Juan Jover was a wealthy Barcelona resident who raced motorcycles in his late teens. His first car race was a cyclecar event in 1923 but he only ever competed in minor events before World War II.
He started entering a clutch of international races after the war, especially in his native Catalan region. He was off-the-pace but still third at the 1946 Penya Rhin Grand Prix when sharing a Maserati 6CM with Alberto Puig Palau. He travelled to Turin for the 1948 Italian GP but did not qualify his Scuderia Auto Spagnola Maserati 4CL.
Second in the Le Mans 24 Hours
Jover entered Le Mans for the first time in 1949 when he shared Henri Louveau’s second placed Delage D6S – his best result in a major event. He retired Scuderia Milano’s modified Maserati 4CLT from the 1950 Penya Rhin GP in Barcelona’s Montjuich Park in what was the final Formula 1 event of the year.
World Championship disappointment
Remaining with the team, Jover entered the 1951 Spanish GP on the city’s Pedralbes street circuit. He qualified on the penultimate row for what should have been his world championship debut but did not start due to engine problems.
He returned to Le Mans and broke his left leg in a heavy crash at the Esses while practising for the 1953 race. Jover continued to indulge his passion in national events for the rest of the decade and won the 1957 Barajas sports car race and at La Rabassada a year later.
Jover was killed in a road accident on June 28 1960. He was driving from Sitges to Barcelona when he crashed over a cliff.