His Cooper-Climax T60 was provided for him by veteran racer Bob Gerard. On 11 June 1962, he drove Bob Gerard"s Cooper-Ford in the 2,000 Guineas F1 race at Mallory Park. That year he competed in a works Mini-Cooper "South" type in saloon car racing, finishing 8th with Rob Slotemaker in The Motor International Six-Hour Saloon-Carolina Race at Brands Hatch on 6 July.
In 1965 Rhodes continued with the Mini, taking fourth place, among the big bangers, in the Ilford Films Trophy at Brands Hatch on 13 March.
He failed to finish in the BRDC International Trophy at Silverstone in Bob Gerard"s Cooper-Ford on 15 May 1965. At Le Mans in 1965 John Rhodes, with Paul Hawkins, finished twelfth overall, and first in class, in a 1.3-litre Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite entered by the Donald Healey Motor Company, completing 278 laps.