It is we great sadness that we hear that Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Sporting Hall of Fame alumni Paddy Hopkirk MBE has passed away peacefully this Thursday at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Recognised most notably for his famous 1964 win in the Monte Carlo Rally, alongside his co-driver Henry Liddon in the now classic Mini Cooper, victory in glamorous Monaco propelled Paddy and the Mini into the A-list of ‘swinging sixties’ British cool.
Although famed for the Monte Carlo win, further success came in 1965, when he won a Coupe d’Argent at the Alpine Rally, and on home ground winning the 1965 and 1967 Circuit of Ireland Rally, the 1966 and 1967 Alpine Rally, and the 1967 Rally Acropolis. Alongside his car accessories business Paddy remained hugely involved with motorsports and was a global brand Ambassador for MINI, as well as Ambassador for the Institute of Advanced Motorists Road Smart – the UK’s leading road safety charity, along with serving as President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. Paddy received an MBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours for his work as a Patron of SKIDZ and his services to Motoring and Young People. He was inducted into the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Sporting Hall of Fame in 2019.