Hampshire region update

Hello everyone

We are well into October and unfortunately the weather is turning. Although it has to be said that I view this as just a step closer to spring! You know optimism and all that😁.

In the meantime, although most of us have our cars safely ensconced in their garages, we still have our regular meetings at the Crofton Inn in Stubbington. Our next meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday 20th) at 7.30pm. Look out for the MCR sign board. I know I may have said the second Wednesday in an earlier email, but I got that wrong, it is the third Wednesday of the month.

Providing we have enough people we will have a short quiz. Next month Sally has booked the skittles alley at the same venue and further on in December we have a Christmas meal booked. Judging by our recent meal at the Crofton; it should be good.

So, as you can see plenty going on. Do please try to come, the more the merrier. It is a great time to catch up with people you don’t see so often and although the talk does involve cars, it is not always the case!

Hope to see you all soon.

Tony and Sally.

Hampshire region update, new venue.

Happy belated summer everyone!
As some of you will have seen on Facebook, I have some good news regarding a new meeting place. It has been sometime since we were last able to have a meeting. The Queens head, our last venue, has closed and we were looking for a replacement before the pandemic hit… Since then I have struggled to find a new venue for our meetings.

Sally and I have contacted a few venues and visited a couple. I had felt quite confident that the Golden Lion in Southwick would be suitable. However we visited for a meal and look around. The meal whilst very good was fairly expensive (£17 for a main course), and when we enquired there was no bar menu simply the restaurant menu. In addition the two small bars would have been too small for us. Whilst there is also an outside marquee/gazeebo; this has limited protection from the cold in the winter.

However the good news is that we have found a venue that can host us. This is the Crofton Inn on Crofton Lane Stubbington PO14 3QF. Sally and I met the landlord and he was most accommodating. We can have a separate area, and although this is an outside building, it has heaters and walls meaning we should be snug. If needs be in the winter we can use an indoor room. The car park is quite large and we can see most of it when indoors.
The pub has a skittles alley which we can book, maybe before Christmas? Pints average out at £4 and the menu is about £10 a dish.

We have booked for the second Wednesday each month, meaning that our first meeting will be on the 15th of this month at 19.30. This venue will only become our permanent home if you all like it. I very much hope so.

I am hoping that for this first meeting that everyone who can will come in a mini. I look forward to seeing you there.

Hampshire region update

Hello everyone. Welcome to the latest email for the Hampshire region.
Beaulieu was a great success and certainly very popular. The sun was very much in attendance with the result that a number of us attending were quite sun burnt. As the first event for minis with a crowd allowed, I am sure there was a great deal of relief at being able to take a mini to the event and mingle; socially distanced of course. I think we were quite lucky with the weather as the following week there was very little sunshine and plenty of rain. In fact it rained for the next few weeks!
This was my last Beaulieu in overall control. I maybe involved to a degree next year, but not on the same scale. I hope to be able to have a quieter day! My thanks go out to all those people who helped on the day; especially so in the heat. Thankfully each shift is only a couple of hours so plenty of time to look around.
As a region we had our first post lockdown event in late July with a breakfast run out to the Langbrook Farm pub near Havant. It was good to see those who went, although the weather was not on our side this time.
I mentioned on Facebook that there is an event in Lee on the Solent on the 14th August. Known as Summer in Lee the organisers have asked for a line up of minis on the High St. I have reproduced the contents of the latest news letter below:-
“Introducing Summer in Lee, which is a combination of several events that will be brought to Lee on the Solent of the summer months. For 2021 there will be the Summer High Street, Summer Sounds Music Festival and the Summer Fun Fair.

Summer High Street – Held in the High Street on August 14th. With the High Street closed for the day there will Music, Market & Crafts Stalls, Food & Drink Vendors and other entertainment for all the family from 10am through to 6pm.
Summer Sounds Music Festival – Picking up on the great events previously organised by Trevor Ricketts, the re-named music festival will be held at the beach front venue now known as ‘On the Water’ over the 14th and 15th August from 11am through to 11pm. There will be an array of eclectic music being performed inside coupled with busking sessions outside all in aid for two amazing charities; Children with Cancer UK and the Lee Hub Independent Community Library.
Summer Fun Fair is coming to Lee from the 13th through to the 22nd. Something that’s not been seen before on the sea front at Lee so we will be having the John Searle Funfair for all the family to come and enjoy. With opening times being 12noon till 9 on weekdays and till 10pm on the weekend. (Times may vary)
All is designed to bring some fun & entertainment to our coastal village as we come out of the Covid restrictions and give our retail and hospitality a boost to support their businesses.”

If you would like to come and display your mini on the High St, we will probably be in a group, please let me know. Minis need to be on display before 10am please. This is also only for classics on this occasion I’m afraid.

I will provide tea/coffee or soft drinks (as appropriate) plus the ubiquitous biscuits!

Hampshire region update

Hello everyone

As we are already well into May, and almost into June another email seems appropriate.

Thank you to those who replied to my last email. It is good to hear from you and about your activities during the lockdown.

I see a few people were out and about on drive it day, including Denis, Richard and Roz. I was out for the first proper drive in my Elf to get some fuel and a few miles under the belt. The Elf finally completed the running period and had the suspension set up. All ready for Prescott hillclimb. Prescott was a wet, but enjoyable event. Sadly spectators were not allowed. The entry was all mini and quite large. This combined with a number of non competitive fun runners made for a busy day. Paul Holloway and I were the only competitors from the region, although Mark Feetham was there as a non competitive fun runner. I didn’t see anyone else, but if I missed you; sorry.

Beaulieu is progressing well. Over 2000 tickets have been sold and I have already received 18 entrants for the concours. Club stands number 18, some with large numbers of attendees. So on that subject if you fancy parking on a Hampshire region stand, please let me know. We need to have at least 5 cars to make it worth while, but we will have a nice spot I’m sure!

Helpers are still needed as well, so if you fancy helping out, please drop me a line. I have tickets here for those of you who have already offered your services. If you haven’t picked up your ticket please make contact so I can hand one over. As the first real mini show it looks like it could be busy, I certainly hope so. Fortunately Beaulieu is a large venue and outdoors and with plenty of room so all should be ok.

The cold weather has not been good for alfresco dining, but things should improve in the next week or so, although only for groups of up to 6 indoors. Sally has looked at the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge for a one off meeting in their outdoor marquee, they are pretty well booked for a while. Having said that Sally is meeting a few friends there in a week or two, so will be reporting back.

Please let me know what you have been upto in the last few months. I may even put some copy into the magazine!

Hope to see you all soon.

Tony and Sally.

Hampshire region update

Hello everyone

As I am sure you will have seen by now, our Beaulieu day is on. The date is the 13th June. Social distancing will be in force but I am sure that will not detract too much from the day. The advance ticket line can be found on our website www.minicooper.org Just go to the Beaulieu page and follow the link.

Every year we ask members from our region if they would be willing to help out at the event. This is mostly car parking and is for a maximum of 2 ½ hours. It gives a great opportunity to meet people coming to the show and comes with a free entry ticket and a voucher for food. There are two shifts, one starts at 8am and the other at 10.30am. Some people have already put their names forward, but if you are interested in helping, then please drop me a line either in reply to this or on beaulieu@minicooper.org

The event will be celebrating 60 years of the mini Cooper. As a result all the Registrars have been asked to provide cars for the main display and also the individual Register displays. If you would like your car to be in either of the displays in the arena then please contact the Registrar for your particular Cooper or mini.

Due to Virgin media charging silly money for a broadband connection our phone number and Sally’s email address are changing. As soon as I have a date for the change I will let everyone know. Unfortunately at the moment we have been waiting for a month already for BT to repair the line in the road! Sally’s new email is already active and is sallyannsalter@outlook.com

We are hoping that we can meet in the latter part of May, although at the moment we don’t know where. It may well have to be a barbecue or similar on a Sunday until we can sort out a proper venue for regular monthly meetings.

On the car front it looks like that the first chance to get out for me and my Elf is likely to be the mini festival at Prescott hillclimb near Cheltenham in late May. Competition entries have opened and both Paul Holloway and I intend to compete. If you have not already heard of the event, try looking on Facebook at the Sporting Minis site or look up Prescott Hillclimb’s website. I don’t think tickets are available yet, but they will be shortly and it looks like it might be a good event.

If you need us for anything or just a chat then please drop us a line or call.

Tony and Sally.

Hampshire region update February

Hello everyone

There’s not much to report at the moment. However, I must give thanks to those who came to Phil Thompsons funeral. We had a good turnout of minis, without breaking the Covid regulation numbers, everyone kept socially distanced etc, so all was good.

Hopefully we will be seeing a slow relief of the lockdown in the next few weeks. Depending on how that goes we may need to address the issue of finding a new venue, preferably a pub, at which we can meet. If anyone has any ideas please let us know.

It would be great to hear about your lockdown mini stories. Restorations, tidy up, or just fixing those recurring mechanical/electrical issues, please let us know. If you want to share it on our Facebook page, please do. I’m sure nobody wants to hear about my Riley Elf challenges each time!

In the meantime please keep safe and when the sunshine arrives we may be able to meet


Tony and Sally.

Hampshire region update last of the year.

Hello everyone

This is my last update for the year.  I think we will all be pleased to see the back of 2020 and hope that 2021 will bring far better prospects.

Some of you will have seen on the Hampshire Facebook page that we lost Phil Thompson to cancer a couple of days ago.  Phil had been an MCR member for over 25 years and came to most of our meetings.  He was always on hand at Beaulieu and supported the MCR and made many friends.  There are some particularly good pictures on Facebook, Roz and Dennis have found many of them to remind us of the good times.

Phil had been into minis for quite a while and owned a gloriously modified Downton 999 Cooper S with which he competed in motorsport in the 70s.  He finally won the BARC South Western sprint/hillclimb championship in the late 70s.  He will be much missed.  He leaves a wife, Sue and a daughter Grace.  Our sympathies at this time are with them.

On a brighter note,  Our Beaulieu this year will be celebrating the 60th birthday of the Cooper.  I have already booked the day and sent out a preliminary press release.  I do hope that by the time June comes we will be able to mix freely and enjoy our annual day.

In the meantime please have a good New Year tonight and stay safe in these times.

Best wishes

Tony and Sally.




Hampshire region update

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Hello everyone


It seems that my last missive via email reached everyone so I thought it time for more.

I was pleased to hear from a number of people with updates on their situation:

Phil Thompson has finished his new project and very good it looks too.  All you need now Phil is somewhere to use it!

Peter Gibson has written in: He has been shielding and unable to do much in public, although he was able to attend a village show.  He has spent much of his time compiling a detailed restoration history of his Cooper.


Owen and Jill dropped a line to say that the last of the garages, yes that is garages, now has electrics and a bench for Owen to play with….

Their green mini is now almost ready for the road and the red one will soon follow.

Peter and Janet Shoolingin-Jordan have been isolating, but Peter appears to have been a little bit occupied by trying to coax his 1071 into life.  Unfortunately a carb strip down is probably the answer, but at least it will keep him occupied.

We would also like to extend a welcome to Jack Dolley, a new member.  Jack has relocated from New Zealand and whilst waiting for his Cooper S replica to arrive has purchased a Mini Neon to feed his habit.

Meanwhile Denis Baker has been kept busy with various non minis needing attention whilst helping Chris Jacob in putting his Teal blue MK3 together.

Pick up Pete has been in for a new battery and is having a little work done on his pick up.

My own Elf is nearly complete, just waiting for an engine and box.

Welcome also to all our new members, we hope to see you soon.


Sally and Tony.

PS.  I had hoped to send some pictures but can’t quite see how to….


Hampshire region update

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Hi everyone

Here is a tentative first email from Sally and me.

Firstly we hope that everyone is ok and keeping out of trouble!

Unfortunately our usual venue the Queens Head has closed.  We were looking for another venue anyway and were actually in the process of arranging a one off meeting at a pub that offered a generous outside gazeebo/marquee; ideal for a bit of social distancing etc.  Sadly the new rule of six has rather put an end to that.

We have heard from a few people within the region, which is rather nice.

Chris Jacobs is still putting together his freshly painted Teal Blue MK3, It should look good when revealed.

Denis Baker has been swapping engines around and should by now have the original engine back in his woody, thankfully his Cooper S has been spared this trauma.

Mike and Barbara Mark have seen a downsizing of their impressive fleet.  The Inno that has lurked unseen for a while is looking forward to it’s new home and their MK3 hillclimb car (Ginge!) has a new local home where it should continue it’s career of motorsport.  Meanwhile their red/white car is now red/white again and has seen some impressive progress since being acquired.

Lawrence and Annie Gandar have been out and about in their RSP, Max, and are planning a bit of maintenance.

Tony Salter’s new project, a hillclimb Riley Elf has been progressing.  It is now in paint, OEW/Dove grey.  The majority of the car is together and it is currently having a new engine and gearbox being built for a new season of motorsport.

Paul Holloway has not been anywhere is particular, but has been play with either his Cooper or 1275GT during lockdown and has hinted that he too might be competing again next year.

Pick up Pete has been around and is tidying up his pick up.

We have not heard from Peter Gibson for a while, we hope he is ok.

Apologies if we have missed anyone out.  Email us at tony@motomart.biz to let us know how you are doing.

Kind regards

Tony and Sally.