On the first stage of the Rally Portugal , Joaquim 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. Retrieved from ” https: The plane had been rented by Toyota team management as a spotter plane. Yves Serradori [nb 3]. Boxing Day Down Royal races [photos]. This page was last edited on 17 September , at He was every PR man’s dream — and their worst nightmare.

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But like modern day rallying, Hopkirk knew what lay ahead.

They also won the Rallye Bandama-Cote d’Ivoire in and All had to complete a route of more than miles before converging on Reims in France for the final push to the Mediterranean. Daily News Headlines Newsletter Today’s news headlines, directly to your inbox.

At the podium, they were presented a trophy by Prince Rainier and his lovely wife Princess Grace. Use dmy dates from October Well-known fatalities involving officials, spectators and team members are also mentioned. Coming nine years after Ronnie Adams had become the first Ulsterman to win the Monte, Hopkirk’s victory was, and still is, the most talked about in the history of the world’s most famous rally and, 50 years on, will be celebrated next Saturday with a gala dinner in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

The plane had been rented by Toyota team management as a spotter plane. But contrary to perceptions at the time of an enthusiastic “gentleman driver”, Hopkirk was an experienced and admire professional who had finished third on the Liddln in a Sunbeam Rapier. He was every PR man’s dream — and their worst nightmare.

He died on September 23, in a plane crash on the Ivory Coast with three others, his assistant Nigel Harris, the pilot and navigator, during the Bandama Rallye. Brian Moylan, a team mechanic, was dragged from his seat to sort the problem with no tools.

However, driver fatalities rallh inwhen five competitors died in the first three rallies of the season two during reconnaissance, two who were spectating having only done reconnaissance for the event, and only one as an active competitor.

And these are the days before the five-point harness, which is evident in this footage from Minsk. He remembers, too, the fur-hatted soldiers manning road junctions, standing like frozen statues, as they passed and being “heartbroken” as people pushed notes into the car pleading: He began his racing career in the s and rose to fame as co-driver to Paddy Hopkirk.

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It took three days of day and night driving, Liddon taking spells at the wheel while Hopkirk slept, and they were sustained by a diet of Heinz self-heating soup and tins of Shippham’s Chicken Supreme supplemented by biscuits, chocolate and Lucozade.

Retrieved henrry July 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. Henry Liddon, Rally Co-Driver. Renault 5 GT Turbo. This page was last edited on rwlly Septemberat The fatal accidents of the Group B era resulted in its demise.

Henry Liddon

The story of Paddy Hopkirk’s David versus Goliath victory 50 years ago was the stuff of legend and turned the fun-loving Ulsterman into a household name. At the end of the 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. Ireland Awards Search Go. But it is truly the Monte Carlo Rallye – the maiden win for Mini – which cemented Liddon’s role in Mini history books.

It was worth more than the prize money for winning the rally,” he explained.

Timo Makinen, Henry Liddon, Ford Escort RS1600

Then it was off to London, where the team and the Mini were to be placed on a podium to appear on the popular show Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

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!

Bad weather was deemed a factor in the crash. But it was the Mini which was to launch his career to a different level, his first association with the dinky car coming in January when he drove a cc Cooper to sixth place on the Monte. Together, they won the Rallye de Monte-Carlo in Views Read Edit View history. Boxing Day Down Royal races [photos].