Monday, August 8, 2022

The world of motorsport is in mourning. MINI commemorates Paddy Hopkirk, one of the great sportsmen.

A successful racer and businessman, Paddy began his professional
motorsport career at the Circuit of Ireland and with his first Hewison
Trophy for the most successful Irish rally driver of the year. In the
following decades, numerous engagements with various brands and major
rallies were strung together — such as the Safari Rally, the RAC
Rally, the Acropolis Rally, the Tulip Rally, the Alpine Rally and many more.

Hopkirk finished his first participation in the Monte Carlo Rally in
1962 in third place in a Sunbeam Rapier. A year later, sixth place
followed with a classic Mini.

In 1964 Hopkirk finally etched himself into the motorsport history
books in the classic Mini. In a dramatic duel with Swede Bo Ljungfeldt
and his significantly more motorized Ford Falcon, Hopkirk delivered a
showdown at the Col de Turini and finally won the overall standings,
taking the first Monte victory for the Mini.

The surprise coup was celebrated frenetically in Great Britain,
making the classic Mini a legend and Hopkirk the most famous rally
driver overnight. The British Prime Minister sent congratulations and
The Beatles sent a card with the words, “Now you’re one of us, Paddy.”

But what do numbers and victories say about a person? Hopkirk was
also known among colleagues, family, friends and fans as a fair
sportsman. In 1968, he and his co-driver Tony Nash were in the lead at
the London-Sydney marathon and stopped their Austin to free a recently
injured team-member from his burning vehicle.

Today, although we must say farewell to Paddy, we know that his
legacy will remain forever.

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Officer Product Communications MINI

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108

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