Why the new Mini is the real deal

Why the new Mini is the real deal

On Monday Mini officially launched its WRC programme, ahead of its debut in the championship next month. David Evans describes the historic date and explains why the real Mini is back

There were people everywhere. And then there was Paddy Hopkirk. Looking dapper as usual, the ever-smiling Belfast boy who won the Monte Carlo Rally against all odds in 1964 couldn't help but grin.

"It's happened," he said, quietly. "It's really happened."

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