NEC Classic Car Show 2020 On-Line

The NEC have arranged an On-Line version of the show that had to be cancelled.  It is to be shown this Saturday (14th Nov) on their Facebook page. We as a club were invited to make a 3 minute video for display as part of the Club Stands section of the event, which we have done.  Please also note that the event is supporting a great charity and details can be found on the link.

In keeping with the spirit of the real MCR stand, our video is aimed at informing people about our club and the benefits that people enjoy with their membership.  Most of you will of course be very aware of what we have to offer but it would be nice if you are able to ‘Pop In’ and see the video in the same way that you would if you were at the actual show.

We can’t give you a time for our moment in the limelight but if you follow the link you should see the timings and who is displaying.  If they show the club videos in alphabetical order and every club uses their full 3 minute allocation you should be able to get a fair idea of when we are on.  Please note that the clubs showcase is split into two sessions!

Here is the link for event details: www.necclassicmotorshow.com/online-edition

If you are unable to ‘attend’ we will publish the video on the closed Facebook page at some point in the week that follows.

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Dedicated Mini Sport Website for Members

As you may be aware our sponsors Mini Sport are working with us to create a members only website which will be accessed from our webpage. The launch now is expected to be in September and we will keep you posted on progress. The new website will still have the same great members discounts that you enjoy at the moment but in addition it will have special offers for members. Keep watching, both here and the MCR website for more news and if you need help with getting your discounts, let us know and we will talk you through the process.

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Off-Peak Run 2020 UPDATE!

With no license issued as yet and the looming threat of further short-notice restrictions and localised lockdowns, we have no option than to cancel this years event. Jack Ward, who has been organising it will be in contact with everyone who has entered to arrange refunds as soon as possible.
These events take an enormous amount of organisation and considerable time to arrange and I can assure everyone that this decision has not been taken lightly. We can but hope that next year will see a return to normality.

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UPDATE! NEC Classic Car Show 2020

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.

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Graham W Robinson. R.I.P.

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.

Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration latest

There are some positive vibes coming from the British Motor Museum that the mega show on Sunday 6 September, of which the AWMC forms a part, will go ahead.
The event combines the National Metro & Mini Show and the BMC & Leyland Show which were both postponed because of Covid-19 restrictions. The British Motor Museum has re-opened to visitors, albeit on limited days, and is now looking at its events programme for later in the year.
 
Continuing uncertainty over whether the show would actually happen has meant that AWMC organisers have had to scale back on their original plans, but there will still be a great display of cars to see.
 
Plus, of course, the MCR Warwickshire region will have members’ Minis on display as well.
For tickets, please visit the Museum website.

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The latest edition of CooperWorld is hitting the doormats

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.

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Minis to the Alps cancelled

With Motor Sport UK not issuing any licenses and social distancing measures still in place, the 2020 Minis to the Alps has now officially been cancelled.
Despite the best efforts of Peter Moss and Robert Young to facilitate the running of this year’s event, it has been decided to postpone until 2021 with all entrants guaranteed a place should they wish to re-sign, with the price pegged at this year’s figure.
All entrants have been contacted and will have their entry fees refunded in full.
Time and opportunity are now running out for members and car enthusiasts generally to join in an event this year with the club’s flagship National Mini Day in August having been already cancelled. At the moment, the British Motor Museum still plans to run the combined National Metro & Mini Show and the BMC & Leyland Day at Gaydon on Sunday 6 September, at which the club’s Warwickshire region will have a display.

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Mini Sport renew sponsorship

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

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Goodwood cancels with future of estate under threat

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.

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