Sample Article No 2 from the Mar - Apr 2012 MASCOT
Hi Mike, I’m a motor racing historian and am working on a history of Rattlesnake Point Hill Climb. See: http://rupert-lloyd-thomas.wikispaces.com/Rattlesnake+Point+Hill+Climb
The course was some 4/10 of a mile long on a dirt road in the Halton Region of Southern Ontario, near Milton in Nelson Township, climbing the Niagara escarpment.
You will see where the Singer features:
1954: Peter Dillnutt driving a Singer Roadster, registered 3D 596, won the Class 1 Production Car Category in 62.34 seconds. An advertisement in The Toronto Star trumpeted his success: "In a hill course rising 400 feet in 900 yards … against all high-powered British, European and North American cars under 1500 CC, the new Singer Roadster surged to first place in the Rattlesnake Point Climb."
I wonder where this car is now? A pdf file is attached. Please make use of the story any way you can. I am glad you like it. The buzz for me is getting it on the record. Regards, RLT.
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The Toronto Star Images
The second image, from 8 September 1954 issue, page 7, uses the same picture as the June 18 advert, above, but carries the following text:
More miles per gallon . . . More fun per mile - with the SINGER
. . . Thoroughbred British-built car
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Dear Rupert. Many thanks for your message via our website. My e-mail address is:
mike @ asco.org.uk , and I look forward to receiving the Toronto Star Adverts. Perhaps you would also be good enough to tell us a little about yourself and your interest in Singer Vehicles? Best wishes, and thanks again,
Mike Hyman, Editor and Webmaster, for the Association of Singer Car Owners
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SINGER ROADSTER Comes to Canada - Toronto Star, June 18 1954
Thoroughbred of Thoroughbreds
*Winner of Rattlesnake Point Climb
Here, truly, is the thoroughbred of thoroughbreds . . . giving you superb brilliance of performance allied to top gas economy. Its flashing acceleration and high cruising speed give you a power and zing that shorten every distance . . . command the steepest hill . . . all with low-slung, road-hugging steadiness and stability. Here are all the thrills and fun of open-air motoring . . . changing at will to the snugness of a closed car where the concealed hood and side-
In a hill course rising 400 feet in 900 yards . . against all high-powered British, European and North American cars under 1500 CC, the new Singer Roadster surged to first place in the Rattlesnake Point Climb."
* Subject to official confirmation
Features of the Singer Roadster
Twin-carburettor engine . . .
See it . . . Drive it . . . Thrill to it
Distributed by Knowles & Foster (Canada) Limited, Toronto
Sold and Serviced by
Toronto Star - Friday
June 18th 1954, Page 12
Here’s a car that’s fun to drive and an economy to own. Available in Roadster or Sedan style that combines large car comfort with unusual gas economy. All the thrills of high-speed motoring with low-slung, road-hugging stability.
Flashing acceleration! High cruising speed! Amazing versatility!
PRIZE - WINNING PERFORMANCE. The Singer Roadster surged to first place in the famous Rattlesnake Hill Climb in 1954.
SEE, TOO, THE ULTRA-SMART SINGER SEDAN. The long wheel base and width of back seat ensure exceptional riding comfort for all passengers.
The large trunk area can accommodate an amazing amount of luggage for a family motoring holiday.
QUALITY. Both the Singer Roadster and Sedan are equipped with a twin-carburettor, Overhead cam shaft engine.
British precision engineering throughout.
screens provide all-weather protection with plenty of head room for all four passengers.
From: Rupert Lloyd Thomas in Canada, via Website Message Form. 16 Feb 2012.
Comment: If you let me have an email address I will send copies of period advertisements from the Toronto Star. Regards, RLT.
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