THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018

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.

LAST MEETING THIS YEAR – 28th NOVEMBER!

SEE YOU THERE!

Did you visit the biggest and best Classic Car Show at the NEC, Birmingham? If so, did you come and see the Mini Cooper
Register on the usual display stand? Our stand featured a Britax Cooper S, the Avengers’ Mini, the Princess Margaret Mini,
a South African Cooper S and a completely unrestored Mk1 Cooper S. Although the stand wasn’t in a particularly favourable
place this year there was still plenty of interest and lots of new members signed up. I spotted a recently restored 1965
Austin Cooper S with the price tag of £59,996! There was also a 1970 Austin Cooper S for £30,000, needless to say, both of
these cars were being sold by dealers.

Have you booked your room yet for the Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth, 25th to 29th January 2019? More details are available in CooperWorld.
The social event of the year really is great fun and this will be the 37th consecutive year! For more information contact Josh Bromage
j-bromage@outlook.com

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
will open 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available but you can register your interest
before that time. Contact: membership@minicooper.org

There are several articles in CooperWorld written by Thames Valley region members. Robert Clayson (well known for his
photographical skills and passion) reported on the Goodwood Revival. Richard Pengelly explains the idiosyncrasies of the
Mini cooling system – something we all need to be mindful of.

Our club shop is going from strength to strength with more goodies being available to purchase….maybe you can update
your winter wardrobe or perhaps do some Christmas shopping. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.

If you are after a good deal then visit the MCR Club Shop on BLACK FRIDAY
from 6 am!

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.

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

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Nov 20,2018 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2018

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 or general queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.
SEE YOU THERE!

The month of November sees the biggest and best Classic Car Show at the NEC, Birmingham in the UK on the 9th – 11th! As MCR members, you can book discounted tickets using the code: CSCMS18 for a single ticket or CFCMS18 for a family ticket.
The Mini Cooper Register will have the usual display stand so if you are there don’t forget to stop and say hello. Joining together classic car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond, the 2018 classic car show will once again grace the halls of Birmingham’s NEC. https://classicmotorshow.seetickets.com/content/ticket-options

In the latest CooperWorld you can find the latest information on next year’s touring event – Minis to Ireland! This time the southern part of Ireland will be explored from the 20th to 27th September. For further details see the full advert in November’s CooperWorld. Entries will open 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available. Contact: membership@minicooper.org

The MCR committee sees two new members, a new treasurer – Nigel Oates and a new Youth Co-ordinator – Jack Ward. It’s always good to have new ideas and input on the running of the MCR. Welcome to Nigel and Jack.

This is the time of year when thoughts turn to the MCR’s Social event of the year – The infamous and un-missable Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth, 25th to 29th January 2019. I strongly urge you to at least consider attending this event, it really is tremendous fun and this will be the 37th consecutive year! For more information contact Josh Bromage j-bromage@outlook.com

Some of you may have attended the recent installation of an English Heritage Blue Plaque at the former Cooper Car Company factory at Hollyfield Road, Surbiton. The whole factory site was given a Listed Building status by Historic England. At its prime, Cooper was the world’s largest racing car manufacturer and that all emanated from a very modest Surbiton workshop…..so this award was well deserved!

Our club shop is going from strength to strength with more goodies being available to purchase….maybe you can update your winter wardrobe. Have a look at the website www.minicooper.org 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 it…..the evenings are drawing in!

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

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Oct 19,2018 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

(First of all, apologies for the late newsletter this month because of updates to the MCR’s new database system. Because of this, it’s also possible that you are receiving this newsletter for the first time)

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 chat with other members. If you have any technical queries there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can answer them.
SEE YOU THERE!

Following on from the announcement in last month’s newsletter, Mini Cooper Register has two more new Honorary Members. These are Bill Richards, who has been successfully racing and preparing minis for a very long time and Ray Cunningham from the world of rallying. Ray has been rallying in Ireland for a very long while and his Galway Mini Centre is very popular for mini preparation in Ireland. We look forward to reading articles in CooperWorld written by our new members and to seeing them in person at Beaulieu.

I’m sure you will all be aware of the very sad news of the recent passing of Barrie “Whizzo” Williams. The Goodwood Road & Racing website reported:
Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, who retired from his 60-year motor racing career earlier this year, sadly passed away this morning (8th September) following a fall. He began racing in historic events in 1986 and his quick wit will be missed from the paddock as much as his spectacular driving style and exemplary car control will be remembered.
His career began in 1957 at the Prescott hillclimb course, and went on to become long and varied. He turned his hand to – and excelled in – karting, sprints, races, rallies and hillclimbs, and had an ability to race anything from saloon cars to single-seaters. Speaking to The Telegraph in 2002, he said: “Whether it’s a Maserati 250F, a Ferrari 250GTO, or a Morris Minor, if it’s got wheels I’ll drive it. The cars are there to be appreciated.”
He was a regular winner and favourite at Goodwood right up until his retirement. A varied career matched by a huge personality made ‘Whizzo’ one of the brightest lights in the historic motor sport scene, and one that will be sorely missed by fans, all at Goodwood and those who knew him. He was 79 years old.
https://www.goodwood.com/grrc/race/historic/2018/9/barrie-whizzo-williams-1938-2018/

In September’s CooperWorld you will have read the report, kindly written by Melanie Brooks, of the Thames Valley Tour 2018. If you didn’t manage to make this event, I bet you wish you had done so, it really was excellent!

This is the time of year when thoughts turn to the MCR’s Social event of the year – The infamous Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth, 25th to 29th January 2019. I strongly urge you to at least consider attending this event, it really is tremendous fun and this will be the 37th consecutive year! For more information contact Josh Bromage j-bromage@outlook.com

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 it…..the evenings are drawing in!

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

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Sep 22,2018 |