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.

To take out a subscription, just go to the “join us” section of this website.

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VE Day celebration at the Goodwood Revival

For the first time in the Revival’s history, visitors will be welcomed onto the Goodwood Motor Circuit as a momentous and moving moment in British history is recreated at the 2020 Revival: the announcement at 3pm on 8th May 1945 that the war in Europe had come to an end.

The 2020 Revival will look back at ‘VE Day’, or ‘Victory in Europe Day’, with a special moment on Sunday during which thousands of spectators in period dress and dozens of period vehicles will flood the circuit to recreate the famous scene of The Mall at the end of the war in Europe. The vehicles will include delivery vans, milk floats, flat-bed lorries, military vehicles and even bicycles.

The party atmosphere isn’t just for Sunday, however, as Gate 2, the main pedestrian gate for the event, will capture the excitement of VE Day with a weekend-long British street party. There will be long tables, bunting, old newspapers and period vehicles, with live bands and old gramophone records providing the soundtrack when Goodwood’s resident Spitfires aren’t roaring overhead.

Henry Bass, General Manager of the Goodwood Revival, commented: “This year’s VE Day commemorations mark one of the great landmarks of the 20th Century, and celebrates a victory towards which Goodwood’s wartime service made a tremendous contribution. 

There can be nowhere better to recreate that heady sense of relief that the conflict had ended in Europe, and to reflect upon the experience of those who had lived through so much, as a key feature of this year’s Revival.”

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World Cup Rally 50th anniversary

The Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) is organising a reunion and celebration of this iconic rally, 50 years to the day that the competitors left Wembley Stadium on their 16,000 mile adventure through Europe, South and Latin America.

Originally 106 teams entered, with only 96 starting from Wembley and just 23 finished at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico, 6 weeks later. The Ford Escort, FEV 1H of Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm, took first prize.

HMRG would like to make contact with any other club or group with similar interests and to locate a car not yet discovered which took part in a Marathon or similar event 1968 to 1993.

Their aim is to make a worldwide open invitation to any owner, competitor, official or supporter of any Classic Marathon event to join the planned event on 19th April 2020 at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

For information and tickets, please go to https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/whats-on/world-cup-rally

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Abingdon Works Motorsport Show

Mini Cooper Register is linking up with the British Motor Museum, Historic Marathon Rally Group, Austin Healey, MG and Triumph Car Clubs for a celebration of BMC/BL achievements in rallying and racing from 1955 to 1980.

The show will feature various models of Ex-Works cars, which were prepared by the Abingdon Competition and Special Tuning Departments, and brought uniquely together again at the British Motor Museum complex at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Sunday 2nd August 2020, from 10.00am.

The Museum is already home to three Monte Carlo Rally Mini Coopers, including 33 EJB in which Paddy Hopkirk MBE and Henry Liddon triumphed in 1964.

“As well as the cars, we will be getting the people who worked on them together again” said club magazine editor Paul Sulma, one of the show’s organisers.

“There is still huge interest from fans in the history and achievements of the designers, mechanics and everyone involved in a golden era of motor sport and rallying.”

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

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National Metro & Mini Show

This year’s event reverts to its earlier timing and will be held at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire on Sunday 21 June.

The Warwickshire region will again have a stand, although on a smaller scale than last year.

Any club members wishing to attend can secure an early booking discount rate of £8, which allows for one car and two people so, effectively, just £4 per person. On the day, it will be £14.50 per person, so well worth booking if you know you will be going.

The Museum houses three Monte Carlo Rally cars, including 33 EJB, in which Paddy Hopkirk MBE and co-driver Henry Liddon won in 1964.

Please do stop by to see the club cars and say hello.

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Mini Sport to sponsor IMM

Mini Sport, one of the club’s two sponsors, have announced that they are once again supporting the International Mini Meeting (IMM), which was held in Bristol in 2019.

This year’s IMM will take place over the weekend of the 4th – 8th June in Germany and Mini Sport will be attending with a pop-up showroom including a whole range of Mini spares and parts.

Mini Sport will also be launching their ‘Collect at Show’ service, where buyers can take advantage of free delivery on any item to be collected from the show, perfect for larger items!

Tickets for IMM are available now from https://imm2020.com/tickets/

 

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Goodwood Members’ Meeting news

Goodwood will be flying the flag for two icons of British motorsport with its high-speed demonstrations at the 78th Members’ Meeting on March 28-29. The double Formula 1 title-winning Lotus 72 and its competitors will take centre stage for one of the weekend’s celebrated features, while the 1980s endurance racing Jaguars of Tom Walkinshaw Racing will also claim the spotlight to salute their Le Mans and touring car successes.

When the Lotus 72 appeared in 1970, it rewrote Formula 1’s rulebook and ended the era of cigar-shaped racers that had ruled the roost for more than a decade. Designed by Maurice Philippe and Colin Chapman, the 72 was the first F1 car to use sidepods; the key to creating much more efficient aerodynamics that remain the basis of single-seat design to this day.

In an era that is celebrated for the quality of competition among contenders including Tyrrell, McLaren, Brabham and Ferrari, the Lotus 72 claimed two drivers’ titles for Jochen Rindt and Emerson Fittipaldi, and three constructors’ titles. The 78th Members’ Meeting will capture this spirit as the assembled Lotus 72s drive out onto Goodwood Motor Circuit to perform with a number of their rivals.  

In the decade that followed the Lotus 72’s Formula 1 career, Tom Walkinshaw Racing emerged as a force in touring car and GT competition. TWR was renowned for wringing the maximum out of any set of regulations with which it was confronted, and in 1982 it entered the European Touring Car Championship with Jaguar’s mighty V12-engined XJ-S coupé.

The team’s success and popularity saw Jaguar endorse the programme in 1983, and the following year it won seven out of 12 races to see Tom Walkinshaw himself claim the European drivers’ title. TWR then took Jaguar back the World Sportscar Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours as a full works team, with a new generation of Group C cars.

Debuting in 1985, the TWR Jaguars finally ended the domination of Porsche in endurance racing in a thrilling head-to-head contest. In 1987, Jaguar won world championshipwith the XJR-8 and the following year inspired more than 50,000 Britons to travel to the Circuit de la Sarthe, cheering the team’s XJR-9 driven by Andy Wallace, Johnny Dumfried and Jan Lammers to victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

A second Le Mans victory followed for TWR Jaguar in 1990, as well as crossing the Atlantic to claim the Daytona 24 Hours in 1988 and 1990. In 1991, the team took its second and final world championship title using the radical Formula 1-engined XJR-14, designed by Ross Brawn.

The 78th Members’ Meeting promises a wonderful start Goodwood’s motorsport season for enthusiasts around the world, with an all-action race card and our signature high-speed demonstrations,” said the Duke of Richmond.

The Members’ Meeting demonstrations provide us with a unique opportunity to revive landmark eras in motorsport history. It will be a real thrill for our GRRC Members and Fellows at the circuit, and those watching the livestream service, to enjoy the very best of Formula 1 in the 1970s and the fabulous endurance racing Jaguars of the 1980s.”

 

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HRCR Open Day 2020

Saturday 12 January saw Mini enthusiasts descend upon the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire for the 2020 HRCR Open Day and Mini Sport Cup Registration. Mini Sport’s Cara Jackson takes up the story.

The annual event acts as the start of the 2020 HRCR Mini Sport Cup Championship, with competitors from all over the country coming together for a catch up & the opportunity to sign on for the 2020 season!

With entries opening for the 2020 Championship, we had 14 crews register on the day, including 2 brand new crews who will be joining us. Of course, some of our seasoned regulars will be back again, as we 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.

Attendees of the event were treated to an extremely special interview and chat with the BMC team – former BMC competitions manager Stuart Turner, Team Manager Bill Price and Navigator Willy Cave, as they reminisced about the 1960 RAC Rally! Later, they were joined by Paddy Hopkirk MBE for a Q&A session in front of a huge crowd of Mini enthusiasts, the attendance of these legends is always an honour & such a huge draw to the event.

For the moment we had all been eagerly anticipating, it was time to unveil Clive King’s brand-new-look Mini! Having undergone a restoration here with us at Mini Sport, following on from over 8 years of hard rallying in his Mini, it was definitely the time for some much needed repairs and a make-over.

Deciding to transform the Mini in keeping with the rest of Team Mini Sport, sticking to a red & white theme, which decals matching those of John Cressey’s Open Class Champion Mini. Having kept these fresh aesthetics under wraps, it was Paddy Hopkirk and Mini Sport’s Managing Director Chris Harper who were the ones who revealed this Mini to the crowds gathered out on the Mezzanine of the British Motor Museum.

Unbelievably well received by all, Paul Loveridge and Clive King delivered a brief chat on the process that goes in to preparing a rally Mini before punters had the opportunity to have a look around the Mini for themselves… With Shane Gamble taking this one step further, and hopping in the drivers seat!

It was a fantastic start to 2020, now with our sights firmly set on the first rally of the year – the AGBO Stages on March 14th! You can follow the action at https://blog.minisport.com/?s=mini+sport+cup

 

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