THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2019

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any Mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your Mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members…..we’re quite a friendly bunch of people. If you have any technical queries about your Minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 28th August 2019

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

If you went to the IMM in Bristol then you were braver than me! The abysmal weather made the weekend very difficult but I’m sure the organisers did all they could in the adverse conditions.

Our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July was a great day, well organised and almost perfect weather. I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves on the day. Look out for the report in CooperWorld. Talking of CooperWorld, I’m sure you’ll have seen the Thames Valley Region reports and photos from Beaulieu and Popham Airfield

Not everyone uses Facebook but if you do, did you know about the Thames Valley Region’s Facebook group? It’s worth a look and you may even see photos of your car.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this year, you can’t have failed to notice that it’s 60 years since the Mini was “born”.

26th August 1959. A key date in UK motoring history – the date when BMC (British Motor Corporation) unveiled a car to the UK press that truly captured the imagination of the car buying public and turned the compact car segment on its head.

Born as a result of the fuel shortage caused by the 1956 Suez Crisis it was a supermini designed to turn heads and combat fuel rationing which saw sales of larger vehicles fall dramatically. Chief Designer, Alex Issigonis was tasked to combat the hugely successful Fiat 500 and design a “proper miniature car” in the words of Leonard Lord, the head of BMC at the time. He laid down a basic design requirement that the car should be no longer than 10 feet and of that, 6ft should be passenger accommodation. For cost reasons, Issigonis had to use an existing engine.

It used a conventional BMC A-Series four-cylinder, water-cooled engine, but in a masterstroke the design team mounted it transversely, lubricated the 4-speed transmission with the engine-oil from the vehicle and installed front-wheel drive. Almost all small front-wheel-drive cars developed since have used a similar configuration. The suspension system was also a technological triumph using space-saving compact rubber cones rather than conventional springs. With the 4 wheels positioned right at each corner of the chassis and these rigid rubber cones it gave the mini its characteristic ‘go-kart’ handling.

The Mini was officially announced to the public on 26 August 1959 by which time around 2,000 cars had already been sent abroad and were displayed that day simultaneously in nearly 100 countries.

60 years later and the Mini has become one of the iconic models of UK motoring.

From gearknobs and clothing to stickers and badges, you can find celebratory Mini 60th Anniversary items in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

DIARY DATES:

1st Sunday of each month: Bill Rawles Classic Cars Natter & Nibbles 10am-1pm Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach, Medstead, GU34 5EN First Sunday of every month in the summer between April to September, a coffee morning and consequently classic car show. This relaxed and informal event is open to any make and model, whether you are a customer or not, we don’t mind as we are just car enthusiasts too who enjoy the show. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake is supplied (free for a charity donation).

1st Sunday of each month: Classic Car Sunday at the Departure Lounge, Alton All pre 1990 classic cars are welcome to the Classic Car Sunday meets that take place on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. The free meet starts from 2.00pm, where owners can take part in a chilled and relaxed Sunday afternoon classic car gathering. The site has ample free parking on a dedicated event field. The Cafe has full facilities.

17th August The Collectively Camberley Car Show 10am till 4pm. Spaces are limited for this town-centre show, sign up online. Now in its 8th year and raising funds for charity. I suspect you’ll be too late to enter this but you can still visit.

18th August MCR Kent Region’s Ham Sandwich Run Contact: Justin – events@minicooper.org

25th August 2019 Minis at Goodwood (a bank holiday weekend).The event has been organised in the spirit of The Italian Job charity event, and the main aim, as well as providing a unique day out, is to raise a fantastic amount for the nominated charity, Buttle UK.As with the Italian Job, Minis at Goodwood is open to any Mini, old or new. They’ll also welcome any vehicle that featured in the original 1969 film (Lamborghini Miura, E-Type Jag, Aston DB4 and others), or any vehicle which has competed in the Italian Job event.
The main element of the Italian Job is the navigational drive, and there will be a drive out into the fabulous Sussex countryside into the event!
They couldn’t have an event at Goodwood without taking you around the iconic racing circuit, and no Italian Job would be complete without a special stage or two.

https://www.minisatgoodwood.com/

15th Sept The Rural Life Centre at Tilford, Farnham 10am – 5pm The Classic vehicle Gathering returns to attract all manner of vintage vehicles. From motorbikes to Fords, Jaguars, Austins and Zephyrs, there will be plenty to delight classic vehicle fans.

21st Sept : The Herald Classic Car Show (Alton) The popular annual Alton Herald Classic Car Show returns to Alton town centre on Saturday 21st Sept 10am-4pm.
Hundreds of classic, vintage, American and military vehicles will line the whole town area. Live entertainment will be on offer in the Market Square. www.farnhamfestivaloftransport.co.uk

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Summer is fast coming to a close unfortunately but hopefully there’s a lot more pleasant weather to come yet!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JULY – AUGUST 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

JULY/AUGUST 2019

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any Mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your Mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members…..we’re quite a friendly bunch of people. If you have any technical queries about your Minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 31st July 2019

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Are any of you lucky people going to the IMM 2019 in Bristol? If you are, have a fantastic time and drive safely….there and back!

A big thank you to those of you who turned up at Barons Hindhead MINI on their open day. They were pleased to see us and we all had a great day. There was an excellent selection of classic Minis there.

If you were involved with our region’s stand at Beaulieu then well done…..we won the best regional stand award! A big thank you to everyone! If you were at the National Mini Day at Beaulieu then I’m sure you’ll agree it was a fantastic day, helped of course, by the weather. A huge amount of organisation goes into this day – well done to Tony Salter and his team. Look out for the report from the Beaulieu in Cooper World and also in other Mini magazines.

Our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July is now full! Fantastic to hear this and thanks to Terry and Clive for the organisation. We’re all really looking forward to this and hopefully the sun will shine on us all. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for a distance of about 85 miles.
Contact Terry on schraider@btinternet.com or Clive on brooks.c2@sky.com

Celebratory Mini 60th Anniversary items are now available in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

DIARY DATES:

1st Sunday of each month: Bill Rawles Classic Cars Natter & Nibbles 10am-1pm Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach, Medstead, GU34 5EN First Sunday of every month in the summer between April to September, a coffee morning and consequently classic car show. This relaxed and informal event is open to any make and model, whether you are a customer or not, we don’t mind as we are just car enthusiasts too who enjoy the show. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake is supplied (free for a charity donation).

1st Sunday of each month: Classic Car Sunday at the Departure Lounge, Alton All pre 1990 classic cars are welcome to the Classic Car Sunday meets that take place on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. The free meet starts from 2.00pm, where owners can take part in a chilled and relaxed Sunday afternoon classic car gathering. The site has ample free parking on a dedicated event field. The Cafe has full facilities.

28th July: Thames Valley Tour in conjunction with the TR club. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for about 85 miles. See ad in CooperWorld.

4th August: The annual Phyllis Tuckwell Classic Car Show has a new venue this year -Waverley Abbey School, Tilford Street, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2AE. Celebrating 40 years of Phyllis Tuckwell, with classic and vintage vehicles through the decades!
We welcome all types of motors, bikes, cars – the more the merrier! Join us a for a great day out, with music, food, stalls and much more in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

Date – Sunday 4th August

Time – From 10am

Venue – Waverley Abbey School, Tilford, GU10 2AE

Entry – £5 per vehicle

Application form: https://www.pth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PTHC-Classic-Motor-Show-Registration-form-MS1.pdf

8 – 12th August INTERNATIONAL MINI MEETING Bristol https://imm2019.co.uk/

11th August Cranleigh Classic Car Show & Autojumble The show is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Parking is free at the Cranleigh Showground. In addition to over 1,000 classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes and a large autojumble, there will be attractions for all the family, including:

Arena events, hosted by TV presenter Mark Evans with Cranleigh Lions classic car nuts Jamie Currie & Nigel West

Craft, antique and collectables stalls

Great food and a licensed bar

Festival music

Children’s rides and entertainment

A great day out for the whole family!

https://www.cranleighlions.org/events/classic-car-show/

17th August The Collectively Camberley Car Show 10am till 4pm. Spaces are limited for this town-centre show,sign up online. Now in its 8th year and raising funds for charity https://www.collectivelycamberley.co.uk/Car-Show

18th August MCR Kent Region’s Ham Sandwich Run Contact: Justin – events@minicooper.org

25th August 2019 Minis at Goodwood (a bank holiday weekend).The event has been organised in the spirit of The Italian Job charity event, and the main aim, as well as providing a unique day out, is to raise a fantastic amount for the nominated charity, Buttle UK.As with the Italian Job, Minis at Goodwood is open to any Mini, old or new. They’ll also welcome any vehicle that featured in the original 1969 film (Lamborghini Miura, E-Type Jag, Aston DB4 and others), or any vehicle which has competed in the Italian Job event.
The main element of the Italian Job is the navigational drive, and there will be a drive out into the fabulous Sussex countryside into the event!
They couldn’t have an event at Goodwood without taking you around the iconic racing circuit, and no Italian Job would be complete without a special stage or two.

https://www.minisatgoodwood.com/

15th Sept The Rural Life Centre at Tilford, Farnham 10am – 5pm The Classic vehicle Gathering returns to attract all manner of vintage vehicles. From motorbikes to Fords, Jaguars, Austins and Zephyrs, there will be plenty to delight classic vehicle fans.

21st Sept : The Herald Classic Car Show (Alton) The popular annual Alton Herald Classic Car Show returns to Alton town centre on Saturday 21st Sept 10am-4pm.
Hundreds of classic, vintage, American and military vehicles will line the whole town area. Live entertainment will be on offer in the Market Square. www.farnhamfestivaloftransport.co.uk

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Summer is moving along very fast!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Jul 18,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JUNE/JULY 2019

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JUNE/JULY 2019

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members. If you have any technical queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 26th June 2019

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Have you seen the “Technical Topics” article in Cooper World written by local member Richard Pengelly? This is Part 5 of a series of articles by Richard highlighting the importance of issues relating to the age on tyres of our classics.

If you were involved with our region’s stand at Beaulieu then well done…..we won the best regional stand award! A big thank you to everyone! If you were at the National Mini Show at Beaulieu then I’m sure you’ll agree it was a fantastic day, helped of course, by the weather. A huge amount of organisation goes into this day – well done to Tony Salter and his team. Look out for the report from the day in Cooper World and also in other Mini magazines.

Our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July is now full! Fantastic to hear this and thanks to Terry and Clive for the organisation. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for a distance of about 85 miles.
Contact Terry on schraider@btinternet.com or Clive on brooks.c2@sky.com

Celebratory Mini 60th Anniversary items are now available in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

DIARY DATES:

1st Sunday of each month: Bill Rawles Classic Cars Natter & Nibbles 10am-1pm Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach, Medstead, GU34 5EN First Sunday of every month in the summer between April to September, a coffee morning and consequently classic car show. This relaxed and informal event is open to any make and model, whether you are a customer or not, we don’t mind as we are just car enthusiasts too who enjoy the show. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake is supplied (free for a charity donation).

1st Sunday of each month: Classic Car Sunday at the Departure Lounge, Alton All pre 1990 classic cars are welcome to the Classic Car Sunday meets that take place on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. The free meet starts from 2.00pm, where owners can take part in a chilled and relaxed Sunday afternoon classic car gathering. The site has ample free parking on a dedicated event field. The Cafe has full facilities.

16 June 2019 Deer’s Hut Classic Car Day Hampshire 10am – 6pm OPEN TO ALL CLASSICS. All roads will lead to the Griggs Green pub where hundreds of cars will be at this FREE show.. People love to admire the wonderful cross section of cars from Bugattis to the classic old VW Campervans and reminisce of days gone bye.
Deer’s Hut, Griggs Green, Longmoor Road, Liphook GU30 7PD https://thedeershutpub.co.uk/events/

30th June: Barons Hindhead MINI brunch meet. London Rd, Hindhead GU26 6AE 10am-4pm They will be giving away some goodies at the event too for a couple of their competition winners; competitions on the day include Show & Shine, Modern MINI, Classic Mini.

28th July: Thames Valley Tour in conjunction with the TR club. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for about 85 miles. See ad in CooperWorld.

4th August: The annual Phyllis Tuckwell Classic Car Show has a new venue this year -Waverley Abbey School, Tilford Street, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2AE. Celebrating 40 years of Phyllis Tuckwell, with classic and vintage vehicles through the decades!
We welcome all types of motors, bikes, cars – the more the merrier! Join us a for a great day out, with music, food, stalls and much more in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

Date – Sunday 4th August

Time – From 10am

Venue – Waverley Abbey School, Tilford, GU10 2AE

Entry – £5 per vehicle

Application form: https://www.pth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PTHC-Classic-Motor-Show-Registration-form-MS1.pdf

11th August Cranleigh Classic Car Show & Autojumble The show is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Parking is free at the Cranleigh Showground. In addition to over 1,000 classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes and a large autojumble, there will be attractions for all the family, including:

Arena events, hosted by TV presenter Mark Evans with Cranleigh Lions classic car nuts Jamie Currie & Nigel West

Craft, antique and collectables stalls

Great food and a licensed bar

Festival music

Children’s rides and entertainment

A great day out for the whole family!

https://www.cranleighlions.org/events/classic-car-show/

17th August The Collectively Camberley Car Show 10am till 4pm. Spaces are limited for this town-centre show,sign up online. Now in its 8th year and raising funds for charity https://www.collectivelycamberley.co.uk/Car-Show

25th August 2019 Minis at Goodwood (a bank holiday weekend).The event has been organised in the spirit of The Italian Job charity event, and the main aim, as well as providing a unique day out, is to raise a fantastic amount for the nominated charity, Buttle UK.As with the Italian Job, Minis at Goodwood is open to any Mini, old or new. They’ll also welcome any vehicle that featured in the original 1969 film (Lamborghini Miura, E-Type Jag, Aston DB4 and others), or any vehicle which has competed in the Italian Job event.
The main element of the Italian Job is the navigational drive, and there will be a drive out into the fabulous Sussex countryside into the event!
They couldn’t have an event at Goodwood without taking you around the iconic racing circuit, and no Italian Job would be complete without a special stage or two.

https://www.minisatgoodwood.com/

15th Sept The Rural Life Centre at Tilford, Farnham 10am – 5pm The Classic vehicle Gathering returns to attract all manner of vintage vehicles. From motorbikes to Fords, Jaguars, Austins and Zephyrs, there will be plenty to delight classic vehicle fans.

21st Sept : The Herald Classic Car Show (Alton) The popular annual Alton Herald Classic Car Show returns to Alton town centre on Saturday 21st Sept 10am-4pm.
Hundreds of classic, vintage, American and military vehicles will line the whole town area. Live entertainment will be on offer in the Market Square. www.farnhamfestivaloftransport.co.uk

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Summer is already here!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER MAY/JUNE 2019

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MAY/JUNE 2019

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members. If you have any technical queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 29th May

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

The Easter Mini Run by the Surrey Hills Mini Group was a great success with nearly 55 cars turning up at the start and….believe it or not…..the same number at the finish!

Our display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019 was very enjoyable. Despite there being a chilly breeze it remained dry and there was a record number of cars attending, about 1400 apparently. Thanks to all who turned up and either brought or enjoyed (or both) the refreshments on offer.

Our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July is now full! Fantastic to hear this and thanks to Terry and Clive for the organisation. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for a distance of about 85 miles.
Contact Terry on schraider@btinternet.com or Clive on brooks.c2@sky.com

For those of you planning to be at Brighton for the annual London to Brighton Run 2019, we look forward to catching up with you. Call in at the Mini Cooper Register stand and say hi! Fingers crossed for the weather, as always.

If you weren’t already aware then this year is the Mini’s 60th anniversary and many clubs and enthusiasts will be marking and celebrating this various ways. The MCR are proposing a display of cars in conjunction with the National Motor Museum’s Beaulieu Spring Autojumble over the weekend of 18th – 19th May 2019. We are looking to put on a display of 60 cars to cover the entire range of Mini production models spanning 1959 – 2000. If you are interested, please email your details with a description of your car to John Parnell: minisixty2019@talktalk.net and include details of your car (with a photo), your name and contact details and which day you would like to attend (Sat, Sun or both days). Camping and caravanning is also available.

The MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu is on the 9th June. There will be a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Mini with a display of 60 Minis. If you are considering entering the Concours then you are advised to book early. There will be the usual line up of Competition and ex-works cars. A large number of specialist Mini traders are expected as well as the unique trunk trading area. The ticket line is now open for advance tickets. Look out for updates in CooperWorld, as always Marshalls are needed for the day, contact Tony on beaulieu@minicooper.org

Mini 60th Anniversary items are now available in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

DIARY DATES:

1st Sunday of each month: Bill Rawles Classic Cars Natter & Nibbles 10am-1pm Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach,Medstead, GU34 5EN First Sunday of every month in the summer between April to September, a coffee morning and consequently classic car show. This relaxed and informal event is open to any make and model, whether you are a customer or not, we don’t mind as we are just car enthusiasts too who enjoy the show. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake is supplied (free for a charity donation).

1st Sunday of each month: Classic Car Sunday at the Departure Lounge, Alton All pre 1990 classic cars are welcome to the Classic Car Sunday meets that take place on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. The free meet starts from 2.00pm, where owners can take part in a chilled and relaxed Sunday afternoon classic car gathering. The site has ample free parking on a dedicated event field. The Cafe has full facilities.

19th May: LSMOC London to Brighton Mini run. Run by the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club. LSMOC.The premier mini run open to new, classic and mini derivatives.

18th-19th May: Beaulieu Spring Auto-jumble & Mini 60th celebration display

9th June: MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu – Thames Valley Region club stand with gazebo

30th June: Barons Hindhead MINI brunch meet. London Rd, Hindhead GU26 6AE 10am-4pm They will be giving away some goodies at the event too for a couple of their competition winners; competitions on the day include Show & Shine, Modern MINI, Classic Mini.

28th July: Thames Valley Tour in conjunction with the TR club. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for about 85 miles. See ad in CooperWorld.

4th August The annual Phyllis Tuckwell Classic Car Show has a new venue this year -Waverley Abbey School, Tilford Street, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2AE. Celebrating 40 years of Phyllis Tuckwell, with classic and vintage vehicles through the decades!
We welcome all types of motors, bikes, cars – the more the merrier! Join us a for a great day out, with music, food, stalls and much more in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

Date – Sunday 4th August

Time – From 10am

Venue – Waverley Abbey School, Tilford, GU10 2AE

Entry – £5 per vehicle

Application form: https://www.pth.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PTHC-Classic-Motor-Show-Registration-form-MS1.pdf

17th August The Collectively Camberley Car Show 10am till 4pm. Spaces are limited for this town-centre show,sign up online. Now in its 8th year and raising funds for charity https://www.collectivelycamberley.co.uk/Car-Show

15th Sept The Rural Life Centre at Tilford, Farnham 10am – 5pm The Classic vehicle Gathering returns to attract all manner of vintage vehicles. From motorbikes to Fords, Jaguars, Austins and Zephyrs, there will be plenty to delight classic vehicle fans.

21st Sept : The Herald Classic Car Show (Alton) The popular annual Alton Herald Classic Car Show returns to Alton town centre on Saturday 21st Sept 10am-4pm.
Hundreds of classic, vintage, American and military vehicles will line the whole town area. Live entertainment will be on offer in the Market Square. www.farnhamfestivaloftransport.co.uk

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Summer is just around the corner!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER April/May 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER April/May 2019

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APRIL/MAY 2019

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members. If you have any technical queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 24th April

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Brooklands Mini Day 24th March 2019 was a great success, thanks to Ken and Clive who organised the Thames Valley’s Club stand. The weather was great which meant plenty of Minis!

A local club, Surrey Hills Mini Group are holding their 14th Easter Mini Run on Easter Monday. About 60 miles of the area’s countryside finishing off at a local country pub. Open to all classic minis. Please arrive at The Royal Oak, Pirbright by 10.30am. Get there early for bacon rolls, tea and coffee! Entry just £5 (going to a nominated charity) per car, payable on the day. www.shmg.co.uk

The club passes have been received for our display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019. They will be given out at the next meeting or posted to you. http://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally

Regulations and entry form are now available for our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for a distance of about 85 miles.
Contact Terry on schraider@btinternet.com or Clive on brooks.c2@sky.com

If you weren’t already aware then this year is the Mini’s 60th anniversary and many clubs and enthusiasts will be marking and celebrating this various ways. The MCR are proposing a display of cars in conjunction with the National Motor Museum’s Beaulieu Spring Autojumble over the weekend of 18th – 19th May 2019. We are looking to put on a display of 60 cars to cover the entire range of Mini production models spanning 1959 – 2000. If you are interested, please email your details with a description of your car to John Parnell: minisixty2019@talktalk.net and include details of your car (with a photo), your name and contact details and which day you would like to attend (Sat, Sun or both days). Camping and caravanning is also available.

The MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu is on the 9th June. There will be a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Mini with a display of 60 Minis. If you are considering entering the Concours then you are advised to book early. There will be the usual line up of Competition and ex-works cars. A large number of specialist Mini traders are expected as well as the unique trunk trading area. The ticket line is now open for advance tickets. Look out for updates in CooperWorld, as always Marshalls are needed for the day, contact Tony on beaulieu@minicooper.org

Mini 60th Anniversary items are now available in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

DIARY DATES:

7th April: Bill Rawles Classic Cars Natter & Nibbles 10am-1pm Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach,Medstead, GU34 5EN First Sunday of every month in the summer between April to September, a coffee morning and consequently classic car show. This relaxed and informal event is open to any make and model, whether you are a customer or not, we don’t mind as we are just car enthusiasts too who enjoy the show. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake is supplied (free for a charity donation).

22nd April: Surrey Hills Mini Group Easter Run. Join in on the 14th legendary Easter Mini Run. 60 miles of the area’s countryside finishing off at a local country pub. Open to all classic minis. Please arrive at The Royal Oak, Pirbright by 10.30am. Get there early for bacon rolls, tea and coffee! Entry just £5 per car, payable on the day.www.shmg.co.uk

5th May: Classic Car Sunday at the Departure Lounge, Alton All pre 1990 classic cars are welcome to the Classic Car Sunday meets that take place on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. The free meet starts from 2.00pm, where owners can take part in a chilled and relaxed Sunday afternoon classic car gathering. The site has ample free parking on a dedicated event field. The Cafe has full facilities.

6th May: Popham Vintage Fly-in and Classic Car Show – 12 car club display by Thames Valley Region. 10am – 5pm.

19th May: LSMOC London to Brighton Mini run. Run by the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club. LSMOC.The premier mini run open to new, classic and mini derivatives.

18th-19th May: Beaulieu Spring Auto-jumble & Mini 60th celebration display

9th June: MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu – Thames Valley Region club stand with gazebo

30th June: Barons Hindhead MINI brunch meet. London Rd, Hindhead GU26 6AE 10am-4pm They will be giving away some goodies at the event too for a couple of their competition winners; competitions on the day include Show & Shine, Modern MINI, Classic Mini.

28th July: Thames Valley Tour in conjunction with the TR club. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for about 85 miles.See ad in CooperWorld.

17th August The Collectively Camberley Car Show 10am till 4pm. Spaces are limited for this town-centre show,sign up online. Now in its 8th year and raising funds for charity https://www.collectivelycamberley.co.uk/Car-Show

15th Sept The Rural Life Centre at Tilford, Farnham 10am – 5pm The Classic vehicle Gathering returns to attract all manner of vintage vehicles. From motorbikes to Fords, Jaguars, Austins and Zephyrs, there will be plenty to delight classic vehicle fans.

21st Sept : The Herald Classic Car Show (Alton) The popular annual Alton Herald Classic Car Show returns to Alton town centre on Saturday 21st Sept 10am-4pm.
Hundreds of classic, vintage, American and military vehicles will line the whole town area. Live entertainment will be on offer in the Market Square. www.farnhamfestivaloftransport.co.uk

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Apr 16,2019 |

NOT the latest Thames Valley Newsletter

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NOT the latest Thames Valley Newsletter

by Lorraine Hampson

Hi all,

Many apologies for the absence of the March/April newsletter.

Since the crash and demise of the MCR’s website server which also stopped the email system working, I have been unable to access the website, forum or email system. The new-fangled server decided that I was trying to “hack” the system as I had too many unsuccessful login attempts and therefore blocked my IP address and also that of my mums!

However, I’m now “back in” but there won’t be a newsletter this month.

Hope to see you at Brooklands on Sunday 24th March and if not maybe at the local Thames Valley Region meeting on Wed 27th March.

Lorraine Hampson thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Mar 21,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members. If you have any technical queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 27th February

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

It seems that all club stand places at Brooklands Mini Day 24th March 2019 have now been taken up although it’s worth being on the reserve list, just in case, please contact Ken Hunter: kenneth.hunter1@btinternet.com

“All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site. From the oldest to the newest, this year’s event will see some of the earliest examples nestling among hundreds of Minis and their variations including vans and pickups. As always Test Hill will be in action (subject to weather).
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.”
https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/brooklands-mini-day .

Did you spot the write up and photos from our region’s Christmas meal in February’s CooperWorld?

The Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth January 2019 was another great success!. Already looking forward to this social event next year and it will be the 38th consecutive year! For more information contact the organiser: Josh Bromage j-bromage@outlook.com

Plans are going ahead for our display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019. If you would like to join in then please contact Ken Hunter. Classic shape Minis only.
http://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally

Regulations and entry form are now available for our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July. The event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for a distance of about 85 miles.
Contact Terry on schraider@btinternet.com or Clive on brooks.c2@sky.com

If you weren’t already aware then this year is the Mini’s 60th anniversary and many clubs and enthusiasts will be marking and celebrating this various ways. The MCR are proposing a display of cars in conjunction with the National Motor Museum’s Beaulieu Spring Autojumble over the weekend of 18th – 19th May 2019. We are looking to put on a display of 60 cars to cover the entire range of Mini production models spanning 1959 – 2000. If you are interested, please email your details with a description of your car to John Parnell: minisixty2019@talktalk.net

The MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu is on the 9th June. There will be a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Mini with a display of 60 Minis. If you are considering entering the Concours then you are advised to book early. There will be the usual line up of Competition and ex-works cars. A large number of specialist Mini traders are expected as well as the unique trunk trading area. The ticket line is now open for advance tickets.

The itinerary and cost for next year’s Minis to Ireland is now in the latest CooperWorld. This time the southern part of Ireland will be explored from the 20th to 27th September. For further details see the full advert in CooperWorld. Entries opened on the 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available but there is a waiting list if all places are filled. Contact: membership@minicooper.org

Mini 60th Anniversary items are now available in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

DIARY DATES:
24th March Brookland’s Mini Day

18th-19th May Beaulieu Spring Auto-jumble & Mini 60th celebration display

6th May Popham Vintage Fly-in and Classic Car Show
19th May LSMOC London to Brighton Mini run

9th June MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu

28th July Thames Valley Tour

18th August Ham Sandwich Run (Kent region)

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Make the most of this time of year for those winter jobs…Spring is just around the corner!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Feb 19,2019 |

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Amendment to newsletter

by Lorraine Hampson

Hi all,

There was an error in the latest newsletter with the wrong contact details for our summer run.

Thames Valley Region member, Terry Schraider, is planning our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July. Further details to follow or contact Terry on schraider@btinternet.com

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Feb 02,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JAN/FEB 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JAN/FEB 2019

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

Happy New Year to you all!

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members. If you have any technical queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 30th January

SEE YOU THERE!

Looking forward to our club stand at Brooklands Mini Day 24th March 2019 and hoping that the weather is reasonably kind to us on the day. If you would like to display your car please contact Ken Hunter: kenneth.hunter1@btinternet.com

“All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site. From the oldest to the newest, this year’s event will see some of the earliest examples nestling among hundreds of Minis and their variations including vans and pickups. As always Test Hill will be in action (subject to weather).
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.”
https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/brooklands-mini-day .

Did you attend the Brooklands Classic Car New year’s Day Event? https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/new-years-day-classic-gathering
“Everybody – whether driving a “Classic” or not – was welcome to the largest New Year’s Day Classic Gathering in the UK. “
The weather was good and it certainly showed in the attendance numbers…possibly a record event.

It’s nearly here!…the Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth, 25th to 29th January 2019. We are really looking forward to this social event and it will be the 37th consecutive year! For more information contact Josh Bromage j-bromage@outlook.com

Plans are going ahead for our display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019. If you would like to join in then please contact Ken Hunter. Classic shape Minis only.
http://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally

Thames Valley Region member, Clive Brooks, is planning our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July. Further details to follow or contact Clive: brooks.c2@sky.com

If you weren’t already aware then this year is the Mini’s 60th anniversary and many clubs and enthusiasts will be marking and celebrating this in various ways. The MCR are proposing a display of cars in conjunction with the National Motor Museum’s Beualieu Spring Autojumble over the weekend of 18th – 19th May 2019. We are looking to put on a display of 60 cars to cover the entire range of Mini production models spanning 1959 – 2000. If you are interested, please email your details with a description of your car to John Parnell: minisixty2019@talktalk.net

The itinerary and cost for next year’s Minis to Ireland is now in the latest CooperWorld. This time the southern part of Ireland will be explored from the 20th to 27th September. For further details see the full advert in CooperWorld. Entries opened on the 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available but there is a waiting list if all places are filled. Contact: membership@minicooper.org

Have you seen the article in CooperWorld written by Thames Valley region member Richard Pengelly in which he explains the controversial topic of ethanol in today’s fuel – something we all need to be aware of.

Our club shop is going from strength to strength with more goodies being available to purchase….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

DIARY DATES:

24th March Brookland’s Mini Day

18th-19th May Beaulieu Spring Auto-jumble & Mini 60th celebration display

19th May LSMOC London to Brighton Mini run

9th June MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu

28th July Thames Valley Tour

18th August Ham Sandwich Run (Kent region)

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Make the most of this time of year for
those winter jobs.

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Jan 22,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018/19

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MEMBERS!

A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members. If you have any technical queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

We had a record number of members attending our Christmas Dinner at The Crooked Billet! We had a lovely meal in familiar surroundings but above all…..great company!

Hopefully, we’ll be having space for 15 cars on our club stand at Brooklands Mini Day 24th March 2019.

“All types of Mini (including the modern BMW) are invited to this annual event, so expect displays in all areas of the Museum site. From the oldest to the newest, this year’s event will see some of the earliest examples nestling among hundreds of Minis and their variations including vans and pickups. As always Test Hill will be in action (subject to weather).
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.”
https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/brooklands-mini-day 

On the 1st January 2019 is the Brooklands Classic Car New year’s Day Event https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/new-years-day-classic-gathering
“Everybody – whether driving a “Classic” or not – is welcome to the largest New Year’s Day Classic Gathering in the UK. “
The MCR isn’t having a club stand here but it really is not to be missed!

The Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth, 25th to 29th January 2019 is getting closer. More details are available in CooperWorld. We are really looking forward to this event and it will be the 37th consecutive year! For more information contact: Josh Bromage
j-bromage@outlook.com 

 

 

We are hoping to have a display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019
http://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally 

 

The itinerary and cost for next year’s Minis to Ireland is now in the latest CooperWorld. This time the southern part of Ireland will be explored from the 20th to 27th September. For further details see the full advert in CooperWorld. Entries opened on the 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available but there is a waiting list if all places are filled. Contact: membership@minicooper.org 

 

Our club shop is going from strength to strength with more goodies being available to purchase….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

 

When ordering goodies from MINI SPORT don’t forget that members now get a special exclusive discount. You will need to contact them first with your membership number and contact details in order to set up your discount cara@minisport.com or 01282 778731 

 

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Make the most of this time of year for those winter jobs.

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Lorraine: PR@minicooper.org or thames_valley@minicooper.org
Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

 

 

 

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