Paddy Hopkirk MBE — Congratulations

Paddy Hopkirk MBE

Our very own, legendary ex-rally driver and husband of former High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Paddy Hopkirk has received an MBE but has vowed not to let the honour change him.

Eighty-two-year-old Mr. Hopkirk, from Penn, and patron of the former High Wycombe motoring charity Skidz, has been recognised on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to Motoring and Young People.

Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mr. Hopkirk – known to all as Paddy – is most well-known for winning the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, a result which catapulted both him and his Mini Cooper into worldwide fame.

It is said the giant killing win – which saw his team beat Mercedes and Porsche teams – launched the Mini into stardom.

His racing career carried on through for the next 30 years, before becoming one of the first inducted into the Rally Hall of Fame in 2010.

In more recent years, along with his work as patron of Skidz, Mr. Hopkirk has backed a county wide campaign for mature driver safety.

A current brand ambassador for MINI, he is married to Jennifer, who was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 2005, and has three children.

Career Highlights: –

Winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally with Henry Liddon in a Mini Cooper

Five times winner of the Circuit of Ireland Rally

Member of the World Rally Hall of Fame

Inductee into the Irish Sports Hall of Fame

A Northern Ireland Belfast Telegraph Sports Personality.

Granted the Freedom of the City of Belfast

Member of the Irish Racing Drivers Club

Life Member of the British Racing Drivers Club

Paddy Hopkirk MBE with Robert Dickson image courtesy of Bill Swann, thank you

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Paddy Hopkirk MBE at Autosport International 2015

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Paddy Hopkirk