Rally legend and classic small car celebrated at British Motor Museum at Gaydon
CELEBRATING 60 years of the Hillman Imp and the life of rallying legend Paddy Hopkirk was the theme of this year’s Historic Rally Car Register (HRCR) Open Day at the British Motor Museum on Saturday.
The event in Gaydon launched the coming year’s full programme of rally championships and encouraged visitors to explore three distinct halls: speed, stage, and road and tour.
Each area gave event organisers and equipment suppliers an opportunity to guide petrol heads to the HRCR championship that’s right for them.
There was also a selection of classic rally cars on show, including a replica of a 1963 Mini Cooper, pictured left, which was driven by Paddy in his first Monte Carlo rally for the British Motor Corporation.
Paddy won the Monte Carlo rally in a Mini a year later.
In total, he won 13 international rallies during his career and was appointed an MBE in 2016.
He died on 21st July 2022, aged 89.