Web Site Outage

Message sent by Mike Bennett

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Web Site Outage

by Mike Bennett

Dear Member

We have had a significant outage with the club website and email system, regrettably, it caused considerable inconvenience, not only to our members but also to the members of the committee that use the facilities to run the club, specifically to Paul our editor who heavily depends on the emails for the production of CooperWorld.

Without going into too many technical details, the problem started when the server crashed intermittently, just like the problem with an elusive misfire, there could have been a number of causes for these problems and numerous steps were taken to isolate the issue and fix it. Then the server crashed and could not be restarted. The engineers replaced numerous components but, in the end, it was irreparable and a new server was built and installed. The email system restarted and worked well but the website could not be re-instated due to the way in which the new server had been built. The engineers attempted to resolve this but brought down the email service in the process. After a while, it became apparent that this situation was not going to get any better and a new company was found to host a server and they built a new one that had the advantage of being a later model and using newer technology. The new contract also provides for them to manage the hardware and operating system and automatically switch to new hardware should the same problem occur in the future.

With the new server available, the club’s website and email system have been restored and are now operational.

This has been an intense and at times very frustrating episode and I am sorry that it has caused so much inconvenience, but on the positive side, we now have a better platform for our internet technology.

 

Mike Bennett

Webmaster

Reply to Mike Bennett | Mar 14,2019 |

Mini Cooper Register – Essex Region

Message sent by Niki Halls

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Mini Cooper Register – Essex Region

by Niki Halls

Good evening fellow mini and MINI lovers

As the Essex region has been without a representative for quite a long time, I thought I would volunteer to be the regional rep and see if we can arrange some events or potentially join in with other areas, Kent seems to be a very active area socially.

It would be great to meet as many of you as possible at The Hawk on Monday 4 March – I will be there with my MINI Cooper S, hopefully the sun will shine and it will bring you and your cars out – if we can get a good show of cars we could use the photo for our Facebook profile picture.

if The Hawk is not a convenient place to meet, perhaps we could out another pub to the vote for the April meeting?

Please find the new Facebook page, give it a “like” and leave me a photo of your car.

Can’t wait to meet up – I don’t want to be the only MINI or mini in the car park!!

Best wishes.

Niki

https://m.facebook.com/MCREssex/

 

 

Reply to Niki Halls | Feb 21,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY/MARCH 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 – 27th February

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

It seems that all club stand places at Brooklands Mini Day 24th March 2019 have now been taken up although it’s worth being on the reserve list, just in case, please contact Ken Hunter: kenneth.hunter1@btinternet.com

“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 (subject to weather).
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.”
https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/brooklands-mini-day .

Did you spot the write up and photos from our region’s Christmas meal in February’s CooperWorld?

The Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth January 2019 was another great success!. Already looking forward to this social event next year and it will be the 38th consecutive year! For more information contact the organiser: Josh Bromage j-bromage@outlook.com

Plans are going ahead for our display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019. If you would like to join in then please contact Ken Hunter. Classic shape Minis only.
http://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally

Regulations and entry form are now available for our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July. The 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

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

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.

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 opened on the 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available but there is a waiting list if all places are filled. Contact: membership@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:
24th March Brookland’s Mini Day

18th-19th May Beaulieu Spring Auto-jumble & Mini 60th celebration display

6th May Popham Vintage Fly-in and Classic Car Show
19th May LSMOC London to Brighton Mini run

9th June MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu

28th July Thames Valley Tour

18th August Ham Sandwich Run (Kent region)

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

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…Spring is just around the corner!

Lorraine: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Feb 19,2019 |

Amendment to newsletter

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

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Amendment to newsletter

by Lorraine Hampson

Hi all,

There was an error in the latest newsletter with the wrong contact details for our summer run.

Thames Valley Region member, Terry Schraider, is planning our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July. Further details to follow or contact Terry on schraider@btinternet.com

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Feb 02,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JAN/FEB 2019

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER JAN/FEB 2019

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019

Happy New Year to you all!

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 – 30th January

SEE YOU THERE!

Looking forward to our club stand at Brooklands Mini Day 24th March 2019 and hoping that the weather is reasonably kind to us on the day. If you would like to display your car please contact Ken Hunter: kenneth.hunter1@btinternet.com

“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 (subject to weather).
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.”
https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/brooklands-mini-day .

Did you attend the Brooklands Classic Car New year’s Day Event? https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/new-years-day-classic-gathering
“Everybody – whether driving a “Classic” or not – was welcome to the largest New Year’s Day Classic Gathering in the UK. “
The weather was good and it certainly showed in the attendance numbers…possibly a record event.

It’s nearly here!…the Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth, 25th to 29th January 2019. We are really looking forward to this social event and it will be the 37th consecutive year! For more information contact Josh Bromage j-bromage@outlook.com

Plans are going ahead for our display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019. If you would like to join in then please contact Ken Hunter. Classic shape Minis only.
http://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally

Thames Valley Region member, Clive Brooks, is planning our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July. Further details to follow or contact Clive: brooks.c2@sky.com

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 in various ways. The MCR are proposing a display of cars in conjunction with the National Motor Museum’s Beualieu 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

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 opened on the 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available but there is a waiting list if all places are filled. Contact: membership@minicooper.org

Have you seen the article in CooperWorld written by Thames Valley region member Richard Pengelly in which he explains the controversial topic of ethanol in today’s fuel – something we all need to be aware of.

Our club shop is going from strength to strength with more goodies being available to purchase….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:

24th March Brookland’s Mini Day

18th-19th May Beaulieu Spring Auto-jumble & Mini 60th celebration display

19th May LSMOC London to Brighton Mini run

9th June MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu

28th July Thames Valley Tour

18th August Ham Sandwich Run (Kent region)

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: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Ken: thames_valley@minicooper.org

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Jan 22,2019 |

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019

Message sent by Lorraine Hampson

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THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019

by Lorraine Hampson

THAMES VALLEY REGION NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER/JANUARY 2018/19

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MEMBERS!

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.

We had a record number of members attending our Christmas Dinner at The Crooked Billet! We had a lovely meal in familiar surroundings but above all…..great company!

Hopefully, we’ll be having space for 15 cars on our club stand at Brooklands Mini Day 24th March 2019.

“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 (subject to weather).
There will be a variety of trade stands offering mini parts, spares and memorabilia.”
https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/brooklands-mini-day 

On the 1st January 2019 is the Brooklands Classic Car New year’s Day Event https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/whats-on/new-years-day-classic-gathering
“Everybody – whether driving a “Classic” or not – is welcome to the largest New Year’s Day Classic Gathering in the UK. “
The MCR isn’t having a club stand here but it really is not to be missed!

The Hinton Firs weekend in Bournemouth, 25th to 29th January 2019 is getting closer. More details are available in CooperWorld. We are really looking forward to this event and it will be the 37th consecutive year! For more information contact: Josh Bromage
j-bromage@outlook.com 

 

 

We are hoping to have a display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019
http://www.popham-airfield.co.uk/classic-car-rally 

 

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 opened on the 1st December on a first come first served basis with just 40 places available but there is a waiting list if all places are filled. Contact: membership@minicooper.org 

 

Our club shop is going from strength to strength with more goodies being available to purchase….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.

 

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.

 

 

HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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

 

 

 

Reply to Lorraine Hampson | Dec 17,2018 |

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 |