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criterion does one set as "safe" compared with " that’ll do for the time being". At least the MOT tester set the standard even if one debated it. And so we move on to the subject of much more


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If anyone mentions a hosepipe ban after the London/Brighton Run this year then they will require hospital treatment following !!My heartfelt sympathy went out to the poor souls struggling past Salfords particularly the slower movers. Redhill bypass had a foot of water in the bottom of it and the biggest complaint was the 4X4’s tearing by and swamping the veterans. David Ralph pulled in to say hello, driving his


1904Wolseley. He has just finished restoring a 1914 Singer 10hp to immaculate condition and its original colour. What a year though ? wet yes, but topped off with


the MOT issue. Needless to say that I shall continue to have my pre 60 cars MOT’d. My local garage (Broadway Garage at Yaxley) will be doing them and they have agreed a fee of £28 for anyone wishing to avail themselves of the facility. For nothing else than safety and peace of mind, it seems senseless to me to run unnecessary risks when there is no need. After all the MOT test was bought in for that very reason and the scrap yards soon filled up with the failures that were positive death traps. Many of the pre 60 cars even then had canvas showing through the bald tyres. Just imagine one of those coming towards you in the wet today !!Without theMOT test that is a real possibility. It is not the keen and caring enthusiast which is in question but the folks running the more modest cars on a limited budget. What


excitement. If everyone is in agreement it is my intention to produce a book for the club, celebrating one hundred years of the 10 hp model. The car was announced in 1912 but the evidence suggests that 2013 is the more appropriate time to mark the occasion of its centenary. Kevin Atkinson has already put together nearly seventy pages of history and I am busy compiling the material of the existing cars. The present owners have been most cooperative in supplying pictures and background. It promises to be quite a good read for even the most unenlightened, of the significance of the model. As we all should know, it was the 10hp with its in house designed engine and all the technical features of overall design that set Singer on the path to all the following cars and the successful period it enjoyed. I noticed in lastmonthmagazine a nice letter from


Juliet Bailey referring to The Royal Berks Motor Co garage in Thorn Street, Oxford. I can confirm that the said garage became hardcore for a roundabout


on the A329 and the foundations for a Travel Lodge. It is not unfortunately the one on the A30 in Sunningdale as it sounds an ideal venue for a Singer do


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