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Old 5 Jun 2014, 23:15 (Ref:3415974)   #16
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Scenes from the 1966 MGM film "Grand Prix" were shot inside the Cooper building.

For those who remember it, the scene where Pete Aron signs to drive for Yamura and is photographed shaking hands was in the drawing office, and the characters then go downstair to the race-shop floor for a seat-fitting.

However all the cars visible were Lotus, not Cooper! Either Lotus 25/33 or Lotus 20, all disguised as 'Yamuras'.

I look forward to being able to visit the building - is there any access at present?

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Thanks for posting the Grand Prix film information.
No access inside the building yet but hopefully sometime soon if the Cooper shop/museum plan happens.
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Old 8 Jun 2014, 23:15 (Ref:3417240)   #17
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Re-Launch Of Cooper Conversion Kits & Accessories for Mini's
The Cooper Car Company was founded in 1946 by Charles Cooper and his son John Cooper. They began by building racing cars in Charles' small garage in Surbiton, Surrey, England in 1946. Through the 1950s and early 1960s, they reached auto racing's highest levels as their rear-engined, single-seat cars altered the face of Formula One and the Indianapolis 500, and their Mini Cooper dominated Rally racing.

The small company took the big guns on and in 1959 won the coveted Formula 1 World Championship, Jack Brabham becoming Champion and the Cooper T51 taking the honours. Success followed in 1960 with Jack winning the title and Cooper's the manufacturers tittle.

Thanks in part to Cooper's legacy, Britain remains the home of a thriving racing industry, and the Cooper name lives on with BMW in the MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI John Cooper Works

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http://www.coopercarcompany.com/home
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Old 22 Jan 2015, 18:09 (Ref:3495233)   #18
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10Ue4h6mzgY

Video above of the Metropolitan Police's 'V' Division Traffic Garage, formerly the Cooper Works in Surbiton, Surrey until the 1970's.

Charles Cooper moved into 243 Ewell Road Surbiton in 1934. This was a corner shop at the Junction with Hollyfield Road, to the rear was the site that would become Cooper Cars
At that time it was a corrugated building, with a small stream 'out back'. It is rumoured that Charles kept ducks on the stream. The Cooper family would for awhile live in the flat above the corner shop. The site was first known as Cooper's Garage and it operated a 24hr breakdown service. Later it would also possess a Vauxhall dealership and later still the Metropolitan Police Garage TDV.
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Another picture from the day.
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Old 9 Feb 2015, 21:58 (Ref:3503465)   #21
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Another picture from the day.
Thanks for posting the rare press cutting!

and thanks also for the Hi-Res copy of the photo reproduced below.



A photo from the original launch of the Mini Cooper in the showroom at Surbiton. (Thanks to Neil Duke)
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Bruce McClaren, Roy Salvidori, Mayor & Mayoress of Surbiton (Mr & Mrs Greenwood) & John Cooper.


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Old 25 May 2015, 22:26 (Ref:3541217)   #22
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Save the Home of Cooper:-
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-of-the-cooper

only £1,200,000 by Thu, Jul 23 2015.....!!

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From The Kingston Guardian:-
VIDEO: Save the home of the Mini Cooper campaign gears up
http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/n...ves_up_a_gear/


From the video showing John Cooper testing his prototype on the Kingston Bypass in 1946.


Kyle Stanger said he was 'overwhelmed' with the support his campign has received


Historic: The former Cooper Car garage as it is today (top left) and during the glory day (right and bottom left)

A teenager trying to raise a £1.2m to save a motoring landmark in Surbiton is hoping to get the building listed as a community asset.
Kyle Stanger, 18, has received support from across the world since he started the ‘Save the home of the Cooper’ campaign two weeks ago and is asking people to urge Kingston Council to list the TDV building in Hollyfield Road as a community interest.

Teenager begins drive to raise £1.2m to save birthplace of Cooper Car Company
Mr Stanger and his supporters have been gathering snapshots from the time when John Cooper and Formula 1 legend Sir Jack Brabham were building and testing Formula 1 cars there to strengthen their case.
Mr Stanger said: “I found out yesterday I need 21 people from the area to sign up to get the council to consider listing the building as of community interest but obviously the more people we get the better.”
Mr Stanger said he was "overwhelmed" with the amount of support he has received so far.
If he manages to get the council to list the building as of community interest he will have another six months to raise the money.
He said: “The support the campaign has received is amazing. Some people seem to be taking this on as a hobby. I’m getting so many great pieces of advice.

“The campaign has been shared by Ed China [presenter of Wheeler Dealers] on Facebook and I’ve had a conference call with Team Brabham Racing who crowd funded £250,000 for their racing team and they have given me lots of advice.”
Visit http://goo.gl/dEES0t to get the council to consider listing the TDV building as a community interest.

To donate to the Save the Home of the Cooper’ campaign visit https://goo.gl/BF146P
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Red Wheel Unveiling - Surbiton - Sat 1st August 2015
Cooper Car Works was the birthplace of rear-engined Formula 1 racing cars and of the Mini-Cooper. Red Wheel #77 will be unveiled at 12:00 noon on the building at the corner of Hollyfield Road and Ewell Road between Surbiton and Tolworth. This was at one time the office of the Cooper Car Company (more recently a fish shop) before the more modern garage building was constructed behind it in the late 1950s to house Coopers' development works.This event will be relatively low key with no display of cars but with active support from the Cooper Car Club. Parking has been arranged from 10:00 at the King Charles Centre, King Charles Avenue, at the further end of Hollyfield Road (KT5 9AL).
http://www.transporttrust.com/10002.html

The Red Wheel scheme commemorates Britain's rich and globally important legacy in the development of transport and presents it to a new and wider audience. Some of our most significant heritage sites, eg. the Forth Bridge and Channel Tunnel, are household names but many more are currently little known and their importance unappreciated.
Drawing advice from local historians, industrial archaeologists and other experts, Transport Trust members are taking a closer look at Britain's transport heritage to determine sites of greatest significance. Whereas many plaque schemes commemorate famous individuals, Red Wheels principally highlight key locations of engineering and transport importance. Nominations are evaluated for their importance, rarity, public awareness and access/'something to see'. We may rank a 'hidden gem' higher than a site already nationally recognised. Most sites will be unique but a few are chosen as particularly good examples of an important category in the built environment. Exceptionally a Red Wheel may be awarded as a reminder to current and future generations of an important former use of a location which has since been obliterated.

Where can I find Red Wheels?
Red Wheel plaques were successfully pioneered in Derbyshire in 2009 and the programme is being rolled out across the country. To find out all about the sites selected to receive Red Wheel plaques search in our Heritage Directory (opens in a new window).
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Mini Cooper Register Forum says the unveiling has been brought forward to 11am today.
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Old 2 Aug 2015, 11:24 (Ref:3563245)   #26
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Many thanks to Mk1 Mini Forum member (coop12g295) for sharing the photos below of yesterdays unveiling ceremony of the Red Wheel Plaque at the old Cooper Works in Surbiton.
Latest word is that Porsche maybe taking over the site which would be better than a development of flats.....if they retain the oriiginal garage building.











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A moment frozen in time as Cooper Car Co turn clock back to 1955 at Goodwood Revival:-
https://grrc.goodwood.com/goodwood-r...4j7kse8rfD1.97
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Another Cooper Garage site in Surbiton, Surrey is under threat of re-development:-
http://m.thisislocallondon.co.uk/new...d/?ref=mr&lp=9

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Protesters against a planned Sainsbury’s store in Berrylands, Surbiton claim a piece of the borough’s racing car history will be lost if the building goes ahead.
A planning application for the shop and five flats on the site of the petrol garage at 118 Raeburn Avenue has been submitted to Kingston Council.
But campaigners claimed the building should be protected because of its connection to the famous Cooper racing garage.
Car making legend John Cooper rented the garage in the late 1940s and started to build his racing empire there, before moving on to the famed Mini Cooper garage in Hollyfield Road.
Raeburn Avenue resident Peter Bell said: “The cars were tested up and down the road. These were not the Mini Cooper cars. These were big racing cars.
“Stirling Moss was spotted a few times testing the cars. “The building has a great history and it would be a real shame to lose it and see it demolished.”
The old Cooper garage in Hollyfield Road, often referred to as the birthplace of the Mini Cooper, is also up for sale.
Teenager Kyle Stanger received support from across the world when he started the Save the home of the Cooper campaign in May and urged the council to list the property as a community interest site.
A commemorative plaque was fixed to the Hollyfield Road building last month. The application by Kent-based company Kal-max Properties shows plans for a three storey building with a supermarket on the ground floor with provisions for car access, parking, and landscaping.
Agent Barry Kitcherside said: “All the information about the building and planning history is available on the [council] website.
“Residents can make comments about the application there.”
Comments on the proposal closed on October 16.
Visit kingston.gov.uk for more information.
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The Cooper Works Race Mini's lined up at Surbiton 1968 (Photo: Mike Cooper)



More photos here:-
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Note: The curved roof line in the scanned photo below confirms the inside photo in post above was also at Canada Rd, Byfleet and not Surbiton as first thought.

"Six of the best outside the Cooper establishment" from the book Mini by Rob Golding

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