National Mini Day 2020

In the light of current government measures to combat the coronavirus, it has been agreed with the National Motor Museum to postpone this event until Sunday 16 August.
All booking and tickets will be valid for the new date and Mini Cooper Register looks forward to welcoming all our visitors to Beaulieu in August.

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World Cup Rally 50 postponed

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and measures announced by the government on Monday to combat the disease, the Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) have announced the postponement of the WCR50 event due to be held on the 19 April.

In a statement, HMRG said “We have had concerns for the health and well being of those attending and, although this wasn’t an easy decision, it became inevitable due to advice from authorities.”

“Overseas visitors were going to find it impossible to get here and, of course, not everyone is in the best of health, making the risk too great to carry on.”

“Whilst there will, undoubtedly, be disappointment among the many exhibitors, visitors, volunteers and organisers alike, it would have been irresponsible to endanger the health and well-being of those individuals.”

The event will now be held at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon on Sunday 18 April 2021 as “WCR50 + 1”.

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Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration takes shape

Plans for this new event to be held as part of the BMC & Leyland Show at the British Motor Museum are taking shape.

Although not a Mini Cooper Register event as such, club members are amongst a small organising group leading the way and, following a meeting at the Museum on the 7th, the following four features have been confirmed:

  • A BMC Competitions Department static display, consisting of Abington team race and rally cars, plus team support vehicles including two transporters.
  • An adjacent display with stands mounted by the single-make car clubs, including Mini Cooper Register, featuring period competition cars and replicas.
  • Veterans from BMC Comps, ST, Downton Engineering and Warwick Healey.
  • A programme, jointly mounted with the Historic Marathon Rally Group and TR Register, of talks, films and Q&A sessions. This will particularly feature the veterans.

The event now has its own dedicated Facebook page @AbingdonWMC where you can catch up with all the latest news.

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2020 HRCR Mini Sport Championship

The 2020 HRCR Open Day and Mini Sport Cup Registration at the British Motor Museum on Saturday 12 January saw the start of this year’s Championship, with competitors from all over the country coming together for a catch up and the opportunity to sign on for the 2020 season.

With entries opening for the 2020 Championship, Mini Sport had 14 crews register on the day, including two brand new crews who will be joining. Of course, some of the seasoned regulars will be back again, as Mini Sport welcome current champions Clive King and Anton Bird, Shane Gamble and Bob Ward, Peter Ellerby and John Cressey, plus Martin Cressey for another action-packed year of rallying.

Fast forward to last weekend and the crews were out testing at Curborough ahead of the Championship start on March 14th with the AGBO stages.

(Photos courtesy of Anton Bird)

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It’s CooperWorld time !

The latest edition of our acclaimed magazine is out with a striking front cover showing a scene from the 2019 Northumberland Borders Rally.

 

Inside there is a report on the members weekend in Bournemouth, part 2 of Stephen Chandler’s “In the footsteps of Charlie Croker”, more Things Electrical and Stephen Dalton’s fascinating “Old Cooper Stuff” as well as the usual registrars features and regional round-up.

 

To subscribe, please sign up on this website for just £35 a year for 12 issues.

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Reis Race Retro report

Reis Race Retro, Europe’s number one historic motorsport show, secured a ‘podium finish’ with enthusiasts who braved the inclement weather over the weekend and hailed the 2020 event ‘the best ever.’
 
With over 140 rally cars in action, a stellar line-up of celebrity drivers and guests, over 24,200 attendees visited Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park for the annual celebration.
 
Show Director Lee Masters said: “We are thrilled with the feedback we have seen so far on the show and thank all those who continue to support this great event, including our new headline sponsor Reis Motorsport Insurance.”
 
Making his show debut, French World Rally Champion Didier Auriol was just one of the guests appearing on the Reis Live Stage, hosted by Gemma Scott. European Rally Champion Chris Ingram, F1 driver Martin Donnelly, Le Mans racer Andy Wallace, and former McLaren F1 mechanic Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley were also interviewed to name a few.
 
On Saturday and Sunday, visitors enjoyed the high-octane action on the two Live Rally Stages with over 140 Group B and WRC cars in action under the watchful eye of Rallying with Group B.
 
Inside the halls, the Reis Pride of the Paddock competition was won by Paul Boscott’s 1967 Lotus Elan Plus 2 with Brian Betteridge’s 1988 Ford RS200 in second place and Jim Angliss’ modified 1967 Ford Anglia 105E in third.
 
Richard Morley, Broking Director at Reis Motorsport Insurance, commented: “The show celebrates all that is great about the motorsport community and there is truly something for every enthusiast to enjoy. It was our first year as headline sponsor and a fantastic way to kick start the season for us.” 

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Motorsport at the Palace

The Sevenoaks and District Motor Club have just opened the entries for their sprint, car show and bike demonstration (pre-1972 bikes) at Crystal Palace.

(Sprint entries are welcome from all clubs affiliated with ACSMS, AEMC, ASWMC and ASEMC)

They would love to see a full sprint entry this year and a wide range of cars in their displays. Also, as part of the car show, they will be running a show and shine.

Tickets for the event are also available now for a period of time at the early bird rate.

For further information, go to https://www.motorsportatthepalace.co.uk

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Annual General Meeting

The Club’s annual general meeting, open to all current members, will be held on Sunday 8 March at 11.00am at the usual venue of the Best Western Hotel, Oxford Road, Banbury, OX16 9AH.

Club officers will report to members on the year’s activities and the annual accounts will be presented by the Treasurer. The meeting is an opportunity for members to meet and ask questions of the committee on any aspects of the club.

All committee posts are up for re-election and two members who will not be standing next year are Subscriptions Secretary, Lesley Young, and Public Relations Officer, David Hucker. A nomination has been received for the Subscriptions Secretary position on behalf of Danielle Ward, wife of Youth Co-ordinator, Jack Ward, but the committee is still seeking a nominee for the public relations role.

Announcements will be made of the winners of club awards for 2019, to be formally presented at National Mini Day at Beaulieu on Sunday 14 June. The awards and winners for 2018 were:

  • Editor’s Award – Robert Young
  • Regional Award – Kent Region
  • Big Valve and Personality – Justin Ridyard
  • Don Moore Award for Services to MCR – Peter Moss

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Countdown to Race Retro

Reis Race Retro has revealed the Formula One cars and the stars associated with F1 that will be a part of ‘The Greatest Grid’ celebrations at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from 21-23 February. 

The display will feature no less than seven F1 cars and will be supported by appearances by F1 driver Martin Donnelly, Technical Director and Chief Designer Tony Southgate who worked with BRM, Shadow and Arrows, ex- BAR Team Principal David Richards and McLaren’s former number-one mechanic, Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley. 

Marking 70 years of the Formula One World Championship, the oldest cars on display are the 1960 BRM P48 (pictured) and the 1962 Lotus 24, both kindly on loan from Hall and Hall.

The BRM P48#2 made its debut in April 1960 at the International ‘100’ Aintree driven by Graham Hill, but its best result was in May 1960 at the International Trophy Silverstone taking third place on the podium. It competed in the Monaco, Belgium, Reims-Gueux Grand Prixes with Dan Gurney at the wheel. 

Making its debut in the May of 1962 in the Silverstone B.R.D.C International Trophy, the Lotus 24#947 was driven by Jack Brabham, who campaigned the car in nine Grand Prixes. He eventually took the top spot on the podium with a win at the Danish Grand Prix. 

The Williams FW07B (pictured), from Williams Heritage Collection, is the car that secured Williams its first Drivers and Constructors World Championship title in 1980 with Alan Jones at the wheel. Designed the year before by Sir Patrick Head, Frank Dernie, and Neil Oatley, it was small, simple and extremely light as one of the first ‘ground effects’ cars, powered by a Ford Cosworth DFV. 

Tickets are on sale for the show, held from February 21-23 2020 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, with free parking for all visitors. For the latest updates and ticket information, visit www.raceretro.co

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February CooperWorld is out

Arriving now on subscribers’ doorsteps is the 64-page February issue.

In addition to the usual regional reports and technical stuff from our registrars, you can follow in miniature “In the footsteps of Charlie Croker”, celebrate 37 years of Mini Cooper weekends in Bournemouth and take in all the action in the Northumberland and Borders Rally.

There is also the latest on National Mini Day, news on Minis to the Alps and the regular Old Cooper Stuff article.

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