Date Announced for the National Mini Day 2022.

The 12th of June 2022 is an important date for all Mini owners and enthusiasts for that is the day when the New Forest will again be thronged with Minis of all shapes, sizes and ages, from the very old to the very new.  Beaulieu has again been chosen as the venue for our flagship event and the 2022 theme is going to be ‘Minis in Motorsport’ which given the many and varied types of motorsport that Minis have enjoyed competing in over the years, should provide an interesting central display.

There will of course be the ever-popular Concours d’Elegance and if last year is anything to go by, we can again expect the cars to be of a very high standard.  Club stands will be available and requests for these can be made via the Club’s website.  Also on the website, you can book a trade stand or secure a trunk traders pitch.  Refreshments will be available throughout the day both in the display area as well as in the Barbazon restaurant.  Don’t forget that your show entry ticket also covers admission to the National Motor Museum with all its treasures.  It’s hard to imagine a better day out for all the family.

Following last year’s slightly stripped-down event, the MCR are hoping that the 2022 event will be free of all pandemic restrictions, however it is important to note that it is Beaulieu themselves that control ticket sales and their allocation.  When the tickets do go on sale please read the ticketing information carefully particularly regarding ‘ticket sales on the day’ which was not available last year.  We will also publish the date of when the tickets go on sale so keep watching here or on our social media sites for updates.

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.


National Mini Day preparations are underway

The Mini’s 60th birthday may well have gone, but there is still much to celebrate in 2020 and Mini Cooper Register plans to do just that at its National Mini Day at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on Sunday 14 June.

The event, originally titled “Mini Cooper Day Out” was first held at Beaulieu on 13 June 1982 and was organised by the East Dorset branch of the Mini Cooper Club. It comprised 33 cars, but this number rose to 150 in the second year and, today, is one of the most popular events in the annual calendar.

The central arena will focus on ordinary Minis, from the comparatively standard to the rather more radical. The Mini scene has always been one of variety and can, probably, boast of having more accessories and modifications available from the 60’s onward than any other car.

MCR is a club for all Mini enthusiasts and this display will showcase the sheer range of cars that are owned by members.

Expect to see standard 850’s as well as with thoroughly modified examples including commercials, estates and Hornets/Elfs, as well as some of the rather better equipped MINIs of the 21st century.

Around the edge of the arena will be displays of each register within the MCR, with two of each car from MK1 Coopers to modern MINIs, and registrars and owners will be happy to answer any questions.

The ever-popular ex-works and competition cars will be in their usual spot adjacent to the arena. Every year, this display attracts significant attention and organiser Tony Salter says that this year will be no different, with an impressive range of cars expected.

Beyond the ex-works and special tuning display will be a special gathering of RSP Coopers celebrating their 30th anniversary and the revival of the Cooper brand.

As usual, there will be plenty of trade stands for those that enjoy shopping. National Mini Day is a much anticipated occasion to rummage for hard to find bits and pieces in the autojumble including the trunk trading area.

The concours, which is respected by many competitors as the pinnacle of Mini shows, was oversubscribed last year and although entry on the day is available, early pre-booking is advised.,


Become a CooperWorld reader in 2o20

Our award nominated magazine CooperWorld is published every month throughout the year.

With 68 high-quality colour pages, it’s a must read for all Mini enthusiasts, classic and new, but is only available by annual subscription and is not sold in the shops.

The cost is from just £35 for 12 issues mailed to your home, which reduces to £32 if renewed by direct debit for a second year. Just go to the  “Join us” tab at the top of the home page to subscribe online.

If you would like to try it before subscribing, back copies are available to buy in the club shop.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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New year, new look

We have been working with a designer on a new set of adverts for 2020. All five designs have been well received within the committee, but a decision on the wording will be made at the January meeting.

As the January editions of Mini World and Mini Magazine came out earlier this month, we trialled one of the designs to see how it looked on the page.

Our thanks go to club member Robert Clayson for allowing us to use the photograph of Steve Entwistle winning the HERO RAC Rally of Tests, which you may have also spotted on the cover of the new Mini Sport calendar.


It’s CooperWorld time again

The December issue of the club’s acclaimed magazine is now out with an Innocenti Cooper 1300 from the Minis to Ireland Tour adorning the cover.

A full seven-page report of the event is inside, together with “Tourin in Turin” the Italian Job 50 celebration and a tribute to the Cooper Car Company.

Plus much more in the usual 68 pages of news, views, events and technical stuff from the registrars.

Available only on subscription from this website for £35 a year in the UK.


Mike Brewer Project

Yorkshire Region members are in for a double treat at their December meeting as, in addition to the fish and chip supper, they will get a chance to see close up the Mk 1 Mini Cooper S being restored by Mike Brewer from the Wheeler Dealer show.

The rebuild is being undertaken by Acespeed Historic Motorsport and honorary member and regional host Andy Ace Harrison (pictured) will be interested to get members’ views.

There is an article on Mike’s plans in the December issue of MiniWorld and you can follow progress on the project during 2020 in Mini Magazine.


Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show review

Once again motoring enthusiasts flocked to Birmingham’s NEC in their thousands to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery. Over 71,000 attendees joined the three-day celebration and grand finale to the classic motoring show season.

Show Director Lee Masters said: “We are delighted to have welcomed so many enthusiasts and those in the industry to the show this year, especially in the current climate. Huge thanks as always to the motoring clubs who all put on tremendous displays, all our partners and exhibitors, and our amazing guests who brought the house down on the Live Stage.”

This year’s show theme had been embraced by the 300 motoring clubs in attendance with many cars featuring on their own ‘Top Trumps’ card. Visitors crowded round headline sponsor Lancaster Insurance’s stand to buy their special edition pack.

Wheeler Dealers’ Mike Brewer hosted a wealth of motoring talent on the Discovery Live Stage with Salvage Hunters: Classic Cars’ Drew Pritchard and Paul Cowland, and the Goblin Works Garage team Jimmy De Ville, Helen Stanley and Ant Partridge appearing over the weekend. They were joined by BTTC driver Jason Plato and Shed and Buried star Henry Cole as well as fantastic car parades and the three-day restoration of a Jaguar E-Type.

Of the sixteen stunning vehicles on the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, it was Dave Rippard’s 1959 Morris Mini Minor that received the top honours and the crystal trophy. The judges had meticulously inspected the cars in one of the closest results to date.

The hotly contested Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership competition saw 20 diverse cars in the final but it was Ted Brooke’s 1961 Morris Minor Million that lifted the winner’s trophy. Voted for by the visitors, second place went to Ian Cummins’ 1991 Mazda MX-5 while Tahmid Haque’s 1988 BMW E30 325i Sport came third.

It was the expert judges that decided the winners of the Classic Motorbike Show Pride of Ownership. Mark Taylor’s Ariel Square Four bike and sidecar came first with joint second going to father and son Alan and Paul Stopford with their two 1959 Triumph Bonnevilles. Third place went to Blake Hemmingway’s 1975 Honda XL250.

The Sporting Bears gave around 750 ‘Dream Rides’, a ten-mile passenger ride in one of over 80 cars available over the weekend. They raised just under £30,000 for various UK children’s charities.

A special test for the RAC Rally of the Tests within the NEC halls saw the crowds flock to the barrier as over 60 cars ranging from Minis to Porsches tackled an agility test before heading back out onto the road. The event was won by Steve Entwistle and Mark Appleton in their Morris Mini Cooper S, who were caught on camera on an earlier stage by club member Robert Clayson.

Silverstone Auctions two-day sale saw some record breaking results with the ex-works 1955 ‘Le Mans’ Triumph TR2 sold for £258,750, while the 2,000-mile Jaguar XJ220 sold for £362,812, both including premium.

The 2020 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, will take place from 13-15 November. For more information including when tickets go on sale, visit

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GRRC Fellowship welcomes Cooper racing dynasty

The GRRC Fellowship has welcomed Mike and Charlie Cooper into this unique international motorsport community, helping to mark the second anniversary of the Fellowship’s founding. The Coopers are the third and fourth generation members of a unique racing family, whose history in the sport dates back to the 1920s and has been crowned by winning the 1959 and 1960 Formula 1 world championships as well as creating the Mini-Cooper.

Goodwood has become to motorsport fans what Hogwarts is to wizards, and the Goodwood Fellowship is entering its third year as the best means for fans to get closer than ever to the action.

In 2019, Goodwood celebrated the Cooper name as never before with the 60th anniversary of our first Formula 1 world championship titles at the Revival,” said Mike Cooper.

Charlie and I, the family as a whole, have been left with indelible memories of the most magnificent gathering of Cooper racing cars and mementoes of our history, and the Fellowship means that we will stay close to the action throughout the year to come.”

One of the principal benefits of the Fellowship is the opportunity to buy tickets to the celebrated Goodwood Members’ Meeting, which opens the 2020 motorsport calendar on March 28-29 with a relaxed and informal weekend crammed full of historic racing action and crowned by the S.F. Edge Trophy for pre-1920 racing cars and the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group 1 saloon cars.

There is a really impressive range of benefits for the Fellowship to enjoy that really bring you closer to the heart of the Motor Circuit and the Festival of Speed,” Mike Cooper added. “Charlie and I will be delighted to wear our badges at every opportunity!”


Latest club news

The club’s committee meets five times a year and, ahead of the full minutes being posted on the website, here are the highlights from today’s meeting in Banbury.

Our finances are in good shape, running slightly ahead of budget, with a cash cushion for a rainy day.

This year’s events have been a great success and plans are in hand for 2020, with another Minis to the Alps and also to Champagne in the pipeline. The annual trip to Bournemouth is booked for 26-28 January with a sci fi theme.

Our plan for National Mini Day on 14 June is to celebrate and showcase the range of our members’ cars, with a possible theme of “We’re more than a Cooper”.

Interest in the club on social media is on the rise with over 17,000 followers on Facebook and nearly 3,000 in Twitter, plus increasing website visits.

MCR 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 club has grown over the years, broadening its membership to include modern MINIs as as well as classic cars, and the time is right to have a strategic review of our aims and objectives to ensure we have a clear vision of our future.

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