New year, new look

We have been working with a designer on a new set of adverts for 2020. All five designs have been well received within the committee, but a decision on the wording will be made at the January meeting.

As the January editions of Mini World and Mini Magazine came out earlier this month, we trialled one of the designs to see how it looked on the page.

Our thanks go to club member Robert Clayson for allowing us to use the photograph of Steve Entwistle winning the HERO RAC Rally of Tests, which you may have also spotted on the cover of the new Mini Sport calendar.

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Mini Sport Calendar 2020

Our friends at Mini Sport have launched their 2020 calendar. Here’s what they have to say.

Make 2020 a fantastic year with this high quality A3 250gsm silk paper, Limited Edition Mini Sport 2020 calendar.

Each month shows a quality Mini image from the celebrating the 2019 Season from Mini Sport.

Included on the calendar are the provisional dates for the UK Mini shows Mini Sport will be attending.

Priced at £10, or FREE with orders over £100, while stocks last.

https://www.minisport.com/mscalendar-2018-mini-sport-calendar.html

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It’s CooperWorld time again

The December issue of the club’s acclaimed magazine is now out with an Innocenti Cooper 1300 from the Minis to Ireland Tour adorning the cover.

A full seven-page report of the event is inside, together with “Tourin in Turin” the Italian Job 50 celebration and a tribute to the Cooper Car Company.

Plus much more in the usual 68 pages of news, views, events and technical stuff from the registrars.

Available only on subscription from this website for £35 a year in the UK.

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Mike Brewer Project

Yorkshire Region members are in for a double treat at their December meeting as, in addition to the fish and chip supper, they will get a chance to see close up the Mk 1 Mini Cooper S being restored by Mike Brewer from the Wheeler Dealer show.

The rebuild is being undertaken by Acespeed Historic Motorsport and honorary member and regional host Andy Ace Harrison (pictured) will be interested to get members’ views.

There is an article on Mike’s plans in the December issue of MiniWorld and you can follow progress on the project during 2020 in Mini Magazine.

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The HERO RAC Rally of Tests 2019 report

Mini Sport’s Cara Jackson takes us through the event won by Steve Entwistle, who piloted Paddy Hopkirk’s 6EMO to victory over three days, plus a Thursday evening Prologue to determine the start order, from Torquay to Chester, through rain, mud and snow.

Maintained and prepared at Mini Sport, Paddy’s Morris Cooper S already had a vast amount of pedigree; it’s been 55 years since Paddy first competed in the Rally of the Tests with the same car. In 1990, Paddy and Alec Poole (who built the 6EMO) won the ERA Pirelli Marathon whilst piloting it and Paddy even lent it to rally greats Rauno Aaltonen and Roger Clark, who competed in the Rally of the Tests in it themselves – however, only Paddy Hopkirk and Steve Entwistle have won in 6EMO!

With rain and recent high winds causing extra leaves to bury parts of the course on the Prologue, Steve and Mark Appleton made a great start, holding off a challenge of Dutch crew, Alexander Leurs and Bas de Rijk, in their Opel Ascona, to grab top billing.

Seedings sorted, Day One of the Rally started from the slick surfaces of Porlock Hill through the rough grounds on the way to Bristol. Steve and Mark still led the pack by 20 seconds at the end of the stage – a tough one for all crews, Mark commented that although they were ‘pleased’ with the lead, they were aware that it could be gone within ‘a blink of an eye’ – the next day’s NEC showcase test would suit the Mini best.

He wasn’t wrong! Day Two saw the crews navigate from Bristol towards Swynnerton, Staffordshire. This stage was the first-ever live rallying competition to happen at The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

Like any great rallying event, the final stage should offer the toughest challenge – and boy, didn’t we get that during the final day as crews travelled from Stoke to Chester. Day Three caused navigational challenges, especially in North Wales, as the remnants of overnight snow slowed down the field – as did the uphill sections with its mix of mud and ice in parts.

After his previous podium finishes left him just short of the top spot, Steve was understandably delighted with the finish, commenting:

I’ve been rallying for 30 years and this is the best thing that has happened to me. It’s also a win on the Mini 60th Anniversary plus 54 years since a Mini won the RAC Rally!”.

So, a massive well done to Steve and Mark for their fantastic win! Throughout the year, Mini Sport’s stable of drivers compete in many events up-and-down the country, as well as overseas – we even have our own Mini rallying competition “The Mini Sport Cup” as part of the HRCR Old Stager Championship.

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Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show review

Once again motoring enthusiasts flocked to Birmingham’s NEC in their thousands to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. Over 71,000 attendees joined the three-day celebration and grand finale to the classic motoring show season.

Show Director Lee Masters said: “We are delighted to have welcomed so many enthusiasts and those in the industry to the show this year, especially in the current climate. Huge thanks as always to the motoring clubs who all put on tremendous displays, all our partners and exhibitors, and our amazing guests who brought the house down on the Live Stage.”

This year’s show theme had been embraced by the 300 motoring clubs in attendance with many cars featuring on their own ‘Top Trumps’ card. Visitors crowded round headline sponsor Lancaster Insurance’s stand to buy their special edition pack.

Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer hosted a wealth of motoring talent on the Discovery Live Stage with Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars’ Drew Pritchard and Paul Cowland, and the Goblin Works Garage team Jimmy De Ville, Helen Stanley and Ant Partridge appearing over the weekend. They were joined by BTTC driver Jason Plato and Shed and Buried star Henry Cole as well as fantastic car parades and the three-day restoration of a Jaguar E-Type.

Of the sixteen stunning vehicles on the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, it was Dave Rippard’s 1959 Morris Mini Minor that received the top honours and the crystal trophy. The judges had meticulously inspected the cars in one of the closest results to date.

The hotly contested Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition saw 20 diverse cars in the final but it was Ted Brooke’s 1961 Morris Minor Million that lifted the winner’s trophy. Voted for by the visitors, second place went to Ian Cummins’ 1991 Mazda MX-5 while Tahmid Haque’s 1988 BMW E30 325i Sport came third.

It was the expert judges that decided the winners of the Classic Motorbike Show Pride of Ownership. Mark Taylor’s Ariel Square Four bike and sidecar came first with joint second going to father and son Alan and Paul Stopford with their two 1959 Triumph Bonnevilles. Third place went to Blake Hemmingway’s 1975 Honda XL250.

The Sporting Bears gave around 750 ‘Dream Rides’, a ten-mile passenger ride in one of over 80 cars available over the weekend. They raised just under £30,000 for various UK children’s charities.

A special test for the RAC Rally of the Tests within the NEC halls saw the crowds flock to the barrier as over 60 cars ranging from Minis to Porsches tackled an agility test before heading back out onto the road. The event was won by Steve Entwistle and Mark Appleton in their Morris Mini Cooper S, who were caught on camera on an earlier stage by club member Robert Clayson.

Silverstone Auctions two-day sale saw some record breaking results with the ex-works 1955 ‘Le Mans’ Triumph TR2 sold for £258,750, while the 2,000-mile Jaguar XJ220 sold for £362,812, both including premium.

The 2020 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will take place from 13-15 November. For more information including when tickets go on sale, visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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Planning for National Mini Day 2020 is underway

National Mini Day, which returns to Beaulieu for its 39th year on Sunday 14 June, has always been one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Mini calendar.

Next year, the event will be around the theme of “We’re more than a Cooper” showcasing the wide range of members’ cars across the Mini range and, hopefully, some colourful customised vehicles to get people talking.

So, please keep a look out for further announcements and put the date in your diary. Bookings open in the new year.

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The latest edition of CooperWorld rolls off the presses

THE FIRST OF THE MONTH MEANS COOPERWORLD IS OUT

It’s the beginning of November and that means the latest edition of CooperWorld is hitting the doormats of subscribers with the usual 68 pages packed with reports and photos from some of this summer’s events, including The Goodwood Revival, Stanford MiniFest, Donnington Park MINI Challenge and the HRCR Mini Sport Cup.

Plus, the registers, regional happenings, an interview with Jeff Williamson and lots more.

Subscription details are on this website. Delivered to your door every month for an annual subscription of £35 in the UK. Overseas subscribers also welcome.

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GRRC Fellowship welcomes Cooper racing dynasty

The GRRC Fellowship has welcomed Mike and Charlie Cooper into this unique international motorsport community, helping to mark the second anniversary of the Fellowship’s founding. The Coopers are the third and fourth generation members of a unique racing family, whose history in the sport dates back to the 1920s and has been crowned by winning the 1959 and 1960 Formula 1 world championships as well as creating the Mini-Cooper.

Goodwood has become to motorsport fans what Hogwarts is to wizards, and the Goodwood Fellowship is entering its third year as the best means for fans to get closer than ever to the action.

In 2019, Goodwood celebrated the Cooper name as never before with the 60th anniversary of our first Formula 1 world championship titles at the Revival,” said Mike Cooper.

Charlie and I, the family as a whole, have been left with indelible memories of the most magnificent gathering of Cooper racing cars and mementoes of our history, and the Fellowship means that we will stay close to the action throughout the year to come.”

One of the principal benefits of the Fellowship is the opportunity to buy tickets to the celebrated Goodwood Members’ Meeting, which opens the 2020 motorsport calendar on March 28-29 with a relaxed and informal weekend crammed full of historic racing action and crowned by the S.F. Edge Trophy for pre-1920 racing cars and the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 saloon cars.

There is a really impressive range of benefits for the Fellowship to enjoy that really bring you closer to the heart of the Motor Circuit and the Festival of Speed,” Mike Cooper added. “Charlie and I will be delighted to wear our badges at every opportunity!”

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Latest club news

The club’s committee meets five times a year and, ahead of the full minutes being posted on the website, here are the highlights from today’s meeting in Banbury.

Our finances are in good shape, running slightly ahead of budget, with a cash cushion for a rainy day.

This year’s events have been a great success and plans are in hand for 2020, with another Minis to the Alps and also to Champagne in the pipeline. The annual trip to Bournemouth is booked for 26-28 January with a sci fi theme.

Our plan for National Mini Day on 14 June is to celebrate and showcase the range of our members’ cars, with a possible theme of “We’re more than a Cooper”.

Interest in the club on social media is on the rise with over 17,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 3,000 in Twitter, plus increasing website visits.

MCR was set up in 1986 with the twin objectives of preserving the name of the Mini Cooper and stimulating interest in the car and its history. The club has grown over the years, broadening its membership to include modern MINIs as as well as classic cars, and the time is right to have a strategic review of our aims and objectives to ensure we have a clear vision of our future.

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