Ral­ly­ing round for the Singer Gazelle

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

O pen­ing my CCW (25 Jan­uary) and turn­ing to page four caused me to gasp in shock.

It was caused by the ar­ti­cle Wanted: clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts. How­ever it wasn’t so much the ar­ti­cle as the photo that ac­com­pa­nied it. There driv­ing along be­ing pho­tographed was the Singer Gazelle that I owned be­tween 1996 and 1997. The cu­ri­ous fact is that I’d only men­tioned the Singer to my wife last week when I was rem­i­nisc­ing about the var­i­ous clas­sic cars that we’ve owned over the years, and won­der­ing if the old Singer was still on the road!

We bought GFH 378D from a car dealer in Worces­ter who of­fered it as a ‘mint con­di­tion car need­ing no work!’ Boy did we get suck­ered on that one, hav­ing paid well over the odds too. Nev­er­the­less, af­ter spend­ing a small for­tune on the car – new discs and pads, new sus­pen­sion, the list was end­less – we did even­tu­ally get it run­ning as it should, and even did the 1996 Nor­wich Union Rally in it. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing photo shows us dur­ing the rally wait­ing to reg­is­ter. We were num­ber 1547 and still have the pho­to­graph of us ac­cept­ing the fin­ish­ing medal at Sil­ver­stone. The Singer was a very pretty car, how­ever I do re­mem­ber that the paint fin­ish was wafer-thin and any en­thu­si­as­tic pol­ish­ing of the body­work could eas­ily take you down to the grey base coat be­neath. Nev­er­the­less, it was a great car and we en­joyed it dur­ing the short time we owned it. It’s re­ally great to see that it’s still run­ning and look­ing in such fine fet­tle. Isn’t life full of strange co­in­ci­dences!

Thanks for bring­ing us those mem­o­ries. Karl Sheri­dan, Holme-on-Spald­ingMoor, York­shire

Looks fa­mil­iar – GFH 378D gets its rally mo­ment in 1996.

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