HOPKIRK’S MINI TO STAR AT COVENTRY
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