International Mini Meeting 2020

As host of the “International Mini Meeting 2020” the Mini IG Bamberg is looking forward to welcoming the owners of classic Minis and new MINIs from all over the world back to Germany after 2010.

The idea for an International Mini-Meeting started in 1978 in Germany and was extended after some years so that the IMMs take place all over Europe and come to England every 5 years to celebrate the Mini-Jubilee.

IMM 2020 will take place on the weekend of 4 – 8 June 2020 in Geiselwind in the Bavarian region of Franconia. The central location is an ideal place for mini-owners from near and far to meet old friends and perhaps find new friends while you take part in a variety of games and activities.

For more information, check out the website


All roads lead to the NEC for final show

With the arrival of autumn, the outdoor event season is now winding down, but the club still has two more for members to join in with the Off Peak Run to the Brecon Beacons on 19-20 October and the Northumberland Borders Rally on 16 November.

The last big national event of the year is the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, to be held over the weekend of 8-10 November.

Described by club events co-ordinator Justin Ridyard as “pure classic car heaven”, this is an event not to be missed for any classic car owner, collector, enthusiast, car club member or anyone with a passion for classic cars.

The show brings together the world’s largest gathering of 300 car and motorcycle clubs with over 3,000 iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes on display across seven halls at Birmingham’s NEC, as well the opportunity to shop from the UK’s largest indoor autojumble and specialist traders.

We will be there with our usual display, so do come along and say hello to Justin and his team.

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HRCR Mini Sport Cup 2019

Mini Sports Cara Jackson reports on the final round of this year’s competition.

Sunday 22nd September saw nine Mini Sport crews gear up to compete in the Ford Parts Cheviot Stages Rally for the Final Round of the 2019 HRCR Mini Sport Cup.

Competing over the course of 13 stages on the notoriously difficult Otterburn Ranges, the Mini crews had honours to battle for, with pole position in all the Classes still up for grabs.

Despite the previous announcement that the Mini Sport Cup victory for 2019 had already been claimed by Clive King and Anton Bird, under closer examination it was soon realised that due to the bonus points available on Flanders, the title could be stolen by Clive’s son Craig King!

Realising the Championship win was still within reach, Craig, teaming up with Clare Jennings for the Cheviot was ready to give it his all on the rally. With the very short time between Flanders & Cheviot – just 2 weeks, Craig only had time to give the Mini a quick check over, being forced to deal the previous issue that the car was unable to rev past 6000rpm.

Fresh with the knowledge that his son Craig could take the Championship from his grasp, Clive King, teaming with Anton Bird needed to win their Class, or at least bag 2nd to beat Craig’s score on the Championship leaderboard.

With the water leak from Flanders cured with a new Water Pump and a full check over of the Mini, Clive andAnton got off to a confident start. Stage 1 went smoothly, with the exception of a ‘moment’ where the Mini ended up on two wheels as the crew hit a hole on the inside of a left handed bend! A little shaken from the stunt driving that had ensued, Clive and Anton quickly settled in to their usual fast-paced, top-notch rallying, the next three Stages running smoothly, finishing top of Cat 1, securing the Championship for definite this time!

After a truly enthralling year’s rallying, the 2019 Championship has now drawn to a close. We’re delighted to announce that it was a ‘clean sweep’ for Mini Sport, with all four of our ‘Team Mini Sport’ crews winning their respective Categories: Mini Sport Cup 2019 Champions – Clive King & Anton Bird, Cat 2 Champions – Craig King & Adrian Lloyd, Cat 3 Champions – Jack Hartley & Gary Dawes and finally, Open Class Champions – John Cressey & Martin Cressey… Winning with Mini Sport!

We are so appreciative of all the crews who competed this year, and we hope to see you again in 2020!

The Yokohama prize of two regulation tyres, used throughout the Championship, was awarded to Clive King, won the 5L of Penrite Classic Mini Oil & the Questmead prize for best improvement on seeding was awarded to Jack Hartley, with Craig King winning the Snap-On Prize!

Cat 1:
1st – Clive King/Anton Bird

2nd – Ken Pryce/Don James

3rd – Roy Jarvis/Luke Greaves

Cat 2:
1st – Craig King/Adrian Lloyd

2nd – Andy Jarman/Paul Davies

Cat 3:
1st – Jack Hartley/Gary Dawes

Open Class:
1st – John Cressey/Martin Cressey

1st – John Cressey/Martin Cressey

2nd – Clive King/Anton Bird

3rd – Ken Pryce/Don James

Although the 2019 HRCR Mini Sport Cup has drawn to a close, it is only two weeks to go until Mull Rally – a favourite event amongst our crews and many of our Minis have entered.

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the HRCR Mini Sport Cup – Mini Sport, Mintex, Yokohama, Penrite and Questmead – without whom there wouldn’t be a Championship.

Words by Cara Jackson of Mini Sport

Photos courtesy of  Andrew Hern.

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Minis to Ireland awards

Mini Cooper Register’s popular annual tour to Ireland, held from the 20-27 September, began and ended in County Wexford, taking in Bantry Bay, the Glen of Aherlow, Cashel and the historic Hill of Tara along the way.

The 40 cars covered up to 200 miles a day and, on the closing night, club chairman Robert Young presented two awards sponsored by Mini Sport

The Route Master winners, who have to answer a hundred observation questions along the route over the week, were Ian and Carole Potter, who correctly answered 93.

The Spirit of the Event Award, given to the person who best encompasses the spirit of the event, went to Declan Grogan who, on numerous occasions, went out of his way to help other competitors who had problems over the tough 1,300 mile route around Ireland.

More “Minis To” tours are planned for 2020, details of which will be in the club’s monthly magazine CooperWorld.

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Goodwood announces 2020 dates

As a record-breaking 2019 motorsport season closes at Goodwood, the dates of its flagship motorsport events for 2020 have been announced.

The dates for the three motorsport events will be:

  –  78th Members’ Meeting to be held on 28-29 March

  –  Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard on 9-12 July

  –  Goodwood Revival on 11-13 September

In 2019, Goodwood enjoyed a vintage year that was met with an increase in attendance numbers and media exposure, driven by the unique content created for each event.

It is now confirmed that the 78th Members’ Meeting will open the 2020 Goodwood season on 28-29 March, which is an update of the previous provisional date of 4-5 April. As an event catering purely for members of the Goodwood Road & Racing Club and the GRRC Fellowship, the Members’ Meeting features a diverse array of races including the S.F. Edge Trophy for pre-1923 cars and the Gerry Marshall Trophy for Group One touring cars from 1970-81.

This year’s 77th Members’ Meeting featured a special field of 60 classic racing Minis (and their derivatives such as the Countryman and Wolseley Hornet) for the Betty Richmond Trophy to celebrate the iconic British car’s 60th anniversary. The announcement of similar unique features for the 78th Members’ Meeting will be made in due course.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard will be staged on 9-12 July 2020, in its traditional position just one week prior to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

In 2019 the Festival of Speed drew 200,000 visitors who saw the world debut of 22 new cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles from 21 manufacturers, including pre-launch ‘camouflage cars’ and ‘closed room’ presentations. A further 26 recently-launched vehicles made their first dynamic appearances anywhere in the world.

Closing the 2020 season will be the Goodwood Revival, to be held on 11-13 September. Details of the races, the celebrations and commemorations that take place amid the period pageantry will be announced throughout the lead-in to the event.

This year, the 150,000 Revival visitors enjoyed new standards in authenticity and provenance among the competing cars, including the spectacular Brooklands Trophy for pre-1930 Bentley sports cars with its period-correct ‘hood up/hood down’ race format.


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Minis to Ireland 2019

Amongst the club’s most popular events are the “Minis To” tours, including the annual trip to the Emerald Isle which, this year, started on Friday 20 September with the afternoon sailing from Fishguard to Rosslare.

After a first night spent in Enniscorthy, Wexford, it was on to Bantry Bay for two nights and out to the Glen of Aherlow and Cashel.

The full itinerary is on page 16 of the April issue of CooperWorld and here are some photographs taken by members along the way.

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Website refresh

As part of our aim to have the best communications with our members and everyone with an interest in the club’s activities, the committee will be discussing a refresh of the website and social media platforms at the October meeting.

The website now carries a regular news service, comprising some 6/7 items each month and the events section details the club’s own member activities and national events in which we play a part.

We are updating the club regional pages into a common format, outlining where the region is based, the meeting venue and dates, regional events for the year and how you can get in touch with the regional co-ordinator. These will be completed by the end of the month.

All the regions welcome prospective new members to their meetings, which are informal and usually held in a local pub.

Some regions have their own Facebook pages, as well as the two club ones, so do check out what’s happening in Essex, Kent, Thames Valley and Yorkshire

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Castle Combe Mini Action Day

The club will have a stand at this event to be held on Saturday 28 September, arranged by Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset regional lead, David Dangerfield.

Club/trade admission is from 7.00am.

The event has had over 28,000 views on our Facebook page and, judging by the comments, is proving very popular, being one of the last big outdoor Mini events of the year. Although the club display quickly filled up, tickets for the event, including booking track time, can be obtained from

Advice from the organisers is to wear comfortable shoes and bring a camping chair. The viewing banks get you up and close to the track action, however they do not have stalls or chairs around the circuit.

(Photographs courtesy of Anthony Fowler)

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September issue of CooperWorld is out

The September issue of our club magazine CooperWorld is just out with 68 pages of news and views.
There is a look back at the racing career of Christabel Carlisle, round 4 of the HRCR Mini Sport Cup, the Brands Hatch MINI Festival, regional events and much more.

Subscriptions start at £35 a year, reducing to £32 for the second year if renewing by direct debit.


New Yorkshire regional contact announced

Andy Ace Harrison, who is one of our Honorary Members and is well known for his racing successes and also for his business Acespeed, is the new Regional Contact for Yorkshire.

Andy is opening his Mini themed cafe at Acespeed and would like to invite members to join him at his premises for monthly meets on the evening of the last Wednesday of each month and, possibly, other events in the future.

For more information, please contact Ace at: Acespeed, 111 Biggate, Windhill, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 2BT. Tel 01274 585803 or

New members can join the club by taking out an annual subscription to our magazine CooperWorld, which is published monthly throughout the year, priced £35 (£32 on renewal if paid by direct debit).