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
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.
The arrival of Covid-19 into the country brought life as we knew it to a halt, with all leisure activities, including car shows and events, impacted from the middle of March.
For Mini Cooper Register (MCR), its annual National Mini Day, held at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, is the club’s largest single source of income and to try to protect this, the date was moved from the traditional second Sunday in June to 16th August.
However, with no let-up of social distancing measures and restrictions on large gatherings of people in sight, the club can only wait and see whether the event, which attracts around 3,000 people, will go ahead.
Also at risk is this year’s popular “Minis to” event, planned for The Alps over a week beginning 18th September, although it will be moved to 2021 if necessary.
MCR is in good financial health and, even without the Beaulieu event, will be able to weather the virus storm. It has just renewed its sponsorship deal with Mini Sport, a long-standing supporter, and is working with them to enhance the discounts and bespoke deals for members.
The 68-page monthly magazine CooperWorld continues to be published in print and digital format and is paid for through advertising and subscriptions which start at £35 a year.
Despite no shows or events to report on, our editor, Paul Sulma, supported by members who sent in their own personal Mini stories, has produced the usual high-quality 68-page edition.
You can relive the production of Mini number one million in 1965, read part one of Robert Clayson’s story of his entry in the Mini Monte Classic Rally in 1996 and remember Sir Stirling Moss in the regular Old Cooper Stuff feature.
Subscriptions start at £35 for the year (12 issues) and there is a £3 discount if renewing for a second year by direct debit. Sign up today on this website.
Our friends at Mini Sport have recently completed work on restoring a 1964 Mini Cooper S for a customer who had a very distinct image in mind for his car.
Wanting a ‘cool London zoom around Mini’ the work incorporated a colour change from White to Brewster Green and a 1960’s racing feel interior.
“We have been creating a beautiful Mini Cooper S for a customer over the last few weeks to his own specification, it is an absolute stunner” said Mini Sport’s managing director Chris Harper.
“It has been a pleasure to undertake this project in these times, it has lifted spirits in a way only creating a beautiful Mini can. Please take a look at the photos and decide for yourself, maybe you will get some inspiration, tips or ideas that we can help you with or just enjoy the beauty.”