The JOAC Jupithon –
The year 2012 was the Jowett Jupiter club's 50th
So there was a 'Jupithon' which JOAC ran from
3rd to 7th September
In all, Jupiters travelled about 1300 miles around the UK rather like the 2012 London Olympic Torches. A flag was carried by Jupiter and transferred at the end of each stage to the next flag-carrying Jupiter. There were 25 stages with at least 30 Jupiters involved.
The Jupithon was completed with no hold-ups at all!
Here is the story. Its End Point was the main
Owners' Auto Club event in York, the 'Jupilee'.
Tuesday 4 September
Start point: outside the Castle Museum, Eye of York, York. Departure 09:30. Two Jupiters (of H Bryan and D Peacock) then travelled to the Croft Race circuit (Dalton-on-Tees) arriving at 11:00. The flag then departed in the one and only Jowett Jupiter Mk2! This was Allan Fishburn's creation; Mike Smailes accompanied Allan. Also the Jupiter of Will Calvert, heading for Bradford, Yorkshire, the Morrison supermarket (at the former Jowett works) 275 Bradford Rd, Idle, Bradford). It arrived at 13:10. Alastair Gregg then departed with the flag at 13:40 accross the Pennines for Gawsworth Hall (just south of Macclesfield) and arrived at about 15:30, where the JCC provided a rapturous 'guard of honour' of local Jowetts. The Jupithon then continued with John Jackson the flag-bearer for the Llangollen Motor Museum at Pentire Felin, Llangollen, arriving at about 17:30 to be met by John & Sue Powter in their Mead Jupiter and Jon & Sue Roberts in their standard Mk1. The Jupithon departed Llangollen for the overnight stop at Church Stoke, Montgomeryshire.
below: first hand-over point at Croft. On the left, the Mk2 Jupiter
built by the highly-gifted panel-man Allan Fishburn
Scottish spur started at Elgin in the Moray, went to Blair
Atholl, Perthshire, then Edinburgh, then joined the others at Elvington
on September 7th.
Below: the start of the Scottish leg at By Blair Atholl, Perthshire.
Left below: Alastair Gregg's Jupiter and flag on the Yorkshire moors. Right below: Will Calvert and Alastair Gregg at Morrisons Supermarket, Idle, BradfordBelow: Alastair Gregg and John Jackson at the Gawsworth Hall flag handover with JCC North Western giving excellent support (photos Sue & David Mason)
Wednesday 5 September
Jupithon in the person of John Powter and his Mead Jupiter headed for Ludlow Castle Square, Shropshire, arriving
at 09:30 to meet David Kennedy in his white Mk1a Jupiter. Weather still good!
first changeover pount on the 2012 Jupithon on Wednesday September 5th.
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire, with the red Mead Jupiter of John Powter and the white standard Jupiter of David Kennedy
The Jupithon (David Kennedy) then
departed for Ross on Wye (Royal Hotel)
and arrived about 11:00. Nigel Woodford and Brian Cole in their
green Jupiters took the flag to the Circular Drive, Sneyd Park,
Bristol arriving about
13:15. Below: Sneyd
Park with the Jupiters of Brian Cole, Nigel Woodford and
Pat Lockyer, and in the right-hand image you
can just make out the Clifton suspension bridge.
The Jupithon in the person of Pat Lockyer and his early Jupiter departed
at13:30 for Sparkford in Somerset and the
Motor Museum where it arrived at about 15:00 to be met by Tony Day in his Mk1 Jupiter.
Then Tony Day departed on the long haul to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu arriving at 17:10, the day before the Autojumble, and Roy Hickman then did the honours in his dark ble Jupiter to the overnight stop at Eastleigh.
Above: Sparkford Somerset with Tony Day and Pat Lockyer
Thursday 6 September
The Jupithon (Roy Hickman) departed Eastleigh for the Liphook Travelodge on the A3, arriving there at 09:10 to hand over to John Blanckley who then departed for Reigate Hill car park, which is is located close to J8 of the M25 on its south side. It is close to the National Trust's Reigate Hill and Gatton Park.
Image left:- at
Liphook. Roy Hickman handing over to John Blanckley.
right: - at Reigate Hill. Red car is FHC Jupiter whose
owner-driver was John Willment. John Blanckley handed over to to Andy
Stevens in Ed
Nankivell's red Jupiter
The Jupithon (in the red Jupiter driven
by Andy Stevens) then set off for the Dartford crossing and the Thurrock
Patchett with the R4 Jupiter and Andy Stevens with the Willment coupé
Jupiter at the Thurrock handover
Jupithon (Keith Patchett and the R4) left Thurrock making for the North Weald airfield(M11
J7) six miles
SE of Harlow,
Essex, arriving about 13:40 to hand over to Dave Stimpson and Steve
Keil in their Jupiters in the shadow of a replica Hurricane
fighter-plane, departing soon after for Old Warden,
Biggleswade (home for the Shuttleworth
where it arrived at about 15:45 to hand over the flag to Peter Tribble in his nice Mk1.
The Jupithon then
departed for Sywell
(between Northampton and Kettering) before leaving for its
overnight stop at Kettering, Northants in the capable hands of Glenys
and Craig Ainge. The rendezvous was in front of the famous Art-Deco
A later changeover on Thursday Sept 6th. Left: that is Sheila Rigg's ex Monte Farr Coupé Jupiter with Peter Tribble's Jupiter at Sywell aerodrome
Friday 7 September
The Jupithon (via the Ainge's) conveyed the banner to the Newark Air Museum at Winthorpe. It left at 11:30 with the Mumbys and their Jupiter in convoy for the Robin
Hood Airport (home of the
last flying Avro Vulcan bomber) arriving at 12.30, where we had a
photo-shoot with three Jupiters with the Vulcan! The third being the Jupiter of Geoff and Audrey Holding
thanks to Craig Ainge
Cars L to R: The Jupiters of Craig & Glenys Ainge, Geoff & Audrey Holding, Tony & Angela Mumby
Wives L to R: Glenys Ainge, Angela Mumby, Audrey Holding
The Jupithon then
departed for the Yorkshire
Air Museum (Elvington) Elvington, York
to be joined by the spur from
Scotland, see above: Gordon Milne and Jupiter had driven from Elgin to
hand over at the house of Bruar to Drummond Black and Ranald &
Sheena MacKay who had driven over the Forth Bridge to Elvington
Elvington is 7 miles from York, where 12 Jupiters were in attendance in front of the museum's Gloster Javelin.
Elvington was the termination of the Jupithon, before we all met up in York just seven miles away, for the JUPILEE.
Here are links to the other pages on this website devoted to the Jowett Jupiter classic car:-