Having deliberated the pros and cons of the MCR exhibiting at this years show, we have decided that we will NOT be attending, even in the unlikely event that it does still take place. Our overriding concern is for the health and safety of those who man the stand for three days.
We also feel that many of our club would not go to the show this year anyway because of the on-going health risks that this pandemic brings particularly in an enclosed environment. The likelihood of further restrictions and localised lockdowns at very short notice as we have witnessed this week is an another factor that we cannot responsibly ignore.
This decision has not been taken lightly but we believe that it is the correct one.
We are very sad to report the death of Graham W Robinson, a founder member and previous Chairman of the Mini Cooper Register and known to many as the manager of Hinton Firs Hotel at Bournemouth where we have enjoyed so many January Mini Cooper weekends.
Graham owned APD 90H (a MK II ‘S’) for many years, which he used as his daily transport as well as a prototype Moke, and a vintage Rolls Royce.
Following his move to Brazil and his marriage to Edilene, he sold APD to Neil Burgess and we have continued to read of the exploits of the car in Neil’s hands.
Graham died peacefully in Brazil yesterday following the consequences of cancer. His funeral, also in Brazil, takes place today.
I feel sure he is up there now, looking out for John Cooper , Jack Daniels and Stephen Smith and an event to celebrate his life will be arranged in the U.K as soon as Covid allows.
To his wife, Edilene, his daughter Debbie and her family in Bournemouth, we offer our sincere condolences.
The July edition of CooperWorld is now out, packed with news, views, reports and all the usual technical stuff.
This month, Geoff Marr’s search of the archive comes up with news from the 1961 Scottish Motor Show, Stephen Dalton goes even further back with a look at the 1948 Luton Hoo Speed Trials and Mini Sport’s Cara Jackson tells of the restoration of a 1964 Mini Cooper S.
Plus, there is part two of Robert Clayson’s story of the 1996 Mini Monte Classic Rally, Stephen Chandler getting lost in Kent with some Mini owners from Belgium and 19 pages of helpful information and technical support from the registrars.
Available by subscription only, in print and digital formats, CooperWorld costs from £35 a year for 12 editions.
We are pleased to welcome long-standing supporters Mini Sport as joint club sponsors for another year.
Like all clubs, with no event income this year, money is tight and sponsors provide a lifeline in these challenging times.
A family firm, Mini Sport’s restoration and serving work is carried out at their premises in Burnley from where they ship specialist Mini parts all over the world.
Our thanks to Chris and the team for their continuing support.
For more information, go to http://Www.minisport.com
Goodwood Road Racing Club have taken the decision not to hold the Festival of Speed and Revival in 2020.
While ticket holders will be given the option to roll their tickets over into 2021, or request a refund, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, owner of the Goodwood Estate, is seeking support for a new initiative, aimed at keeping the spirit of Goodwood motorsport alive.
He is inviting people to join the newly reinvigorated Goodwood Supporters’ Association (GSA). The original GSA was founded 25 years ago, when a group of enthusiasts joined to help overcome a seemingly insurmountable challenge – bringing racing back to Goodwood Motor Circuit.
“The challenge we face today is very different, but perhaps even more serious, as it threatens the future of the entire estate” said the Duke.
“Bringing people together to enjoy the things they love is fundamental to everything we do at Goodwood, so social distancing is having a catastrophic impact on all areas of our business. It is a worrying time, in the face of which we are doing what we can to salvage a future for our events.”
Goodwood are hoping to have a ‘behind closed doors’ motorsport occasion in the autumn, for everyone to enjoy at home, but in terms of business the most this will do is limit damage.
With the loss of its flagship National Mini Day still fresh in the mind, Mini Cooper Register (MCR) has been boosted by the news that Hagerty Insurance is to renew its sponsorship deal from 1 July.
Run by avid classic car owners and enthusiasts, Hagerty is dedicated to the development of specialist insurance and do not offer any other insurance products such as household or travel cover. Their aim is to offer clients the best premium rates for a comprehensive range of classic car insurance products available in the UK.
MCR’s other main sponsor Mini Sport also renewed its support in June, meaning that the club can manage the fallout from losing its main event at Beaulieu and plan for 2021 from a sound financial base.
Mini Cooper Register 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 Register has grown over the years and now has over 2,000 members worldwide, with Mike Cooper as Honorary President. Its remit covers both Classic Minis and modern MINIs.
As well as organizing events and services to members, the club publishes the acclaimed CooperWorld magazine monthly.
“We are delighted to have Hagerty Insurance as joint sponsors with MiniSport again and am sure that this will prove a continuing success for all parties” said MCR chairman Robert Young.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Mini Cooper Register again as their members embody everything Hagerty stands for in preserving, driving and enjoying their cars” said Hagerty UK marketing director Marcus Atkinson.
“We look forward to talking and meeting as many members as possible during our partnership with the MCR” he added.
Chairman Robert Young has announced today that, in the light of continuing measures to combat Covid-19, the club’s flagship event, expected to attract 3,000 people, has been cancelled.
Plans will now be made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mini Cooper in 2021.
“I know that the decision will come as a huge disappointment, but probably as no surprise” said Robert.
“It was with heavy hearts that organiser Tony Salter and I have reluctantly decided that we have to abandon our rescheduled National Mini Day at Beaulieu. When we first revised the date to 16 August in early March as the lockdown restrictions came into place, we were both positive that we would be clear of Covid-19 and things would have returned to normal.”
“Sadly, that proved not to be the case and, with social distancing at 2 metres still in place, clearly to run the event would be impractical. Even if social distancing was reduced to 1m, we do not see how the event could run.”
“We do appreciate that our National Mini Day is still just over two months away, but felt it correct to abandon now rather than delay in the faint hope things will radically change in that time. We owe it to our members and supporters to give them as much notice as possible.”