Paddy Hopkirk joins National Mini Day

Mini Cooper legend and club honorary member Paddy Hopkirk will be joining our National Mini Day at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on Sunday 9 June.

Paddy, who is a brand ambassador for our sponsor Mini Sport, will be on their stand from 12.00 – 2.00, so do go along and say hello.

The early bird ticket offer is now closed, but you can still pay on the day for £14.50 a person in a Mini and £17.50 in another car.

Paddy’s iconic Monte Carlo winning car, 33EJB, is on display at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon and you can see it at the National Metro & Mini Show on Sunday 4 August when the Warwickshire region will be flying the flag for the club with a display of 20 cars depicting a range of models and ages.

We understand that the World Record attempt involving 600 cars due to take place the day before has been cancelled.

 

 

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Blowing The Bloody Doors Off – Hagerty’s Italian Job

There can’t be a single movie fan that doesn’t know the words uttered by Michael Caine as a white van explodes whilst the crooks prepare for their upcoming crime in the iconic British film The Italian Job

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the film starring Noel Coward and Caine as gang leader Charlie Croker and, to mark the occasion, Hagerty Classic Cars UK, in conjunction with Petroleum & Co, made their own version of the chase in the grounds of Stowe School.

Directed by Peter Collinson and produced by Michael Deeley, who had to overcome indifference at BMC to their being involved in that project, the film is famous for the car chase through the streets of Turin and Italian countryside, including a sequence on Fiat’s Lingotto roof-top test track.

In May, Deeley, a former pupil at Stowe School, was to be the guest of honour at their annual speech day, so Hagerty decided to approach the school to see if they could shoot a chase sequence through the grounds.

A link to the five minute film is available on our Facebook pages and an article on how it came about will feature in a future edition of CooperWorld.

Enjoy!

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Club members out in force on a busy weekend

The weekend of 18/19th May proved a busy one for MCR members with the 25th Spring Autojumble taking place at Beaulieu over both days and the London to Brighton Rally on Sunday.

Rover Cooper Registrar John Parnell had spent many weeks assembling a display of 58 vehicles to celebrate the Mini’s birthday, ranging from an early 1959 model to one of the last to be produced at Longbridge in September 2000.

On Sunday, Events Co-ordinator Justin Ridyard and his team were manning the club stand, in association with our sponsors Mini Sport, on Madeira Drive, Brighton to welcome the drivers on their arrival from London. Included in the display was a MINI that had made the journey from Edinburgh.

Many thanks to all the car owners and helpers who gave of their time to fly the flag for the club.

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Goodwood Revival to pay homage to Cooper Car Company’s motoring success

In the late 1940s, a family-run firm was founded in a small garage in Surrey. Little did that family know that business would go on to be one of the most significant motor manufacturers in British history.

Sixty years after the company’s triumph in the Formula 1 World Championship, Goodwood will pay homage to the Cooper Car Company with a jaw-dropping cavalcade of its best machines at this year’s Revival over the weekend of 13-15 September.

John Cooper, along with his father Charles, started work in their Surbiton garage by building 500cc Formula Three cars. With the driver placed in front of the engine for practicality reasons, the seeds had been sewn for what would become the future of single seater motor racing.

The Cooper 500 soon drew the attention of the racing fraternity, and future stars such as Stirling Moss, Peter Collins, Ken Tyrrell and Bernie Ecclestone all came knocking at the Cooper door. Cooper soon became the go-to specialist manufacturer for privateer racing teams, dominating the world of Formula 3 between 1951 and 1954. Fast forward just five years and the Cooper works team, with Jack Brabham at the wheel of a Cooper T51, won the Formula One World Championship in both 1959 and 1960, the T51 becoming the first rear-engined car to do so.

After a degree of success at the Indy 500, rival manufacturers overtook Cooper over the coming years. Following the death of Charles Cooper in 1964, the team departed the world of Formula 1 in 1969.

The most famous connection for Cooper, however, is arguably that with the Mini. John Cooper’s development of the diminutive British saloon, originally built for the road, dominated saloon car racing and rallying throughout the 1960s, and took famous victories at the 1964, 1965 and 1967 Monte Carlo Rallies. The Cooper name is still very much involved with Mini to this day, and the company John Cooper Works, originally founded by John’s son Michael in 2000, produces parts and accessories for the BMW MINI.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Goodwood has decided to honour my father and the team 60 years on from securing its first World Championship,” said Mike Cooper, John Cooper’s son and Mini Cooper Register Honorary President.

“It’s extra special that the celebration is being held at Goodwood, as the Cooper family holds the distinction of being the only fourth-generation family to compete at Goodwood. My Grandfather, Charles, raced 500 F3s, my father raced 500 F3s and Formula 2 cars, while myself and my son Charlie have both competed in the St Mary’s Trophy in 2009 and 2018 respectively.”

“It will be a truly fitting occasion to look back and celebrate the past 60 years of Cooper.”

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New Mini display at British Motor Museum

To add to the Mini60 birthday celebrations, the British Motor Museum, home of the three Monte Carlo winning cars, has put on a new display on the mezzanine floor of its Gaydon headquarters.

Until recently, the area was occupied by a display featuring some of the cars from TV’s Car SOS programme, but now all the Museum’s Minis are in one place for everyone to see.

The venue will be host to the annual National Metro & Mini Show on Sunday 4 August at which the club’s Warwickshire branch will be having its own display of 20 cars from across the range outside the museum entrance.

For more information, click here

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Spring Autojumble latest news

It is just over two weeks until the 25th Beaulieu Spring Autojumble and preparations for the club’s display to celebrate Mini60 are nearing completion.

So far, we have 55 cars taking part from one of the earliest 850cc models produced in 1959 right up to the very end of production in 2000, and a kaleidoscope of factory colours, some of which are rarely seen today.

Amongst those on display are ex-works cars, a Mini Cooper police car, two coach-built Radfords, one of them a rare Traveller version and the other the 1966 BBC Adam Adamant TV series car, which was featured in the recently-published Mini World anniversary bookazine.

Also, we have a complete cross-section of Mini Coopers from the 1960s, 1970s and 1990s, Mini vans and pick-ups, a Riley Elf and an Italian Innocenti Mini Cooper.

Club organiser John Parnell said “My event email inbox has been very busy and everyone has had personal replies.”

“There has been a lot of enthusiasm for this display and it is a pleasure to promote the whole weekend as a destination event that will entertain on multiple levels.”

All those taking part will receive a memento of the event from the National Motor Museum.

For more event information and how to book tickets go to https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/spring-autojumble/

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Stanford Hall Mini Fest 2019

Mini Cooper Register Warwickshire region will again have a stand at this annual event organised by the British Mini Club at Stanford Hall in Leicestershire.

Make a note of the date which is Sunday 15 September.

The event runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm and club members looking to join the display should email jfilor@talktalk.net

Tickets cost £10 (free for children under 12), discounted for BMC members and exhibitors.

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Isle of Wight Region announced

Regional Co-ordinator Richard Sign has announced the launch of the club’s latest region on the Isle of Wight.

Meetings will take place at 11.00 am at The Hare and Hounds Pub, Downend Road, Newport, PO30 2NU on the last Sunday of each month starting from the end of May to the end of the Summer with a run organised afterwards.

Check out all the regions on our website and in CooperWorld.

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Club to display National Metro & Mini Day

Mini Cooper Register will be making a first appearance at the British Motor Museum’s National Metro & Mini Show, supported by Peter James Insurance, which is being held on Sunday 4 August at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

This popular annual event is a little later than usual this year, but the wait will be worth it as the Museum will be buzzing with Mini 60 celebrations and, coming the weekend before the International Mini Meeting in Bristol, it should prove popular for Mini enthusiasts.

MCR’s Warwickshire region will be displaying 20 cars, details of which will be confirmed shortly.

The Museum is home to an array of historic Minis dating back to 621 AOK, the very first produced in 1959. Also on display will be the iconic X411 JOP, the last ever to come off the Longbridge production line in 2000.