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.
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.
A new book: Singer’s Legacy: His Family and his Home" by Richard Hoare, is now available. It is a digitally-printed hardback with dust cover, presented in A4 format and containing 224 pages and over 200 colour and B&W images, many of which are published for the first time. It is written to appeal to Singer enthusiasts, past and present students of Coundon Court, and historians in general. Vividly illustrated throughout, its nine chapters cover Singer’s early family life, his rise to fame and fortune, and his dedicated public life. His children’s lives are traced, along with the heroic yet ultimately tragic destinies of his grand-children. Alongside the captivating story of his family and business, the book offers a uniquely detailed tour of Singer's beautiful home, Coundon Court, as well as the latest personal accounts of its ghostly residents. There’s even an analysis of Singer’s handwriting! For more details and how to order, click on this link:
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 using your Credit/Debit card, simply click on the PARTS Button and scroll down to the ‘Authorised Payments Form’. Enter your name, e-mail address and the amount you wish to donate, and in the ‘Registrar’ box, enter ‘GSMF’. When you click on ‘Submit’ you will be transferred to a ‘Thank you’ page with a PayPal ‘Buy Now’ Button.
Click on the Button and when the PayPal Page appears, 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.
You can also donate by Sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank, or by Direct Bank transfer to ASCO’s Bank - Sort Code 30-93-20 and Account No 01381613. Thank you.
ASCO Stand at the 2015 NEC Classic Car Show a great success.
Theme for the Show was ‘She’s a Beauty’, and with Rudi Arends’ Singer Commodore boat and 1½ Litre Sports, all the way from Holland, Mike Hyman’s 1932 Special 9 Sports; Bob Francis’ 1936 LM Coupé, Jason Lane & Ruth Nobb’s 1936 Bantam and Peter Watts’ 1939 Roadster, we had Six beauties! CLICK HERE for pictures and story.