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Nothing “Mini” about this combination?

Monday, 19 September 2016 - Car Club

Thirteen members and partners of the Distillers’ Car Club visited the Mini factory at Abingdon, with the legendary rally driver Paddy Hopkirk. One of the most high-tech car-plants in the country, in one part of the assembly area over 1000 robots are at work, spot-welding and creating this iconic car.

On the way to becoming one of the world’s most famous rally drivers, Belfast born Paddy Hopkirk began with successes in Irish rallies and he soon justifed his position in the works team of BMC in 1963. He drove his first Mini Cooper S in that year’s Monte Carlo Rally and finished 6th. But it was his victory there in 1964, accompanied by Henry Liddon, which made him, and the Mini Cooper, household names. Quite a trip; quite a guy!

December 2016

Fare-Thee-Well From the Master

The annual review of the Master’s Year – Fare–thee-well from the Master, new appointments, French reflections, AET gets increased funding and gin sales exceed £1 billion!

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  • Farewell to the Immediate Past Master
  • New Middle Warden
  • Bordeaux visit by the court