Based in Idle, near Bradford, the Jowett car was the result of two brothers' engineering skills. Put into production before the start of the First World War, the Jowett car, by the 1920s, was well-known as a rugged, dependable, reliable form of transport, much beloved of its owners, who had soon formed an Owner's Club, which at 90 years of age is the oldest one make car club in the world. The new Jowett factory opened in Idle in 1919 and the first car produced was the Jowett Seven, with commercial models following in 1922 and the Jowett Long Four tourer during 1923, with a closed model in 1925. The first decade after the war was perhaps one of Jowett's finest, with the company manufacturing thousands of their economical cars and light vans to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience. Noel Stokoe is acknowledged as an expert on the Jowett, owning two himself, but also is the club's historian.
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.