Mini Cooper Reg­is­ter Na­tional Mini Day

Fence to fence Minis at Beaulieu’s big mar­que show

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Contents - Lorraine Hamp­son

With ev­ery­thing from the very first MkI up to present-day Minis, the Mini Cooper Reg­is­ter’s 33rd Na­tional Mini Day of­fered some­thing for ev­ery­one.

There were sev­eral fea­ture dis­plays in the main arena this year, in­clud­ing a gath­er­ing of Cooper and Cooper S MkIIs, plus an ‘off the wall’ col­lec­tion of sprinted, sec­tioned, chopped and mod­i­fied Minis. Ad­ja­cent to the main arena was the ex-works and com­pe­ti­tion cars dis­play, which is al­ways an enor­mously pop­u­lar fea­ture of the event. The con­cours com­pe­ti­tion proved equally im­pres­sive.

Leg­nedary Mini rally driver, Paddy Hop­kirk, was a pop­u­lar guest, as ever, al­ways hav­ing time for a chat. CCW con­trib­u­tor Fuzz Town­shend – also of Car SOS fame – was in­ter­viewed live and con­ducted a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion after which he signed au­to­graphs.

Mike Cooper, son of the late John Cooper, awarded the many prizes and tro­phies and ex­pe­ri­enced MC and com­men­ta­tor, Gra­ham Rob­son, kept ev­ery­one in­formed and en­ter­tained through­out the day.

The dis­play of works Minis is al­ways an im­pres­sive sight at Beaulieu’s Na­tional Mini Day.

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