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An Article from the March - April 2013 Mascot

From the President’s Patois - by John Horne

We are very grateful to Tony Raynor for sending us this picture all the way from California.  On the back is written “1933 Colmore Cup”, and “Ernest Daniels, The Studio, 10 Bridge Street, Stratford on Avon.”   This fits in nicely, as the Colmore Trial starts in Stratford.  The Trial was organised by the Sutton Coldfield and North Birmingham Automobile Club, ending at Winchcombe in Gloucestershire, which was the start for a series of gruelling hill climbs. The book ‘Wheel Spin’, by C A N May, tells us the hills would have been Gypsy Hill, Mill Lane, Stanway Hill and Kineton Hill, with a lunch stop at Royal George Hotel near Birdlip. Then Stanscombe, Station Lane Chalford, Nailsworth Ladder, Ham Mill, and finally Chalford Valley to the end of the rally at Rodborough Common, near the Bear Hotel.

The cars are 1933 Nine Sports, and are two of the Red, White and Blue Works Team for 1933.  The 1933 Nine Saloon is that J S Fruin.  Googling ‘1933 Colmore Cup’ finds an item by Peter McKercher about the Singer Sports, which tells us:

“At the Colmore Trophy Trial, Singer won the Committee Team Prize, the Rhode Cup for best performance of the day, 7 x 1st Class awards, 2 x 2nd and 1 x 3rd Class awards.”

It also gives a link to some Pathe News footage of the 1934 Colmore, which includes pictures of six Singers -


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The 1933 Colmore Cup