From website visitor Bart Ray: "The car is a 1952-3 Singer
1500 Roadster. As I had one in 1957-8. Overhead cam with
a back seat. There was a fellow (Duggan) racing a
Singer Special in 55-56 out of the SF SCCA that did well."
From John DeBoer: "On your "Mystery Cars -- 3" page there are
photos of what appears to be a Singer SM1500 and you say it raced with
the number 106 in the early 1950's. Evidently you must know more?
(Nope. TM) Although I have not studied Singer cars, a few notes
have made it into my files and there must have been quite a few cars that
raced. The only Singer with race #106 I find in my computer at this
point was at Cumberland in 1954. It ran in the Ladies race."
From Doretti expert Tom Householder: "This thing is screaming
Standard Triumph with Healey engine at me. The carb linkage is Healey
similar as is the valve cover. The door hinges and running board
to front fender connection are killing me. Singer pops up in my mind
but it's going to take some diggin'. Any clues?"
More from Tom Householder: "See September, 1953 Santa Barbara
program page on Frank Sheffield's website: #106
Neil Compton Singer 1500 (owner) Nick
More from Tom Householder: "Nick Nicoliadus -- here
And then... Your webmaster found this photo of the actual "Mystery
Car Singer 1500SM" in action, and much more info! Our "Mystery
Car" was raced by "Singer Owner's Club" past-president Ralph Bush until
1962. Note rollbar in Bush's car #105 racing at Pomona in 1960, then
go back to the "Mystery Car" page and check out the identical rollbar.
From Mike Jacobsen: "Your mystery car #1 Singer 1500--ex-Ralph
Bush. I helped Bush with this car in 1959; he was my shop teacher
at Pasadena High School (taught wood & metal shop, not auto); I drove
a Singer and he gave me the cut down rag top from this car for my own!
He also judged our PHS Boys' League Concours that year--I took our MG Magnette
#0878 (now Don Martine's car); Barry Maguire had his uncle's new metal-flake
red Buick and won his class. Ralph may still be living; I last saw him
about '65 at his home in Pasadena."
From Singer Owner/Racer Ralph Bush: "What a surprise, there
is my old Singer. I got the car from Robbie Robinette in pieces.
I had been driving and racing my Jag XK120 so I jumped at the chance to
make the Singer into a car just for competition. I got some chrome
moly 1030 tubing and had my friend, Phil Kukuruza, weld up the roll bar
as roll bars had just become mandatory. If you will look just under
the hood on the passenger side you will see a 2" hole where I had a chrome
scoop to duct air to the master cylinder as the brake fluid would boil
causing the brakes to be worse than they already were.
Peter McKercher has written a book, Racing Roadsters and on
pages 5, 6 & 7 I tell how I set this car up for production racing.
There are pictures of my car on pages 42 & 43 of Peter's book.
Page 43 shows it coming into Turn 3 at Pomona in 1960. I raced it with
Cal Club Region of SCCA in the late 50's and the last race was 1962 at
Las Vegas where Roger Slowi and I shared the car each in a different class.
Mike Jacobsen is correct as he was in my class at Pasadena High School
but I did also teach Auto Shop and oh yes, Mike, I am still alive and still
racing I might add. I am now racing with SCCA and in a
Roadster" in fact just this weekend, we had a regional race at Buttonwillow.
Last May, I cracked up my Panoz GTA pretty bad coming out of Turn 7 at
Road Atlanta. If you would like to see a picture of my #38 "Thunder
Roadster": click here".
From Peter McKercher of the Singer Owner's Club:
This is part of Ralph Bush's account of how he prepared this car
for racing in the late Fifties: "For those of us who raced
the Singer, we found that the shift was a little long and too far forward.
I bought a $25.00 short throw after market shifter from fellow racer John
Martin (Parts Manager at Vaughan Singer Motors). This required removal
of the original shifting lever so the new one could be clamped onto the
gearbox and screwed to the drive shaft tunnel.
The replacement had a very short throw lever with a couple of heim
joints (A heim joint is essentially a rod end that looks a lot like a ball
bearing with a shaft passing through the hole allowing the bearing to swivel
in infinite directions). If I remember correctly it left the gear change
lever at your right hand in about the same location as on the Jaguar XK120.
It was a great improvement.
The shifter gave occasional trouble when slamming it into 1st gear
and jamming in place. The simple fix was to take the top off and find which
bolt from the outside would stop the extra movement. You then replaced
it with a longer bolt.
To prepare my Singer for racing, I installed mandated wheel plates
to add strength to the wheel centers. These were steel discs about 1/4"
thick, fitted over the hub and bolted on with the existing lug nuts. Without
these, the Singer wheels tended to tear out at the hub when pressed hard
on the track.
I installed a roll bar, which added much to making the car
more rigid. I also installed a war surplus seat belt from an Army airplane.
The interior was gutted, except for the seats, and holes drilled
in everything that would not detract from the strength to lighten all of
it. I even removed the glove box to capture every ounce of excess weight.
Lateral stability and handling was improved by using very heavy oil in
It had a dual port head with Solex carbs, which allowed me to jet
and re-jet as required. I milled 3/32" off the head and installed larger
valves. With a little grinder, I ported the head and installed an Iskendarian
cam with stronger valve springs. Everything was balanced, of course. It
had a tuned exhaust with a split exhaust manifold. I cast an aluminum cover
for the Salisbury rear end, as I was unable to locate the original one.
On the dash, I added a small tach with a visible red line and a big
oil pressure gauge. I also installed a large kill switch in the event of
a major shunt."
Now that we know what this car is and have verified its competition
history, remember that your webmaster is sort of a sales agent for it.
If you're interested in buying and restoring this car: Please