It was in that year that the fame of Mini rallying successes spread beyond the circles of motor clubs to ordinary road users of the High Street. To them, the Monte Carlo Rally represented the pinnacle of rallying, and when Paddy Hopkirk and Henry Liddon won that event in a 1071cc Mini Cooper S, the little car really made its mark.
In 1965 Timo Mäkinen and Paul Easter repeated the success in a 1275cc car, and this time the Continentals found the humiliation of being beaten by such a small, insignificant car almost too much to tolerate.
Three 1275cc cars finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd, but were later disqualified for an alleged rule infringement
To prove the agility and performance of the 1275cc Mini-Cooper S, and that the 1966 victory was not produced by a magic, go-faster headlamp bulb, Aaltonen and Liddon were outright winners of the 1967 event.