THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2020

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

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

Hampshire region update

Message sent by Tony Salter
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.

 

 

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

New Mini Sport website for MCR Members

Message sent by Mike Bennett

Dear Members,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of the Mini Sport MCR website, designed specifically for the Mini Cooper Register and its members!

As a valued member of the Premier Mini Cooper Club in the World, Mini Sport has produced a stunning new website which is only accessible as a fully paid up member. Once you have logged in you will be privileged with even better prices than you can find on any other Mini Sport website, along with the MCR member specific special offers shown on the homepage.

Benefits:

  • Brand new members only website
  • Exclusive to MCR
  • Better prices when logged in
  • Members only offers
  • Launch special – free gifts on orders over £50
  • View, download & print the first Cooper Car Company catalogue in over 20 years (before anyone else!)
  • First to know about news & new product launches

As time goes on you will be the first to know about any new exciting products or interesting news from us here at Mini Sport, we have plenty of things in the pipeline so should be bringing news very soon.

This is a first for the Mini scene, showing Mini Sport’s commitment to the Mini Cooper Register and helping its members keep their Minis on the road at even better prices. Mini Sport is not only unique in the launch of this website but it is also unique in its unwavering support of Mini Clubs around the world, as it is important to us that we all belong to one big family.

Register today & enjoy these exclusive benefits!

We hope you like this new website and look forward to hearing how you get on with it and any suggestions you may have where we could improve.

Chris Harper
Managing Director
Mini Sport Ltd

New Mini Sport website for MCR Members

Message sent by Mike Bennett

Dear Members,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of the Mini Sport MCR website, designed specifically for the Mini Cooper Register and its members!

As a valued member of the Premier Mini Cooper Club in the World, Mini Sport has produced a stunning new website which is only accessible as a fully paid up member. Once you have logged in you will be privileged with even better prices than you can find on any other Mini Sport website, along with the MCR member specific special offers shown on the homepage.

Benefits:

  • Brand new members only website
  • Exclusive to MCR
  • Better prices when logged in
  • Members only offers
  • Launch special – free gifts on orders over £50
  • View, download & print the first Cooper Car Company catalogue in over 20 years (before anyone else!)
  • First to know about news & new product launches

As time goes on you will be the first to know about any new exciting products or interesting news from us here at Mini Sport, we have plenty of things in the pipeline so should be bringing news very soon.

This is a first for the Mini scene, showing Mini Sport’s commitment to the Mini Cooper Register and helping its members keep their Minis on the road at even better prices. Mini Sport is not only unique in the launch of this website but it is also unique in its unwavering support of Mini Clubs around the world, as it is important to us that we all belong to one big family.

Register today & enjoy these exclusive benefits!

We hope you like this new website and look forward to hearing how you get on with it and any suggestions you may have where we could improve.

Chris Harper
Managing Director
Mini Sport Ltd

New Mini Sport website for MCR Members

Message sent by Mike Bennett

Dear Members,

It gives me great pleasure to announce the arrival of the Mini Sport MCR website, designed specifically for the Mini Cooper Register and its members!

As a valued member of the Premier Mini Cooper Club in the World, Mini Sport has produced a stunning new website which is only accessible as a fully paid up member. Once you have logged in you will be privileged with even better prices than you can find on any other Mini Sport website, along with the MCR member specific special offers shown on the homepage.

Benefits:

  • Brand new members only website
  • Exclusive to MCR
  • Better prices when logged in
  • Members only offers
  • Launch special – free gifts on orders over £50
  • View, download & print the first Cooper Car Company catalogue in over 20 years (before anyone else!)
  • First to know about news & new product launches

As time goes on you will be the first to know about any new exciting products or interesting news from us here at Mini Sport, we have plenty of things in the pipeline so should be bringing news very soon.

This is a first for the Mini scene, showing Mini Sport’s commitment to the Mini Cooper Register and helping its members keep their Minis on the road at even better prices. Mini Sport is not only unique in the launch of this website but it is also unique in its unwavering support of Mini Clubs around the world, as it is important to us that we all belong to one big family.

Register today & enjoy these exclusive benefits!

We hope you like this new website and look forward to hearing how you get on with it and any suggestions you may have where we could improve.

Chris Harper

Managing Director

Mini Sport Ltd

New Mini Sport website for MCR Members

Message sent by Mike Bennett

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