Rally driver Patrick Barron Hopkirk was born on April 14, 1933, in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Hopkirk who passed on July 21, 2022, at the age of 89, was appointed MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours list.
Commonly referred to as Paddy Hopkirk, he became the IAM RoadSmart Mature Drivers Ambassador during early 2016.
Hopkirk studied at Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare from 1945 to 1949 before going on to attend Trinity College, Dublin until 1953.
His academic career was however held back as a result of his dyslexia but he was able to first learn the basics of car control at the age of nine, when a local clergyman left him his invalid carriage in his will.
Hopkirk went on to graduate to a motorcycle with a sidecar and his studies at Trinity to study engineering, acquired him an Austin 7 “Chummy” Tourer which he used to make his rally debut.
Was Paddy Hopkirk Vaccinated?
Paddy Hopkirk kept his vaccination status private. As a result, it remains unknown whether or not he was vaccinated.