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Post by MMCPJONES » Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:01 am

Hi,

Just a quick post to say how impressed I was with this year's Imp Club stand at the NEC Classic. Absolutely stunning and the standard of the cars was incredible. I wasn't able to spend as much time as I'd have liked to, getting a good look at the cars, but I did manage to squeeze (just) into Dave Cooper's stunning Davrian. Expect to see a few of the display cars in the magazines throughout 2015. If I could have taken any of them home with me, it would be the beautiful Stiletto and Peter Stride's awesome Hartwell Imp. Brilliant effort everyone - top job.

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Re: NEC Classic

Post by jetmech » Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:09 pm

I agree, a very nice stand. Well done all concerned :D . I noted 4 other Imps around the show, also looking good.
A Chamois on one of the Singer club stands amused me, on the information note, it asked not to be called an Imp, but the car had obviously been re-shelled with an Super Imp body, complete with dashboard ashtray, open glove box, Imp side trims and super badge fixing holes on the rear pillars. It was a nice tidy car though.

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Re: NEC Classic

Post by GeoffFarthing » Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:14 pm

First time for a number of years that we will not be going to the show as a holiday in the Cotswolds is a better option.
I am told that the V8 (2 imp engines) motor bike is on show. Has anybody seen it ???. Does it have a pair of the crossflow cylinder heads on it ??
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Post by SimonBenoy » Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:28 pm

Hi Geoff.

Seen the Bettson bike today - it has had a lot of interest. The engines are arranged opposite ways round to neutralise the torque effect and are fitted with sport heads. They are 998s with twin webers and R21 cams. The gearbox is from a 1300 Kawasaki converted to chain drive. It is a beast and a feat of engineering, built 31 years ago and it has now done more than 152,000 miles.

The rest of the stand is also of the highest quality and all the exhibits have attracted a lot of interst - it was bedlam for the first few hours.

Hope to see some more members tomorrow.
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Post by ganderson888 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:09 pm

Club stand wins an award!!
For The most interesting selection of cars

Well done Rich, Dale and all the car & bike owners
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Post by bazzateer » Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:43 am

Any pics for those of us unable to attend?
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Post by kilty » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:03 am

Well done a'body involved. It can be a bit of a drain hanging about on a stand for 3 days, never mind putting it together first!

That bit above about the Chamois owner not wanting their car referred to as an Imp says it all about the snobbery involved in car clubs. Get a bit of fun from your hobby eh?!
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:16 am

Thats one reason why I would never join the Singer owners club :roll:
Stand and award a real credit to all the work involved , well done all :D
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Post by The Nun » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:29 am

Noddy wrote:Thats one reason why I would never join the Singer owners club :roll:
Stand and award a real credit to all the work involved , well done all :D
Wasnt that why the Singer version was made because the name was considered more upper class and sounded better than the Hillmans that were considered poverty spec cars? and for that reason the nobs wouldnt buy it, though its the same thing bar a bit of walnut and some chrome strips?
Same reason I never joined the Singer owners club.

No doubt a similar thing happens with Rolls Royce and Bentley owners, same car, different grille, but the Rolls has the edge with the snob brigade.
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:36 am

The Nun wrote:
Noddy wrote: Wasnt that why the Singer version was made because the name was considered more upper class and sounded better than the Hillmans that were considered poverty spec cars? and for that reason the nobs wouldnt buy it, though its the same thing bar a bit of walnut and some chrome strips?
Same reason I never joined the Singer owners club.
Exactly , which is why I recon the Chamois sport was such a strange thing to do , most snobs didnt want to drive fast but just waft along in a sea of quality .
Might explain the poor sales of these and the fact I think they are the best Imp version there is.
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Post by ImpManiac » Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:56 am

Well done to all involved in the Imp Club stand! :mrgreen:

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Post by The Nun » Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:27 pm

Noddy wrote:
The Nun wrote:
Noddy wrote:
Exactly , which is why I recon the Chamois sport was such a strange thing to do , most snobs didnt want to drive fast but just waft along in a sea of quality .
Might explain the poor sales of these and the fact I think they are the best Imp version there is.
I would agree, a 66 genuine Chamois Sport in its original format would be the best IMP to have these days, Best build quality, strongest shell, best quality trim parts, decent paintwork and the Sport engine, although those with Stiletto's might disagree as they consider that as the ultimate IMP, but really its a hybrid evo of the saloon, which without it wouldnt have been made.
No doubt those on the club stand heard lots of for and againsts for each IMP model including those who used to own one of the original 4 doors IMPs or whatever :lol:
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Post by pubcrawler » Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:49 am

Our local car club stand and me with someone who had lots of stories to tell about his times in Imps :D
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Post by ganderson888 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:58 am

Well Done Martin, sadly Whizzo walked straight past the club stand on Friday!

Unfortunately I didn't find you or your car but think I found all the other Imps that were present.
Even more frustrating is that my landline at home is down and all my photos are now on my PC with no connectivity... :(
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Post by pubcrawler » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:11 am

ganderson888 wrote: Well done Martin,
Unfortunately I didn't find you or your car but think I found all the other Imps that were present.
Thanks Graham 8) ,
Our stand was the furthest away from the Imp club stand, 9 halls away :o
Needed to take a packed lunch before attemting a visit :lol:
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Post by philgsmith » Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:57 pm

Martin - it certainly was a long way...

I've just posted photos of the Club stand, plus the other 4 Imps (well one is a Singer that doesn't like being called an Imp).

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Geoff - the Bettson Bike doesn't have crossflow heads - carbs and exhausts are all on the outside of the bike - unless there is some fancy swop over going on under the petrol tank....
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Post by Dim_Dringo » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:38 pm

Very impressed with club stand. So much so i joined the club there and then - Tim Evans Ginetta G15 JWD 10L
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Post by bazzateer » Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:14 pm

Dim_Dringo wrote:Very impressed with club stand. So much so i joined the club there and then - Tim Evans Ginetta G15 JWD 10L
Nice one Tim!

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Post by fgbrown » Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:47 pm

tim

I missed NEC but off th Bike show later this month....... sadly.
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Post by John Simister » Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:55 pm

Noddy wrote:Thats one reason why I would never join the Singer owners club :roll: :D
I think that Chamois/Imp (the re-shell) was on the Association of Singer Car Owners stand, and I suspect that as far as the Chamois is concerned they still bask in the luxurious glow of hide-the-facts badge engineering. The Singer Owners' Club, an older, larger and broader-minded organisation, wouldn't have adopted a badge-snob approach. I've been in the SOC for many years, and still am as the owner of a pre-war Singer Le Mans in many pieces. And I'm still nominally its Chamois registrar even though I haven't owned a Chamois since 2006. Most of the few Chamois owners in the SOC are also in the Imp Club. I've always encouraged them to join if they are not members already.

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Post by pbergs » Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:18 pm

It was a great show and a great effort by the club. It was interesting to attend the in house auction where a good proportion of the classics sold exceeded their reserves. The Imp is waiting on the fringes to be really appreciated.
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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:52 pm

Dim_Dringo wrote:Very impressed with club stand. So much so i joined the club there and then - Tim Evans Ginetta G15 JWD 10L
As Baz said, nice one! :wink: You might consider starting a Readers' Cars thread about your Ginetta. Please... :mrgreen:

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Re: NEC Classic

Post by pubcrawler » Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:02 am

This clip reminds us how good we used to be at making cars and how many manufacturers :roll:
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Post by pubcrawler » Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:02 pm

There is a short clip of The Award Winning Imp Club stand here at 5:55
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Post by The Nun » Fri Nov 28, 2014 4:54 pm

Looks a really good show, a brief IMP appearance, better than nothing I suppose.
Hope they werent playing that confounded music live at the NEC all weekend though :roll:
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