Flygirl New Reader
2/28/18 9:57 a.m.

Watkins Glen Mini Festival announces official Grand Marshal!

The “Mini Legend” Paddy Hopkirk, one of the most successful rally drivers of all time, has been confirmed as Grand Marshal for the Watkins Glen Mini Festival!

Paddy began winning rally events in 1955, becoming synonymous with the Mini Cooper after winning the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally with co-driver Henry Liddon in a Mini Cooper S, registered as “33 EJB”. That Monte Carlo win was but one event in his illustrious motorsports career, which included fifteen competitive seasons as a Works driver for Standard-Triumph, Rootes, and BMC. Paddy’s incredible driving talent resulted in a series of outright victories in major rallies and races around the world. He was inducted into the Rally Hall of Fame in 2010, and continues to be very involved in motorsports today, both as a brand ambassador for MINI and Mini Sport Ltd, as well as promoting his line of specialty automotive products, regalia, and memorabilia.

Paddy will be attending the Watkins Glen Mini Festival from Friday, September 7th to Sunday, September 9th. He will present trophies during the podium celebration awards to the winners of the all-Mini feature race held on Sunday, and will host a VIP autograph session in the exclusive Tower Suites on Saturday. “It is an immense honor to have Paddy Hopkirk officiating as our GM. His iconic status as a Mini race and rally driver is truly legendary. We are thrilled to have a man responsible for so much of the Mini’s history serving as Grand Marshal. He has truly inspired the motorsports community, Mini/MINI owners, racers, and enthusiasts around the world through the years.” comments Rachel Nelson, Event Chair.

MINI/Mini Enthusiasts: purchase the VIP Mini Festival Enthusiast Ticket package, and enjoy a thrilling weekend of racing action, including an ultimate fan experience with Paddy Hopkirk in the comfort of the track-side Tower Suites at Watkins Glen on Saturday, September 8th! Tickets are very limited, so reserve your experience today!…/watkins-glen-mini-festival-…

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2018 Watkins Glen Min Festival. The Minis are coming: BE THERE!

nutherjrfan SuperDork
3/1/18 12:20 a.m.

Will the French be there to protest? devil

nutherjrfan SuperDork
3/1/18 12:21 a.m.

Ooh that's far enough out to plan for. smiley

dougie Reader
3/1/18 9:40 p.m.

In reply to Flygirl:

Let's not forget Paddy was a star in the Big Healey before ever getting behind the wheel of a Mini.

wannacruise New Reader
3/8/18 11:17 a.m.

Evidently this is in concert with the US Vintage Grand Prix that is held every year at The Glen in Sept.  Be sure to plan to attend the Festival in town on that Friday.  It is more than worth it.     

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