Spikins Singer 'The Bantam'
1936, Campbell Shed, On short term display
Built by F.R.G. (Bob) Spikins from his two-seat supercharged special The ‘Orrer, which in turn came from his 1934 R.A.C. Rally-winning Singer 9hp two-seater Sports. Spikins shortened and narrowed the chassis and inverted the rear section to give an underslung axle, and added an E.N.V. pre-selector gearbox.
The car first appeared in its current form at the Brooklands Easter meeting in 1936, in the BARC British Mountain Handicap. MotorSport reported that,
People were soon diverted by F.R.G. Spikins and his completely rebuilt Singer, shortened, supercharged, and looking like an American midget racer. Spikins was neat and controlled on the corners, and the acceleration of his car was terrific. Then, on the fourth lap, when he had the race in his pocket, the carburettor needle stuck and he was forced to retire.
The car went on in 1936 and later years to win sprints and hill climbs. It lapped the Brooklands Mountain Circuit at 69.74 mph and the Outer Circuit at 104mph.