Monte- Coven­try rally

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Paddy Hop­kirk’s 1964 Monte-Carlo Rally win­ning Mini Cooper S is set to swap the glam­orous streets of Monaco for Coven­try’s ring road.

It will star at this year’s Coven­try Motofest on 4-5 June fol­low­ing a ma­jor re­con­di­tion­ing of the en­gine by its cus­to­di­ans at the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum in Gay­don, War­wick­shire.

In 1964 the Mini Cooper S com­pleted its fault­less run across the coun­try roads, moun­tain passes, tight cor­ners and steep gra­di­ents of the Monte-Carlo Rally ce­ment­ing it a place in the hearts of Bri­tish fans and in the an­nals of mo­tor sport leg­end. Paddy Hop­kirk and co-driver Henry Lid­don on their way to win­ning the 1964 Monte-Carlo Rally. This year the car will lap Coven­try.

James Noble, Coven­try Motofest Festival di­rec­tor, says: ‘We are very ex­cited to have one of the most iconic cars in mo­tor sport run here on our sprint cir­cuit. It’s an amaz­ing coup.’

Or­gan­is­ers are ask­ing clas­sic ve­hi­cle en­thu­si­asts, car and mo­tor­cy­cle clubs across the UK to help make Coven­try Motofest 2016 the big­gest ever by reg­is­ter­ing more than 1500 ve­hi­cles.

Regis­tra­tion is now open, and dis­play space will be made avail­able each day for 500 mo­tor­cy­cles and 300 cars.

Clas­sic car clubs in­clud­ing the Porsche Club GB, Club Peugeot UK, The Dolomite Club and the Jaguar XJS club have al­ready signed up for the event.

Clas­sic car park­ing will be pr­ereg­is­tra­tion and on­line book­ing only, with free en­try for all pre-1994 clas­sic cars.

The Road to Coven­try Clas­sic Run – a tour­ing assem­bly which con­verges on the city from start­ing points in the north and south of Eng­land, has been or­gan­ised by Peter Nedin.

He says: ‘I am de­lighted to be plan­ning the Road to Coven­try run. This year there will be two start lo­ca­tions with the aim of in­creas­ing the num­ber next year. I know that ev­ery­one who en­ters will have a great day.’


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