Paddy Hopkirk

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Paddy Hopkirk
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Born Patrick Barron Hopkirk
(1933-04-14) 14 April 1933 (age 82)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Occupation Rally driver

Patrick Barron "Paddy" Hopkirk (born 14 April 1933) is a former rally driver from Northern Ireland.

He was born in Belfast and educated at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare from 1945–1949 before attending Trinity College, Dublin until 1953. He started his winning career in professional racing and rally driving in 1955. Alongside Henry Liddon he won the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S car number 37, license plate/registration tag 33 EJB. They are the most recent all-British crew to have won the event.

Hopkirk also travelled to Australia during his career to drive for the BMC Works Team in the annual Bathurst 500 race for standard production cars at the Mount Panorama Circuit. He drove at Bathurst in a Morris Cooper S from 1965–1967, obtaining a best result of 6th outright and 3rd in class in the 1965 Armstrong 500 when paired with another great rally driver, Timo Mäkinen of Finland. In 1965, he won a Coupe d'Argent at the Alpine Rally.[1]

Hopkirk was elected as a life member of the British Racing Drivers' Club in 1967, and is also president of the Historic Rally Car Register, and a patron of disability charity WheelPower. In 2010, he was among the first four inductees into the Rally Hall of Fame, along with Mäkinen, Rauno Aaltonen and Erik Carlsson.[2]


He married his wife Jennifer in 1967: they have 3 children. His wife was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 2005.


Paddy Hopkirk is a brand of automotive accessories (for example, roof bars) named after Hopkirk.[3]



  1. ^ Pfundner, Martin (2005). Alpine Trials & Rallies: 1910 to 1973. Veloce Publishing Ltd. pp. 90–91. 
  2. ^ "New Inductees to Rally Hall of Fame". Neste Oil Rally Finland. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  3. ^ JAC Products Web Site showing Paddy Hopkirk Limited, UK and Mont Blanc Industri AB, Sweden


  • Paddy Hopkirk and T R Entwistle, The Longest Drive of All: Paddy Hopkirk's story of the London-Sydney motor rally (1969), G.Chapman, 48pp, ISBN 0-225-48860-4
  • Bill Price and Paddy Hopkirk, The Paddy Hopkirk Story: A Dash of the Irish (2005), J H Haynes & Co Ltd, 176pp, ISBN 1-84425-110-1