So sad to report the unexpected passing of Gordon Jarvis, Rootes Archive Centre Trust Chairman.



Gordon Jarvis Obituary

Patrons: Lord Rootes, T. D. Rootes and W. B. Rootes

Registered Charity No: 1108882


For Immediate Release

GORDON JARVIS, 1945- 2018

Rootes Classic Car & Motorsport icon dies aged 72

Gordon Jarvis, the long standing Rootes enthusiast who was a founder Trustee of the Rootes Archive Centre Trust and Treasurer to the Association of Rootes Car Clubs died on 10th May 2018 aged 72.

After starting his career as a Rootes Group apprentice Gordon never lost his loyalty to the brand and spent his entire working career with the Rootes/Chrysler/Talbot and Peugeot brands. However, it was in his spare time that he promoted the Rootes brand and was one of the most well-known faces in both the Classic car and motorsport world as he campaigned his various classic road and rally cars in both the UK and Europe. He will be well remembered for his replica London to Sydney Hunter, and his numerous RAC rally appearances especially in his 1600 Sunbeam Ti.

Gordon was also instrumental in rallying hero Richard Burns entry into motorsport as he built and ran Richard in his first Peugeot 205 GTi, and after Richard’s untimely death was a key part of the Richard Burns Foundation.

His funeral will take place on Thursday 31st May at 12.00 in Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire where his family and friends can celebrate his life. Classic and Rally cars will be welcomed to the service.



For further information please contact:

Trustee: Andy Bye

M: 07771943988 e-mail:

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One Response to Gordon Jarvis

  1. Pamela Mykytowych says:

    I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Gordon. He was extremely helpful to me when preparing my Sunbeam Rapier for the 2007 Peking to Paris Rally and his extensive knowledge seemed so boundless and was only matched by his enthusiasm and care. My deepest sympathies and condolences to all his friends and loved ones who I am sure will miss him so very much.

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