4th Dec, 2016

Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini Cooper S to tackle Coventry ring road at Motofest

Shaun Reynolds 20th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE BRITISH motoring marvel that produced one of motor sports most spectacular victories and historic victories is set to appear at this year’s Coventry Motofest.

The Mini Cooper S will swap the streets of Monte Carlo for the ring road of Coventry more than 50 years after securing the the Monte Carlo Rally.

It was in 1964 that the Mini Cooper S completed its faultless run across the country roads, mountain passes and tight corners of the Monte Carlo Rally – in turn cementing its enduring place in the hearts of British fans.

With its legendary racing number of 37, the motor will leave its current home at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon to take to the road and thrill crowds in the city centre.

James Noble, Coventry Motofest director, said: “We are very excited to have Paddy Hopkirk’s Mini Cooper S at this year’s Coventry Motofest.

“The Mini Cooper S’s victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally is one of the most iconic performances in motor sport history and so to have it run here on our sprint circuit over 50 years on from its greatest triumph is incredible.

“We thank the British Motor Museum for their assistance in bringing the Mini Cooper S to Coventry Motofest and we look forward to this iconic car thrilling the crowds at this year’s event.”

To add to the booking of the 1964 Mini Cooper S, organisers have also confirmed that classic vehicle fans can now register their cars, bikes and scooters for the Road to Coventry classic run.

With display space available for 500 bikes and scooters and 300 cars, organisers are asking classic vehicle enthusiasts to make Coventry Motofest 2016 the biggest ever.

A number of classic car clubs including the Porsche Club GB, Club Peugeot UK, The Dolomite Club and the Jaguar XJS club having already signed up for the event, with many more expected to follow.

After gathering at an agreed meeting point, Road to Coventry crews will drive on the Ring Road circuit before taking up their dedicated parking positions to enjoy the action available on the Motofest circuit.

Motorsport enthusiast Peter Nedin, who has been actively involved in organising classic and historic road events throughout Europe, said: “I am delighted to be planning the Road to Coventry run.

“This year there will be two start locations with the aim of increasing the number next year – I know that everyone who enters will have a great day.”

Visit www.coventrymotofest.com for full details on how to enter the Road to Coventry run.