Leeds nostalgia: Car club marks diamond jubilee

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This week’s film, courtesy of the Yorkshire Film Archive, is from a collection held by the Jowett Car Club.

The film provides a brief history of the Jowett Company, and chronicles the Club’s annual Rally held at Saltaire showing many fine vintage cars on display.

It opens showing a cover of the programme for the Jowett Car Club Diamond Jubilee National Rally on 12th-30th May 1983.

The commentary runs through the history of the company, from its beginnings in Bradford on to Idle just outside Bradford, and the factory is shown from the air and in some early photos.

This is followed by Club member, Keith Wear getting into a Jowett Javelin at the Idle factory and driving it away for the Rally.

He turns into Highfield Avenue and through the village of Idle, passing the Idle Working Men’s Club and the Holy Trinity Parish Church.

The film then shows a variety of models of Jowett cars making their way to the Rally at Saltaire form as far away as Switzerland and Holland. These include pre-wars, Bradfords, Javelins and Jupiters.

Website: www.yorkshire-filmarchive.com.

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