14 June. The awards and winners for 2018 were:

  • Editor’s Award – Robert Young
  • Regional Award – Kent Region
  • Big Valve and Personality – Justin Ridyard
  • Don Moore Award for Services to MCR – Peter Moss

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