Many thanks to Singer and to the UK owner of this wonderful machine, for allowing us a proper UK drive. To contact Singer go to:
Goodwood is a great circuit but one that demands respect, most corners being in the upper reaches of fourth and fifth and well into three-figure speeds but the tyre barriers never far away. The Dorset commission has been configured for road use more than track but it’s far from embarrassed. And from “the turn into the opening fourth-gear righthander at Madgwick it’s clear the set-up’s brilliance on the road translates perfectly to the track. There’s enough roll to sense the weight shifts but the overall balance is flat and composed, the Ohlins supporting the car when loaded up but maintaining enough travel to deal with any mid-corner bumps, too. It’s a fast corner like this where you’d expect to feel an older 911’s nose go a little light on turn-in but the consistent weight to the wheel indicates the front axle has plenty of bite to spare and I could be on the power much, much earlier.
While I’m wary of those noise limits I figure you only get one chance at something like this and push harder into the upper reaches of the rev range. It’s clear there’s more grip than power and it doesn’t dance on its tip toes like an older 911 on skinnier tyres might. Frankly, given the speeds and the value of the car I’m happy enough with that, the pleasure coming from keeping things neat and tidy, maintaining the precision and rhythm of the gearshifts, delighting in how the pedals are perfectly positioned to heel and toe and how instantaneously the engine responds to the throttle. Like any 911 this Singer restoration demands a degree of assertiveness – brutality even – to your inputs but in return rewards your commitment with the kind of life-affirming driving experience no modern car can match.
My time is up and I think it can’t get any better. But it can, the drive home along sundappled Sussex back roads proving why this car is worth every penny its owner put into it. When the door of that lock-up eventually squeaks shut I know I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a very special couple of days and an incredibly memorable 500 miles. It’s easy to lust after Singer’s style. That there’s substance to back it up proves this really is a worthy celebration of all that’s wonderful about the Porsche 911. And what I saw four years ago on that first visit to Singer’s workshop all makes sense. PW
My time is up and I think it can’t get any better. But it can...