Rupert Jones: A Motorsporting Clergyman

In a move that probably surprises no one who might read this webpage from time to time, I have added another book to my half vast library of car rally books.  This new addition is an autobiography by Rupert Jones, also known as a motorsporting clergyman.  It is a very interesting and amusing book about the many things that he did.

In his younger days he did a lot of motorcycling and was quite a good marksman with a rifle.  He also enjoyed the odd pint.

At university he began to get involved in motor sports when he eventually came to the attention of Marcus Chambers and Peter Riley.  His first major international rally was the Liege-Rome-Liege with Peter Riley in a Works Austin Healey.

One of the interesting things about Rupert Jones is that he co-drove  in an Austin Mini when they were first rallied.  Let me be clear, this was an Austin Mini – not a Mini Cooper.

Rupert Jones Was A Co-driver In An Original Austin Mini

I was informed earlier this year that it is thought that none of the original Works Mini rally cars now exist.   A vague rumor of perhaps one on an island somewhere.  Original Works Mini Cooper rally cars can be found, but not the few  standard Works Austin Mini rally cars.

Rupert Jones also rallied in the Works Austin Healey cars again with some respectable results.

Rupert Jones With John Gott In The Liege-Rome-Liege Rally

I am still working my way through this book, but it is a very enjoyable read. A story well told.

If you have any comments or questions about this book or Rupert Jones, then leave a comment below, or you can send me a private email message at the following address:  shanna12 at comcast dot net

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