Important historic data and closed sites

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LMM76C
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Important historic data and closed sites

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In a similar vein to the BVRT site (see separate thread), important works Mini and other competition information was compiled at enormous cost in time on the minicooper.org site.
mab01uk has already asked on here whether it could be recovered and archived here.
Some preparation had been made for possible closure of that site but the loss of Graham Robinson has now overtaken events. I, under a separate identity Graham gave me to use, complied much of the "Works Cars" section, which includes some information not to be found anywhere else on line and corrects some errors in the two "bibles" from Browning and Price. Having been involved in works escort data and corrections to errors in the Robson "bibles", it is now important to ensure the works Mini data survives somewhere on line.
mab01uk said on here that the site was still on line but I cannot open it. I believe the technical administration was conducted in Australia and will search for a contact. Could mab01uk confirm whether he can still access the site?

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You need https://minicooperforum.org/

It is still possible to log on if you remember your login

the other address takes you to the MCR web site
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Well done Stuart. I remembered my password and have found the thread with so much information.

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I can also log in to it.

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There are 74 topics, some with several posts. I'll save each one as a pdf and send to LMM by pm in case the site is closed.

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LMM76C wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:03 pm
mab01uk has already asked on here whether it could be recovered and archived here.
Could mab01uk confirm whether he can still access the site?
Yes I can confirm, as others have also now found, I can still access Graham's Mini Cooper forum website, as long as you can remember your log in details (or if the site automatically remembers them). Good to hear the historic data on there may be saved. I am sure Graham would have liked that to happen rather than it was all lost.

The original post here for those that missed it:-
viewtopic.php?p=251537#p251537

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I would be very happy to host the Works car info gathered on Graham's site for the future.

It was an excellent resource.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss further.
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Hi Mark
I was just thinking how best to pass on the information I have downloaded which is currently 30.6mb of pdf files. 79 documents and I have noticed there is more information on Graham's forum in the works section which I suggest is retained in his memory.
Cliff

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hanlminiman wrote:
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:51 am
I have noticed there is more information on Graham's forum in the works section which I suggest is retained in his memory.
I think the works section (Recording the history of each Works Mini, 1959-1970) is the part of Graham's forum that many think needs to be saved. As said above 'LMM76C' complied much of the "Works Cars" section, which includes some information not to be found anywhere else on line and corrects some errors in the two "bibles" from Browning and Price. However it is good if you have also managed to save the other content of his forum so any other useful info not available elsewhere could perhaps be extracted and archived later.

The Introduction to the 'works section' is copied below from Graham's forum to give some background on what it is all about, for those who can't log on to his site:-

The Works Minis 1959-1970 - The aim of this section.
"We are giving forum members the opportunity to help build up an accurate history of individual cars that were produced by the BMC/BL Competitions Department at Abingdon between 1959-1970. Forum members are encouraged to post information that they have along with any relevant photographs they may have. Other users can then add additional information. The information should be as accurate as possible. Where there is a minor doubt a user must clearly indicate this. Major doubts should be avoided. Should we have any serious concern as to the accuracy of anything submitted then the post will not be approved so please think carefully before submitting anything. All posts submitted will be approved by an administrator before appearing on the forum.
Only factual information should be posted here under this section. General discussion, as opposed to factual information, on a car, or the Works Minis as a whole should be posted under 'General Chat on the Works Minis'. Posts may be moved by a forum administrator if deemed necessary."

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As an example is this how it could be done?

Use the rego as the post title. Have a section within the comp section for the works car history. Lock all posts to stop any daft arguments and only post new info through moderators.

I copied the complete section for YOP 663 then added the quotes for each post so the source can be seen easily. Time to do this was about 2 minutes.


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davidscothorn » 19 May 2017, 21:16

Sept 1959 Viking Rally M Chambers/ P Wilson 51st o/a

Model launched end August 1959. First Works outing in a Mini. Standard 848cc car with sump shield and map light.

DVLA.NO DETAILS HELD
bill773mini » 13 Jun 2017, 08:18

YOP 663 chassis number A-A2S7/118 built on 15th May and dispatched 21st August 1959, it is recorded as “on loan to BMC competitions Dept”
http://1959miniregister.com/
worksminis » 13 May 2017, 13:18

663?
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