As we entered 2016, we were overjoyed by the news that our good friend & Mini legend, Paddy Hopkirk had made the new years honour list. It has now been confirmed that Paddy will be awarded his MBE on Tuesday the 12th of July, which has been granted in celebration of Paddy’s lifetime achievements and dedication to motoring.
Paddy’s 1964 success on the challenging stages of the Monte Carlo Rally, gained both Paddy & the Mini fame as the unexpected underdogs of the motoring world. However, it is Paddy’s involvement following this win, which cemented his status in both motoring and popular culture for years to come.
Today Paddy is respected by Mini enthusiasts of every generation with a continued involvement in some of the World’s most esteemed rally championships, a popular line of Mini parts & accessories, appearances at popular Mini shows and a role as the President of the Historic Rally Car Register.
Outside of Paddy’s motorsport achievements, Paddy became a successful businessman founding Hopkirk’s Ltd, a premier brand that primarily focuses on the manufacture of automotive accessories and components. Following Paddy’s success as a world-class businessman, he established and became involved with a range of charitable organisations – including the recent established IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists), which aims to promote safer drivers.
We can’t wait to see Paddy Hopkirk receive his MBE and cement his status as a national treasure and an icon in motorsport.
Well done Paddy!