See what happened on previous events by clicking on the links below:
Isle of Man Rally 2017
Singer National Weekend 2017
NEC Classic Car Show 2017
Kimbolton Classic Car Show 2014
60th Anniversary "Founders Day" 2011
Le Mans Classic 2008
Commodore on the Broads 2007
The 50th Singer National Weekend was based at the Mitchell Hall Hotel on the Cranfield University Campus. The Friday route taking everyone to Wrest Park and the Shuttleworth Collection and the Saturday Route to the Stockwood Discovery Centre via Dunstable Downs. 180 members and friends from many parts of the world were present at the Gala Dinner on Saturday evening including the Club’s founder Keith McDowall CBE.
110 Singer vehicles along with ten Singer cycles and one motorcycle were on display at Woburn Abbey for the 50th Singer National Day. All major Singer models were well represented including 15 9HP Le Mans, 16 9HP Sports, 18 Roadsters, 13 Gazelles and 5 Vogues and all supported by 15 other marques including 5 HRGs. A full report will be in the July/August magazine.
Following on from Singer National Weekend 20 cars and crews set off for 5 days on the Isle of Man with the most challenging part being the route to the ferry terminal in Liverpool. After a brief delay and a smooth crossing a short drive took us around the coast to our hotel on the promenade at Ramsey. The following day after a fine demonstration that the 1912 motorcycle really did work, most members set off in excellent weather to drive around the TT course. The 37 miles took a little longer than the 16 or so minutes that the motorcycles take and of course we had to obey the traffic lights etc!
Three days of excellent motoring and weather followed with members also taking to the many small trains that run on the Island. The new motor museum at Jurby proved a popular stop as did the old transport museum and for a beautiful but challenging drive it had to be the Tholt-y-Will glen and hill climb.
The rally culminated with all 40 members gathering in a local bistro to celebrate the 80th birthday of George and Jacki Turner’s Singer 9 Sports. All too soon we were back on the ferry and back to the real world-what a great place and a great event! Top of the page
See video of this event in our Singer Video Archive.
Singer National Weekend 2017 moved north to Warrington between Manchester and Liverpool and was based at the Park Royal Hotel. About 40 cars set off on Friday firstly to the Lion Salt Works where everyone was educated about salt manufacturing in Cheshire and then on to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Nearly 80 members enjoyed an excellent evening meal at Antrobus Golf Club. Saturday’s route went to the (not so) Secret Bunker at Hack Green and then to Bunbury Water Mill and back to the hotel through Delamere Forest, 70 very enjoyable miles. 120 members and guests enjoyed the traditional Saturday dinner with great entertainment by magician Pete Moran.
Singer National Day was held at the magnificent Arley Hall and Gardens. Nearly 80 vehicles were assembled in front of the Hall. Mention must be made of Rudi Arends who brought his 1912 motorcycle from Holland in his specially converted Roadster. In fact Roadsters dominated this year with 14 in the line-up but most models were well represented and to see three 1930s vans together was definitely a first. Awards were presented by Simon Granger from ‘Coronation Street’ with the Masters classes being won by a 1937 B37 and a 1964 Vogue Mk III.
2018 will see the 50th Singer National Weekend to be held in Bedfordshire over the weekend of 15th, 16th, and 17th of June, a not to be missed Singer Owners’ Club event. Please put it in your diary now! Top of the page
SOC again had a great display at the traditional end of season Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC. Approximately 71000 visitors attended over the three days which made for a very busy time for those members manning the stand (ladies included of course). On display were a 1928 Porlock, a 1932 Special Sports, a 1934 9hp Le Mans, a 1935 9hp IFS Saloon, a 1953 4ADT Roadster and a 1966 Gazelle VI all the way from Jersey. A tremendous amount of effort went into creating the stand and preparing the display cars and it was very pleasing that so many members visited from all parts of the UK and Europe.
A very enjoyable show with lots going on all the time and an excellent turn out by 13 Singer Owners with cars from the 20's to the 70's. Particularly well represented were the Gazelles and 9 Sports but it was also good to see 2 Chamois.
An appropriate number of 60 members attended the 60th Anniversary lunch at the Salisbury Arms in Hertford where the first meeting of the Singer Owners' Club was held on March 4th 1951. About 20 Singer cars were present, some had been at the first meeting and the Club's founder Keith McDowall CBE gave a speech describing how the first meeting came about.
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30 cars including 24 Singer Le Mans (4 of whom had actually raced at Le Mans) gathered at Le Mans in July for the Le Mans Classic, 24 hours of racing for cars that either took part in the 24 hour races between 1923 and 1987 or cars that are identical to those that took part. The Singers were mainly from the UK but included a number from Holland and France. The Le Mans Classic is held every two years and has become a magnet for Le Mans enthusiasts, over 400 cars took part in the races with 1000 drivers and over 6000 cars on display in the club area. 57 Marques were represented in club displays on the Bugatti Circuit and the Singer Owners' Club received the award for the best display. The Jacque Savoye Singer which competed at Le Mans four times and won the 1 litre Class in 1938 was given a special award for being the most original race car on display and this from a specially selected 24 cars in the 'Heritage Club'.
At the 2007 Singer National Weekend, Sunday morning took everyone to the Waveney River Centre where over 70 cars and bicycles were displayed overlooking the small marina. The only Singer Commodore was launched and showed that even at 70 years of age this superb looking craft still has an excellent turn of speed even if it does have a tendency to leak!
A full report was in the 2007 July/August edition of the "Singer Owner"Top of the page
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