The Hopkirks ‘keep it in the family’ as another member becomes an IAM RoadSmart advanced driver

Posted on 11/07/19 |

Another member of race and rally legend Paddy Hopkirk’s family has passed their advanced driving test, with his daughter Katie Adlington becoming the latest to reach the level.

Paddy Hopkirk, now 86, is a legend in race and rally circles, having won the Monte Carlo and Acropolis Rallies at the wheel of a Mini, as well as a second place in the fearsome 1968 London-Sydney Marathon – only losing the win when he and his co-driver Alec Poole stopped to rescue a competitor from their burning car.

Since becoming Mature Driver Ambassador for IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity, he has taken the Mature Driver Review and the Advanced Driving Test (27 years after taking it for the first time).

Paddy’s son Patrick, 47, also took and passed the advanced test last October. And not content with that, in May both Paddy and Patrick trained to reach Masters level, the highest civilian level of driving possible.

Both of them achieved their Masters with Distinction.

Now Paddy’s daughter Katie has become the latest member of the Hopkirk family to become an advanced driver.

Our picture shows Katie receiving her advanced driving certificate from Chris Miller, chairman of Basingstoke Advanced Driving Group. Katie received her assessments from Chris Stone.

Katie said: “After my dad and brother took and passed their advanced tests, I could hardly not do it myself! I enjoyed the learning process, and could see how it would make my driving more enjoyable as well as safer.”

Paddy remains an active promotor of IAM RoadSmart in his work for various organisations around the country.  Most recently he made an appearance on the IAM RoadSmart stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.


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