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Yet Another Article from the March - April 2013 Mascot

            Proudly showing off sports car’s hill endurance feat -

From YESTERYEAR in the “www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk’s The Journal”, Thursday Jan 24, 2013, by Peter Christie.  Sent to us by Ron Sussex from Gt Torrington, N Devon.


This is an amazing publicity gimmick by Pike’s Garage in Pilton, Barnstaple, in 1928. It shows, according to the sign, “An exact model of the 8HP Singer Junior Sports that, on December 4, 1928, climbed Porlock Hill 100 times consecutively.”

The sign also tells you to: “Ask for particulars and arrange a trial run”.  What a wonderful display - and whatever happened to the great number plate?  The car trial was covered by ‘The Journal’ at the time, when the report was as follows:

“PORLOCK HILL”  AT BARNSTAPLE -

On December 4th,  as recorded in a previous issue, an 8 hp Singer Junior Sports motor-car accomplished an extraordinarily fine feat on Porlock Hill, easily climbing the formidable hill (which has a gradient of one in 4½) no fewer than 100 times in one day.  For the interest of motorists and others who were unable to be present when the feat was accomplished, the enterprising firm of Pike and Co have reconstructed the scene in one of the windows of their depot at Pilton Bridge, Barnstaple.  Porlock Hill is most realistically reproduced, with a real “Singer” in the act of ascending, whilst the environment is vividly portrayed by deft and clever introduction of a direction post, bank, trees, hedge and undergrowth, on which live rabbits are grazing.  By general agreement, it is the finest “special” window ever seen in the North Devon Metropolis.

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