The Jowett Car Club has donated a 1951 Jowett Javelin in need of restoration to Leeds City College. Members of the club contacted Michael Coman at the college after receiving a Javelin in need of a lot of time and effort, but with all the parts required to put it back on the road.
The JCC – the world’s oldest single make car club – was impressed by the professionalism and quality of the college courses, and one of the club members had already signed up for their 2012 course.
Jack Moon from the JCC says, “It was great to find an opportunity to return the car so close to the Bradford factory where it was made, and work with a college that is clearly contributing a great deal to the world of classic cars. The membership of the club is very excited about the chance to contribute to the project and engage with students who will be the future of classic car restoration, and they couldn’t be closer to our well stocked spares department and the spiritual home of our cars.”
With a fully booked new course starting in September, the college was on the lookout for a new project for the students to learn new skills and this project gave them a chance to find out a bit more about the history of car manufacturing in Yorkshire.
Michael Coman, course tutor, says: “When the opportunity to work on the Javelin came up, everyone thought it was an excellent way of giving the students a taste of real restoration work whilst also being able to jointly promote the industry and Jowett cars.
“We will be taking the car to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November as a centre piece of our ‘restoration theatre’ so people will be able to come and see it before any work is done to it. We intend to use it in classes for the students to repair using their newly developed skills, because of that it won’t be a quick process but we hope to have made a long lasting and mutually beneficial partnership with a very active club in the Jowett Car Club. The college has not taken on a car in this way before, but the obvious enthusiasm from the club and dedication to supporting us is what has prompted us into this joint project.”
The Jowett Car Club is ideally placed to support the restoration, with a well stocked spares section in Bradford, and has pledged a number of free spares to the college in order to assist with their work on the car, and will provide multiple spare parts for students to practice different skills without risk of damaging an important component.
Leeds City College has been given free membership of the club to give them access to the monthly newsletter, The Jowetteer, and access to the club website, discussion forums and archives at http://www.jowett.net/forum/