60th Anniversary Diamond Mini Tour

Not to be missed, this birthday celebration event is being held on Sunday 25th August, incorporating a 70 mile scenic route starting at the National Motorcycle Museum on J6 of the M42 and passing the Longbridge factory en route to the iconic Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, where there will be rally cars, trade stands and live 60’s music.

Organised by Tulip Rally Tours, the event is run in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice and Air Ambulance.

Latest news on the event is that two-times British Rally Champion Russell Brookes will be a guest at Shelsley Walsh, giving participants and visitors an opportunity to find out how the Mini contributed to his successful rallying career.

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

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National Mini Day Concours Results

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on Sunday 9 June for another successful National Mini Day.

Congratulations to all our Concours prize winners who were as follows:

Class Place Name Car
Class 1 2nd Scott Turner MK3 Cooper S
1st Chris Krzywiec MK1 Austin Cooper
Class 2 2nd Paul Winter MK2 Morris Cooper S
1st John Smith Broadspeed Mini
Class 3 2nd Brian Hulbert Rover Cooper
1st Robert Guy Rover Cooper
Class 4 No entries
Class 5 2nd Keith Stone Austin Mini Deluxe
1st Andy McPhail Mini Moke
Class 6 2nd James Finn Mini City
1st Oli Graves Austin Mini
Class 7 2nd Michael Healy Mini Cooper S
1st Wayne West Mini JCW GP

Beaulieu Cup winner from Classes 1 and 3 Scott Turner.

Chief Judge’s Special award (John White Cup) Bryan Purves.

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Works cars at IMM Bristol

On Sunday 11th August, IMM 2019 will be having a huge birthday party to celebrate the Mini’s 60th birthday! In addition to the trade stands, displays of special Minis & live music, the Sunday show will also host a Show & Shine, prize givings & much more.

All IMM weekend tickets will include free entry to the Birthday Party, although day visitors are also welcome from 9am with tickets available on the gate. With visitors confirmed to be attending from all over the World, this is going to be the biggest Mini 60 event in the country.

Our friends at Mini Sport plan to have a dedicated area next to their stand for all the Works Mini’s and other vehicles associated with them (bus & service barge etc) plus the people bringing them (2 tickets will be allocated per display vehicle).

Within this they would have a dedicated area for the BMC Veterans with seating & refreshments provided, where they can spend the afternoon, either choosing to be quiet & enjoy the Mini 60 festivities, or perhaps discussing the old days with old friends! Clive King would be on hand all day to organise & help, so everyone is comfortable with someone they mostly already know.

If you would like to be involved, please contact Mini Sport or go to the IMM website.

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All roads led to Beaulieu for National Mini Day

After two days of rain had threatened to dampen spirits and the National Motor Museum showground, the sun shone and the cars and their drivers came out in force to Beaulieu to celebrate 60 years of the Mini.

Once again, Graham Robson was holding the microphone, using his expert knowledge to keep everyone abreast of the activities taking place and conducting some fascinating interviews with our president Mike Cooper, Paddy Hopkirk and mechanics and drivers from the Abingdon works rally and race teams amongst others.

To celebrate the Mini’s birthday, there was a display of cars from 1959 up to the present day, representing a cross-section of models that were available from the factory over the years. The 1959 model was an especially early example, having been owned by renowned motoring journalist John Bolster.

Matthew Field was signing copies of his new book “The Self Preservation Society: 50 Years of The Italian Job” along with David Salamone, who played Dominic the driver of the red Mini in the film, and it proved so popular that they ran out of copies before noon. Not to leave anyone disappointed, all those who ordered on the day will receive signed copies sent by post.

The concours at National Mini Day is rightly considered to be the pinnacle of detailing within the mini world and owners spend considerable sums of money and time ensuring that their cars meet the exacting standards of the judges. Based on seven classes, competition was as keen as ever with Scott Turner taking the coveted Beaulieu Trophy with his Cooper S Mk3

To close the day, official presentations were made by president Mike Cooper to the club winners for 2018 announced at the Annual General Meeting.

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The Italian Job at National Mini Day

Author Matthew Field has followed up his original work, which he wrote at the age of 19, with a new 335-page book “The Self Preservation Society: 50 Years of The Italian Job” to celebrate the iconic film’s anniversary.

The book is based on more than 50 in-depth interviews with the cast and crew, and beautifully illustrated with hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and production documents from the film makers’ private collection.

Matthew will be signing copies of the book along with David Salamone, who played Dominic the driver of the red Mini in the film, at our National Mini Day at Beaulieu on Sunday 9th.

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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.


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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.


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.”


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