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On the internet since 1996 - our twenty first year on line!
...some happenings in the world of the Jowett Jupiter.
This page will be updated from time to time:
last update 24th April 2017You can contact
The Jupiter Owners' Auto Club now has its own website
Have you visited Keith's UK JCC Jowett forum lately?
There is even a Facebook Jowett Car Club
Lots of Jowett photos on this flickr website
You don't have to be a Jowett owner past or
present to enjoy this Special-bodied Jupiter book from cover to cover - "impossible to put down"
a reader said, whilst another reader said:-
"It would be easy to think this book would
only interest those with a liking for the Jupiter. WRONG! This book is for anybody
with an interest in classic cars, not just Jowett... I have read my
copy twice and still pick it up..."
Available from Amazon
The hugely-respected motoring writer Michael
Ware has this to say about it: "This is the type of
book I really enjoy.
It is first and foremost about those Jupiter [chassis] that were bodied
by specialists. Many were small firms who have been overlooked by
collectors and historians. There is as much background as the author
has been able to find on each Jupiter bodied this way. Where there is
competition history it is given. Other history comes from other items
of interest...He often goes into detail on some other cars, commercial
vehicles or in one case the Flying Flea aircraft for which these
companies built the coachwork...it is surprising how many of these cars
are still extant...a real labour of love and very readable too". Click
and click here for a website about special-bodied Jupiters, very much derived from Ed Nankivell's research
Scale model Jupiters by J & M Classic
Here is one made up by Andrew Henshall
More pages on this site
For more magazine stuff up to 2005
For the magazine 2005 to 2008
For the magazine 2009 to 2012
For the Jupithon, 3 to 7 September 2012: click here
June 2012's JupiJaunt, a super week in north France: click here
Twits-here, on Handbook,
and of course on Whobute
Below: Snapped at Honfleur, Normandy, in 2015 after its partaking of the ANVE Rally that year
This Jupiter, below, resident in Yorksire for many years, is now having a professional body-off restoration, still in Yorkshire
1967-1971 it was owned by Hilditch of 39 Shircoat Rd, Halifax having bought it
for £65 “from a policemen in
rebuilt gearbox, oil cooler, raised radiator and the body was reset by a coachbuilder in
Above, General Sir Mike Jackson in younger days. He has just co-signed a letter of top army men saying Brexit would be very harmful to the UK's security.
He owned a Jupiter 1968 to 1975, actually in Nortern Ireland during the IRA insurrection,
A Jupiter has just now (January 2016) arrived in England from California where is was very well indeed restored by Scott Renner.
Left: as found. Right: on arrival in the UK. Below: this gives an idea of the high quality restoration
Dave Burrows (below) reports from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania that 2015's December weather is unseasonably warm...
...and in addition to some rounds of golf he has been driving his classic Morgan and his Jupiter:-
The big 'do' for the Jupiter Owners' Auto Club was at Great Dunmow, Essex, September 17th - 18th. It was a great success!
These photos of some of the Jupiters were taken by Scott Thompson of Black Hat Photography
is Richard Gane's racing Jupiter, seen at UK's Oulton Park circuit 24th
August 2014, with its bonnet especially wide open!
The very presentable Coachcraft of Egham Fixed-head Coupé Jupiter (above) that won a race at Goodwood in 1954 and was owned by John Surtees 1990 to 2012
came up for auction on 4th
September 2014 at Silverstone. It went for £38,525, must be a
record for a Jupiter! Rumour has it that it went
to a French buyer.
Image on the right taken
about 1970, shows faired-in reversing light.
There is or was a Jupiter for
sale in Poland. For more, click
Here is an image of Ib Rasmussen racing his Jupiter in the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix 2/3 August 2014
2014's Le Mans Classic was from July 4th to 6th, Friday to Sunday.
were two yes two!
Jupiters racing there: Richard
Gane's blue Jupiter (65) and the
green Jupiter (59) of Morgan man Richard Thorne
below is an image of Richard Thorne's green Jupiter at Le Mans, 4th
July 2014, next to Richard Gane's blue Jupiter. Photo
Bob Marshall via Stephen Holroyd
below an image of Richard Gane's fast Jupiter, racing at Silverstone in
the June 2014 "The Javelin" Australia's excellent Jowett club magazine.
least five Jupiters attended the JCC gathering at Barnard Castle in
Durham, end of May 2014
are some of them outside the Bowes Museum.
(right) thanks to Peter Tribble, he of the lovely dark blue
Jupiter, and Angus Bell (left) he of the two-tone grey Jupiter
Richard Gane was in action at Silverstone 17th may 2014 at another FISCAR International trohpy meeting.
picked up another trophy for his fast and precise driving. Left: dicing
with Chris Gawne's Lancia Aurelia. Right: with
trophy awarded after the race
A very nice standard Jupiter in full running order (see image below) sold in auction on 29th April by Barons classic car auctioneers
for sale again by the dealer Classics & Sports Car Consultants Ltd
and the Classic
Cars for Cale website
Jupiter, imported from Australia where it did good things in the hands
of various owners such as Best Classic in the 2009 Targa Tasmania
up this March (24th to 30th) at the 2014 Classic Car show at Essen,
Germany. Photo Jaak Jacobs
very careful Jupiter restoration is under way in Bury-St-Edmunds,
Suffolk, England, by Colin Marshall and friend Nigel Hamlin Wright
Danish princes admire Ib Rasmussen's Jupiter in between indulging in
some slot-car racing with the lads
Below: Richard Gane with Alf Thomas Trophy (sitting on the bonnet) which he was awarded for his splendid effort at producing a fast race-worthy Jupiter
Craig Ainge September 2013 taken at Sywell
This is the superbly restored Jupiter of Jean Carlos Macchia of Brazil. Its owner knows of three other Jupiters in Brazil, at least two of them in rough condition.
in Brazil, the sharp-eyed Richard van Buul has spotted on a You-Tube website,
2min 38 seconds into it, amongst a huge number of barn-stored wrecks of
cars, this image of a Jupiter. Eight Jupiters were sold new to Brazil
of which three were red and one was copper. One of the red Jupiters is
believed to have gone to California around
1953 as its engine has turned up there.
The film by the famous Flemish film-maker Stijn Coninx called Marina, about the true life of the singer/accordionist Rocco Granata
has this week received its first showing in Montreal (28th August 2013). The Jupiter of Jaak Jacobs appears in the background in a scene.
For more, scroll down a bit. Click here for the title song by Rocco
I hear that Colin Marshall hopes to have his lightweight Jupiter ready for Classic Le Mans 2014.
Here is an image of its instrument panel:-
Some Jupiters and their owners at the JOAC meeting at Sywell Aerodrome September 2013.
Spot the Richard Mead Jupiter in two of these images! The rainbow is authentic!
Here is an interesting Le Mans 1950 model Jupiter available in 1:43 scale
A very nice ex-UK - so therefore RHD - Jupiter is for sale in Denmark, to where it migrated some years ago
very smart but somewhat special standard Mk1 Jupiter was auctioned at
Brooklands on 31 Aug 2013.
It has roll-over bars and a clip-on hood but has been thoroghly
restored with historic rallying in mind.
price was £20,160 and was for sale again at a dealer
in the New Forest. Now bought by a German enthusiast
Jupiters and other Jowetts gathered at Titsey House near Croydon on
25th August 2013 as part of a run to celebrate the 90th anniversary of
the founding of the Southerm Jowett Car Club in this very area. Yes
that early Jowett has its Dickey seat set!
Here is a report of two Jupiters racing at Silverstone on 16th June 2013.
It was the FiSCaR Fifties Sports Racing Car Event ...FiSCaR - Keeping the spirit of '50s sports car racing alive
Richard started 18th and finished 14th and the Jupiters were awarded the Team Prize. John Arnold (red overalls) drove the ex-Frank Wooley car LBY 254. Richard in the appropriate blue overalls with their mechanic Dave Harris. Right; Richard at Copse Corner
Inevitably some niggles showed up but that was what it was about. Photos Craig Ainge
Over in New Zealand now, for the Brass Monkey Trial at Hampton Down (yes it's winter there!)
Neil Moore was the winner of Trial 1
Wilton Classic & Supercar Show (4th August 2013) has been and gone.
Pat Lockyer and his splendid Farina Jupiter attracted a lot of
attention, as did
this Rolls Royce bodied by the renowned Paris coachbuilder Hernri
Binder. Wilton House is the ancient family home
of my Lords Pembroke. Also present was the ex-Ringo Starr Facel Vega,
also by a French coachbuilder.
below is the prototype LHD Jupiter, which was required by Angell Motors
of Pasadena and shipped to them in February 1951
is clearly a RHD model converted to LHD by the Jowett factory before
shipment. A careful ongoing restoration is in progress in South Carolina
was a photoshoot of Ed & Ghislaine
Nankivell's Jupiters at Hassocks on 22 July 2013
by Mike Taylor
for an article he is doing for Classic Car Weekly in his series "Forgottem Heroes"
at Sherborne Castle, Dorset was on 21st July 2013. Pat Lockyer drove
the prototype Jupiter there
and it attracted a lot of interest not surprisingly!
Another racing Jupiter under preparation. Colin Marshall reports as of July 2013: "Body panels being worked on".
Here are two images showing some of the 20 Jupiters that came to JCC UK Basingstoke meeting, 25th May 2013
Here is a website by Kip Motors of Dallas showing a difficult Jupiter restoration they superbly carried out
Here is a blog website with some images of Colin Marshall's Jupiter under restoration, amongst images of other cars.
are quite a lot of images in different places. Look in March 2012
for the car as bought, and April 2012
for two showing early progress.
months August, September, and November 2012 to January 2013 have images.
In February there is a video of
the engine being fired up for the first time.
having got the plug leads in the right order!). March 2013 shows three images of work on the bodyframe, while April 2013 shows it finished and painted
Here is a recent image of Ivan Paul's Richard Mead Jupiter in New Zealand
images taken by Bas de Bruijn at Zolder (April may 2013) showing Jaak
Jacobs in action in his well-restored Jowett Jupiter
Jupiter back on the road after a long lay-up + 5-year restoration. Well
done John Walters of Anglesey. Windscreen soon to be fitted.
Yes some Jupiters still have trafficators! This photo taken at the Black Lion Patcham on 5th May 2013
At the 2013 Bristol Classic Car Show this April, Pat Lockyer's Stabilimenti Farina Jupiter took the 'Car of the Show' award
the Pininfarina Lancia into second place. Left: Pat and
Alf Thomas special-bodied Jupiter, having done some Mille Miglia
retros, is now (April 2013) residing in the Museo Mille Miglia,
della Bornato, 123, 25135 S. Eufemia Province of Brescia, Italy.
It should be there at least to the end of May
is an image of Richard Gane's Jupiter, this one taken in April
2013 of the Jupiter being prepared for racing
He hopes to be racing it this summer!
8th April 2013 Kiyondo Sato arrived at Ed's place with his truly
delightful 1925 Delage. Ed's Willment Jupiter also in the photos.
(b.t.w. Kiyondo is the new owner of the ex-John Surtees Coachcraft Coupé Jupiter, currently in work)
One of the best films with a Jupiter is Alain Delon's first film, made in 1957 Quand la femme s'en mêle [When the woman gets involved, or meddles...]
is the Jupiter bit complete with the engine sound we know so well!
thanks to Youtube and a Russian enthusiast
It is clear that Alain Delon is indeed himself driving the Jupiter very well.i
Still on the subject of Jupiters in films, the 1959 "The Roadracers" includes a climactic cameo appearance of a Jupiter in the closing scenes where the hero
drives his neat special over a cliff. The Jupiter is the stand-in for this piece of action. Many thanks to Andy Stevens for finding it in the internet
For more, read the book The Jowett Jupiter, a Car for Road, Rally and Race by Ed Nankivell. Here is the image:-
Australia: fibreglass bodied Jupiter Chassis 24 is at last moving
towards the land of the living.
is a photo courtesy Ed Wolf taken early 2013. Braking is now full
hydraulic, engine is in work and an overdrive is to be fitted.
Jupiters in work in East Sussex, visited on 13th March 2013.
Left: Orchard Restorations
with Stephen Holroyd's Jupiter. Right: Nutley Sports & Prestige
Centre with Kiyondo Sato's ex John Surtees Jupiter under an Alvis
Ace Café - North-east London's famous R & R and mo-bike meeting
January 2013 Chris Freudenberg and Jupiter were there!
RAF Museum, also on 2013 New year's day. Dr Shirlaw's Javelin, Chris
Freudenberg's Jupiter. Dr Shirlaw and Dennis Sparrow on the right
A 1953 image of a Jupiter racing at Reeves Field Airforce base, LA, USA from the book Runways and Racers by Terry O.Neill:--
is another image just surfaced of tight racing at Reeves airfield in
1953; the Jupiter of Cal Marks just ahead of an MG:--
liked my book, saying "...
have enjoyed reading your brilliant book on the
Special Bodied Jupiters. You made a great job of it and I enjoyed the
background to the builders
(more then I thought I would) and then what happened to the various cars throughout their life..."
Ed Nankivell's very well received book on the Special-bodied Jupiters is available, click here to read more and how to get your very own copy.
reader has this to say "...the time and research you have put into it
makes it an essential addition to the Jowett catalogue of publications.
Congratulations on an easy to read and informative publication".
And Nick Geotgano writes "want to say how much I have enjoyed it. The fascinating field could not have been covered more comprehensively, and entertainingly as well".
Michael Ware, in Classic & Sports Car February 2012, wrote "Edmund Nankivell has researched the whole variety of coachbuilt specials created on these marvellous Bradford cars...a remarkable 200-page record of 40 years research"
On the seventh hour, of the seventh day
of the seventh month the seven doctors say
he'll be born for good luck, and that you see
Ed's Special-bodied Jupiter book is out, click here it be
with apologies to the great Muddy Waters aka McKinley Morganfield
JOWETT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
The University of Bradford is pleased to announce the
Benjamin Jowett Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate
students. Seven such Scholarships will be awarded to
students entering the Mechanical and Medical Engineering
Department to study Mechanical, Manufacturing or
Automotive Engineering. The value of the Scholarship is
£500 and will be awarded for academic excellence on admission to the first year.
The fund is in the memory of the late Benjamin Jowett who founded the
Jowett Car Company in Bradford back in 1906.
These are our links to the outside world. But gluttons for yet more chit-chat about Jupiters might wish to jump to the Magazine overflow page1, or to 2002 to 2005, or to 2005 to 2008.
Did you know that British sports cars defy the laws of physics? You didn't???
The UK Motor Sport Index is committed to being the definitive unified information source for motor sport of all forms (whatever the governing body) taking place in the United Kingdom.
This includes sport for historics.
The Jowett Car Club now has its own website.
Another Bradford website covers many other issues some connected with local government of the city, some not. Try it! And while you are at it what do you know about the Bronte Country?
Here is an online www.classicmotorauction.com Classic Car auction website. Your car can be auctioned with Classic Car Auctions whilst being secure in your possession. The need to travel miles to view a car that is often not as expected is eliminated; the company ensures that the vehicles offered are as described and have safeguards in the unlikely event that the vehicle is not as expected.
Well, there WAS a Jowett.com website, in fact there is again such a website. But there wasn't much on it last time I looked. It was devoted to an American clothing mill of the name Jowett Garment Factory based in El Monte, California. Here was one of their products being modelled:
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