CLUB COR­NER

New Zealand Classic Car - - CONTENTS -

The Mini Cooper Car Club was formed af­ter an ad­ver­tise­ment placed in the cars-for-sale sec­tion of the NZ Her­ald gath­ered a few likely Cooper mem­bers at the band ro­tunda in the Auck­land Domain, on a long week­end early in the 1980s. At the time, the only other Mini club in New Zealand was a Mini 7 race club.

The club is a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, gen­er­ally open to Cooper own­ers, and a Reg­is­ter has been formed. The club also joined Mo­tor­sport NZ so mem­bers could at­tend mo­tor-rac­ing events with other clas­sic-car clubs, and hold its own speed events and car tri­als.

In the early ’90s the club was joined by more en­thu­si­asts through the rein­tro­duc­tion of the Cooper name, and the pro­duc­tion of the new-gen­er­a­tion Rover Mini Coop­ers.

This sig­nalled an up­surge of in­ter­est in Minis, and other clubs formed within the main cen­tres to cater for lo­cal Cooper own­ers’ needs.

In the early 2000s the Mini Cooper Car Club be­came more of a reg­is­ter for clas­sic Mini Coop­ers, and once again, mem­bers’ ranks were re­freshed with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Bmw-built Coop­ers. How­ever, the newer Coop­ers tended to join lo­cal clubs (and Club MINI) and, in many cases, had no need for a club. As a re­sult, the Reg­is­ter of the 1961 to 1972 and 1990 to 2000 Mini Coop­ers has be­come the main fo­cus of the club to­day.

Tony Maul­der has looked af­ter and ex­panded this reg­is­ter since the ’80s, and now lists about 300 clas­sic Mini Coop­ers that have been, or are, Nz-reg­is­tered Mini Coop­ers.

The reg­is­ter can help in au­then­ti­cat­ing gen­uine Mini Coop­ers, weed­ing out the less-than-gen­uine ma­chines that have ap­peared since the rapid in­crease in the value and col­lectabil­ity of gen­uine Mini Coop­ers through­out to­day’s mo­tor­ing world.

At present some Mini Cooper own­ers from the reg­is­ter get to­gether, usu­ally at the an­nual Eller­slie Con­cours, for a car show, but gen­er­ally mix and min­gle with the other New Zealand-based Mini clubs.

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