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The 1964 Monte Carlo Ral­ly­win­ning Mini Cooper S will be a star feature for this year’s Coven­try Motofest event, with Paddy Hopkirk in talks to re­turn to the driv­ing seat.

The fa­mous ma­chine has been stored within the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum in re­cent years, but will re­turn to action fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive en­gine restora­tion to con­duct demon­stra­tion runs around the road course for the June 4/5 event.

Event or­gan­is­ers have yet to con­firm a driver, but are in talks with Hopkirk – who fa­mously won the 1964 Monte along­side co-driver Henry Lid­don – to drive the car once again.

The Coven­try Motofest holds non-timed live action runs around a 1.5-mile closed cir­cuit cre­ated on the city’s A403 ring road. The event, which is also co-or­gan­ised by the Bri­tish Au­to­mo­bile Racing Club and Don­ing­ton Park, fea­tures dis­plays from a vast array of na­tional motorsport. Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars are ex­pected to run, as is a se­lec­tion of club racing, short oval, rally cars and bikes.

Coven­try Motofest di­rec­tor James Noble said: “We are very ex­cited to have Paddy Hopkirk’s Mini Cooper S ready to run at this year’s event.

“The Mini’s win at Monte in 1964 is one of the most iconic per­for­mances in motorsport his­tory, and so to have it run here on our cir­cuit over 50 years on from its great­est tri­umph is an amaz­ing coup for the event.

“We want to thank the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum for their as­sis­tance in bringing the Cooper S to Coven­try and we look for­ward to this iconic car thrilling the crowds.”

Hopkirk: in talks to drive Hopkirk and Lid­don won 1964 Monte in Mini

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