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#1 alfredaustria

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 21:00

Hi all! I am looking for information about John Cambell-Jones. He drove the Lotus 18-Climax at the Belgian Grand Prix 1962. He returned with a Lola 4-Climax at the British Grand Prix 1963 and finished 13th. That is easy to find in all F1-statistics. But what is he doing now? Perhaps does anybody know how to contact him? I just want to send him a letter, but I really don't know how to find him. Your help is very much appreciated. Greetings from Vienna. Alfred :wave:

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#2 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 21:07

It is not very difficult to find him - one TNF'r is a good friend of his. I'll let him get in contact when he sees this thread or there are a few more on here who knows his address.

JCJ is, from all accounts, a lovely chap. Doing very well & still visits many historic festivals. What is he doing now?

Here: http://www.oldracing...&firstname=John

#3 alfredaustria

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 09:19

Hi Richie! Oh, yes!! For me it is difficult to find him. Do you see any possibility to forward on a letter to John? Or do you have another hint for me how to reach him? Thanks Alfred

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 13:11

He really needs to write a book, JCJ was involved for quite a while in various forms of motorsport, and given the praise for Tommy Byrne's book maybe a view from the back of the 60s F1 grid would be a refreshing take?

#5 Doug Nye

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 13:43

AlfOesterreich - I have sent you a PM which might help.

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#6 alfredaustria

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 14:11

Thank you very much, Doug. Your help is very much appreciated.
I wish you all the best. Regards Alfred

#7 alfredaustria

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 14:48

Perhaps has anyone a nice photo of John? From his racing career and an actual photo? Thanks Alfred

#8 bradbury west

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 19:01

You will find that John is a most charming man, with a phenomenal recall of that special period . Not always at the rear of the grid by any means, he surprised many people once with the speed of the F1 Emeryson in the wet, and perhaps knows more than most about the emergence of the ex-Godiva V8 in 65/66. TNFer Ted "Ferret" Walker will help with period shots. Current ones should not be difficult.
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#9 Michael Clark

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 21:04

I had lunch with JC-J at Goodwood - charming fellow.

#10 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 21:12

I need help here , why do my mind put him in conjunction with the Crawley/Taylor team in the late 50's early 60's ? He did after all enter his own sports cars ?

#11 David Holland

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 08:59

Just noticed the thread this morning and I can just repeat what's been said already about John - probably the nicest bloke that has ever raced at GP level. Tim Parnell once said to me that John hadn't got a malicious bone in his body and most people of that era remember him with affection. I often give John a lift from his north London flat on the way down to the Goodwood meetings. In fact our Doug was very generous with his time, under his busy schedule, to upgrade JC-J with a better viewing facility at the recent Revival as John usually turns up last minute without any fanfare or whatever.

Bjorn - I don't know that team you mention in connection with John. He raced with John Fredman from his Stratford Mews garage in Earls Court - where Cosworth was spawned. He later used an old Lotus transporter, from his days when he worked there with Graham Hill, and often toured Europe with David Piper.
Alfred - I'd imagine you have his contact details now, but be prepared to wait for a reply as John is quite forgetful. His old friends at the track such as Pipes and Tim always address him as John "Shamble" Jones as he often forgot something at the race meetings - usually his helmet!

I had experience of this a few years ago when dining at a local pub after another Revival meeting and John's wallet was not in his usual pocket. So after getting the landlord to check everywhere and assuming a pickpocket had it away; it turned up weeks later after one honest person handed it in and the good people of Goodwood posted it back!

He has a great story to tell and I have tried to get an interview I did in print but I've been told it's a bit too obscure. What it really means, I think, is another revision and better editing by my goodself - but lack of time and talent may make that a hard task!

I have some recent digital photos of John - I will find them and post a couple later....

#12 bradbury west

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 11:49

David, I recall that there was a piece on JC-J in Vintage Racecar a while back
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#13 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 15:24

1961 in his own Cooper 51 & 53 : Goodwood 10 , Brussel 9 , Napoli R , Crystal 6 , Branda 12 , Brands 7
injury kept him out for 2 races entered
62 for Emeryson : Brussel 5 , Goddwood 2 x NS , Aintree 6 ,Silverstone 11 ,Crystal R , Beligium GP (Lotus) 11
Solitude CP , injury kept him out of 2 further races entered
1963 For Tim Parnell Aintree ,Silverstone & Rome retired in Lotus , British GP 13 in Lola

#14 Bjorn Kjer

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 08:38

Sorry about the Taylor & Crawley confusion.

What I meant was : Cornwall Garage & Eng. Co. Ltd , his garage ?

#15 bradbury west

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 18:55

Bjorn, I will send you some stuff.
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#16 alfredaustria

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 22:17

Perhaps has anyone a nice photo of John? From his racing career and an actual photo? Thanks Alfred

#17 richie

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 18:26

Originally posted by Richie Jenkins
It is not very difficult to find him - one TNF'r is a good friend of his. I'll let him get in contact when he sees this thread or there are a few more on here who knows his address.

JCJ is, from all accounts, a lovely chap. Doing very well & still visits many historic festivals. What is he doing now?

Here: http://www.oldracing...&firstname=John


Richie Jenkins, not to be confused with me. You say his daughter is a TV actress, I've googled him to establish her name without success. Do you know her name?

#18 Paul Rochdale

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 22:54

You're not trying. How about Michelle and Emma Campbell-Jones?