Paddy Hopkirk, the darling of the golden years of rallying, has been
honoured with a place in Irish sport’s Hall of Fame, joining previous
inductees George Best and Mary Peters at a ceremony organised as part of the
Belfast Telegraph Sports Stars of the Year Awards.
Now 71, Hopkirk retired from international rallying in 1970, but remains one
of the sport’s best-known and loved stars. The most famous achievement of
his glittering career was overall victory on the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally,
where he took on and beat all-comers at the wheel of the giant-killing Mini.
In those days, winning the Monte was front-page news worldwide and Hopkirk,
co-driver Henry Liddon and the Mini were all flown home to appear live on
British television’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium, ensuring them of
instant ‘household name’ status.
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