Thirteen members and partners of the Distillers’ Car Club visited the Mini factory at Abingdon, with the legendary rally driver Paddy Hopkirk. One of the most high-tech car-plants in the country, in one part of the assembly area over 1000 robots are at work, spot-welding and creating this iconic car.
On the way to becoming one of the world’s most famous rally drivers, Belfast born Paddy Hopkirk began with successes in Irish rallies and he soon justifed his position in the works team of BMC in 1963. He drove his first Mini Cooper S in that year’s Monte Carlo Rally and finished 6th. But it was his victory there in 1964, accompanied by Henry Liddon, which made him, and the Mini Cooper, household names. Quite a trip; quite a guy!