It was so close that Paddy, awakened to be told he was the outright leader of the Monte Carlo, couldn’t be persuaded he wasn’t just winning his class! Yves Serradori [nb 3]. But it is truly the Monte Carlo Rallye – the maiden win for Mini – which cemented Liddon’s role in Mini history books. Paddy remembers it mostly for the bitter cold, an awful hotel, even worse food and the giant tin of Beluga caviar he swapped for some ladies nylon stockings he had brought with him! They also won the Rallye Bandama-Cote d’Ivoire in and At the end of the fourth stage of the Lakes Rally , Audi Sport driver Franz Wittmann and his co-driver Kurt Nestinger did not notice the flying finish which marks the end of the stage. He demanded their rally road book to record a breach of traffic regulations — an offence which carried disqualification.
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They also won the Rallye Bandama-Cote d’Ivoire in and At the podium, they were presented a trophy by Prince Rainier and his lovely wife Princess Grace. That’s Lideon Hopkirk, a winner with style and panache.
On the first stage of the Rally PortugalJoaquim Santos lost control of his Ford RS while trying to avoid spectators on the road, crashing into a crowd of spectators, killing three and injuring over thirty. Bad weather was deemed a factor in the crash. Brian Moylan, a team mechanic, was dragged from his seat to sort the problem with no tools.
He and the BMC team had spent a week in Gap, in the south of France, checking out the route — in effect, preparing pacenotes as they do today — but there was less snow than expected. Among his teammates, Liddon counted some impressive and familiar names: Henry Liddon was born in April of They were stopped by the authorities who put Liddon to a breathalyzer test before realizing the Mini was right hand drive and stopped again for motoring the wrong way down a one-way street and were let off after telling a tale about being late for a funeral.
Yves Serradori [nb 3].
At the end of liddin fourth stage of the Lakes RallyAudi Sport driver Franz Wittmann and his co-driver Kurt Nestinger did not notice the flying finish which marks the end of the stage.
He demanded their rally road book to record a breach of traffic regulations — an offence which rallyy disqualification.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It was bad news for the Minis — dry roads would favour the more powerful Fords and Chryslers.
At the Monte Carlo Rally, a spectator died after Hayden Paddon slid wide on a left-hand corner and went rear-first on the roadside embankment.
At the Safari Rally, five passers-by and four spectators were killed in unrelated accidents, both involving non-competitive drivers crashing into competitors.
List of fatal World Rally Championship accidents
Despite the bitter cold, the snow and the difficulty of navigating in Russia, Hopkirk and Liddon progressed safely lidodn through Poland, Holland and Germany, rendezvousing with their BMC service team at predetermined points along the way, and on towards Reims before the all-important speed tests through the Alps. Navigating their way through Paris en route to Reims, Hopkirk and Liddon made a mistake, proceeding up a one-way hnery where they were confronted by an angry gendarme.
But it is truly the Monte Carlo Rallye – the maiden win for Mini – which cemented Liddon’s role in Mini history books.
The format then was so different, too, with drivers choosing their starting points from cities like Oslo, Lisbon, Frankfurt or even Monte Carlo itself. The driver David Joshi sustained serious injuries. At the time, Liddon was serving as sporting director for the TTE.
List of fatal World Rally Championship accidents – Wikipedia
Retrieved 20 January World Rally Championship—related lists Lists of motorsport fatalities. Henry Liddon, Rally Co-Driver. Raul Falin, chairman of AKKFinland’s sporting authority for motorsport and the country’s representative in the FIA, was quickly taken to a hospital but died from his injuries soon after.
He smoothly explained his mother had died back in Ireland — ‘ma mere est morte’ — and they had already abandoned the rally to return home to attend the funeral. And the Minsk caviar? Together, they won the Rallye de Monte-Carlo in Partly because the little Mini, with its cross-mounted engine of not much more than cc, was such an unlikely rally car at a time when bigger was deemed to be liddo and partly because of the sheer force of Hopkirk’s personality.
Articulate and intelligent, a product of Trinity College in Dublin, he might have struggled to fall hnry line with the corporate speak of today’s drivers and was known to “enjoy” himself. Email or Phone Password Forgot account? He was every PR man’s dream — and their worst nightmare.