What I like about Britain – apart from its landscape, sense of fair play and its understated style – is how we root for an underdog. And when it comes to MotorSport there’s no greater story than the Monte Carlo rallies of the 1960s and the ‘derring do’ of those plucky Mini Coopers.

Back in the autumn of 2012, Rich and I set off for Monaco with a voucher for a blagged Hertz rental car, a printed map and a bearded cameraman to follow in Paddy Hopkirk’s tyre tracks on some of Europe’s greatest driving roads … though a bit of confusion with the booking ended us with us a convertible auto MINI rather than the latest Cooper S we’d hoped for.

Anyhow, enjoy the video. This was our very first attempt at filming with XCAR so if you do leave a comment below, please be gentle! We’ve now clocked up over thirty short films in partnership with XCAR, Carfection and the Morgan Motor Company – if you want to see them all then look out for the ‘Video’ tab.

Dr. O

About The Author

Darryl Sleath

Darryl can usually be found up to his elbows in some unloved piece of BL detritus when he isn’t snapping and scribbling for various print magazines or producing the occasional book on tally-ho adventurers, PE or road tripping. As an occasional presenter on XCAR’s YouTube channel, his other hobbies include vintage Scalextrics, ‘60s Bang & Olufsen and dabbling in grassroots motorsport.

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