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The George Singer Memorial Fund

ASCO is proud to announce the launch of this fund, which provides an opportunity for all Singer enthusiasts to help raise awareness of the George Singer connection with Kingston Mauward, the place of his birth, by supporting students at Kingston Maurward College, which now occupies the Kingston Maurward Estate on which George Singer’s father was Farm Bailiff.

Given that in the short term the fund value is likely to be modest, the money will initially be used to support suitable students with the provision of relatively low cost items such as transport and the purchase of books and other essential equipment. With your generosity it is hoped greater value grants might be possible in the future.

To make a donation three Payment Options are available:

Option 1: By sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank. Post this to our Membership Secretary, Chris Hayward, 30, Highfield Road, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 2DD.
Option 2:  By Direct Bank Transfer from a UK bank account. The ASCO account sort code is 30-93-20, and the account number 01381613. Please quote ’GSMF’ as a Payment Reference and e-mail the  that you had done so.

Option 3:  Using PayPal, including using a credit card.  Simply click on the PAY NOW Button below., then enter the amount you wish to donate in the ‘Price per Item’ box, but without the ‘£’ sign.  To pay using your credit card, select the ‘Check Out as a Guest’ option. You will receive an e-mail confirming your payment.
When you have made your donation, please e-mail the that you have done so.

  Thank you.

ASCO has produced a Booklet  ‘A Brief History of the Singer Marque’, which covers Singer from the first bicycles to the last Singer ever made, in both words and pictures.  This was published in the May-June 2012 Mascot but you can see an updated version by clicking on the title.

We have also produced Booklets on The Singer Gazelle and The Singer Vogue, both of which include The Story of the Rootes Group, and The Singer Boats - all by Nigel Hughes - click on the title to view.

If you would like a printed copy of these booklets, Click on the ‘MAIL US’ Button to request details of how to order.

HOT NEWS!!   Ian North and his 1907 Singer have successfully completed their run from Land’s End to John O’Groats to celebrate the Centenary of the ‘Non-Engine-Stop’ run made in 1912 by William Warn of Poole in a 25 hp Singer.  With Ian were three of William’s great-grandchildren, Heidi, Craig and Frank Clapp, Heidi’s husband David and Oliver, the dog and their support team.  Our hearty congratulations to Ian, Heidi and their team on a fantastic achievement, and thanks to all who turned out to support them.   CLICK HERE for the Story from the Mascot.

GOOD NEWS for anyone looking for an M11 Oil Filter for their Roadster/SM 1500 engine. CLICK HERE for details on how to make yourself a replacement cartridge from a readily available element. A new Link has been added to the 'Singer Sites' page to give access to the Beaulieu list of Singer publications held in their library. Go to Links>Singer Sites.

ASCO Stand at the 2017 NEC Classic Car Show a great success.

Theme for the Show was ‘Family Ties’, and with Bill Tull’s 1948 Singer Ten Saloon, which has so far carried 5 generations of the Tull family, and David Clutteruck’s 1966 Vogue Estate, which has been handed down to him by his father .         More details to follow.

George Singer’s Birth-Place.

Through some painstaking research we have now located the place in Dorset where George Singer, founder of the SINGER Marque, was born.

At the time George was born, on 26th January 1847, his parents, George (Sen) and Hellen, lived in what is now the Old Manor on the Kingston Maurward Estate in the Parish of Stinsford, Nr Dorchester, where George (Sen) was a Farm Bailiff on the estate.  The house had been divided to provide accommodation for several  estate workers and their families.

Guided visits to the Manor House were a major part of our George Singer Day at Kingston Maurward on 13 September  2013, when we held our Annual Singer Car weekend in the Dorchester area, and unveiled a plaque by the gateway to the house to commemorate the occasion.

CLICK HERE for full coverage of this special event

GORDON JARVIS, 1945- 2018

Rootes Classic Car & Motorsport icon, dies aged 72

Gordon Jarvis, a long standing Rootes enthusiast, founder Trustee of the Rootes Archive Centre Trust, and Treasurer to the Association of Rootes Car Clubs, died on 10th May 2018, aged 72.

After starting his career as a Rootes Group apprentice, Gordon never lost his loyalty to the brand, and spent his entire working career with the Rootes/Chrysler/Talbot and Peugeot brands. However, it was in his spare time that he promoted the Rootes brand and was one of the most well-known faces in both the Classic car and motorsport worlds, as he campaigned his various classic road and rally cars in both the UK and Europe. He will be well remembered for his replica London to Sydney Hunter, and his numerous RAC rally appearances, especially in his 1600 Sunbeam Ti.

Also, Gordon was instrumental in rallying hero Richard Burns’ entry into motorsport, and, after Richard’s untimely death, was a key part of the Richard Burns Foundation.

His funeral will take place on Thursday 31st May at 12.00 in Dorchester Abbey in Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, where his family and friends can celebrate his life. Classic and Rally cars will be welcome at the service.

Gordon with his London- Sydney Hunter

Gordon with his Arrow Gazelle

Obituary -  Chris Woods - 1943 to 2018

- from   Peter Watts

I report with great sadness the death of Chris Woods, a long standing member of ASCO, having Membership No 31, who died in hospital on 16th October following an operation.

Chris had owned his 1947 Roadster (HPX 389) since 1966 and used it as his everyday car for many years.  He particularly enjoyed foreign rallies and camping holidays abroad.  On a rally in France, he gave a lift to the Broadwood Morris side's Dragon, which being in a RHD car, appeared to the French to be doing the driving!

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Lorri and their family..


PS.  I have written the story of  my friendship with Chris over the past 56 years, and our Editor has produced this in the form of a booklet.   To see this,  CLICK HERE.