In 1906, brothers Benjamin and William Jowett designed and built their first car. Within four years, in 1910, they had started production of the Jowett, an ultra-economy light car in their home town of Bradford. In 2010, Jowett owners came together in Yorkshire to mark the centenary of the marque. A wide variety of Jowett cars and commercials appeared at the centenary rally. From Jowett Bradfords to Jupiters and Javelins as well as Long Fours and Kestrels, the list of reliable and long-lasting Jowetts is an illustrious one. Despite the company closing down its idle Bradford factory in 1954, Jowetts still engender a loyal following amongst enthusiasts. Famous owners have included John Surtees, the racing driver; Peter Ustinov, John Blashford-Snell and Martin Fry, lead singer of ABC, all owning Jowetts due to their rugged individualism. Noel Stokoe, author of many books on Jowett, brings together a potted history of the marque with a selection of letters from previous owners as well as many previously-unpublished images of Jowetts, using the archives of the Jowett Car Club, one of the oldest one-marque car clubs in existence.
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About the Author
Noel Stokoe has been the Press Officer and Librarian of the Jowett Car Club since the mid 1980s and has already had six books published on the marque, the first being published in 1999. He was born in York, so is a true Yorkshireman, and in view of this, he is proud to own three Jowett cars as they were also produced in Yorkshire. He has also written a book showing the stunning countryside in the Whitby area which is now often referred to as 'Heartbeat Country'. Most of the pictures were taken by him while he was out and about in the Whitby area driving the Mobile Library. He lives in Sleights, North Yorkshire.