Jon Yeo isn’t one for wanting to draw attention to himself. But when he’s cruising around town in his classic 1934 Singer Le Mans, he can’t help but turn heads.
“A lot of people look and sometimes wave or nod their head,” he says.
“People come up to me and reflect on being taught to drive in cars like mine, or how their grandfather would take them on rides when they were young. I love the stories.”
Jon is the curator of TEDxMelbourne, an annual event that draws together storytellers, artists and adventurists. He’s also had a penchant for classic cars since he used to hit the road in a Singer Le Mans owned by a friend’s father.
“The car was an absolute joy to drive, I love that period where things seemed simpler.”
Singer was one of Britain’s top car manufacturers between 1875 and 1970. Its vehicles were designed to race in the world-renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans event in France, and the Singer Le Mans won a number of hill climbs, trials and endurance races.
Before he bought his green Singer Le Mans from a member of a car club he belonged to in 2001, Jon used to drive a famous two-door, rear-wheel-drive Lotus Elise. While he loved both cars, he was drawn to “the thrill of driving at lower speeds on the older car”.
Its classic look “is a winner for me”, but Jon says his Singer is far more about substance over style.