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    "Note 3, Colin McGregor drove for Cowper - this would connect with Trevor Sheffield recalling that Colin McGregor had or built a Ford 10 Special - would seem it was Jocks car that passed to Cowper Note 3, Colin McGregor drove for Cowper - this would connect with Trevor Sheffield recalling that Colin McGregor had or built a Ford 10 Special - would seem it was Jocks car that passed to Cowper "

    Not so, the McGregor car was a separate entity and went through several owners including Jim Lockley a well known NSCC office holder. Lockley senior's company was one of the first offset printers in Auckland and for several years printed Club Torque. Jim instigated this section of the business which was previously confined to plan printing and the supply of drawing instruments etc.

    "Note 4, The photo in the Graham Vercoe book is of the second Special " Aitken - Ford 10 " with a simpler less rounded body and cycle guards - not fitted for the races at Muriwai in 1954 - "

    I can not locate the photo and to the best of my memory Jock Aitken built only one special. Please explain.

    The photos shown appear to be improved somewhat and it can be seen that the car has separately but closely mounted headlights. This would tie in with my memory of the car when comparing it with the Singford. Furthermore it it brings into the equation the car suggested by "Oldfart". i.e. "rather like a TF MG. The plot thickens. LOL
    Last edited by Trevor Sheffield; Yesterday at 04:06 AM. Reason: Addition

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Sheffield View Post
    "Note 3, Colin McGregor drove for Cowper - this would connect with Trevor Sheffield recalling that Colin McGregor had or built a Ford 10 Special - would seem it was Jocks car that passed to Cowper Note 3, Colin McGregor drove for Cowper - this would connect with Trevor Sheffield recalling that Colin McGregor had or built a Ford 10 Special - would seem it was Jocks car that passed to Cowper "

    Not so, the McGregor car was a separate entity and went through several owners including Jim Lockley a well known NSCC office holder. Lockley senior's company was one of the first offset printers in Auckland and for several years printed Club Torque. Jim instigated this section of the business which was previously confined to plan printing and the supply of drawing instruments etc.

    "Note 4, The photo in the Graham Vercoe book is of the second Special " Aitken - Ford 10 " with a simpler less rounded body and cycle guards - not fitted for the races at Muriwai in 1954 - "

    I can not locate the photo and to the best of my memory Jock Aitken built only one special. Please explain.

    The photos shown appear to be improved somewhat and it can be seen that the car has separately but closely mounted headlights. This would tie in with my memory of the car when comparing it with the Singford. Furthermore it it brings into the equation the car suggested by "Oldfart". i.e. "rather like a TF MG. The plot thickens. LOL
    Trevor, thanks, another car we need to find out about. The McGregor one !
    - re ; " I can not locate the photo and to the best of my memory Jock Aitken built only one special. Please explain. "

    The note about Jock building two cars is in the Vercoe book and there is a photo of it which I have yet to scan.
    The photo shows the car parked next to the Singford and the Ivy Stephenson " blown MG TC ".


    To add to confusion and bring another car into the story - there seem to have been 4 " Singford " cars built by the Tilsley boys, Don, Bob and Glen in the 1950's - 1951 - 1957 All before I was around the motor scene only 10 at the time the last Singford was built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    Trevor, thanks, another car we need to find out about. The McGregor one !
    - re ; " I can not locate the photo and to the best of my memory Jock Aitken built only one special. Please explain. "

    The note about Jock building two cars is in the Vercoe book and there is a photo of it which I have yet to scan.
    The photo shows the car parked next to the Singford and the Ivy Stephenson " blown MG TC ".


    To add to confusion and bring another car into the story - there seem to have been 4 " Singford " cars built by the Tilsley boys, Don, Bob and Glen in the 1950's - 1951 - 1957 All before I was around the motor scene only 10 at the time the last Singford was built.
    As far as I am aware, Jock Aitken built only one car but drove a Dodge Special owned by Clarry Irwin and may have had some hand in its construction.

    When did Ivy Stephenson own a blown MG TC as did Sybil Lupp ? Two ladies of renown.

    There were only three Tilsley cars built i.e. two sports type specials and one single seater racing car. However there was a project car built by the Tilsleys which was completed and bodied by others.
    Last edited by Trevor Sheffield; Yesterday at 06:49 AM. Reason: Addition.

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