Name: Anthony Jones (Jonesy)
Current rally car : Mk2 Escort
At what age were you when you first got involved in motorsport?
Growing up in Wales, I was a keen spectator from a young age. I went to the Manx Rally, Isle of Man in 1981. My first driving experience was in NZ at the age of 42. A big thank you to Don Brunt for all his help and advice and welcoming me to the Thames Valley car club. Through joining the club I have made good friends, had good mentors and had a lot of fellowship (via a bottle!)
Who was your biggest influence in rallying when growing up?
Ari Vatanen. It was a pleasure to meet the man two years ago in Auckland airport, a real gentleman.
What was your very first rally car?
What has been the most fun rally car you have owned?
My second MK2 Escort (current car), with more horsepower than the first and a sequential gearbox.
What is the ultimate special stage / rally for you?
What is your rally highlight to date?
That woulod have to be our recent success taking out the National Rally win at Whangarei after overcoming some mechanical problems with the car.
What vehicle format would you recommend for young drivers entering motorsport? Front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or 4 wheel drive and why?
Front wheel drive, drivers seem to progress to 4wd without too many problems.
What advice could you give an up-and-coming driver?
Drive, drive, drive, don’t spend too much, just keep driving.
In your opinion who was the best rally driver of all time and why?
Hannu Mikkola. There was a change in his era, from basic 2WD to the brutal 4WD and I admire how he mastered this transition.
Other than rally what other things / work are you involved in?
Transport Operator / Animal Bedding Supplies Ltd. For sale if you’re interested so I’ve got more time to go rallying!
What do you like to do to relax when not rallying?
Occasionally I get to go fishing, but if the weathers not in our favour I’ll have the odd scotch with my good mate Cookie.
Do you have any other talents that would surprise people (are you a budding artist / musician etc)?
Any other talents?….. I didn’t know I had a talent to begin with!
What’s your goal for 2014?
Hopefully I will do all rounds of Rally Extreme. And get to 2015!