THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 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 – 25th September 2019

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

At the Goodwood Revival this year there were certainly plenty of Minis to be seen to celebrate 60 years of this British icon. There was a track parade of Minis every morning together with various interesting displays throughout the circuit, in fact it seemed like there were Minis everywhere you looked.

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 from the various events throughout the year. Clive has had some new Thames Valley Region car stickers made so you can pick one up at the meetings in Hook.
We’ll soon be arranging our Christmas meal at The Crooked Billet in Hook and we’ll let you know when a date has been decided upon.

In September’s issue of CooperWorld there was reports and photos from our region’s gathering at Hindhead MINI’s brunch meet and also from our Annual Summer Barbecue.

The Classic Vehicle gathering at the Rural Life Centre in Tilford on Sunday 15th September was an excellent event. Several of our Thames Valley regulars took their Minis there and the weather was very warm and sunny for this time of year.

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 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.

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

8th-10th November 2019 NEC Classic Motor Show. Not a Mini show but with around 300 vehicle club stands there will be plenty of Minis to see, together with a large autojumble, hundreds of specialist exhibitors, demonstrations and a host of celebrities! Well worth a visit! You can find a discount club code for Saturday or Sunday tickets in CooperWorld.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Autumn is upon us but it’s not quite time to hibernate those Minis yet!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

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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

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Aug 13,2019 |

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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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

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

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Jun 14,2019 |

Monthly meet up

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Hi everybody

The next monthly meet at The Hawk is on 3 June at around 8pm. It would be great to see as many minis as possible, old and new. Hopefully the sun will be shining and we can entice some of those classics out of their garages!

We’re still looking for another one or two pre-1975 minis for the Maldon Motor Show if anybody is interested, we have had a pretty good response and if the weather is kind, it should be a lovely day.

And if anybody else wants a place on the stand at Brands, along with a discounted ticket, please let me know.

See you soon.

Niki

Reply to Niki Halls | May 23,2019 |

MCR National Mini Day – Trade Stall Booking for Sunday 9th June- a few places left.

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MCR National Mini Day – Trade Stall Booking for Sunday 9th June- a few places left.

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Please note:- the opportunity to get Beaulieu Admission Tickets at the club discounted price of £11, instead of £17, expires at the end of MAY.
There are a few Trade Stands available at the MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu on Sunday 9th June.

So booking now is essential to get your place.

All stands are still 5m X 5m, and at the same price of £45, plus the entry fee for stand holder and each helper.

Traders will need to book their stands via the MCR Webpage, and then via the \’MCR at Beaulieu\’ button.

www.minicooper.org

Multi stall holders will need to book each stand separately. Payment is via PayPal and Credit Card.

After payment accepted, the Trader will be able to print (PDF) the Trade Stand confirmation and Vehicle Pass for each vehicle.

Also a confirming email will be sent to the trader for each stand booked, plus a vehicle pass.

Please remember that you will need Beaulieu Admission tickets for each member of your stall staff. Use the address below to get the discounted advanced booking price of £11 for adults, and £6 for children.

www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/mini-cooper-register-rally/

Regards
MCR Beaulieu Team
beaulieutrade@minicooper.org

Reply to Peter Barratt | May 22,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER MAY/JUNE 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

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

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | May 16,2019 |

Classic Cars and Coffee and the Kilton

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Oops! – Thanks to Simon for pointing it out but I did not include the date of the next meeting in my email. It is on Sunday 12th May from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

It will be taking place on the second Sunday of each month until October.

 

Cheers

Mike

Reply to Mike Bennett | May 07,2019 |

Mini Festival Brands Hatch

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Hi everybody

It was so lovely to meet some of you last weekend at Braxted, hopefully you have all found pictures of your cars via the link that I put on the facebook page.

I wondered if anybody would be interested in attending the mini festival at Brands Hatch in July, maybe on the Sunday?

https://www.mini-festival.co.uk/

If I get some interest, I can book us a place for the club, get a sign and maybe even bring a gazebo for coffee and snacks!

If you haven’t yet seen our page on facebook: it’s Mini Cooper Register – Essex Region, I’ll post the mini festival on there too and see if we get any takers.

Looking forward to seeing some of you at The Hawk on Monday around 8pm, I still don’t have a classic mini but I am viewing one tomorrow… well not a proper classic but at least the correct shape!

Best wishes everybody.

Niki

Reply to Niki Halls | May 03,2019 |

Two events

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Hello

There are two events that might be of interest to you.

Classic Cars and Coffee at the Kilton Inn, Warrington Road, Mere, Knutsford, WA16 0PZ from 10:00am to 1:00pm. This is an informal get together, arrive and leave as you wish.

60 Years of the Mini at St Helens Transport Museum – 4th August – The organisers are looking for Minis to attend this event in the old “Bus Garage” in St Helens (i.e. indoors) They do need to know who is coming as space is limited, there are some places left so if you would like to go please reply asap

Cheers

Mike

Reply to Mike Bennett | May 02,2019 |