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by Lorraine Hampson



A reminder that our meetings are on the last Wednesday of the month at The Crooked Billet, London Road, Hook, Hants, RG27 9EH from 8pm. All members are very welcome, you don’t have to own a Mini Cooper – any mini will do! It doesn’t matter if you turn up without your mini either….just come along for a drink and a chat with other members. If you have any technical queries about your minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.



The Easter Mini Run by the Surrey Hills Mini Group was a great success with nearly 55 cars turning up at the start and….believe it or not…..the same number at the finish!

Our display of Thames Valley Region cars at the Classic Car Rally at the Popham Airfield on the 6th May 2019 was very enjoyable. Despite there being a chilly breeze it remained dry and there was a record number of cars attending, about 1400 apparently. Thanks to all who turned up and either brought or enjoyed (or both) the refreshments on offer.

Our summer run – The Thames Valley Tour 2019 on the 28th July is now full! Fantastic to hear this and thanks to Terry and Clive for the organisation. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for a distance of about 85 miles.
Contact Terry on or Clive on

For those of you planning to be at Brighton for the annual London to Brighton Run 2019, we look forward to catching up with you. Call in at the Mini Cooper Register stand and say hi! Fingers crossed for the weather, as always.

If you weren’t already aware then this year is the Mini’s 60th anniversary and many clubs and enthusiasts will be marking and celebrating this various ways. The MCR are proposing a display of cars in conjunction with the National Motor Museum’s Beaulieu Spring Autojumble over the weekend of 18th – 19th May 2019. We are looking to put on a display of 60 cars to cover the entire range of Mini production models spanning 1959 – 2000. If you are interested, please email your details with a description of your car to John Parnell: and include details of your car (with a photo), your name and contact details and which day you would like to attend (Sat, Sun or both days). Camping and caravanning is also available.

The MCR’s National Mini Day at Beaulieu is on the 9th June. There will be a celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Mini with a display of 60 Minis. If you are considering entering the Concours then you are advised to book early. There will be the usual line up of Competition and ex-works cars. A large number of specialist Mini traders are expected as well as the unique trunk trading area. The ticket line is now open for advance tickets. Look out for updates in CooperWorld, as always Marshalls are needed for the day, contact Tony on

Mini 60th Anniversary items are now available in our club shop and more goodies are being added on a regular basis….if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please ask. Have a look at the website Mini Cooper Register and click on club shop.


1st Sunday of each month: Bill Rawles Classic Cars Natter & Nibbles 10am-1pm Unit 2, Dukes Mill, Station Approach,Medstead, GU34 5EN First Sunday of every month in the summer between April to September, a coffee morning and consequently classic car show. This relaxed and informal event is open to any make and model, whether you are a customer or not, we don’t mind as we are just car enthusiasts too who enjoy the show. Bacon rolls, tea, coffee and cake is supplied (free for a charity donation).

1st Sunday of each month: Classic Car Sunday at the Departure Lounge, Alton All pre 1990 classic cars are welcome to the Classic Car Sunday meets that take place on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. The free meet starts from 2.00pm, where owners can take part in a chilled and relaxed Sunday afternoon classic car gathering. The site has ample free parking on a dedicated event field. The Cafe has full facilities.

19th May: LSMOC London to Brighton Mini run. Run by the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club. LSMOC.The premier mini run open to new, classic and mini derivatives.

18th-19th May: Beaulieu Spring Auto-jumble & Mini 60th celebration display

9th June: MCR National Mini Day at Beaulieu – Thames Valley Region club stand with gazebo

30th June: Barons Hindhead MINI brunch meet. London Rd, Hindhead GU26 6AE 10am-4pm They will be giving away some goodies at the event too for a couple of their competition winners; competitions on the day include Show & Shine, Modern MINI, Classic Mini.

28th July: Thames Valley Tour in conjunction with the TR club. This event has no competitive element, and is intended as an opportunity for you to drive your pride and joy through the picturesque Thames Valley for about 85 miles. See ad in CooperWorld.

4th August The annual Phyllis Tuckwell Classic Car Show has a new venue this year -Waverley Abbey School, Tilford Street, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2AE. Celebrating 40 years of Phyllis Tuckwell, with classic and vintage vehicles through the decades!
We welcome all types of motors, bikes, cars – the more the merrier! Join us a for a great day out, with music, food, stalls and much more in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

Date – Sunday 4th August

Time – From 10am

Venue – Waverley Abbey School, Tilford, GU10 2AE

Entry – £5 per vehicle

Application form:

17th August The Collectively Camberley Car Show 10am till 4pm. Spaces are limited for this town-centre show,sign up online. Now in its 8th year and raising funds for charity

15th Sept The Rural Life Centre at Tilford, Farnham 10am – 5pm The Classic vehicle Gathering returns to attract all manner of vintage vehicles. From motorbikes to Fords, Jaguars, Austins and Zephyrs, there will be plenty to delight classic vehicle fans.

21st Sept : The Herald Classic Car Show (Alton) The popular annual Alton Herald Classic Car Show returns to Alton town centre on Saturday 21st Sept 10am-4pm.
Hundreds of classic, vintage, American and military vehicles will line the whole town area. Live entertainment will be on offer in the Market Square.

20th-27th Sept Minis to Ireland

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Summer is just around the corner!



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