Hopkirk to lead Mini Britannia away

Rally legend Paddy Hopkirk at the wheel of one of the latest versions of the Mini will lead the field away on Mini Britannia (Saturday 13 October) as the rallying heritage of the model comes together with the current World Rally Championship programme.Hopkirk, winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S, will run as course opening car on the classic race and rally tour, which starts from a base at Silverstone. Hopkirk, a life member of the BRDC, will be at the wheel of a current Mini Countryman Cooper S recce car as used on this years World Rally Championship.On loan from Prodrive for the event, the Cooper S recce car is fully kitted out to deal with the special stages used in the WRC and has a specification that would have been unimaginable back in 1964 when Hopkirk scored his famous victory in the original Cooper S registered 33 EJB.Event director Alec Poole is delighted to have enlisted the services of his old friend Hopkirk for course car duties. However, Poole says that he has briefed Hopkirk to take a measured approach to the asphalt special stages that make up the event. The car is for sale, so for Paddy the name of the game is easy tiger, even though the team at Hagerty has insured the car for the event, said Poole. We are grateful to both Prodrive and Hagerty Insurance for their support.More details about Mini Britannia can be found at the event website: tourbritannia.com and entry forms can be downloaded from the site