Coventry MotoFest 2016
The British motoring marvel that produced one of the most spectacular victories in the history of motor sport is set to appear at this year’s Coventry Motofest.
The 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini Cooper S, driven to an unexpected and iconic victory by Northern Irish rallying legend Patrick ‘Paddy’ Hopkirk and his co-driver Henry Liddon, will again take to a city sprint circuit as it swaps the streets of Monte Carlo for Coventry’s ring road.
Back in 1964, the Mini Cooper S completed its faultless run across the country roads, mountain passes, tight corners and steep gradients of the Monte Carlo Rally, in turn cementing its enduring place in the hearts of British fans and in the annals of motorsport legend.
With its now legendary racing number 37 and 33 EJB plate – both of which will adorn the Mini Cooper S at Coventry Motofest – it was brilliantly driven to victory by Paddy Hopkirk, crossing the finishing line ahead of main rival Bo Ljungfedlt in the far more powerful V8-powered Ford Falcon car.
Following on from major reconditioning work on the Mini Cooper S’s engine, it will leave its current home at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, to take to the road again to thrill the crowds at this year’s Coventry Motofest event.
James Noble, Coventry Motofest Festival Director, said: “We are very excited to have Paddy Hopkirk’s Mini Cooper S at this year’s Coventry Motofest.
“The Mini Cooper S’s victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally is one of the most iconic performances in motor sport history and so to have it run here on our sprint circuit over 50 years on from its greatest triumph represents an amazing coup for Coventry Motofest.
“We thank the British Motor Museum for their assistance in bringing the Mini Cooper S to Coventry Motofest and we look forward to this iconic car thrilling the crowds at this year’s event.”