1964 Mini Cooper S Restoration

Our friends at Mini Sport have recently completed work on restoring a 1964 Mini Cooper S for a customer who had a very distinct image in mind for his car.

Wanting a ‘cool London zoom around Mini’ the work incorporated a colour change from White to Brewster Green and a 1960’s racing feel interior.

“We have been creating a beautiful Mini Cooper S for a customer over the last few weeks to his own specification, it is an absolute stunner” said Mini Sport’s managing director Chris Harper.

“It has been a pleasure to undertake this project in these times, it has lifted spirits in a way only creating a beautiful Mini can. Please take a look at the photos and decide for yourself, maybe you will get some inspiration, tips or ideas that we can help you with or just enjoy the beauty.”

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Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show cancelled

As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, which had been postponed until August, has now been called off.
In a statement, the organisers said:
“Everyone involved in putting the show together is extremely disappointed that the ultimate restoration experience will not be brought to the community this year.
However, the health and well-being of our visitors, exhibitors, partners, contractors and staff is of the upmost importance.  With the government’s roadmap suggesting that restrictions on movement will still be in place for some time, it is therefore the right decision for us to cease planning for an event of this size and importance in August.
We will now be putting all our efforts into delivering an extra special restoration show on 26-28 March 2021 and a fantastic meeting of the community for our flagship event, the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, in November.
Clarion Events is working with other event organisers, venues and government to develop guidelines on how to deliver the best versions of our events while ensuring the health and safety of all involved. We will update you further on the measures we are putting in place in due course.”


New show dates at Gaydon

The British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire has announced that both the National Metro & Mini Show and the BMC & Leyland Show are to be moved from their planned dates in June and July and combined into a single event which will be held, Government Covid-19 guidelines permitting, on Sunday 6th September.

This means that the inaugral Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration will now be held as part of the combined show.

For 2021, the shows will go back to their individual dates.

Tickets and entries already accepted are valid for the new date but, if there is a problem with attending, then refunds can be obtained by email to Enquiries@britishmotormuseum.co.uk

The first show of the year at Gaydon is now expected to be the Old Ford Rally taking place on the 19th July.


Latest news on shows

The British Motor Museum has announced that all shows and events up to Sunday 21 June have been cancelled or postponed.

As yet, no decision has been taken over the National Metro & Mini Show to be held on that date or the BMC & Leyland Show the following month.

The club’s National Mini Day at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has been moved from June to 16th August and the latest advert for this year’s show is on page 18 of the June/July issue of Performance MINI out now.

For ticket details, please go to the Beaulieu section of this website.


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.


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”.


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.


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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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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