Patrick Barron Hopkirk was a rally driver born on April 14, 1933, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Until his passing on July 21, 2022, at the age of 89, he was appointed MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours list.
Paddy Hopkirk, as he was commonly known, became the IAM RoadSmart Mature Drivers Ambassador in early 2016.
He received his formal education from Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare from 1945 to 1949 before attending Trinity College, Dublin until 1953.
His academic career was however held back as a result of his dyslexia but first learned the basics of car control at the age of nine, when a local clergyman left him his invalid carriage in his will.
He later went on to graduate to a motorcycle with a sidecar and upon attending Trinity to study engineering, acquired an Austin 7 “Chummy” Tourer which he used to make his rally debut.
Paddy Hopkirk Children:
Katie, Patrick, and William Hopkirk are the famed children of Paddy Hopkirk. Hopkirk shares his children with his wife Jennifer, whom he married in 1967. Further details about his children have not been made public.