Monte Carlo winner and retired professional rally star Paddy Hopkirk gave over 17,000 spectators a rare treat at the Kop Hill Climb event when he took to the wheel of the TR Register owned 'TS2' to lead a cavalcade of Triumph TRs up the famous Buckinghamshire venue.
'TS2' is the first right hand drive TR ever built and was hand assembled at Banner Lane for press and promotional duties alongside its left hand drive sibling 'TS1' which was bound for the USA and Canada.
Paddy Hopkirk made his name rallying the famous Mini Coopers during the mid-60s taking victory in the 1964 Monte Carlo before going on to rally various British vehicles well into the 1980s. He famously gave up his chance of victory in the 1968 London to Sydney when he stopped in his Austin 1800 to save the life of Lucien Bianchi when his Citroen DS collided with oncoming traffic on what was supposed to be a closed road for the rally.
Throughout the 1960s he racked up a number of victories including a Coupe d'Argent at the 1965 Alpine Rally. He won the 1965 and 1967 Circuit of Ireland Rally, the 1966 and 1967 Alpine Rally, and the 1967 Rally Acropolis.
Kop Hill Climb is a volunteer run event run under "Heart of Bucks" with the sole aim of raising money to donate to local community projects and charities. The event has raised £305,000 since the revival first took place in 2009.The main focus being on projects helping the elderly, youth or disadvantaged members of the local Buckinghamshire communities.
This year's event held over the weekend of 17-18th September 2016 saw over 400 vehicles ranging in age from the early 1900's to modern day exotics, taking to the hill or displaying in the paddock area. The TR Register were represented by Chiltern Group with a fantastic display of cars which included the Jabbeke record breaking TR2 looking resplendent as it nears completion of a painstaking restoration by Protek Engineering, Wallingford.
Images courtesy of Ian Pleeth and Phil Horsley