The following piece was kindly sent in by Rupert's widow, Celia.
Ruperts racing career began on Lake Windermere. Whilst sking there he spotted the power boats racing at Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club and joined the club. Eventually after a few years he joined Lancashire Powerboar Racing Club. In 1984 he won The Bristol Dock Monohull race. In 1985 he came 2nd in the National Race and 3rd in the International Race. Rupert also won London Dock race and came 2nd in 1986. He came 6th overall and 4th in his class at his first attempt at the Rouen 24 hour race. He raced regularily in Holland and Belgium and in 1988 won the 8 hour race at Alcudia in Majorca with the Dutch team. Rupert took the Osprey Rescue Team in his motorhome to their first Formula One race at Vichy in France and we all know what happened after that! Heart problems forced him to retire from racing, but not from the sport, as he transported the 2 Formula boats from the Thailand Ziggy Team around Europe for a season.
All photos supplied by Denise Gilderdale.