News and Events

  • The latest edition of CooperWorld is hitting the doormats July 3, 2020 - The July edition of CooperWorld is now out, packed with news, views, reports and all the usual technical stuff. This month, Geoff Marr’s search of the archive comes up with news from the 1961 Scottish Motor Show, Stephen Dalton goes even further back with a look at the 1948 Luton Hoo Speed Trials and Mini … Continue reading "The latest edition of CooperWorld is hitting the doormats"
  • Minis to the Alps cancelled June 25, 2020 - With Motor Sport UK not issuing any licenses and social distancing measures still in place, the 2020 Minis to the Alps has now officially been cancelled. Despite the best efforts of Peter Moss and Robert Young to facilitate the running of this year’s event, it has been decided to postpone until 2021 with all entrants … Continue reading "Minis to the Alps cancelled"
  • Mini Sport renew sponsorship June 17, 2020 - We are pleased to welcome long-standing supporters Mini Sport as joint club sponsors for another year. Like all clubs, with no event income this year, money is tight and sponsors provide a lifeline in these challenging times. A family firm, Mini Sport’s restoration and serving work is carried out at their premises in Burnley from … Continue reading "Mini Sport renew sponsorship"
  • Goodwood cancels with future of estate under threat June 16, 2020 - Goodwood Road Racing Club have taken the decision not to hold the Festival of Speed and Revival in 2020. While ticket holders will be given the option to roll their tickets over into 2021, or request a refund, the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, owner of the Goodwood Estate, is seeking support for a new … Continue reading "Goodwood cancels with future of estate under threat"
  • Hagerty Insurance renew sponsorship June 13, 2020 - With the loss of its flagship National Mini Day still fresh in the mind, Mini Cooper Register (MCR) has been boosted by the news that Hagerty Insurance is to renew its sponsorship deal from 1 July. Run by avid classic car owners and enthusiasts, Hagerty is dedicated to the development of specialist insurance and do … Continue reading "Hagerty Insurance renew sponsorship"
  • National Mini Day cancelled June 10, 2020 - Chairman Robert Young has announced today that, in the light of continuing measures to combat Covid-19, the club’s flagship event, expected to attract 3,000 people, has been cancelled. Plans will now be made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Mini Cooper in 2021. “I know that the decision will come as a huge disappointment, … Continue reading "National Mini Day cancelled"
  • Club weathering virus storm June 7, 2020 - The arrival of Covid-19 into the country brought life as we knew it to a halt, with all leisure activities, including car shows and events, impacted from the middle of March. For Mini Cooper Register (MCR), its annual National Mini Day, held at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, is the club’s largest single source … Continue reading "Club weathering virus storm"
  • CooperWorld is out today June 1, 2020 - Despite no shows or events to report on, our editor, Paul Sulma, supported by members who sent in their own personal Mini stories, has produced the usual high-quality 68-page edition. You can relive the production of Mini number one million in 1965, read part one of Robert Clayson’s story of his entry in the Mini … Continue reading "CooperWorld is out today"
  • 1964 Mini Cooper S Restoration May 29, 2020 - Our friends at Mini Sport have recently completed work on restoring a 1964 Mini Cooper S for a customer who had a very distinct image in mind for his car. Wanting a ‘cool London zoom around Mini’ the work incorporated a colour change from White to Brewster Green and a 1960’s racing feel interior. “We … Continue reading "1964 Mini Cooper S Restoration"
  • Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show cancelled May 27, 2020 - As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, which had been postponed until August, has now been called off.   In a statement, the organisers said:   “Everyone involved in putting the show together is extremely disappointed that the ultimate restoration experience … Continue reading "Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show cancelled"
  • New show dates at Gaydon May 13, 2020 - The British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire has announced that both the National Metro & Mini Show and the BMC & Leyland Show are to be moved from their planned dates in June and July and combined into a single event which will be held, Government Covid-19 guidelines permitting, on Sunday 6th September. This … Continue reading "New show dates at Gaydon"
  • Latest news on shows April 20, 2020 - The British Motor Museum has announced that all shows and events up to Sunday 21 June have been cancelled or postponed. As yet, no decision has been taken over the National Metro & Mini Show to be held on that date or the BMC & Leyland Show the following month. The club’s National Mini Day … Continue reading "Latest news on shows"
  • National Mini Day 2020 March 26, 2020 - In the light of current government measures to combat the coronavirus, it has been agreed with the National Motor Museum to postpone this event until Sunday 16 August. All booking and tickets will be valid for the new date and Mini Cooper Register looks forward to welcoming all our visitors to Beaulieu in August.
  • World Cup Rally 50 postponed March 18, 2020 - Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and measures announced by the government on Monday to combat the disease, the Historic Marathon Rally Group (HMRG) have announced the postponement of the WCR50 event due to be held on the 19 April. In a statement, HMRG said “We have had concerns for the health and well being … Continue reading "World Cup Rally 50 postponed"
  • Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration takes shape March 8, 2020 - Plans for this new event to be held as part of the BMC & Leyland Show at the British Motor Museum are taking shape. Although not a Mini Cooper Register event as such, club members are amongst a small organising group leading the way and, following a meeting at the Museum on the 7th, the … Continue reading "Abingdon Works Motorsport Celebration takes shape"
  • 2020 HRCR Mini Sport Championship March 5, 2020 - The 2020 HRCR Open Day and Mini Sport Cup Registration at the British Motor Museum on Saturday 12 January saw the start of this year’s Championship, with competitors from all over the country coming together for a catch up and the opportunity to sign on for the 2020 season. With entries opening for the 2020 Championship, … Continue reading "2020 HRCR Mini Sport Championship"
  • It’s CooperWorld time ! March 1, 2020 - The latest edition of our acclaimed magazine is out with a striking front cover showing a scene from the 2019 Northumberland Borders Rally.   Inside there is a report on the members weekend in Bournemouth, part 2 of Stephen Chandler’s “In the footsteps of Charlie Croker”, more Things Electrical and Stephen Dalton’s fascinating “Old Cooper … Continue reading "It’s CooperWorld time !"
  • Reis Race Retro report February 25, 2020 - Reis Race Retro, Europe’s number one historic motorsport show, secured a ‘podium finish’ with enthusiasts who braved the inclement weather over the weekend and hailed the 2020 event ‘the best ever.’   With over 140 rally cars in action, a stellar line-up of celebrity drivers and guests, over 24,200 attendees visited Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park for … Continue reading "Reis Race Retro report"
  • Motorsport at the Palace February 20, 2020 - The Sevenoaks and District Motor Club have just opened the entries for their sprint, car show and bike demonstration (pre-1972 bikes) at Crystal Palace. (Sprint entries are welcome from all clubs affiliated with ACSMS, AEMC, ASWMC and ASEMC) They would love to see a full sprint entry this year and a wide range of cars … Continue reading "Motorsport at the Palace"
  • Annual General Meeting February 12, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "Annual General Meeting"
  • Countdown to Race Retro February 9, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "Countdown to Race Retro"
  • February CooperWorld is out February 7, 2020 - 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. … Continue reading "February CooperWorld is out"
  • VE Day celebration at the Goodwood Revival February 4, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "VE Day celebration at the Goodwood Revival"
  • World Cup Rally 50th anniversary February 2, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "World Cup Rally 50th anniversary"
  • Abingdon Works Motorsport Show January 31, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "Abingdon Works Motorsport Show"
  • National Metro & Mini Show January 27, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "National Metro & Mini Show"
  • Mini Sport to sponsor IMM January 24, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "Mini Sport to sponsor IMM"
  • Goodwood Members’ Meeting news January 20, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "Goodwood Members’ Meeting news"
  • HRCR Open Day 2020 January 17, 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 … Continue reading "HRCR Open Day 2020"
  • Beaulieu booking line is open January 15, 2020 - Tickets for our National Mini Day at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu on Sunday 14 June are now available. All Minis, classic and modern, are welcome. To book your place, click on the link below. https://www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/mini-cooper-register-rally/
  • National Mini Day preparations are underway January 7, 2020 - 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 … Continue reading "National Mini Day preparations are underway"
  • Happy New Year December 30, 2019 - Best wishes to all Mini enthusiasts for 2020 from everyone at Mini Cooper Register. Our first event of the new year will be the Brooklands Mini Day on Sunday 22 March, where the Thames Valley Region has 15 spaces available on its display. Please note that we are participating in, but not organising, this event, … Continue reading "Happy New Year"
  • Become a CooperWorld reader in 2o20 December 19, 2019 - 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, … Continue reading "Become a CooperWorld reader in 2o20"
  • Race Retro is back December 16, 2019 - Race Retro is back revving its way to Stoneleigh Park, Coventry from 21-23 February 2020. With over 24,000 visitors, the show each year brings together the biggest turnout of racing drivers, preparers, traders and enthusiasts. For more information on what’s on offer, check out Cliff Porter’s report on this year’s event in the April edition … Continue reading "Race Retro is back"
  • New year, new look December 11, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "New year, new look"
  • Mini Sport Calendar 2020 December 8, 2019 - Our friends at Mini Sport have launched their 2020 calendar. Here’s what they have to say. Make 2020 a fantastic year with this high quality A3 250gsm silk paper, Limited Edition Mini Sport 2020 calendar. Each month shows a quality Mini image from the celebrating the 2019 Season from Mini Sport. Included on the calendar … Continue reading "Mini Sport Calendar 2020"
  • It’s CooperWorld time again November 30, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "It’s CooperWorld time again"
  • Mike Brewer Project November 22, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "Mike Brewer Project"
  • The HERO RAC Rally of Tests 2019 report November 14, 2019 - Mini Sport’s Cara Jackson takes us through the event won by Steve Entwistle, who piloted Paddy Hopkirk’s 6EMO to victory over three days, plus a Thursday evening Prologue to determine the start order, from Torquay to Chester, through rain, mud and snow. Maintained and prepared at Mini Sport, Paddy’s Morris Cooper S already had a … Continue reading "The HERO RAC Rally of Tests 2019 report"
  • Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show review November 11, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show review"
  • Planning for National Mini Day 2020 is underway November 4, 2019 - National Mini Day, which returns to Beaulieu for its 39th year on Sunday 14 June, has always been one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Mini calendar. Next year, the event will be around the theme of “We’re more than a Cooper” showcasing the wide range of members’ cars across the Mini range … Continue reading "Planning for National Mini Day 2020 is underway"
  • The latest edition of CooperWorld rolls off the presses November 1, 2019 - THE FIRST OF THE MONTH MEANS COOPERWORLD IS OUT It’s the beginning of November and that means the latest edition of CooperWorld is hitting the doormats of subscribers with the usual 68 pages packed with reports and photos from some of this summer’s events, including The Goodwood Revival, Stanford MiniFest, Donnington Park MINI Challenge and … Continue reading "The latest edition of CooperWorld rolls off the presses"
  • GRRC Fellowship welcomes Cooper racing dynasty October 29, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "GRRC Fellowship welcomes Cooper racing dynasty"
  • Latest club news October 27, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "Latest club news"
  • The Italian Job 50 years on October 22, 2019 - Neil and Jo Burgess of the Herts and North London region teamed up with Cliff Porter and Derek Wilkins of the Warwickshire region, with support from Jeff Ruggles, to take their Red, White and Blue Minis to meet up with an E-Type/XK touring event for a few days fun in Turin and a farewell meal … Continue reading "The Italian Job 50 years on"
  • October Off Peak Run hits another high October 21, 2019 - Despite the weather, the 2019 event across the Brecon Beacons organised by club youth co-ordinator Jack Ward and his wife Danielle was another success. With plenty of rain to contend with as participants drove to the start point at Merthyr Tydfil on Friday afternoon, the roads were just that bit more challenging than usual, but … Continue reading "October Off Peak Run hits another high"
  • International Mini Meeting 2020 October 15, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "International Mini Meeting 2020"
  • All roads lead to the NEC for final show October 9, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "All roads lead to the NEC for final show"
  • HRCR Mini Sport Cup 2019 October 1, 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 … Continue reading "HRCR Mini Sport Cup 2019"
  • Minis to Ireland awards September 29, 2019 - 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 … Continue reading "Minis to Ireland awards"