Paddy Hopkirk Opens the Sound of Speed Festival
This weekend Mini Sport travelled down to the Sound of Speed Festival at High Wycombe with Paddy Hopkirk and his iconic 33EJB replica to open the event!
It was a fantastic day out for Paddy Hopkirk & Mini Sport, with over £40000 being raised for Thames Valley Air Ambulance. The Rotarians that organised the event did an absolutely sterling job, with some unbelievable machinery there and over 1000 cars flexing their muscles out on the track.
The organisers were delighted to add such a legendary name in motorsport to the line-up and have since thanked Paddy for his attendance:
“A very big thank you for taking the time to come to officially open the first Sound of Speed Festival. Your presence made a difference to many there particularly those from our generation!
It turned out to be a very good event that was enhanced by your Mini being there too. Over 100 cars different made runs on the runway and there were no incidents so everyone went home happy.
Many thanks again, it was much appreciated.”
Official Press Release: Spectators Thrilled by Sound of Speed Festival
Spectators at Saturday’s Sound of Speed Festival were thrilled by the sights and sounds of the exotic cars at Wycombe Air Park The festival, organized by the Rotary Club of High Wycombe, attracted £30 million worth of high performance cars to Run the Runway at the air park.
The legendary, Paddy Hopkirk, MBE, delighted the crowd with his Irish wit when opening the event and appealed to the nostalgia in the crowd when he started the procession at speed down the runway in a replica of his famous Mini Cooper S.
He was followed by Steve Baker MP, High Wycombe Mayor, Cllr Sarfaraz Khan Raj, and Tony Green, Chairman of WDC in some of the most impressive vehicles at the festival. It was a change from everyday politics to sit back and enjoy the fast ride in amazing cars from Sytner BMW and Marshall Jaguar.
Spectators who were driven down the runway in the Tesla people carrier, Model X P100D, were awe struck at the speed and smoothness as the Tesla took off down the runway. The look of amazement as they got out of this car was a sight to behold.
Straight after Wycombe Wanderers draw against Blackpool, Gareth Ainsworth, arrived at the festival in time to drive his much loved Mustang down the 740m stretch to the delight of the crowd.
Andrew Howard, of Beechdean Ice Cream and Aston Martin Race Team the event’s title sponsor, revved up on the runway straight from racing at Brands Hatch that afternoon. The crowd loved Andrew literally burning rubber in his canary yellow Aston Martin Vantage.
The Rotary Club of High Wycombe thanks all of the spectators for coming along to support this charity event and the sponsors, advertisers and retailers for their generosity. Above all a big thank you to British European Aviation for making the air park available.
One spectator summed up the experience by saying “It’s about time High Wycombe had something like this going on! Hope you repeat it next year.”
(Press release courtesy of the Sound of Speed Festival)
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