For Jowett Jupiter fans Edmund Nankivell has The Jowett Jupiter, A Car for Road, Rally and Race (ISBN 9541144 0, Penmellyn Publications, 6 Kymer Gardens, Hassocks, Sussex BN6 8QZ, price on application). The author has had Jupiters since 1969 and his book is a variety of memories of these sportscars, with a Foreword by Gordon Wilkins, who rallied them. History, TV and films featuring Jupiters, lists of remembered ones including those on Motor Sport’s fleet (he even remembers how I praised easy erection of the hood on our road-test car), a Vicky cartoon-strip, great road journeys, race and rally accounts, and some colour shots make up this Jowett look-back; the frontispiece picture is of a street with tiny cars below, from which you are asked to spot the Jupiter. Fun, and nostalgic.
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The Pre-war Austin 7 Club Secretary is Mike Harris (13 Ashleigh Drive, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV11 6SF); John Barks is Membership Secretary.
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An Australian reader wants information on the Marouba Speedway near Sydney, a one-mile steeply-banked track which opened in December 1925, apparently attracting some 70,000 people, who had to watch in the sun as the £100,000 of public subscription did not cover grandstands. After about 14 months of racing it closed, five drivers and a bike rider being killed there. Motorcycle racing continued until 1927, with two more fatalities, probably because the speed-bowl had the wrong re-entry angles to the bankings. More information would be appreciated. Le Champion took the huge Fiat ‘Mephistopheles’ to Sydney, but decided it was too fast to race at Marouba.
Cars in Books, October 1998
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