PRESS RELEASE Embargo 26th. February 2018
31st August – 1st September 2018.
Hopkirk puts Titanic Déjà Vu Ulster in his Diary.
Five times Circuit of Ireland Rally winner, Paddy Hopkirk, has confirmed that he will be returning to his native Belfast to take part in Titanic Déjà Vu Ulster on August 31/Sept 1st.
Graham McConnell & Paddy Hopkirk, alongside the 33EJB replica built by McConnel l
It was back in 1958 when Paddy and Jack Scott took their Triumph TR3 to Paddy’s first Circuit victory. He and Jack won again in 1961 and ‘62 in a works Sunbeam Rapier.
Paddy established himself as one of the fastest Mini drivers in the world when he and Henry Liddon won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally.
Paddy will drive an exact replica of the famous Monte winning Mini 33EJB, which was built by the late Graham McConnell in Donaghadee on Titanic Déjà Vu Ulster.
Paddy with co-driver Terry Harryman from Bangor, took the little Cooper S bombshell to his fourth Circuit victory one year later and they repeated the feat in 1967 to win the Circuit for the fifth time. But it wasn’t always plain sailing as he and Terry had a narrow escape when they rolled their ‘seamless’ Mini into a ball on the Lough Eske special stage during the 1966 event. This serious accident convinced the team to introduce roll cages, which are an essential safety item in all rally cars today.
Photos by Esler Crawford.
Registrations and Gala Dinner tickets can be reserved and paid for online at: TITANIC DÉJÀ VU ULSTER
All profits will go to:
For further information contact:
Alan Tyndall. 58 Edentrillick Road. Hillsborough. Co. Down. BT26 6PG.
Tel 0044 7887827150. firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog courtesy of Titanic Déjà Vu Ulster
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