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RIP Paddy Hopkirk 1933 - 2022


StephenFord
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Many on here will be too young to remember Paddy Hopkirk. He was one of my childhood racing car heros , who I had the great pleasure to meet in Belfast when I was a teenager. He won the 1964 Monte Carlo rally, in a mini cooper, which he then became well known for a great range of aftermarket tuning bits. That's how I met him when he launched a range of 'car accessories' in the late 70s. A real gent, and had time for anyone who wanted a chat...

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5 hours ago, StephenFord said:

A real gent, and had time for anyone who wanted a chat...

The likes of who we will never see again 馃槯

I never met him, but have seen him interviewed over the years and always seemed a nice easy going guy.

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I remember the accessory range very well, and who didn't try to make their 850 mini resemble one of Paddy's rally winners? RIP to a true great.

Edit: just spotted that blasted predicted text had changed "Paddy" to "Larry" in my original post! Corrected!

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47 minutes ago, Eric Bloodaxe said:

I remember the accessory range very well...

In 1979, I bought a 'Paddy Hopkirk' petrol can, which is still in use today and sits in my boot. (recently restored with a can of Hammerite!) Revolutionary in the day as it's full of 'extruded aluminum' making it fire/explosion proof. Sadly in the day, branding wasn't as big as it is now, so there is no nice logo embossed into the metal, but I know I bought it in the Paddy Hopkirk shop, even more of a treasure now...

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35 minutes ago, StephenFord said:

In 1979, I bought a 'Paddy Hopkirk' petrol can,

Don't suppose it's still got 1979 petrol in it? Be worth a fortune now!馃榾

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6 minutes ago, Eric Bloodaxe said:

Don't suppose it's still got 1979 petrol in it? Be worth a fortune now!馃榾

Interestingly, it would have cost 87p to full up then as opposed to almost 拢9 now LOL

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