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kit was supplied with these models (including such interesting items as pin punch, hammer, bleeder wrench, and one tyre lever) but for some peculiar reason the manufacturers also recommended owners to carry spare plugs, carburettor washers and a funnel (steering box filler). I would not have thought those cars were in the


steering boxes, if that was what the company had in mind, one can only assume, that they were still sensitive about their incredible record in the 1935 Tourist Trophy race when three out of the four team cars rocketed off the Ards circuit at the same place but at different times, and all with the same steering trouble. Is it fair to make any comparison between the 9HP


carburettor washers or a funnel for the steering box is open to question-especially the last-mentioned, since the steering is rack and pinion. Strangely enough I have experienced petrol-bridged plugs on one of these machines, but this was due to a faulty choke. I should doubt if the sale of washers for the twin Zenith- Strombergs or the single Solex 30 downdraught carbs are very high. The gross bhp of the Chamois Sport is claimed at


today, waiting for owners to accost them and demand service. (It is an irresistible thought that, if there were, they might have ice-man carillons playing arrangements by Kreisler). But modern Singer owners are likely to find a Rootes agent somewhere very near them. Whether or not they need carry spark plugs,


sports Singer of, say 1935-6 and the small Singers of today? Probably not, since today’s Singers are Hillmans, but let us by all means have some fun. There are no Singer vans rushing madly around


habit of oiling or cooking plugs. They did not run particularly hot, so the latter is unlikely. As to the former the cognoscenti still rave about the incredible longevity of pistons and bores on both Vintage and post-Vintage-non-thoroughbred Singers. Why carburettor washers? There was the choice of Solex downdraught and SU instruments, and neither would normally be troublesome. Probably there was much more dirty petrol about in those days. Also stopping on the road to pour oil into troubled


under no obligation to have the repairs carried out. If you only call for advice this will be given." Just imagine! In the manner of the times, a fairly respectable tool


55, while that of the 9HP Speed Model was 38. The respective figures for the milder Chamois Coupe and the Le Mans Four-Seater are 42 and 31. Gear ratios for the two pre-war models and the two current ones are as follows:


New 4.14 5.7 Old


Top Third Second First Reverse 5.57 7.5 12.4


8.9 16.6


24.4 33.6 13.8


Note the remarkable discrepancy between reverse gears. The Le Mans models would have been useless to Mack Sennett.


only 875cc,made up of 68 x 60mmbore and stroke, but the Nines were of 972cc with bore and stroke of 60 x 86mm. The Le Mans 1_ Litre car- a very good, robust six-cylinder unit was of 1500cc capacity, so that its nominal power output of 63bhp was not exactly dramatic compared with the 55 of the Chamois Sport.


42 The Singer-Hillman-Chrysler-Imp has a capacity of


British cars. In the US, she discovered the popular sport of midget car racing on dirt tracks. During the 1950s, she was still racing with a 500 cc Cooper at major British circuits like Brands Hatch and Silverstone. By this time she was competing against a new generation of young drivers including Stirling Moss and Peter Collins. After retirement in the late 1950s, she went to live at Blandford in Dorset, dying from a stroke in 1983. Martyn


Mosley, the British fascist leader and joined the British Union of Fascists. Like Mosley, his wife, Diana Mitford and many other members of the party she was interned in Britain between 1940 and 1943 under Defence Regulation 18B, as a danger to the state. She became the only leading woman driver from pre- war days to resume racing after the war, but her fascist affiliations were omitted from her post-war publicity. In 1949, she moved to Hollywood, where she sold


Australia and New Zealand. Her last major race before the Second World War was with a Riley in the 1938 South African Grand Prix, where she received a hero's welcome for her spirited driving, even though she was unplaced. In the late 1930s, she became a follower of Oswald


a front wheel drive Adler Trumpf and was the only woman competitor in the race, as she had been when she drove a works Aston Martin in the Italian Mille Miglia. She also took part in 1934 in the Craigantlet hill climb in County Down. Her racing clothes were a jumper and a tweed skirt, according to a newspaper report of the event. Taylour said, that the day she met a man who was more difficult to handle than a racing car, she would probably give up racing. She remained unmarried. She raced in Ireland, England, Italy, Sweden, India,


a women's handicap race at Brooklands, she came second, lapping at 113.97 mph, but in excitement shemade severalmore very fast laps of the track, not stopping until a flagman stepped out in front of her 2.6 litre Monza Alfa Romeo. For this she was fined and disqualified. In 1934, she won the Leinster Trophy road race, in


family was well off by the standards of the time. She had learned to drive a car at the age of 12 and while she was at Alexandra College, "graduated" to motorcycles. After leaving college, she went to England and started to race motorcycles. During the 1920s, she took up motorcycle trials and grasstrack racing and became a major attraction in speedway racing in both England and Australia. She switched to racing cars in 1931. Competing in


tongue’ was illustrated with a picture of a lady perched on a Singer Le Mans with the registration number BGT 35 and clutching a trophy which she had obviously just won as first prize in an unnamed event. After some research by our LM registrar Bob Dibben discovered that the lady was Fay Taylour and the event the 1938 Ramsgate Concours, but there was a lot more to this lady than this picture could possibly reveal:- Fay Taylour was born in Ireland in 1904 and her


and unsung Singer would have held 13_ gallons if I had ever been able to fill it, but that of the modern "equivalent" takes just six Imp (sic) gallons, which is fuel for thought as well as travel. The article ‘Singer with false teeth and forked


The fuel tank of my finally unbeloved, unhonoured


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