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Jowett Jupiter classic car competition history

Jowett Jupiter successes in competition

Jowett Jupiter R1 racing at Le Mans 1 Two type R1 Jupiters at the 1952 Le Mans race: Gatsonides heads a tail-wagging Bert Hadley. Neither finished - it was left to the Jupiter R1 of Marcel Becquart and Gordon Wilkins to take the honours.

You saw Gatso's  foglamp of gets misty early on the Sunday morning of Les Vingt Quatres Heures du Mans before it gets light...


Le Mans 24-hour International sports car race
1950 class win (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Tom Wisdom, Tommy Wise (The Sagacious Two)
1951 class win (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Marcel Becquart, Gordon Wilkins
1952 class win (R1 Jupiter) - Marcel Becquart, Gordon Wilkins

RAC-TT International race for standard sports cars, Dundrod Northern Ireland
1951 Class win (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Bert Hadley
1951 Class 2nd (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Tommy Wise
During the race Tommy Wise was timed at 92.90mph through the measured kilometre

SCCA National Meet at the Thompson Speedway.

July 1951 The 1500cc race for production sports cars was won by a standard Jupiter driven by George Weaver

ahead of another Jupiter and a collection of MG TCs, MG TDs and similar cars

Swiss National race for standard sports cars, Bremgarten
1951 class win (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Gurzeler

Queen Catharine Montour Cup for 1.5 litre sports cars, Watkins Glen USA
In September 1951 the winner of this cup was George Weaver who brilliantly drove the R1 to arguably its best victory

International British Empire Trophy, Isle of Man

May 1952 a Standard Mk1 Jupiter was the first true production car home in the 1500cc class, at 7th overall.

Governor's Cup, Arizona day of Races USA

May 1953 Standard Mk1 Jupiters were first and second in the 1500cc class

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SCCA Burke Mountain Hillclimb, USA

June 1951 Class win by a standard Jupiter


Rheineck-Walzenhausen Hillclimb, Switzerland

June 1951 Class win by a standard Jupiter



Monte Carlo International Rally
1951 Class win, 6th overall (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Ellison/Robinson
1951 Class 2nd, 10th overall (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Wilkins/Baxter
1952 Class 2nd, 5th overall (Farina-bodied FHC Jupiter) - Becquart/Ziegler
1953 Class 4th, 36th overall (Grounds-bodied FHC Jupiter) - Grounds/Hay

International Rally of Portugal (Lisbon Rally)
1951 Outright winner (Standard Jupiter Mk1) - Joaquim Filipe Nogueira

Jowett Jupiter in Lisbon Rally 1951 Scanned by Jose Guedes from the Portuguese Auto Club magazine that covered the event. This Jupiter survives in good order in Portugal

Rallye de l'Iseran

1951 National Rallye de l'Iseran. Outright winner Jean Armangaud (Standard Jupiter Mk1)

Jupiters tried hard in the International Criterion des Alps 1951, 1952 and 1953. In 1951 Armangaud won his class in the Monza speed test on the first day, and on the third day Wise class-won the Falzarego ascent with Armangaud second. On the fifth day Wise class-won the Stelvio ascent with Armangaud third this time.
In 1952 Robinson lost no marks on the first two days before being forced out with brake problems.

Alpine Rally 1951, cars at the start

Jowett cars: a Jowett Javelin and two Jowett Jupiters alongside two MGs, in front of friends, at the 1951 start at Marseilles.

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Lake Tahoe Rally

August 1952. FCCA National Rally in the Californian high sierras. Outright win by a Standard Mk1 Jupiter.

And in HSCC competitions in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Jupiteer continues to excell.- Joe Caudo was times at 106mph in a Targa tasmania pre-2000

For more Jupiter car rally results, read the books...

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