For those that have ever wondered exactly what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ at Singer Vehicle Design — the little restoration shop in Southern California that’s provided a re-birth of sorts to old and tired Porsche 964s — there’s a perfect opportunity to see for yourself and keep the secret on your coffee table. Rob Dickinson, founder and creator of Singer Vehicle Design and co-author and journalist Michael Harley, will be signing copies of their book “One More Than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911” onSaturday, January 23rd, at Autobooks-Aerobooks, (2900 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA), from 10am – 2pm, providing the background story of the impeccable craftsmanship within Dickinson’s “re”imagination of Porsche 911s. (SVD ‘One More than 10’ book excerpt) The event will also host two restored Porsche 911s, including Dickinson’s original 1969 ‘Brown Bomber,’ regarded as the initial inspiration for what later became Singer Vehicle Design.
As the world continues to take notice of the beautiful, handcrafted modified machines that are beginning to reside around the globe, many have come to believe the ability to enter the inner circle of Singer Vehicle Design was well beyond reach. However, Dickinson’s book is but one pathway to ownership within a less limited perspective that enthusiasts just may find easier on their pocket-book. Released over the recent holiday season, “One More Than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911” is currently available at www.singervehicledesign.com, as well as through publishing house Stance & Speed at http://www.stanceandspeed.com/automotive-books/one-more-than-10-singer-and-the-porsche-911 , and can also be purchased on-site during the book signing event in Burbank.
Singer Vehicle Design is driven by the singular vision of Rob Dickinson – an ex-car designer who then became a rock musician, and now stands as one of the world’s foremost distillers of the essence of air cooled Porsches. Journalist Michael Harley and Dickinson tell the story, while an all-star cast of automotive writers, journalists and personalities offer their perspectives on the Singer phenomenon. Throughout the book some of the finest photographers in the automotive world, with unparalleled access to Singer’s operations, reveal the sublime beauty of these Porsche 911s as they are restored, and as they play at the track and run the open road.
Finessed and agonized over just like the cars, this large format, hardback, 275 page, full color, Singer Vehicle Design book tells the full story behind Restored, Reimagined, Reborn for the first time and is priced at $85.
“We have been humbled by the outpouring of global enthusiasm we’ve received for the work we do,” said Rob Dickinson, creator and founder of Singer Vehicle Design. “Because our work is extremely limited, we thought a book would allow us to share our celebration of Porsche and the 911 with a broader audience that together shares in our passion.”
The global recognition for California-based Singer Vehicle Design (SVD) and Singer’s exquisite ability to ‘blend tradition with modernity’ has opened the door for a new breed of Porsche fanatics that not only understand Dickinson’s thirst for demonstrating what has become regarded as the best of the best – but also seek the craftsmanship and creativity that showcases unique customization opportunities that selects the best elements, if one could only have just one vehicle to drive.
“Like the Porsche 911s we obsess over, this book has been a long time in the making. As with the cars, an incredible cast of talents have been involved,” continued Dickinson. “The 911s, in all their luscious, heart-stopping, high-resolution pomp, photographed by real masters, are the stars – they always are. But this is also the story of a singular vision and the long road to make it a reality.”
For Dickinson, it’s a story that really began for him as a young child riding in the back seat of one air-cooled icon, the VW Beetle – the first time he saw the car that would be the standard-bearer for air-cooled performance, the Porsche 911. “This book has the spirit of Singer Vehicle Design tailored into its words, images and feel. It’s us, in print and I’m incredibly excited to share this latest project, shaped by our mantra ‘Everything is Important’”.
According to Dickinson, the company’s heritage is based on utilizing the ultimate in automotive design, engineering and industry standards to meet and exceed the vision of its fine clientele. Dickinson noted that the company has been fortunate enough to develop a reputation that Singer stands for something very special, and “One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911” brings the reader as close to these beautiful machines as one can get, with the exception of the lucky few owning one.
Special Limited Edition
A special limited edition version of “One More than 10: Singer and the Porsche 911” available for $911, includes a custom display case, built by the same artisans and craftspeople who work on every Porsche 911 restored by Singer Vehicle Design. Each case incorporates styling elements and actual materials used in these remarkable restorations and each contains exclusive, authenticated Singer artwork.
Only 100 of these Limited Edition cases will be produced, each with an individually numbered design plaque that echoes those used on Singer’s restorations.
Singer’s philosophy – creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces to each customer’s desires within perfectly optimized air-cooled Porsche 911s – continues to move forward with each new bespoke restoration. With limited availability and an 8-10 month restoration cycle, vehicles have more recently been commissioned by Porsche owners globally, including those in Hong Kong, Moscow, Canada, England, Germany, Thailand, New Zealand, Norway and the UK.