This beautifully restored Series 1 left the production line February 1963 and was delivered to Jaguar Cars, New York, USA in March the same year. Originally finished in Opalescent Golden Sands and trimmed with a Light Tan interior and French Grey hood. It is recorded, in the accompanying Jaguar Heritage certificate, the first owner to be R M Guida, California, USA.
It wasn’t until August 2013, after spending the majority of its life in sunny California USA, the E-Type was sourced and imported to the UK on behalf of a Mr R Pocock, Berkshire, where this stunning example later entered the experienced hands of the E-Type UK for a full nut and bolt restoration.
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Terms and Conditions of Use Effective Date: October 15, 2018
These terms and conditions apply between you, the User of this Website (including any sub-domains, unless expressly excluded by their own terms and conditions), and Pastdrives Limited, the owner and operator of this Website.
Please read these terms and conditions carefully, as they affect your legal rights. Your agreement to comply with and be bound by these terms and conditions is deemed to occur upon your first use of the Website. If you do not agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, you should stop using the Website immediately.
In these terms and conditions, User or Users means any third party that accesses the Website and is not either (i) employed by Pastdrives Limited and acting in the course of their employment or (ii) engaged as a consultant or otherwise providing services to Pastdrives Limited and accessing the Website in connection with the provision of such services. You must be at least 16 years of age to use this Website. By using the Website and agreeing to these terms and conditions, you represent and warrant that you are at least 16 years of age.
Intellectual property and acceptable use
You the user retain copyright over all your uploaded Content.
You are granting Pastdrives Limited with a non-exclusive, permanent, irrevocable, unlimited license to use, publish, or re-publish your Content in connection with the Service.
All content you submit, upload, or otherwise make available to Pastdrives Limited ("Content") may be reviewed by staff members. All Content you submit or upload may be sent to third-party verification services (including, but not limited to, spam prevention services). Do not submit any Content that you consider to be private or confidential..
Pastdrives Limited may remove or modify any Content submitted at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice. Requests for Content to be removed or modified will be undertaken only at our discretion. Pastdrives Limited may terminate your access to all or any part of the website at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.
You may, for your own personal, non-commercial use only, do the following:
a) retrieve, display and view the Content on a computer screen
b) print one copy of the Content.
You must not otherwise reproduce, modify, copy, distribute or use for commercial purposes any Content without the written permission of Pastdrives Limited.
You acknowledge that you are responsible for any Content you may submit via the Website, including the legality, reliability, appropriateness, originality and copyright of any such Content. You may not upload to, distribute or otherwise publish through the Website any Content that:
(i) is confidential, proprietary, false, fraudulent, libellous, defamatory, obscene, threatening, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, infringing on intellectual property rights, abusive, illegal or otherwise objectionable.
(ii) may constitute or encourage a criminal offence, violate the rights of any party or otherwise give rise to liability or violate any law.
(iii) may contain software viruses, political campaigning, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false email address or other identifying information, impersonate any person or entity or otherwise mislead as to the origin of any content. You may not upload commercial content onto the Website.
You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all the rights to the Content you post; that the Content is accurate; that use of the Content you supply does not violate any provision of these terms and conditions and will not cause injury to any person; and that you will indemnify Pastdrives Limited for all claims resulting from Content you supply.
You may not use the Website for any of the following purposes:
a) in any way which causes, or may cause, damage to the Website or interferes with any other person's use or enjoyment of the Website
b) in any way which is harmful, unlawful, illegal, abusive, harassing, threatening or otherwise objectionable or in breach of any applicable law, regulation, governmental order
c) making, transmitting or storing electronic copies of Content protected by copyright without the permission of the owner.
You must ensure that the details provided by you on registration or at any time are correct and complete.
You must inform us immediately of any changes to the information that you provide when registering by updating your personal details to ensure we can communicate with you effectively.
We may suspend or cancel your registration with immediate effect for any reasonable purposes or if you breach these terms and conditions.
You may cancel your registration at any time by informing us in writing to the address at the end of these terms and conditions. If you do so, you must immediately stop using the Website. Cancellation or suspension of your registration does not affect any statutory rights.
Password and security
When you register on this Website, you will be asked to create a password, which you should keep confidential and not disclose or share with anyone.
If we have reason to believe that there is or is likely to be any misuse of the Website or breach of security, we may require you to change your password or suspend your account.
Links to other websites
This Website may contain links to other sites. Unless expressly stated, these sites are not under the control of Pastdrives Limited or that of our affiliates.
We assume no responsibility for the content of such Websites and disclaim liability for any and all forms of loss or damage arising out of the use of them.
The inclusion of a link to another site on this Website does not imply any endorsement of the sites themselves or of those in control of them.
Availability of the Website and disclaimers
Any online facilities, tools, services or information that Pastdrives Limited makes available through the Website (the Service) is provided "as is" and on an "as available" basis. We give no warranty that the Service will be free of defects and/or faults. To the maximum extent permitted by the law, we provide no warranties (express or implied) of fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy of information, compatibility and satisfactory quality. Pastdrives Limited is under no obligation to update information on the Website.
Whilst Pastdrives Limited uses reasonable endeavours to ensure that the Website is secure and free of errors, viruses and other malware, we give no warranty or guaranty in that regard and all Users take responsibility for their own security, that of their personal details and their computers.
Pastdrives Limited accepts no liability for any disruption or non-availability of the Website.
Pastdrives Limited reserves the right to alter, suspend or discontinue any part (or the whole of) the Website including, but not limited to, any products and/or services available. These terms and conditions shall continue to apply to any modified version of the Website unless it is expressly stated otherwise.
Limitation of liability
Nothing in these terms and conditions will:
a) limit or exclude our or your liability for death or personal injury resulting from our or your negligence, as applicable
b) limit or exclude our or your liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation
c) limit or exclude any of our or your liabilities in any way that is not permitted under applicable law.
We will not be liable to you in respect of any losses arising out of events beyond our reasonable control.
To the maximum extent permitted by law, Pastdrives Limited accepts no liability for any of the following: a. any business losses, such as loss of profits, income, revenue, anticipated savings, business, contracts, goodwill or commercial opportunities; b. loss or corruption of any data, database or software; c. any special, indirect or consequential loss or damage.
Misuse or abuse
Pastdrives Limited reserves the right to remove any inappropriate content from the site. They also reserve the right to cancel and remove any Users/Members who misuse the site. Pastdrives Limited will rely on other users/members to report any inappropriate content or behaviour which will be reviewed by Pastdrives Limited and if deemed to be unacceptable then the content will be removed. If a User/Member continues to behave inappropriately then they will be removed from the site permanently.
You may not transfer any of your rights under these terms and conditions to any other person. We may transfer our rights under these terms and conditions where we reasonably believe your rights will not be affected.
These terms and conditions may be varied by us from time to time. Such revised terms will apply to the Website from the date of publication.
Users should check the terms and conditions regularly to ensure familiarity with the then current version.
The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 shall not apply to these terms and conditions and no third party will have any right to enforce or rely on any provision of these terms and conditions.
If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of these terms and conditions (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision will, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of these terms and conditions will not be affected.
Unless otherwise agreed, no delay, act or omission by a party in exercising any right or remedy will be deemed a waiver of that, or any other, right or remedy.
This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted according to the law of England and Wales and all disputes arising under the Agreement (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.
Pastdrives Limited details
Pastdrives Limited is a company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 10889155 whose registered address is 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9JQ and it operates the Website www.pastdrives.com. The registered VAT number is 05371855. You can contact Pastdrives Limited by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Scope of this cookies policy
All Cookies used by this Website are used in accordance with current UK and EU Cookie Law.
Before the Website places Cookies on your computer, you will be presented with a message bar requesting your consent to set those Cookies. By giving your consent to the placing of Cookies, you are enabling Pastdrives Limited to provide a better experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, deny consent to the placing of Cookies; however certain features of the Website may not function fully or as intended.
This Website may place the following Cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies - These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use our member functions or make use of privacy and notification preferences.
Functionality cookies - These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Analytical/performance cookies - They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This allows us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding cars and members they are looking for easily.
You can find a list of Cookies that we use in the Cookies explained table below. You can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser. You can choose to delete Cookies at any time; however, you may lose any information that enables you to access the Website more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, personalisation settings.
It is recommended that you ensure that your internet browser is up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.
For more information generally on cookies, including how to disable them, please refer to www.aboutcookies.org. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer.
Cookies used by this Website explained
Below is a list of the cookies that we use. We have tried to ensure this is complete and up to date, but if you think that we have missed a cookie or there is any discrepancy, please let us know:
Type of Cookie
Description of Cookie
Purpose / Duration of Cookie
Strictly necessary cookies
Duration: Session Purpose: Managed by the .NET layer, this links users to their collection of information that is needed to persist throughout their visit such as whether they're logged in.
Duration: Session Purpose: Managed by the .NET layer, helps prevent malicious cross-site requests.
Duration: 14 days Purpose: Managed by the .NET login/identity layer, this enables you to remain logged in between visits.
Duration: Session Purpose: Track whether a logged out user has been shown the "welcome" prompt.
Duration: Session Purpose: Track whether a logged out user has been shown the "welcome back" prompt.
Analytical or performance cookies
Duration: 2 years Purpose: Used to distinguish users.
Duration: 24 hours Purpose: Used to distinguish users.
Duration: 1 minute Purpose: Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_.
Duration: 30 sec - 1 year Purpose: Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.
Duration: 90 days Purpose: Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have selected opt-out.
Definitions and interpretation
Collectively all information that you submit to Pastdrives Limited via the Website, excluding User Uploaded Content. This definition incorporates, where applicable, the definitions provided in the Data Protection Laws;
A small text file placed on your computer by this Website when you visit certain parts of the Website and/or when you use certain features of the Website. Details of the cookies used by this Website are set out in the clause below (Cookies);
Data Protection Laws
Any applicable law relating to the processing of personal Data, including but not limited to the Directive 96/46/EC (Data Protection Directive) or the GDPR, and any national implementing laws, regulations and secondary legislation, for as long as the GDPR is effective in the UK;
The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679;
Pastdrives Limited, we or us
Pastdrives Limited, a company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 10889155 whose registered office is at 71-75 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9JQ;
UK and EU Cookie Law
The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011;
User, Member or You
Any third party that accesses the Website and is not either (i) employed by Pastdrives Limited and acting in the course of their employment or (ii) engaged as a consultant or otherwise providing services to Pastdrives Limited and accessing the Website in connection with the provision of such services;
The website that you are currently using, www.pastdrives.com, and any sub-domains of this site unless expressly excluded by their own terms and conditions;
User Uploaded Content
Any content (images, video, text etc) uploaded by You to appear on the Website in order to showcase your car or advertise your car for sale or open to offers.
User Uploaded Content formatted as part of an ownership timeline of your car or other Members car's that you may also be connected to
the singular includes the plural and vice versa;
a reference to a person includes firms, companies, government entities, trusts and partnerships;
"including" is understood to mean "including without limitation"
reference to any statutory provision includes any modification or amendment of it;
For purposes of the applicable Data Protection Laws, Pastdrives Limited is the "data controller". This means that Pastdrives Limited determines the purposes for which, and the manner in which, your Data is processed.
We may collect the following Data, which includes personal Data, from you:
contact Information such as email addresses
demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests;
IP address (automatically collected);
web browser type and version (automatically collected);
operating system (automatically collected);
a list of URLs starting with a referring site, your activity on this Website, and the site you exit to (automatically collected);
we will collect User Uploaded Content supplied by you
How we collect Data
We collect Data in the following ways:
data is given to us by you.
data is collected automatically.
Data that is given to us by you
Pastdrives Limited will collect your Data in a number of ways, for example:
when you contact us through the Website, by telephone, post, e-mail or through any other means;
when you register with us and set up an account to receive our products/services;
when you supply User Upload Content to us
when you enter a competition or promotion through a social media channel;
when you elect to receive marketing communications from us;
Data that is collected automatically
To the extent that you access the Website, we will collect your Data automatically, for example:
we automatically collect some information about your visit to the Website. This information helps us to make improvements to Website content and navigation, and includes your IP address, the date, times and frequency with which you access the Website and the way you use and interact with its content.
we will collect your Data automatically via cookies, in line with the cookie settings on your browser. For more information about cookies, and how we use them on the Website, see the section below, headed "Cookies".
Our use of Data
Any or all of the above Data may be required by us from time to time in order to provide you with the best possible service and experience when using our Website. Specifically, Data may be used by us for the following reasons:
internal record keeping;
improvement of our products / services;
transmission by email of marketing materials that may be of interest to you;
contact for market research purposes which may be done using email, telephone, fax or mail. Such information may be used to customise or
update the Website;
We may use your Data for the above purposes if we deem it necessary to do so for our legitimate interests. If you are not satisfied with this, you have the right to object in certain circumstances (see the section headed "Your rights" below).
For the delivery of direct marketing to you via e-mail, we'll need your consent, whether via an opt-in or soft-opt-in:
soft opt-in consent is a specific type of consent which applies when you have previously engaged with us (for example, you contact us to ask us for more details about a particular product/service, and we are marketing similar products/services). Under "soft opt-in" consent, we will take your consent as given unless you opt-out.
for other types of e-marketing, we are required to obtain your explicit consent; that is, you need to take positive and affirmative action when consenting by, for example, checking a tick box that we'll provide.
if you are not satisfied about our approach to marketing, you have the right to withdraw consent at any time. To find out how to withdraw your consent, see the section headed "Your rights" below.
When you register with us and set up an account to receive our services, the legal basis for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.
Keeping Data secure
We will use technical and organisational measures to safeguard your Data, for example:
access to your account is controlled by a password and a user name that is unique to you.
we store your Data on secure servers.
Technical and organisational measures include measures to deal with any suspected data breach. If you suspect any misuse or loss or unauthorised access to your Data, please let us know immediately by contacting us via this e-mail address: email@example.com.
If you want detailed information from Get Safe Online on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other online problems, please visit www.getsafeonline.org. Get Safe Online is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.
Even if we delete your Data, it may persist on backup or archival media for legal, tax or regulatory purposes.
Our use of User Uploaded Content
Our Website allows you to upload content, including images and videos with a view to that information being read, copied, downloaded, shared on other web sites and social media platforms or used by other people for similar reasons.
Examples include: showcasing your car, sharing textual and image content, posting content provided by you or other Users and Members to social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, advertising your car for sale, connecting with other Members of the Website, messaging and sharing content with each other and enquiring about an advertisement on our Website.
Once your User Uploaded Content enters the public domain, Pastdrives Limited has no control over what any individual third party may do with it. We accept no responsibility for their actions at any time.
By submitting any User Uploaded Content, you grant to Pastdrives Limited a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, sublicensable and transferable license to copy, publish, translate, modify, reformat, create derivative works from, distribute, reproduce, sell, display, transmit, publish, broadcast, host, archive, store, cache, use all or any portion of the User Uploaded Content, as well as your name, persona and likeness included in any User Uploaded Content and your social media account handle, username, real name, profile picture and/or any other information associated with the User Uploaded Content, in any commercial or non-commercial manner whatsoever, in whole or in part, in any and all distribution channels, forms, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to in stores, printed marketing materials, emails, web pages, social media accounts and for any other marketing, advertising, public relations, sales or promotional purposes with or without attribution and without further notice to you. Neither you, nor any other person or entity, will have the right to (i) receive any royalty or consideration of any kind for the use of the User Uploaded Content pursuant to these Terms or (ii) inspect or approve the editorial copy or other material that may be used in connection with the User Uploaded Content. Pastdrives Limited retains the right, in its sole discretion and without prior notice, to remove, revise or refuse to post any User Uploaded Content for any reason or no reason.
You have the following rights in relation to your Data, even in the event you have been removed as a User/Member by Pastdrives Limited due to misuse or inappropriate activity (see misuse and abuse clause within the Pastdrives Terms):
Right to access - the right to request (i) copies of the information we hold about you at any time, or (ii) that we modify, update or delete such information. If we provide you with access to the information we hold about you, we will not charge you for this, unless your request is "manifestly unfounded or excessive." Where we are legally permitted to do so, we may refuse your request. If we refuse your request, we will tell you the reasons why.
Right to correct - the right to have your Data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
Right to erase - the right to request that we delete or remove your Data from our systems.
Right to restrict our use of your Data - the right to "block" us from using your Data or limit the way in which we can use it.
Right to data portability - the right to request that we move, copy or transfer your Data.
Right to object - the right to object to our use of your Data including where we use it for our legitimate interests.
You have the following rights in relation to User Uploaded Content, even if you have been removed as a User/Member by Pastdrives Limited due to misuse or inappropriate activity (see misuse and abuse clause within the Pastdrives Terms):
Right to erase any reference to you, wherever possible, including your name, user name and profile information. However, Pastdrives Limited, reserves the right to keep any User Uploaded Content that you have uploaded to your Timeline or the Timeline of other Members car's.
For the benefit of doubt, wherever possible, you have the right to remove reference to yourself from the User Uploaded Content, including your Timeline and Timelines that you have submitted User Uploaded Content to. However, images, videos and textual content that are relevant to either your car's Timeline or cars that you have connected to as a previous owner, remains the property of Pastdrives Limited. If there is any refence to you within the video or image content then this reference will not be removed or masked or similar.
To make enquiries, exercise any of your rights set out above, or withdraw your consent to the processing of your Data (where consent is our legal basis for processing your Data), please contact us via this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not satisfied with the way a complaint you make in relation to your Data is handled by us, you may be able to refer your complaint to the relevant data protection authority. For the UK, this is the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO's contact details can be found on their website at https://ico.org.uk/
It is important that the Data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your Data changes during the period for which we hold it.
Links to other websites
Changes of business ownership and control
We may also disclose Data to a prospective purchaser of our business or any part of it.
In the above instances, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring your privacy is protected.
Unless otherwise agreed, no delay, act or omission by a party in exercising any right or remedy will be deemed a waiver of that, or any other, right or remedy.
This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted according to the law of England and Wales. All disputes arising under the Agreement will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts.
You may contact Pastdrives Limited by email at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions Last updated on: February 11, 2019
Summary of questions
Welcome to pastdrives, we want you to know that we realise how frustrating it can be when you can't work out how to achieve something you're wanting to do. We are always looking for ways to improve our interface and user experiance and will learn and change based upon your feedback. No question is too silly and here's a short list of common questions:
Many different things to many different people. For some it's a perpetual online car show, where you can connect with previous owners, consider their car directions and choices and most importantly 'showcase' your car for people to just view and ponder over.
Equally should the time be right you can set your car status to 'for sale' and all your followers and connections will be notified and made aware long side the browsing public. Other status changes such as 'stolen' could help alert the community to be on the look out.
For some it's an excellent way to simply document and log their life long motoring 'back catalogue' and allowing them to explore other previous and current owners at the same time. Private messages and connection requests provide a safe way of contacting others and opening up new dialogs.
As with shows, some quietly sit in the corners without giving too much away, while others pin their colours to their masts for all to see and admire, pastdrives can cater for all breeds with powerful preference settings allowing you to be completely anonymous or as transparent as you'd like.
At the end of the day we believe we've created the tools and foundations for something we believe will provide enjoyment to the classic car communities around the globe. But the secret source will be how you guys use it! As we all move forward together we're hoping to listen to all your feedback and add regular feature upgrades and bespoke functions to suit your needs.
How to remain anonymous
Yes, our privacy controls allow for a number of your application areas not to be seen by others based upon your selected preferences. Login and explore the 'my details' pages under each tab.
You equally don't need to use your actual name and instead can create a pastdrives user name / screen name should you wish. Plus your avatar image can be an icon or logo.
Have a play with the various controls and settings and see what works best for you. You can always
go back and tweak them in the future should you choose to. Also if you need to view what is visible to other users, simply log-out and then browse your account.
Connecting to your previous cars
If you feel a featured car is possibly one of your previous cars, yet you're not aware of its details you can simply PM (private message) the owner with a simple explanation.
The owner can then, if appropriate provide you a number to create a formal system connection request, which once approved will allow you to post stories to your section of that cars timeline.
When owners upload their car, we ask for them to input either the cars registration, vin or chassis number. These numbers are not displayed and it's a way to help filter incorrect connection requests from those owners.
Best sizes for uploading images
Generally the larger the better providing more detail and sharpness. We would recommend your main hero car image being at least 1500 pixels in width and your gallery images a minium of 800 pixels wide.
However don't worry if the images are too large, providing you have a good internet connection when uploading the software tools will allow you to crop your image, providing the correct aspect ratio. It will also determine the correct resolutions for each image, including your avatar picture.
The tools will warn you if your images are too small. Also don't forget that your cars 'avatar' image doesn't have to be the same crop / image as your main hero picture.
When you upload a new car (current or previous) you control all images and sections of the timeline for that car.
When previous owners request a connection to the car and you approve them, they'll be given access to their section of the timeline and you remain the controller. If that previous owner is a more recent owner than you, they'll inherit the cars hero and gallery pictures and then be able to add and adjust those. They will now also have control of any sections of the timeline that are waiting ownership claim.
You will remain in control of your ownership section of the timeline. The most current owner of the car always has control of the main images for that car.
Setting my car for sale
When you've uploaded your car you're given various 'status' options within your cars details page.
When logged in, either from your 'my profile' page or your cars main timeline page. Click the edit button which will take you to your cars details section. From their you have a number of options, on the 3rd tab labelled 'status' you can select 'For Sale'. Then simply complete the wizard to input price and your advertisement wording and this will build your ad page.
Once activated, a For Sale roundel (sticker) appears on your main car page displaying that it's now for sale along with the price. When a user clicks on this the ad page pops-up and from there the user can print, save a PDF or share your ad. Also as soon as you activate a change of status all connected owners or members following your car are notified. Also other users can now find your ad / car by the filters in the car explorer pages.
Deleting & changing Images
If you're the current or most recent owner of the car you can change any of the images.
Simply login and either via the 'my profile' page or your cars timeline page, click on edit. This will take you to the car details section that holds most of your cars data over it's four tab pages.
The car tab holds most of the cars text details that you can add or edit. The images tab is where you can change both the main hero and gallery pictures. Don't forget you can also change and crop a different image to represent your cars avatar (thumbnail) image in the main panel, as well as changing your cars heading and subheading text.
Connection count calculation
Your connection count increases based upon how many owners you have on shared timelines.
Perhaps the best way to increase your count is to promote your car to any previous or more recent owners if known. Also boosting you view counts can help increase connection requests therefore suggesting that people follow or check-out your car page at shows and events can really help.
Cars featured on your Home page.
Cars and posts are featured on the home page based upon various criteria.
Popular and frequently view cars tend to percolate towards the top but also cars with activate / completed timeline posts. Unusual and recently uploaded cars also have their moment in the spot light.
Connecting and contacting other owners
Yes, all members can contact one another using PM's (private messages).
It's up to the user how and if they respond, but the platform allows direct communications between members.