Purchased new by C.E. Bob Truett on 1st June 1937. ‘DYL’ was raced and rallied by Bob and his elder brother Len, who acted as mechanic throughout the cars racing career. Bob kept the car until 1946.
The most successful competition SS100. Period Brooklands history. Part of the SS car club team for the 1938 RAC Rally.
Supplied new with factory prepared competition engine. Specification included cylinder head with K965 valves, high compression pistons on hyduminium con-rods, Fescol crankshaft & Scintilla magneto. With Bob's considerable lightening to the chassis by way of holes in the main rails the car was quicker than some of the 3.5 litre cars it competed against.
In 1946 Croydon Garage purchased the car and sold it to Dirt Track and Midget car driver Alvin (Spike) Rhiando, he would use the car to tow his 500cc race car around the UK.
In 1948 the car was sold to Peter Richley for £150. Peter would keep the car for the next 20 years but never had the car out on the road, he sold the car to a SS restorer. In 1976 Michael Roberts would become only the 5th owner of ‘DYL’. Michael restored the car and enjoyed it for over 20 years. The car then passed to a JD customer in 2007. JD were commissioned to carry out a total chassis off concours restoration to original period competition specification. Once completed it was displayed at the 2011 Uniques Special Ones Concours in Florence where it was judged:-
1st in Styling Class.
1st Overall in Pre-War Open Class.
1st Overall in Originality & Restoration.
A couple of years later the ownership passed to a JD USA customer, who commissioned JD to convert the car to current FIA Historic Race Specification. This included an all steel JD race engine (the original engine is supplied with the car). The original race trophies of Bob Truett were recently handed to JD Classics by a member of Truett family so they could remain with the car. A stunning and important SS100.
Period Competition and Concours History:
1938: Welsh Border Trial as Car No. 315.
MCC Edinburgh Trial at Adderstoneshiels Car No. 169.
SS Speed Trials at the SS Factory, Coventry Car No. 12.
Lands End Trial winning the Silver Award Car No. 357.
Exeter Trial winning the Silver Award Car No. 315.
SS Car Club Welsh Border Trial Car No. 10.
RAC Rally as part of the SS Car Club Team placed 14th out of a class of 38,
Car No. 165.
1939: VSCC Stanley Cup Race Meeting at Crystal Palace as Car No. 8.
Cambridge University AC Club June Meeting at Donington Park,
Car No.20 Relay Race Winners.
SS100 International Weekend at Brooklands Car No.10.
1986: Best Maintained car at the 50th Anniversary of the SS100 International Weekend.
2011: Uniques Special Ones in Florence 1st in Styling Class, 1st Overall in Pre-War Open Class and 1st Overall in Originality & Restoration.
2014: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Croydon Rally Tankard (3rd in Class)
Brooklands One Hour Trail Tankard
J.C.C Members Day Donington 1938 Tankard
C.U.A.C Donington Slap Race Tankard
Cotswold Trail Tankard
Chiltern Trail Cup
Devon Rally Cup
SS Car Club Buxton Trial 1939 Cup
Crystal Palace Cigarette Case
Donington Team Relay Race Tankard
Southern Counties Trial 1938 Cup
Jaguar Drivers Club Badge
Brighton and Hove Cup
Blackpool Rally 1938 Badge
Riley MC Autumn Trial Cup
VHULMC Donington 1939 Cup
8 x Kent Motor Club Hillclimb Cup
Speedway Junior TT Cup
Coventry Speed Trials 1939 Cup
Exhilarations 1938 Cup
SS Car Club Donington 1939 Cup
SS Car Club Coventry Speed Trials 1939 Cup
SS Car Club Donington 4 lap Scratch 1939 Cup
Standard de Von Rally Vesta Case
Brighton and Hove Serviette Ring