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PostSubject: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   2nd May 2016, 11:00

The 'Modern MINI Cooper Register' section of the May 2016 CooperWorld magazine (page 52) features a MCR members newly purchased 'OBL' car below and also says the 'Y Register' for early R50 MINI's has informally been started but is currently just a Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1478657872446377/. However a more formal launch may be organised for the 7th July as this would be the perfect date to launch it but it very much depends on the time constraints of those involved so may not happen........

Who owns the oldest MINI?
http://mcrforum.minicooper.org/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=768

Early 'OBL' registration R50 MINI (CooperWorld - MINI Register)


Buy one while you can, original early R50/53 MINI's in good original condition like this one (it does have some faults but being sorted) are already starting to disappear from our roads.... Surprised

One of the themes at the Beaulieu National Mini Cooper day this year (12th June 2016) will be the first modern MINI R50 models, namely the Cooper & Cooper S as well as MINI One since they will jointly be celebrating 15 years since initial production this summer. There will be a selection of these models on a special display area.
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PostSubject: Re: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   16th October 2016, 20:05

AROnline Blog by Keith Adams : Y-reg Minis – gotta catch ’em all!
"The R50- and onwards-generation of MINI rather neatly dovetails AROnline in many ways. It appeared in 2001, started out with good intentions, and has grown beyond all recognition from the original idea. Well, something like that. That maybe why I now seem to have two very early MINIs in my possession right now.
Spurred on by the creation of the MINI Y REGister, and my love of all things early (when it comes to cars), I thought it might be nice to grab one of the original cars, and enjoy it for a bit. There’s other good reasons for this, too – thanks to the launch of the F56-generation MINI, these early cars are looking particularly appealing.
The Cooper I grabbed, Y702 MDF, came in at that price point, and although it’s grubby and has a missing parcel shelf, there’s still plenty of life left in it. Driving it back from deepest Berkshire last week, it was hard not to fall for its quick steering and playful handling – just as I remembered the first Cooper I drove to the Nurburgring in 2006…
More here:
http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/blogs/blog-y-reg-minis-%e2%80%93-gotta-catch-em/
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PostSubject: Re: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   16th October 2016, 20:18

Even though I now own a F56 the early MINIs still look best to me Smile

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PostSubject: Re: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   16th October 2016, 23:50

Davyboy wrote:
Even though I now own a F56 the early MINIs still look best to me Smile

100% agree to that Dave thumbs up


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PostSubject: Re: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   16th October 2016, 23:55

Theres one that lives around the corner from me, Y331VGO 6th July 2001 Registered
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PostSubject: Re: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   17th October 2016, 17:42

Just as with classic Minis, the purity of the early ones is hard to beat. It's hard to believe it's fifteen years, the design still looks so fresh.

There was a lovely red and white 51 plate Cooper at the Reading meet which reminded me so much of my first one.
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PostSubject: Re: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   30th November 2016, 19:50

AROnline: Our cars : Getting to know Keith’s R50 MINI
"Although they were trumpeted as quality cars when new back in 2001, early MINIs are now suffering from the onset of old age like any other car. So, the ads are now littered with early cars that have led a hard life, and are now showing the signs. Broken gearboxes, warning lights and random faults are now the norm.
Still, that gives one plenty to talk about when buying a ‘project’.
In the times I have driven the MINI, it’s been a great deal of fun – cementing my belief that these are fabulous modern classics. They’s cheap, fun to drive, have a great specialist support network, and still look fresh and modern."
http://www.aronline.co.uk/blogs/our-cars/keiths-mini-cooper/cars-getting-know-keiths-mini/
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PostSubject: Re: R50 MINI 'Y' Register   30th November 2016, 19:51

The 'British Mini Club' had this very early Y Reg R50 MINI seen below on their stand at the NEC Classic Car Show next to a 1959 Mini,
video of the BMC stand cars here:-
https://www.facebook.com/britishminiclub/videos/vb.114356722160/10153853130007161/?type=2&theater
Note: Y304 OBL is an early 2001 BMW press car R50 and belongs to Tanya & Jason Field who have recently added it to their superb collection of award winning classic Mini's.

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