The Daily Mail's Sunday magazine, Live, published a feature about Rupert and James Grint, Rupert's brother and one of Britain's rising rally drivers.
The article centers around the brothers and their respective cars: Rupert's 1974 Mr. Whippy Bedford van and James' Mitsubishi Evo 9. Rupert talks about keeping his van well-stocked with ice cream and sweets; James, meanwhile, discusses his love of sports and rallying.
Excerpts below, read the complete feature at this link!
Rupert: 'James and I grew up with a love for cars and a love for racing. We started with scooters, then moved on to go-karts and quad bikes. James will claim that he always won. I remember it differently.'
'He has a daredevil instinct that I lack. He will try pretty much anything, regardless of the physical risk. He would always be coming up with crazy stunts. One time, he built these long ramps and decided to jump over my grandad on a mountain bike. Thankfully, he made a clean jump. If he’d landed on Grandad, it wouldn’t have been a pretty sight.’
James: 'I’ve never looked at Rupert’s success and thought, “That could have been me.” I could never have been an actor. By the time Rupert’s career was taking off, I’d already made up my mind that I wanted to be a racing driver. If anything, Rupert’s success spurred me on to excel in my own field.'
‘What I love about rallying is that it’s all- encompassing. You need to be a master of every surface – Tarmac, gravel, snow and ice. Rallying is regarded as the poor cousin to Formula 1 but I think there’s every chance that could change in the coming years. I’d like to be at the forefront of that.’