What do you get when you cross a genealogist with a classic car owner?

Photo by ‘TehJazzi Photography’.

You get this; I learned the name of the first owner of my car, back in 1966 from the Jaguar Heritage Trust. All that was recorded was a single initial, the surname and the town, abut 20 miles south of London. Let the sleuthing begin. I figured the first owner will not have been a youngster, and so with a wide margin for error I guessed at his or her age and then searched what is known as ‘The 1939 Register’ in the town named for a person matching this name and initial. Two possible entries caught my eye; one for a tobacconist, and one for a shipping manager. I was drawn to the latter because this was not a cheap car, and this register recorded his full name, his date of birth, and his wife’s name. From this I was able to search more and sadly learned he had passed away 3 years after I bought the car, however, I also managed to find he had two sons; the hunt was on.

Knowing the names of the sons and year of birth, I then searched electoral rolls, starting in the same town, and then the county and one entry stood out. A letter was written, enclosing a photo of the car and apologising if I was wrong, but enquiring of the car’s history if correct. Guess what happened? An email arrived…how fab is this?

Dear Mr. Cartlidge,

Very many thanks for your letter 4th October. I am indeed the son of xxxxx xxxxx and I am delighted to hear that you have my Father’s old car. I must say it looks in marvellous condition, did you do the restoration?

I have some not very good photographs, of the car, which I will have printed and I will be pleased to send them to you.

My Father, drove up to the age of ninety, he loved this car and how wonderful that it is still working. I remember well, that my parents always drove down to the South of France and Italy, not only on business, but also on holiday. It gave my Father so much pleasure, I don’t think he would mind the change in colour.

Before this car he had other Jaguars, a keen supporter of these great cars.

I will be in touch, as soon as I have the photos printed.

Very many thanks for getting in touch.

Kind regards,

xxxxxx xxxxx


Picture arrived; The original owner (deck chair right) with his family having a grand day out at a ‘point to point’ meeting in the summer of 1966.

LED Lighting for Classic Cars



The use of LED lamps has enabled me to improve my classic car by both better functioning of the lights, yet reducing the drain on the limited output dynamo system. My car is 12v positive earth, but LED replacement lamps are available for 6, 12 or 24 volt, positive or negative earth. I searched around looking for a supplier, and I was pleased to find Duncan Rickards, founder and proprietor of ‘Classic Car Leds’. I let Duncan explain more:

‘Classic Car LEDs pride ourselves in supplying high quality CE and ROHS approved LED bulbs designed as straight plug and play replacements for original filament bulbs at great value prices. We stock a wide range of 24 , 12 and 6 Volt bulbs and relays with negative and positive earth together with AC options that we are happy to, and often do, ship worldwide. The business is owned and run by long term Classic owners that know the benefits these bulbs bring.  They will improve brightness and visibility and also lower current draw which are a must for safety reasons. On average, our bulbs only draw 10% of the current that a standard filament bulb does so you can be confident you can brake, indicate, and have your wipers and headlights on without them all dimming or failing.

We are also acutely aware of over inflated prices in the classic vehicle markets and try to keep our prices as low as possible so that all can benefit from improved lighting and safety at a reasonable cost.
After many classic car restorations we ventured into adding LED lighting for safety and comfort reasons and found that the bulb qualities generally available were not to our satisfaction. The business was set up as a direct result of not being able to purchase good quality LED bulbs at a fair and affordable price. We continue to research and develop the ranges to improve lighting, colours and prices for your classic car, bike or vehicle and have many repeat customers.  On average 18% of our sales per month are repeat business.

Some owners want to add LED lighting but want to keep a classic look. Most of our bulbs are now available in warm white which provides a brighter but softer looking light.

What are LEDs?
LED lighting has been available for over 50 years. LEDs are semiconductor diodes which convert roughly 90% of the electricity consumed into light. Standard incandescent bulbs only convert around 15%.
LEDs last a considerable amount of time when compared to an incandescent. The useful life is usually in excess of 30,000 hours use. They don’t burn out like traditional bulbs, instead the light output gradually fades over time.

Incandescents are becoming obsolete. They are cheap and mass produced but they don’t last long, don’t like vibration or temperature extremes and take a lot of energy to light. They get very hot too which wastes most of the power going to them. They are not efficient.

LEDs are resistant to vibration and thermal shock. They are also great at being able to switch on and off frequently and do not need to warm up. When switched on, they are immediately on. This is particularly useful in giving early indications of braking. That earlier lighting brighter bulb may make all the difference to someone hitting you from behind or not.
Good quality LED bulbs are generally brighter than incandescent bulbs, all of ours have been developed such that they are. They will improve your visibility to other road users and also enable you to see your gauges and interior which can only better your driving experience.

Please browse our site to see the range available. If you have any questions, can’t find what you need or are looking for advice, please feel free to contact us.

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