Mini at the Monte Carlo Rally
The bulk of Paddy Hopkirk hunches over the wheel of the tiny 1275 Cooper S, piloting it to a crazily unlikely win in 1964. The next year, teammate Timo Mäkinen took another victory, brilliantly co-driven by Paul Easter so they picked up not a single penalty point. Then in ’66, infamy: Cooper Ss GRX 555D, GRX 55D and GRX 5D took a 1-2-3 clean sweep. French officials spent eight hours scrutineering, and found a tiny headlamp infraction – against a rule posted quietly and late – and disqualified the lot. A Citroen was handed the win. Uproar. History remembers the Minis, not the Citroen.