Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Stunning 1964 Mini Cooper Win At The Monte Carlo Rallye
In 1964, the intrepid Mini Cooper works of the British Motor Company broached the idea of taking on one of the most high-profile races in Europe. They were anxious to prove that their micro-racer had the goods to not only compete with the giants of the racing world, like Porsche and Lancia, but to triumph as well.
And in their first attempt, with Paddy Hopkirk at the wheel, the Mini stormed to victory that year. And the next. And the next. And again in 1967.
Though their 1966 win was overturned due to "disallowed headlights", the impact was substantial, leading to a world-wide recognition of the touring talents of the Mini, and even a "starring role" in the movie, The Italian Job, with the cars taking on one of the most famous cinematic car chases ever put to film.