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Another great days rallying with unexpectedly good weather - some of the stages were even dusty! I am glad to say after recent difficulties my car ran faultlessly all weekend so it was a great pity I put it in a waterfilled ditch on the 4th stage. It emerged completely unmarked but Henry and I and a bunch of spectators spent the rest of the day with very wet feet. The OS rear wheel was totally submerged in water/bog but the front was lightly resting on the surface so we literally lifted the front of the car out of the ditch and tug of war style lugged it back on the track at which point the little guy fired straight up. H was down the track trying to defend us from the Escort onslaught and had to run 1/4 mile to rejoin the car. Whilst officially out of time, and therefore the rally, we carried on and completed the remaining stages and actually regained a bit of form with a respectable time on the last 12 mile stage.

Geoff and Steve continued their success with some excellent times and a class win again. Sadly though Geoff didn't manage to reel in any 911's. His car also ran well although there was a last minute panic in the service park, the night before, when it looked like we would have to change the clutch. However the car survived the rally and returned to Woking in good shape.

Our incredibly able service crew had their work cut out supporting the two cars which both came into the half hour service on the same minute. Thanks as always to Mike Dent, Keith and Andrew Livesey and David Werrell.

This, my first British Historic Rally Championship round, and the first time Geoff and I have competed together, showed me just how much I have to learn to keep up with him! Great team effort and an excellent days Imp rallying. Whilst the pure spectacle of the Escorts is hard to beat there is great support for the Imps out there in the forests.

Clark Dawson was with us at service so we had a great gathering of Imp rally people at the event. If anyone took any pictures of Geoff and I out on the stages please make contact.
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And a little bit of video at


Start at 02:00 minutes in.

No doubt there will be more to follow.
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Well done guys, sorry you were OTL Nigel but great that both Imps survived Kielder. Or maybe it no longer has the reputation it used to have for eating rally cars whole.

I've decided I want a Porsche, :twisted: :? :? just a big Imp really. After all if I can't afford to rally an Imp then I can just as easily not afford to rally a Porsche! :?
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Well done to the rally crews - sounds like you had a great weekend. You would have probably been quicker than us at Cadwell last week, so wet and slippery was the first race :wink:
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I'll have the yellow one, wrap it up for me will you?
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3 Images taken from the Pirelli including the wet ditch.
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The BHRC Imps are out again next weekend (17th / 18th August), this time on the Ulster Rally. Geoff Taylor and Steve Greenhill are all set for the event and hopefully Henry and I are also! Geoff still has a Porsche 911 in his sights!

The event comprises two days of tarmac rallying on closed public roads covering 100 stage miles and 258 road liaison miles. The event starts at 13:55 on Friday in Antrim town centre followed by 3 stages before returning to the Junction One shopping centre in Antrim for service and fitting of lights. The same three stages follow of which the last two will be in darkness before returning to a late night service and a Parc Ferme rest for the cars.

2 new stages follow an early start (07:20) on Saturday before returning to service. Then two more new stages before the second service of the day and then a repeat of the first two Saturday stages.

Two cars are seeded consecutively which will keep the service crew on their toes! Our normal Imp Club service crew of Mike Dent (Moose), Keith and Andrew Livesey will be joined by the crew that helped Geoff to his class win on the Ulster last year, led by another Imp Club member Alun Lutton with two friends, Roy and Neil.

The 7 stages we do are close to Ballycastle, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Antrim , Cookstown and Maghera. It would be great to see some Northern Ireland Imp Club members on the roadside (excuse us if we don’t have time to wave) or at service. If they or any friends from this side of the water want details look at:-
http://www.ulsterrally.com/
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Best of luck Nigel and Geoff! :D
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^^ What he said. The best of luck for the event. :D Be sure to fill us lot in afterwards. :wink:

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i am sure Nigel will be on soon for a full report of the rally but i had a cracking weekend the Irish are a great bunch and the rallying is spot on if i could stay awake i would give more details but i will give a mechs view following the report from Nigel.
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Hi all
A quick up date on the rally imps, as i will let Nigel tell the details, but a mixed and busy weekends sport, first after a minor hic up after scruiteneering, Nigel and H went on to finish the rally, when Mike and i left not sure of final results, but they had a good run, just to complete the rally on your first taste of tarmac and Irish roads thats some baptisum, very well done.
I am afraid Geoff had some highs and lows,the highs he managed not only to catch a porsche, but pass him and leave him, he was buzzing in service, only on the next day for a driveshaft to snap on the nut side and he lost a wheel fortuinately on a road section with no mayjor damage, but had to retire otl.
as i said i am sure Nigel will give a more detail account in the coming days, a big thanks to all involved, especially Allun (great burgers),Roy and Neil.
Thanks for a great rally if somewhat sleed deprived, iam of to get some sleep now.
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The Imp team had a great time at the Ulster Rally last weekend spurred on by great company and weather and the warmest of welcomes by the people of County Antrim.

Geoff Taylor and Steve Greenhill were supported in service by Alan and Neil Lutton and Roy. Henry and I were supported by Mike Dent (Moose) and Keith Livesey (Leadfoot). All the service crew were kept busy!

Whilst the 2 car crews were out doing the ‘recce’ (2 passes of 10 different stages from 09:00 to 22:00) on Thursday, the service crew were setting up in the service park and putting the cars through noise test and scrutineering. Unfortunately on its way back from scrutineering gently going round a roundabout my car chose that moment to spit something out of its gearbox which went round the crownwheel and the loud bang put a split in the transmission casing. We were out of mobile range near Ballycastle and before we knew anything about it Mike had the transmission pack and engine sitting on the ground while Keith was fetching Geoff’s spare box. In heavy rain they had the car running again at 01:30 on Friday morning just as the generator petrol ran out! What stars!

Next day Geoff went off in blistering pace, using the knowledge of the roads gained from the rally in 2011. On stage two, the very twisty, narrow and infamous Torr Head (if you want a flavour look at the Rob Smith’s Torr Head YouTube video) he overtook a 911 on the stage. Geoff continued to be well ahead of me showing decades of experience but my times improved and I too was getting close the times of the Porsche that Geoff ‘Imp’d’. On stage one I had total brake fade (EBC Yellowstuff on the front) due to insufficient attention to the heat cycles when running them in. The next stage they were back to normal once they started smelling! Otherwise my car (having had its hiccup the day before) ran perfectly although minor things needed attention at service throughout the day.

Geoff when running so well sadly had a problem immediately after the Lisnamuck 1 stage when the end of the outer drive shaft sheared at the spline and a wheel disappeared into a hedge. This episode 2 minutes earlier would have been very serious. Both cars fortunately chose to throw their ‘wobblies’ at perhaps the most convenient moments! Sadly this was the end of the event for Geoff.

I continued to improve (Henry said I started to ‘get on it’ over the last three stages) and we ended up first in class and 5th in the Historic class (pre 68) which we were well satisfied with.

A truly memorable event, made possible by dedicated and enthusiastic service crew who really delivered. Very many thanks guys.

Having only started stage rallying last year and having built a car for it I am having loads of fun and really exploring what a great rally car the Imp can be. We (Geoff, Mike and I) are hatching a plan to celebrate the 50th with a team of Imps in the 2013 RAC (Roger Albert Clark rally). We will be writing more about this in due course but we hope to get 4 or 5 cars out. We’ll need to put together a big team of service and logistics crew but it can be done. So start putting you rally cars together and think about joining us.

Lastly if any members were out on the Ulster and have pictures / videos of Geoff and I please make contact.

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anrw wrote:...we ended up first in class and 5th in the Historic class (pre 68) which we were well satisfied with.
Well done! :D That is an awesome result and a credit to all involved.

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Having serviced with the Saab team during their 50th attack on the RAC and again last year, count me in for servicing if it happens would love to have a go myself but monies don't allow it unless I go and get a proper job again :lol: or win the lottery.

I believe the length and mileage has been reduced so would give the Imps a fighting chance.

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Well done Nigel, good result there :D Pity about Geoff but at least he gobbled up a Porsche! :twisted:
Great idea about the R.A.C., thing is though are there enough stage prepped Imps out there, or maybe more importly, enough people who are prepared to let their precious charges loose on the loose so to speak. Pity it all happens so far "Oop North" or I would be volunteering to help out, probably only to make the tea, far too clumsy to service these days! But then who knows where any of us will be next year?

Another thing, would an International licence be required? No good someone spending a year building an Imp specially for the event and then not being qualified to run. Of course should that happen I do know someone, not a million miles from this keyboard, who does still qualify for an International licence..... :idea:
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We're a bit short of photos of the cars on the stages but here are a couple. I'll publish more of Geoff and I in action when I get them.

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Two small clips on video at

http://www.u.tv/utvplayer/video/146736

Geoff at 06:05 minutes in and Henry and I at 09:30 mins.

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Imps on the Roger Albert? I spectated on this event a few years back,what an awesome event,I will be there with a few mates spectating for the whole event,might even spoil myself and book B+B for one of the Nights to relieve the back ache from sleeping in the van!!
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well Keith and i turned up early on the thursday with 4-5 hours to spare before scrutineering and did the B&B recce booked in collected the cars and gave them a check over, i caused the diff to fail by mentioning to Keith it was nice to do a rally with so much spare time that it was a relaxing way to spend the long weekend. we left the digs to go scrutineering after dropping the van off in the service park with dreams of having the cars back in time for an early evening pint with the drivers. the cars passed without issue although i did find some dust on the wheel arch lip on Geoff's car. on the drive back to the service park i was following Keith in who was in Geoff's car as i pulled away from a round about in traffic at about 10 mph the transaxle went bang i dipped the clutch fast to prevent further damage and manged to coast off the roundabout towards the service park and had to push the car the last 500 yards or so. a quick call to Nigel and Henry to see if we had a spare box and luckily Geoff had a spare back at the cottage so Keith jumped in my car and set off to retrieve it i started dismantling the car and had the engine and box ready to drop out on his return as it went dark we started to split the engine from the box and and inspected the donuts and driveshaft to make sure there were no other issues and as we were doing this it started to rain so Keith kindly set u the huge tent we had only for the wind to then pick up and blow it away. at about 01.30 the car was run up and down the road and we packed up for the night. the next day was a late start with no park ferme so we had time to double check everything and prep the car with everything sorted i asked Nigel to test drive again as i had made some adjustments to the ignition timing and the carbs which made the car run smoother and a bit quicker on initial feeling so all was good, the drivers set off for the first loop of stages. at first service there were no issues except the throttle linkage was showing signs of wear so another adjustment got the car back on song the rest of the services were all routine which i believe is down to the prep that the guys do between events. towards the end of the rally we got the news that Geoff had lost a wheel so the irish service crew shot off with a pile of parts and brought the car back unfortunately OTL. if you look at the times you will see a vast improvement in stage times for Nigel and some very quick times for Geoff. it was a great weekend we have a solid and good team on these events the company, catering and whole set up makes it a pleasure to work on the events. it inspired me to pull my finger out and press on with my imp!
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So will you be out on the Roger Albert Mike? :)
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I think i can safely say that both Geoff and Nigel wont be doing the RAC this year. The idea is to do the event in 2013 as a three car team, with possible Mike as the third team member :?: ,(that isnt to say that more imps woudnt be welcome) but this is subject to what championships they do, as there are a number of changes on the cards, also budgets and funding play a huge roll, as i am sure you know stage rallying is not cheap even on a shoe string budget.
I am sure Mike would love to do it, but i think he will want to first complete the build, test it and get it set up and propable put some competative miles on it. It would be a shame to throw it around the forrest on its first outing considering all the work thats gone into it (not sure if its a he or her) and if i know Mike he would want to be competative so hopefully we can talk him into it for next year, :)
i am sure the guys will be on here to let you know if its any differant,
as a team member its been a great and testing year but thoroughly enjoyed every minute, even in the pooring rain at gone midnight, i think weve geld into a good team, thanks guys for a good year,
hope next year is even better.
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Yes 2013 I meant too,too late to get time off for this year,good luck with it guys.
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moose wrote:...i caused the diff to fail by mentioning to Keith it was nice to do a rally with so much spare time that it was a relaxing way to spend the long weekend...
^^ This made me laugh! :lol: :lol: That'll learn you! :mrgreen:

Sounds like a really fun event. Great work, guys! 8)

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The British Historic Rally Championship and HRCR Historic Stage Rally Challenge (including a possible Mini / Imp championship) have set the following calendar for next year.


1 Mid-Wales Stages Rally Gravel Newtown March 3rd
2 Bulldog Historic Rally Gravel Welshpool April 6th
3 Pirelli Historic Rally Gravel Carlisle May 4th
4 Jim Clark Rally Asphalt Duns June 1st / 2nd
5 Severn Valley Stages Gravel Builth Wells June 15th
6 Harry Flatters Rally Asphalt Epynt July 28th
7 Ulster Historic Rally Asphalt Antrim August 23rd / 24th
8 Rallye Sunseeker Gravel Poole October 19th / 20th

Reserve event Colin McRae Stages Gravel Aberfeldy October 5th

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Concerning the Imp class that the HRCR are planning for the 2013 stage rally calendar, it has been announced that the 'Imp 50 cup' which will be run as part of the HRCR Clubman's Challenge (a National B championship running at the same events as the British Historic Rally Championship but less stage miles - see dates above). Sadly this introduces a dilemma for any candidate Imp competitors.

Most of the Imps ready and able to compete in Historic rallying tend to avoid the forests, favouring only tarmac events. Geoff Taylor and I are exceptions to this but all three historic stage rally championships in 2013 (BHRC, HRCR Clubman's Challenge and the Roger Albert Clark Championship) largely major on gravel - the Ulster, Jim Clark and Harry Flatters (Epynt) being the only tarmac rounds (the RAC is all gravel). This would appear to be a barrier to seeing more Imps out in stage rallying. The other dilemma is the few cars ready and able now have the three championships to choose from which will split even further the chance of good Imp entries. Personally I favour the BHRC as I like the 'big ticket events' (Pirelli, Jim Clark and Ulster) and I would choose BHRC over the Challenge because having met the expense of preparing the car, the fuel involved in bringing it and the service crew to the event etc, I want the maximum possible stage mileage. I have yet to liaise fully with Geoff over his intentions for next year.

The result of this this is I suspect a disappointing 50th anniversary year for the Imp in historic stage rallying. Unless, that is, we can tempt some more competitors out? If anybody has a car that could be dusted down in order to come out and join us next year please make contact?

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I am puzzled by the Imp cup they are putting up. Whilst I like the idea I am a bit confused as to where it came from, I assumed at first it was a Nigel & Geoff idea but it seems there was no input from the Imp Club. Thats not meant to be knocking it, the club should be embracing it with open arms.
Problem as Nigel says is to be able to get enough cars out to make it worthwhile.

I guess from the HRCR point of view it is a way of trying to get more different types of cars into the rallies aside from the usual "wall to wall" Escorts. All Imps will run with the Cat.1 cars at the head of the field so that should help. Cat. 2 or 3 Imps can run which may allow some mods which are not legal for pre '68 cars.
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Rod. Neither Geoff nor I were involved in any discussions about the Imp Cup prior to the announcement by HRCR. As the only two Imps in the BHRC this year it does seem a bit odd that at least Geoff, who has competed regularly in the championship for the last 4+ years, wasn't consulted. Perhaps someone else in the club has been talking with them? I have been in dialogue with them asking whether if I do another season with the BHRC (as opposed to the Clubman's Challenge which uses the same events) I can qualify for the Imp Cup but apparently I can't - but they have said they'll put up another Imp Cup in the BHRC if I can raise 5 Imp entrants!!! Depending on what Geoff does it looks like the two regular campaigners in BHRC may well not be competing in the Imp Cup! Yes Rod it is a ploy to get more Imps out into the championships but what a strange way to go about it?

Mike Barratt and Geraint Thomas (ex Simon Whitehead car) were entered for the Flanders event this year but I have seen no reports of the results. Ian Fisher appears to have spent all year building his car into a new shell and was at one stage planning to do the Flanders although again I don't know whether he made it. Gary Edgington did the Isle of Man this year and Alan Kitson/Ron Aspinwall have also been out - hopefully they can be persuaded to do some championship events?


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Hi Nigel, does seem a bit of an odd way of going about it. I guess the thinking is that by running a "cheaper" championship they may get more entries. The Mini Cup running with the Historic Rally Challenge which used different events in the past few years worked (but not all that well) that way. But with both series using the same events many like you may think the saving of a little on entry fees and on-stage costs will be outweighed by the chance for more fun from more stage mileage. Of course there is the kudos of perhaps winning the Imp cup, a more realistic target than winning the championship itself? Also bear in mind no multi valve engines on the challenge, should see a decent Imp higher up the leader board overall with all those BDAs excluded.
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Just a thought, and probably a silly one, but could some of the Imp names from the past be persuaded to get involved? Mike Hanna; Mike, I'm sure you will see this, you must be tired of the roundy, roundy stuff by now? Malcolm, I'm sure you are just itching to build a rally car again. Anyone in contact with Andy Dawson, Robin Eyre-Maunsell. Kevin Stones, Steve Bowcock etc., etc?
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Hi Rod. I don't think I would be competitive now, getting on a bit you know.:lol: Anyway I no longer want the responsibility of looking out for the well being of a navigator! I can't really get lost on a circuit I just follow the rest of the silly sods round and round and round and..... :wink: I have thought about it and I'm sure i could build a very competitive car. My old rally car, like my Historic racer, was very well set up and easy to drive, sometimes quite quickly. Perhaps I should split the difference and Rallycross an Imp!!?? Cheers. Mike
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Mike Hanna wrote: sometimes quite quickly.
We noticed!
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The 2013 'old Stager' Clubmans Challenge

New HRCR ‘OldStager' Clubmans Challenge takes shape

Organisers of the MSA British Historic Rally Championship have confirmed full details of the National ‘B'-level series that will run in tandem with the main championship in 2013. The HRCR ‘OldStager' Clubmans Challenge will be open to all cars eligible for MSA Historic Categories 1, 2 and 3, with engines having a maximum of two valves per cylinder. An innovative move will see the popular Mini Cup incorporated into the series along with an all-new Imp 50 Cup, to celebrate 50 years since the iconic rear-engined car first appeared on British roads.

Starting at the Mid Wales Stages in March with a high-profile finale at the Poole-based Rallye Sunseeker Historique in October, the Clubmans Challenge will offer a total of nearly 500 stage miles split over eight rounds - five forest events and three on asphalt. Competitors will count their best five scores towards the overall and class titles. Each gravel round will feature approximately 40 miles of top-quality stages, and Challenge-registered cars will run first on the road to take advantage of the stages being in the best possible condition.

"The Clubmans Challenge is designed to give competitors with National B licences a friendly, cost effective series that will give them the added encouragement to consider moving up to contest the main British Championship in the future," said BHRC Chairman David Lucas. "We are confident it will prove to be a popular addition to the Historic calendar."


Time to get out your rally cars and start preparing!
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just in the process of buying a rally imp with a friend so looking forward to competing next year.the imp has a good history and has had some good results.
will update when we have got the car home.

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Great news, Bob :D
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The December HRCR Newsletter reads as follows:-

New BHRC award will celebrate 50 years of the Hilman Imp

Competitors contesting next year’s Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship in a Hillman Imp or its Sunbeam / Singer derivatives will now be eligible for a special award, given to help celebrate the Imp’s 50th anniversary. The award, for the crew that finishes highest in the championship, has been introduced following competitor requests for a trophy in the main BHRC series to match the new Imp 50 Cup in the Historic Rally Car Register’s ‘old Stager’ Clubman’s Challenge series.

“It is really pleasing to see how interest in this iconic little car is picking up, and the BHRC is keen to play its part in the Imp’s 50th anniversary celebrations” said BHRC Chairman David Lucas. “All our regular Imp crews are returning to the championship in 2013 and, encouragingly, several other machines are being prepared. The crews have been enthusiastic enough to ask for a trophy they can compete for in the main series and the organisers are happy to provide it.”

To start the official celebrations, three Imps will take pride of place at the HRCR open day at Gaydon, Warwickshire on 12th January 2013. These will be the ex-works car JDU 46E, BHRC stalwart Nigel Webster's stage rally car, and the road rally car used regularly by the Vokes family.


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Hi Nigel, you just beat me to it! Interesting that they say all regular Imp crews are coming back... does this include Gary Edgington and Mike Barratt?
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Rod

I've heard no news of Gary but we definitely won't be seeing Mike Barratt.

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Rosemary Smith To Be Guest Of Honour At HRCR Open Day

I quote from the HRCR press release:-

"Returning to her Rootes - ‘60s rally star Rosemary Smith
will be guest of honour at Historic Rally Car Register's Open Day

This year's Historic Rally Car Register open day at the Heritage Motor Centre near Gaydon in Warwickshire will be graced by the presence of a rallying icon, when former Rootes Group works rally driver Rosemary Smith jets in to be the guest of honour. Her attendance is the icing on the cake for the HRCR and provides the ultimate complement for the show's theme, which celebrates 50 years of the Hillman Imp.

Rosemary had a chequered competition career in Imps, culminating in winning the 1965 Tulip Rally in Holland. She is flying over from Dublin specially to attend the HRCR's annual pre-season showcase event, after being contacted by three-times MSA British Historic Rally Champion, David Stokes. "We are so glad Rosemary is able to be our guest of honour. She was an integral part of the Rootes Group rally team for most of her career and many of her international class wins came in an Imp," says David. "She has a very busy schedule, but is making time specially to be part of our "Imp 50" celebrations."

As part of Rosemary's visit, she will be reunited with Hillman Imp reg. no. JDU 46E, which was prepared for her to drive on the 1967 RAC Rally - unfortunately cancelled due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic of the time - and which forms the centrepiece of the HRCR's competition cars exhibit at the open day.

The HRCR open day starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday 12th January at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire. The HMC is situated near Junction 12 of the M40."


The open day is the launch event for the HRCR 2013 programme including the BHRC. I would expect to see stands representing all the events in the Championship.
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The HRCR Open Day was really "buzzing".
It was good to see several IMP on display, among the various Clubs advertising their Championship Events.
Thanks to Nigel and others for bringing the cars along.
I think the Event was good for raising the public profile of the IMP/
Well done to all involved.
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