Club in Performance MINI magazine

The September/October issue of Performance MINI, the UK’s only modern MINI tuning magazine, is just out and we are the featured club of the month.

Also, there is a five-page report on our National Mini Day at the National Motor Museum and, to complete the coverage, we have a full-page advert on page 59.

Look out for further coverage of our activities in upcoming issues of this magazine and also in MiniWorld and Mini Magazine that regularly carry reports and photos of the club’s events and displays.

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Social media numbers continue to rise

As well as promoting the club’s work through specialist magazines and this website, we also run two Facebook pages and a Twitter account which are, increasingly, becoming important channels of communication.

One Facebook page is just for members who have signed up to join in with news and views, but the other is open and now has 16,683 followers world-wide. We feature club activities, plus events that are of interest to Mini owners and lovers. A good example is the recent Castle Combe track day for which we shared photographs sent to us of the Minis taking part, which were seen by over 4,000 people in just a few days.

We also share news from our two sponsors Mini Sport (their IMM news bulletins and photographs were particularly popular) and Hagerty UK. If you haven’t seen it, do check out their tribute to The Italian Job filmed at Stowe School earlier this year.

Our events section has seen a huge number of people viewing, with our own National Mini Day topping the poll with 62.6k views, followed by the National Metro & Mini Show with 36.4k and the 60th Anniversary Diamond Tour to Shelsley Walsh, currently with 17.1k.

Our Twitter followers now number 2,848 and increase week by week.

We appreciate the interest shown in the club by all our followers on Facebook and Twitter.

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60th Anniversary Diamond Mini Tour latest

There are still plenty of events to come for Mini lovers this year and Tulip Rally Tours have released more information for participants in the 60th Anniversary Diamond Tour, sponsored by Hagerty Insurance and Rybrook Mini Worcester.

To be held on Sunday 25 August, the event is in aid of two regional charities, Acorns Children’s Hospice and Midlands Air Ambulance.

The Tour starts from the National Motor Cycle Museum, J6 M42, with cars due to arrive by 8.30am before the first one sets off fifteen minutes later, taking in some scenic country lanes en route to Birmingham and passing the former Rover Longbridge gates.

The 60 mile route finishes at Shelsley Walsh, the oldest Motorsport venue in the world, with the first car arriving around 11.15am. All cars will be parked together in the main Paddock ahead of the day’s festivities, which include displays of ex-works and rally cars, classic and BMW MINI’s, Show and Shine, live 60’s music and trade stands.

The Warwickshire region will be out in force, both on the Tour and at Shelsley Walsh where one of the cars on display will be Patrick Walker’s Morris Cooper 977 ARX, driven by Rauno Aaltonen to finish third in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally.

Amongst the guests will be two-times British Rally Champion Russell Brookes, giving participants and visitors an opportunity to find out how the Mini contributed to his successful rallying career.

Also, the organisers will be welcoming 10 members of the BMC Competitions Dept, so do go along and meet the people who played an important part in creating the Mini’s Motorsport history.

Mini owners can go direct to Shelsley Walsh and, amongst the many ticket options, there is the chance to drive the iconic Hillclimb course.

For more information and tickets go to http://www.TulipRallyTours.co.uk

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The events just keep coming

After a rather wet and blustery weekend at the International Mini Meeting in Bristol, we are hoping for better weather for the remaining events that we are participating in as we continue to celebrate Mini60.

Next up is the Kent region’s annual Ham Sandwich Run on Sunday 18 August, quickly followed by the 60th Anniversary Diamond Mini Tour to Shelsley Walsh via Longbridge on Sunday 25 August.

Then it’s on to the Stanford Hall Mini Fest 2019 on Sunday 15 September where the Warwickshire region will be representing the club.

One event that isn’t dependent on the weather is the annual Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC from 8-10 November where, again, the club will have a display.

Speaking between the showers on the final day of the IMM, regional organiser David Dangerfield said:

” A large number of members dropped by the stand from across the UK/Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, USA etc. One of my gazebos was literally blown away yesterday, but the MCR gazebo, with a constant 4/5 members anchored to it, survived and acted as a welcome shelter today – so thank you to all those members who helped.

I spoke with a number of ex-members who will be rejoining and a number of others who will join in the near future. Also a big thank you to all those members who camped and helped each other when the weather was terrible and kept the smiles and laughter going.

The IMM will be in Germany 2020.”

(Thanks to Cliff Porter for the photograph from his Rally and Race collection taken at the National Metro & Mini Show)

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Club of the month

We are pleased to be featured in the upcoming September/October edition of Performance MINI, which is one of the Kelsey magazines that regularly cover our activities, the others being MiniWorld and Mini Magazine.

As its name implies, the magazine is aimed at modern MINI owners and a quick look round the car park at National Mini Day at Beaulieu reinforced how important they are to the club and our activities. We are open to owners of classic and modern cars, Coopers and other variants.

To complement the piece, we will be having a full page advert, as we did earlier in the year, so please look out for this.

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Warwickshire region display a hit at Gaydon

The club’s first foray into the National Metro & Mini Show at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon on 4 August was a big hit with visitors looking at the cars and chatting with their owners throughout the day.

Honorary member Paddy Hopkirk MBE joined us in the afternoon, going round the display and taking a particular interest in Peter Gibson’s restored 1961 Austin Mini Cooper, which was featured in the April edition of MiniWorld.

Paddy posed for many selfies and made a visitor from Chile’s day by signing the roof of his car. Look out for it next weekend at the IMM in Bristol.

Over 20 cars were displayed spanning the period from 1961 to 2019, so celebrating all but two of the Mini’s 60 years.

Thanks to all the members who took part.

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IMM activities for MCR members announced

Bristol, Gloucester and Somerset regional lead David Dangerfield has lined up plenty of social activities for members attending the International Mini Meeting at Bristol.

The club has a designated camp area at the IMM, where we will have a communal ‘pop-up club house’, with a variety of pub-themed games, which will open on Thursday 8th August.

Friday 9th is club shirt night, (MCR IMM shirts are available from the online club shop) and we will start with welcome drinks and BBQ in our MCR club house,

Saturday night is the 80s disco and Sunday we are celebrating the Mini’s 60th birthday.

For more information on the IMM, please go to the events section of our Facebook page.

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IMM news from Mini Sport

Our joint sponsors Mini Sport Ltd have made a number of announcements for the upcoming International Mini Meeting in Bristol.

On Sunday 11th August, as part of the Mini Sport BMC Reunion Celebration, car GPH1C – John Rhodes Cooper S – will be on display. GPH1C has become one of the most iconic Minis in the history of the Cooper Car Company, having raced with many notable drivers at the helm, including John Rhodes, Paddy Hopkirk and John Handley.

Paddy Hopkirk himself will be there, as will Mini Sport’s second guest, world renowned Mini Motorsport legend Stuart Turner, who will be on the stand for the BMC Abingdon Reunion..

A highly successful rally navigator, Stuart Turner won the 1960 RAC as the co-driver for Erik Carlsson in a Saab. A man of many talents, Stuart is the former Sports Editor of Motoring News, also being credited with having written over 20 books throughout his life.

Instrumental to the success of the Mini in competition, managing the BMC Comps Department between 1961 – 1967, Stuart is the man who convinced a young Paddy Hopkirk to join the BMC. He has been described as “the most successful BMC Competitions Manager” with both Monte Carlo and Spa-Sofia-Liege rally victories to his credit.

Mini Cooper Register will also be at the event which comes to the UK every five years.

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Dr Alex Moulton and the mini project

Join Club Competition Secretary Peter Barker on Friday 16 August to hear of the contributions to the Mini project of Dr Alex Moulton, a close friend and engineering partner of Sir Alec Issigonis, who played a highly significant part in the development of the innovative car.

Peter is Head of the Design & Communication School at Plymouth College of Art and has spent over twenty-five years teaching Industrial Design in the UK, Denmark and the USA and worked with Dr Moulton in the 1980’s.

For details click here

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National Metro & Mini Show

The club will be making a first appearance at this year’s event, to be held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Sunday 4 August.

Cliff Porter has been busy assembling a display of 20 vehicles representing the Mini across the ages, which will be on show just across from the main museum entrance.

A pre-booked ticket for the event costs £7 which is good value compared to the standard museum entrance charge and visitors will be able to take in the show and the exhibits, which include a special Mini 60 display on the mezzanine level.

As well as the three Monte Carlo winning cars, the museum has the very first and last Minis to be built at Longbridge.

We hope to see you there.

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