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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…..we’re quite a friendly bunch of people. If you have any technical queries about your Minis then there is bound to be somebody at the meeting who can help you.

NEXT MEETING – 25th September 2019


At the Goodwood Revival this year there were certainly plenty of Minis to be seen to celebrate 60 years of this British icon. There was a track parade of Minis every morning together with various interesting displays throughout the circuit, in fact it seemed like there were Minis everywhere you looked.

Not everyone uses Facebook but if you do, did you know about the Thames Valley Region’s Facebook group? It’s worth a look and you may even see photos of your car from the various events throughout the year. Clive has had some new Thames Valley Region car stickers made so you can pick one up at the meetings in Hook.
We’ll soon be arranging our Christmas meal at The Crooked Billet in Hook and we’ll let you know when a date has been decided upon.

In September’s issue of CooperWorld there was reports and photos from our region’s gathering at Hindhead MINI’s brunch meet and also from our Annual Summer Barbecue.

The Classic Vehicle gathering at the Rural Life Centre in Tilford on Sunday 15th September was an excellent event. Several of our Thames Valley regulars took their Minis there and the weather was very warm and sunny for this time of year.

From gearknobs and clothing to stickers and badges, you can find celebratory Mini 60th Anniversary items 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 summer 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 summer 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.

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

8th-10th November 2019 NEC Classic Motor Show. Not a Mini show but with around 300 vehicle club stands there will be plenty of Minis to see, together with a large autojumble, hundreds of specialist exhibitors, demonstrations and a host of celebrities! Well worth a visit! You can find a discount club code for Saturday or Sunday tickets in CooperWorld.

That’s all for now. Enjoy your Minis, whether driving them or working on them. Autumn is upon us but it’s not quite time to hibernate those Minis yet!



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