THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JULY 2021

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

July 2021

As the restrictions are starting to be lifted it might soon be all systems go!

NEXT MEETING. Our usual monthly meetings have been restarted at the Crooked Billet in Hook. We had 17 members that turned up at the last meeting with a good selection of Minis, some new faces too. We sat outside as the weather was warm enough – a good time was had by all!
The next meeting will be Wednesday 28th July from about 7pm. We should be able to be seated indoors although if the weather is good we can be outside.

A reminder that our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH. The current venue may be subject to change in the near future. 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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

The Thames Valley Region’s Club Stand at the MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu was a great success. We managed to win the trophy for best club stand AGAIN and this time we weren’t even trying!

Brooklands have announced that Brooklands Mini Day has been rescheduled for 3rd October. We are hoping to have our usual Club Stand at this event and nearer to the date we will be taking names for places.

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 in the morning and afternoon.

There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia. This year’s Minis to the Alps expedition is scheduled for 17th – 24th September 2021. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details in CooperWorld or on www.minicooper.org.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency and going from strength to strength ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES

18 July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Although this event is now full it’s worth enquiring from the entries secretary in case of any cancellations. Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

7 August 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

22 August 2021 Brands Hatch Mini Festival

29 August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

19 Sept 2021 West Green House Classic Car Show, Hartley Wintney. RG27 8JB Free entry for cars over 20 years old. Entry from 8.30am – 9.30am. Contact Ken for booking.

3rd October 2021 Brooklands Mini Day. If you would like to attend please let Lorraine or Ken know and you’ll be added to the list.

That’s all for now. Let’s hope we can soon see some familiar faces and cars again.
Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER MAY 2021

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

MAY 2021

As the restrictions are starting to be lifted we may soon get back to some sort of normality.

NEXT MEETING. We are restarting our usual monthly meetings at the Crooked Billet in Hook on Wednesday 26th May from 7pm onwards. We should be able to be seated indoors although if the weather is good we can be outside.HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

A reminder that our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH. The current venue may be subject to change in the near future. 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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

Ken Hunter has booked the Thames Valley Region’s Club Stand for the MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu on 13th June. Places are going fast so don’t delay. Contact Ken or Lorraine or simply reply to the Facebook post on our region’s page

Brooklands have announced that Brooklands Mini Day has been rescheduled for 3rd October. We are hoping to have our usual Club Stand at this event and nearer to the date we will be taking names for places.

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 in the morning and afternoon.

There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia. This year’s Minis to the Alps expedition is scheduled for 17th – 24th September 2021. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details in CooperWorld or on www.minicooper.org.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES

13th June 2021 Beaulieu National Mini Day

TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulations are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

7 August 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

22 August 2021 Brands Hatch Mini Festival

29 August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

19 Sept 2021 West Green House Classic Car Show, Hartley Wintney. Free entry for cars over 20 years old. Entry from 8.30am – 9.30am. Contact Ken for booking.

3rd October 2021 Brooklands Mini Day

That’s all for now. Let’s hope we can soon see some familiar faces and cars again.
Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER MARCH 2021

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2021

It seems that we may get to see each other and/or visit some shows this year, it’s starting to look promising!

NEXT MEETING. Because of Lockdown No.3, our social meetings have been temporarily curtailed. The next meeting should have been Wed 31st March. We will endeavour to start our meetings again as soon as we are able… even if we have to sit outside.

A reminder that our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. The current venue may be subject to change in the near future. 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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

Ken Hunter has booked the Thames Valley Region’s Club Stand for the MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu on 13th June. Places are going fast so don’t delay. Contact Ken or Lorraine or simply reply to the Facebook post on our region’s page.

Brooklands have announced that Brooklands Mini Day has been rescheduled for 3rd October. We are hoping to have our usual Club Stand at this event and nearer to the date we will be taking names for places.

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

This year’s Minis to the Alps expedition is scheduled for 17th – 24th September 2021. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details in CooperWorld or on www.minicooper.org.

Our local member, Richard Pengelly, has come up trumps, in CooperWorld again with his “Technical Topics” series of articles and has written Part 1 about road cars using standard suspension with the addition of a rear anti-roll bar … interesting stuff as always!

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

Good news for members. Mini Sport are continuing to take and dispatch orders during the current lockdown. All the normal channels (MCR members-only website, e-mail and telephone) are open with the single exception of the shop itself. No excuses then for not finishing that overdue project!
Follow the link for more details: https://mcr.minisport.com/

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE VERY LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

NEW DATE 3rd May 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

NEW DATE 13th June 2021 Beaulieu National Mini Day

NEW DATE TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

22 August 2021 Brands Hatch Mini Festival

August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

NEW DATE 3rd October 2021 Brooklands Mini Day

That’s all for now. Let’s hope we can soon see some familiar faces and cars again.
Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2021

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2021

Happy New Year to everyone … not that it feels very happy at the moment but it will one day!

NEXT MEETING. Because of Lockdown No.3 , our social meetings have been temporarily curtailed. The next meeting should have been Wed 27th January. We will endeavour to start our meetings again as soon as we are able.

A reminder that our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. The current venue may be subject to change in the near future. 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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

As is to be expected, Brooklands Museum’s event calendar remains on hold until larger gatherings are permitted so it’s highly unlikely that Brooklands Mini day will happen in March 2021, but who knows what is going to happen? It’s a waiting game, I’m afraid.

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

This year’s Minis to the Alps expedition is scheduled for 17th – 24th September 2021. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details on page 10 of Januaray’s CooperWorld.

For the technically minded amongst you, there is an excellent article in January’s CooperWorld about Skinners Union carburettors, also known as our favourite carb … the S.U. Our local member, Richard Pengelly, has come up trumps again with his “Technical Topics” series of articles.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

Good news for members. Mini Sport have confirmed that they are continuing to take and despatch orders during the current lockdown. All the normal channels (MCR members-only website, e-mail and telephone) are open with the single exception of the shop itself. No excuses then for not finishing that overdue project!
Follow the link for more details: https://mcr.minisport.com/

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE VERY LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

March2021 (TBC) Brooklands Mini Day

NEW DATE 3rd May 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

NEW DATE 16th May 2021 LSMOC London to Brighton Run

NEW DATE 13th June 2021 Beaulieu National Mini Day

NEW DATE TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

That’s all for now. Keep up with those LOCKDOWN JOBS!
Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2020

Less than 4 weeks to Christmas! Eeeek!

NEXT MEETING. Because of Lockdown No.2 , our social meetings have been temporarily curtailed. The next meeting should have been Wed 26th Nov at the EARLIER TIME OF 7PM. We will endeavour to start our meetings again as soon as we are able.

A reminder that our meetings are usually on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm (earlier at the moment because of COVID19 restrictions). 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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

Hopefully, Brooklands Mini day will happen in March 2021, but who knows what is going to happen? It’s a wait and see game, I’m afraid.

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

Entries opened on 31st October 2020, for next year’s Minis to the Alps expedition. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details on page 12 of November’s CooperWorld.

You can’t have failed to miss the news of the launch of Chairman, Robert Young’s, long awaited book … Works Minis in Detail. On page 13 of November’s Cooperworld, Peter Barker (MCR’s Competition Secretary) gives a glowing review of this comprehensive documentary of every Works racing Mini … all 77 of them! This magnificent volume includes great details of build specifications, history and sporting contexts. Maybe something to add to your Christmas List?

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

March 2021 (TBC) Brooklands Mini Day

NEW DATE 3rd May 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

NEW DATE 16th May 2021 LSMOC London to Brighton Run

NEW DATE 13th June 2021 Beaulieu National Mini Day

NEW DATE TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

That’s all for now. Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2020

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2020

Don’t forget to put back your clocks this weekend!

NEXT MEETING. Our monthly social meetings are continuing with social distancing at the pub in Hook. So that will be WEDNESDAY 28th October. EARLIER TIME OF 7PM, same place! We MAY need to sit at two tables of six depending on numbers, available space, on personal preference and the Crooked Billet’s rules. Please wear a face covering when entering the pub and moving around. This can be removed when seated.

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 (earlier at the moment). 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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

On page 63 of the latest CooperWorld magazine is a report by Thames Valley Region regular Clive Brooks. Twelve members and seven cars met up for a Classic Car picnic and raised nearly £650.00 for the Berkshire Air Ambulance service. Well done!

Brooklands website still says that the Mini day may happen in the Autumn but as we are fast running out of time, I can’t see this happening this year.

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

Entries open, on 31st October 2020, for next year’s Minis to the Alps expedition. If this is of interest to you then you will find all the details on page 12 of October’s CooperWorld.

On the letters page in CooperWorld are more tributes to Graham W. Robinson who very, very sadly passed away recently. Graham had a huge influence on the MCR and will be long remembered and much missed.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then contact the shop and ask…they are very helpful and accommodating. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

PLEASE REMEMBER that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

1st Sunday of each “summer” 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 “summer” 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.

NEW DATE 3rd May 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

NEW DATE 16th May 2021 LSMOC London to Brighton Run

NEW DATE Beaulieu National Mini Day 13th June 2021

NEW DATE TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

August 2021 Ham Sandwich Run Kent. Contact: events@minicooper.org for further details

That’s all for now. Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2020

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2020

Well, Autumn is upon us and hasn’t the weather been good?

NEXT MEETING. We’ve decided to be brave and start up our monthly social meetings again. So that will be WEDNESDAY 30th September. EARLIER TIME OF 7PM, same place! We MAY need to sit at two tables of six depending on numbers, available space, on personal preference and the Crooked Billet’s rules. Please wear a face covering if you are comfortable with that.

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 (earlier at the moment). 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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

Brooklands Mini Day was postponed and should have been on the 22nd March 2020. Brooklands say that their event’s calendar is currently on hold although social event restrictions do seem to change on a regular basis and (if you listen to any news reports at all) it seems we might have to be prepared for a CoronaVirus resurgence in the winter months. However, we’ll wait to hear from Brooklands.

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

September CooperWorld’s Technical Topics series by Thames Valley Region regular, Richard Pengelly, informs us about new tyre age legislation which will be presented to Parliament in the Autumn of this year. A very important issue which deserves careful attention.

Also in CooperWorld is an article “In memory of Graham W. Robinson” who very, very sadly passed away recently. Graham had a huge influence on the MCR and will be long remembered and much missed. Please read the article even if you didn’t know Graham personally.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….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.

DON’T FORGET that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

1st Sunday of each “summer” 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 “summer” 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.

NEW DATE 3rd May 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

NEW DATE 16th May 2021 LSMOC London to Brighton Run

NEW DATE Beaulieu National Mini Day 13th June 2021

NEW DATE TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

That’s all for now. Stay safe everyone and keep your distance! HANDS, FACE, SPACE!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2020

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2020

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2020

Hi all, well…that’s a bit scary…September! That means it’s nearly Autumn!

NEXT MEETING. We’ve decided to be brave and start up our monthly social meetings again. So that will be WEDNESDAY 26th AUGUST. Same time, same place!

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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

Brooklands Mini Day was postponed and should have been on the 22nd March 2020, this has now been RE-SCHEDULED to Autumn 2020, fingers crossed! Social event restrictions do seem to change on a regular basis and (if you listen to any news reports at all) it seems we might have to be prepared for a CoronaVirus resurgence in the winter months. However, we’ll wait to hear from Brooklands.

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

The rescheduled Popham Classic Car Show was cancelled and will now be on 3rd May 2021. This is a thoroughly enjoyable day out with trade stalls and an impressive aircraft display and fly-in. Contact Ken Hunter for further details.

A decision was made to cancel this year’s Thames Valley Tour which would have been on the 19th July. Looking forward to next year’s event!

August CooperWorld’s Technical Topics series by Thames Valley Region regular, Richard Pengelly, is further notes on Ethanol for MPi and SPi owners. Interestingly, Richard describes a simple test to check for Ethanol content in petrol. There is also advice on fire extinguishers.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….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.

DON’T FORGET that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

1st Sunday of each “summer” 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 “summer” 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.

NEW DATE 3rd May 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

NEW DATE 16th May 2021 LSMOC London to Brighton Run

NEW DATE Beaulieu National Mini Day 13th June 2021

NEW DATE TBC July 2021 Thames Valley Tour. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

NEW DATE TBC Autumn 2020 Brooklands Mini Day 9am-5pm Following the recent government announcement, we]]Brooklands have decided to postpone the Mini Day event until the Autumn.

A new date is yet to be decided, however, all pre-booked tickets will be valid for the new date and individuals will be contacted to let them know when this will be.

If you would like your name to be added to the reserve display list for our club stand, please contact Lorraine or Ken or Clive.

That’s all for now. Stay safe everyone and keep your distance!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JULY/AUGUST 2020

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JULY-AUGUST 2020

Hi all, hopefully, most of you will have been able to get out and about in your Minis and make the most of the good weather as much as you can.

ALL SOCIAL MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

It appears that our usual monthly meeting place is for sale, although is still currently open with reduced opening times so we’ll have to see how that develops.

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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

NEXT MEETING –the next meeting at Hook would have been on Wednesday 29th July 2020.

Brooklands Mini Day was cancelled and should have been on the 22nd March 2020, this has now been RE-SCHEDULED to 1st November 2020, fingers crossed! Social event restrictions do seem to change on a regular basis and (if you listen to any news reports at all) it seems we might have to be prepared for a CoronaVirus resurgence in the winter months. However, we’ll wait and see what happens.

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

The rescheduled Popham Classic Car Show has been cancelled and will now be on 3rd May 2021. This is a thoroughly enjoyable day out with trade stalls and an impressive aircraft display and fly-in. Contact Ken Hunter for further details.

A decision was made to cancel this year’s Thames Valley Tour which would have been on the 19th July. Looking forward to next year’s event!

July’s CooperWorld’s Technical Topics series by Thames Valley Region regular, Richard Pengelly, explains how to fix your droopy door handles, if you’re lucky enough to own a car that might suffer from this.

You couldn’t fail to notice the cover photo of Thames Valley Region member, Robert Clayson’s, Rover Mini. There is also an interesting accompanying article of the 1996 Mini Monte Classic Rally – part two.

Also in CooperWorld is an article on making your stop/tail lights brighter by replacing them with LEDs.

The MCR club shop is up and running at full efficiency ….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.

DON’T FORGET that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

1st Sunday of each “summer” 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 “summer” 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.

CANCELLED 19th July Thames Valley Tour 2020. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

NEW DATE 3rd May 2021 Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

CANCELLED Beaulieu National Mini Day
Chairman Robert Young announced that, in the light of continuing measures to combat Covid-19, the club’s flagship event, expected to attract 3,000 people, has been cancelled for this year.

NEW DATE 11th October LSMOC London to Brighton Run At the time of writing, this is still scheduled to go ahead but a final decision will be made in August. Although tickets are sold out for this event, if you keep an eye on social media, you may be lucky to find some for sale. Even so, it’s still worth a visit to Brighton and is a great day out at the seaside!

NEW DATE 1st November 2020 Brooklands Mini Day 9am-5pm Depending on local member’s views we may be having our usual stand at this event. If you would like your name to be added to the reserve display list, please contact Lorraine or Ken or Clive.

That’s all for now. Stay safe everyone and keep your distance!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JUNE/JULY 2020

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JUNE -JULY 2020

Now that lockdown is starting to be eased, you may be able to enjoy your Minis a little more this summer.

ALL SOCIAL MEETINGS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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. If you are a new member then please do come along.

NEXT MEETING –the next meeting at Hook would have been on Wednesday 24th June 2020.

Brooklands Mini Day was cancelled and should have been on the 22nd March 2020 and this has now been RE-SCHEDULED to 1st November 2020, fingers crossed!

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 in the morning and afternoon.
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.

At the time of writing this, the Thames Valley Region will again have an MCR Club Stand at the Popham Classic Car Show. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE TO 15th AUGUST. This is a thoroughly enjoyable day out with trade stalls and an impressive aircraft display and fly-in. Contact Ken Hunter for further details.

Popham Airfield say “Please note we are following all government guidance regarding mass participation events. Currently we have not been given the go ahead for this event. We are making preparations for the event and we will keep this page and our social media pages up to date with the latest information.”
https://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally

A decision has been made to cancel this year’s Thames Valley Tour which would have been on the 19th July. Looking forward to next year’s event!

June’s CooperWorld’s Technical Topics series by Thames Valley Region regular, Richard Pengelly, highlights in detail the issues and problems that the ethanol content in fuel can cause. For classic minis this is certainly not a good thing and is something we all need to bear in mind!

The MCR club shop is now back, after a temporary pause because of lockdown measures, fully functioning 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.

DON’T FORGET that because of the lack of events and therefore event reports in CooperWorld magazine, the Editor is welcoming any interesting and/or noteworthy articles for inclusion in the magazine so don’t be shy … get writing (or typing).

DIARY DATES:

ALL EVENTS ARE LIKELY TO BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE OF DATE OR CANCELLATION SO PLEASE CHECK BY PHONING THE RELEVANT LOCATION OR BY CHECKING THEIR WEBSITE BEFORE ATTENDING

1st Sunday of each “summer” 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 “summer” 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.

CANCELLED 19th July Thames Valley Tour 2020. Entry form and event regulation are available from the entries secretary, Clive Brooks brooks.c2@sky.com 01189 868280

NEW DATE 15th August Popham Classic Car Show and Vintage Fly-in 10am-5pm. Contact Ken Hunter if you are interested.

CANCELLED Beaulieu National Mini Day
Chairman Robert Young has announced today that, in the light of continuing measures to combat Covid-19, the club’s flagship event, expected to attract 3,000 people, has been cancelled.
Plans will now be made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mini Cooper on Sunday 13th June 2021.

NEW DATE 11th October LSMOC London to Brighton Run At the time of writing, this is still scheduled to go ahead but a final decision will be made in August. Although tickets are sold out for this event, if you keep an eye on social media, you may be lucky to find some for sale. Even so, it’s still worth a visit to Brighton and is a great day out at the seaside!

NEW DATE 1st November 2020 Brooklands Mini Day 9am-5pm Depending on local members views we may be having our usual stand at this event. If you would like your name to be added to the reserve display list, please contact Lorraine or Ken or Clive.

That’s all for now. Stay safe everyone and keep your distance!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

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