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some photos of the Roadsters in action at this Rattlesnake Point Hill Climb, and one of good clarity shows car 22 being driven with the hood up, whereas the photo in the advert is with the hood down. Whether Hanna or Dillnutt is the driver is in this "hood-up" photo is not clear, as they both made several runs up the hill with the Singer. Or of course it could be a completely different driver. The race report says that the road surface consisted of gravel and was mainly dry, and that the weather that day was hot and humid, with no rain, and I think these facts are reflected in the photo. Incidentally the time for cars to complete the 0.4 mile long climb was about a minute, with a public road used for cars to return to the start. Nowadays, you can drive up Rattlesnake, which ismuch as ever but is now paved. Rupert Lloyd Thomas also comments "The


Rupert Lloyd Thomas has also kindly sent me


Roadster in Canada, one question you might ask is how did Peter Dillnutt and Bob Hanna, or anyone else for that matter, get interested in Singer Roadsters? Well, they might have started to get attracted to Roadsters from a few years previously, for example a Singer won one of the events held at Edenvale Circuit, on Saturday 2nd August 1952, in an event again organised by The Sports Car Club. Edenvale is a 1.75 mile long circuit situated about 75 miles north of Toronto. Both Peter Dillnutt and Bob Hanna were racing


September 1954 edition of the Toronto Star and uses some differing text, but still mentioning the Rattlesnake Point Hill Climb victory and using the same photo. The banner says, "See the Singer at the CNE Automotive Building". The CNE is the "Canadian National Exhibition" which is a huge event on a site in Toronto, and themotoring event there I suppose corresponded in significance to the UK’s Motor Show. So the CNE advert can be compared to the important "Motor Show" advert for Singers, and this time it also gives a mention to the Singer Sedan – the Singer SM1500 Saloon as it is more usually known. Before we finish this look at the Singer


were 3 companies selling and servicing Singers. The Singer action did not last too long. We started in 1954 and sold a reasonable number but in 1955 the MGA came on the scene and MG TD and TC "look alikes" were a tough sell." " The other advert shown here is from the 8th


Singer drivers that day in 1954 were Peter Dillnutt and Bob Hanna, and no account of the Hill would be complete without recalling the late Peter Dillnutt, a former treasurer of the Sports Car Club who made his most exciting runs in the first Formula III Cooper to enter Canada. I believe Peter Dillnutt did have a car dealership, and later sold VWs. I believe he took his own life when something went bad. After Peter's tragic demise, some of his ashes were spread on the hill that had given him so much enjoyment. The other driver, Bob Hanna was a big wheel in Canadian racing in the fifties and sixties, and Bob was later a Lotus dealer. I think Bob Hanna is living on a boat in Florida, and I received this fromhimon 28 March 2012: "The firm Knowles and Foster was an


import/export trading company, that had a bonded warehouse on the Toronto waterfront. They acted as importers and distributors for many classes of goods. As you can see there


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that day, Dillnutt in a Morris Minor and Hanna in an MG TD, when they saw Bernie Kerner win the "Production Cars up to 1500 cc" class in a Singer. There were 6 races that day, although the three men never competed all together in the same race. For details of the day’s racing, see "Autosport" October 3, 1952 for a report written by RJ Thurgood, who would later be Clerk of the Course for the Rattlesnake Point Hill Climb


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