So last Saturday, on the 28th March 2015 the highly anticipated ‘Cooper Mini Day’ at Mini Sport arrived. As the debut of the ‘Cooper Mini day’ we felt overwhelmed by the fantastic response from Mini enthusiasts across the country and despite terrible weather and lashings of rain, we received a brilliant turn-out of people excited to see the exhibition of Mini’s, explore Mini Sport, take advantage of our popular Rolling Road and of course, meet our very special guest, Michael John Cooper.
The event was an exclusive celebration of all things Cooper and was launched following the conversions of three Cooper 500’s we worked on earlier that week. The proud owners of the cars, James, Jack and Alan are all members of the ‘Rover Mini Cooper Sport 500/2000 Register’, one of the largest Mini clubs created specifically for owners and enthusiasts of the genuine Cooper Sport 500’s. The Cooper Car Company conversion kits are becoming increasingly popular, with John Cooper conversions renowned across the world. The retro conversions are available for all Cooper SPi models from 1992 onwards, developed to enhance the Mini Cooper driving experience. The prospect of converting three 500’s with the distinguished Cooper Car Company tuning kits was an exciting venture that both, Mini Sport and Mike Cooper were proud to support – and so following this Mike Cooper agreed to attend the event and hand-over the newly converted Coopers to their excited owners.
The hand-over of the cars was the shining moment for all lead by a great speech from Mini Sport MD, Chris Harper who thanked everyone for attending and ensuring that the Cooper Mini day, despite the rain was still a success, stating:
‘Thank you all for coming particularly Mike for sharing this with us. The Mini Sport and Cooper family has been connected for many years and this is the perfect opportunity to show how we work together.’
As the rain cleared and Mike Cooper got his first experience of the Lancashire sunshine, he proceeded:
‘I’m so happy to bring back the Cooper Car Company and the conversions, Dad would have been chuffed to know that the team that did the conversions in the 80’s are still the original team at Mini Sport that are doing it all again – keeping the classic Mini name alive.’
Jack, James and Alan were all pleased with their new converted 500’s and James has now established the ‘Cooper Car Company Conversions’ page, to keep record of all Cooper Conversions.
As the day went on, we were happy to welcome attendees into every area of the Mini Sport enterprise with a look around M.A.D Engineering, The Body Shop, The Garage, The Rolling-Road and the showroom. It was great to see some familiar faces and cars that had once been in our garages, as well as some new enthusiasts who we could offer advice too!
In addition to the full celebration of the cars we home at Mini Sport and the projects we have embark on, it felt extra special to find out, that through donations made to the Rolling Road, money raised from the sales of Cakes & Beverages and additional donations made by attendees, the Cooper Mini Day managed to raise £500 for Pendleside Hospice, a brilliant cause.
Again, we’d like to thank everyone who made it to the Cooper Mini Day and helped make it such a great success for both Mini Sport and the Cooper Car Company. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any snaps from the day! We can’t wait for the next one!