|BCSHEET23||50th Anniversary of the Mini, stamp sheet unsigned||£35.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET23S||50th Anniversary of the Mini, stamp sheet signed by Paddy Hopkirk||£50.00||Sold Out|
|BCSHEET23M||50th Anniversary of the Mini, stamp sheet signed by Paddy Hopkirk and Michael Turner||£75.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 13/01/2009
Issue Name: 50th Anniversary of the Mini Stamp Presentation Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Mini skirts, flares, flowerpower… Fashion may come and go (thankfully in some cases) but real classics never go out of style and with our 23rd stamp sheet, we pay tribute to one of the best loved icons of the Sixties: The Mini. Whether it's poodling down back streets enduring a teenager’s first driving attempts, speeding through the streets of Turin just for the hell of it or racing around a rally circuit, this cute little car with the big personality has been the Nation’s Favourite since it came into being 50 years ago. And we’re celebrating it’s birthday with this charming stamp sheet!
Our Stamp sheet is approximately A4 size and features 10 stamps with accompanying labels. Images for the labels have been generously supplied to us from the Heritage Motor Centre archives. We’re working officially with the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, to produce this sheet. It’s home to the very first Mini and is well worth a visit.
Signed by a Racing Legend
Our main signature for the sheet is Paddy Hopkirk, who is best remembered for his fantastic win at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, in which he drove a Mini Cooper S car number 37, license plate/registration 33 EJB. He and fellow driver Henry Liddon remain the only all-British crew to have won the event, a truly staggering achievement.
The main illustration on the sheet is of this famous victory from a painting by the great artist Michael Turner.
We are pleased to be able to offer a double-signed version of our sheet - there will be just 100 signed by Paddy Hopkirk and Michael Turner. We’re expecting this to be a sell-out, so don’t wait – get your order in now and avoid disappointment!
What are stamp sheets?
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Union Jack flag stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
Want to keep your sheets safe? Click here to see our stamp sheet album
Total number of sheets printed: 2000
Patrick Barron Hopkirk (Paddy) was born in Belfast on 14th April 1933. He attended Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare from 1945-1949 before going to Trinity College in Dublin, where he studied until 1953.
He started his winning career in professional racing and rally driving in 1955 at the tender age of 22, although he's probably best remembered for his fantastic win at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1964, in which he drove a Mini Cooper S car number 37, registration number 33 EJB. He and fellow driver Henry Liddon remain the only all-British crew to have won the even - a truly staggering achievement.
1956 saw the beginning of an equally successful business career in the automotive industry, in which he founded a number thriving businesses. He is still very involved in the field today and is currently not only Chairman of a number of companies but is also an ambassador for BMW. 'Paddy Hopkirk' is also a brand of automotive accessories, named after him, including the “Paddy Hopkirk” limited edition Mini Cooper sold in the USA.
Paddy is Vice President and life member of the coveted BRDC (British Racing Drivers Club) and Patron of the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation.
Astoundingly, in between all his other commitments, he also managed to find the time to write his autobiography, “The Paddy Hopkirk Story: A Dash of the Irish”, which was published in 2005.
Paddy lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife Jenny, whom he married in 1967, and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.