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Post by Bevan IMP » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:29 pm

Hi All

Just thought I would post a couple of pictures of our new car, its being built to celebrate 40 years of my grandfathers Championship wins.
The camera has changed the colour of the car so it looks a bit pale in the shots. The wheels are not the finished items (they need to be alot wider!!!)

It is being built in the traditional Bevan way (In a garage) using my Grandfathers tools.

We have a long way to go......

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Post by imp.sport » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:38 pm

8) Awesome 8)
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Post by bazzateer » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:34 pm

Gorgeous! :)
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Post by ibbo » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:49 pm

jealous :D :D
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Post by ImpManiac » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:09 pm

A fabulous Imp! :mrgreen: Jealous doesn't come close! :lol:

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Post by ganderson888 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:34 am

I want one!

Nice plate on the Beamer as well 8)
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Post by johnh875 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:21 pm

Looks excellent so far, thanks very much for sharing the pictures. What a fantastic project for you with the family connection.

Does this car replicate a particular year racing car? I am not that familiar with that period of BSCC racing but I understand the cars & regs were evolving significantl during the 1970's - was there much change over the period your grandfather raced the Imps?

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Post by bazzateer » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:32 am

johnh875 wrote:Looks excellent so far, thanks very much for sharing the pictures. What a fantastic project for you with the family connection.

Does this car replicate a particular year racing car? I am not that familiar with that period of BSCC racing but I understand the cars & regs were evolving significantl during the 1970's - was there much change over the period your grandfather raced the Imps?

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According to MM Jones' book on the subject while the spec would change from race to race (suspension etc) all three championships were won using the same shell, no chance of that happening these days.
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Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:54 am

Hi John

From a visual point we are using the 1972 car with the fibre glass arches etc as our base car. We are trying to combine the best bits of all the cars. This is what we are aiming for:
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To allow it to be raced today, all the safety equipment needs to be modern which doesnt really fit in with the 70's spec. The supsension is the same as the 70's spec other than the shocks which are double adjustable racing units front and rear.

The front brakes are the Viva disks and Girling callipers with the standard drums to the rear.

I will try and post some more picutres as work proceeds (Slowly!!!)

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Post by bazzateer » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:04 pm

That ^^^ is a thing of loveliness :)
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Post by Andy Hillman » Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:53 pm

Stunning! i am sure Goodwood would welcome you with open arms! sorry not got back to you my phone broke and hence lost all my numbers.
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Post by johnh875 » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:30 am

Thanks for the replies Baz & Jonathon, also I agree with Andy!
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:40 pm

Just thought I would add a few more pictures of the car with the new wheels. The tyres need to be sorted as they are too high a profile.
We have also just started the 998cc engine...looking for a JK gearbox.

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Post by ImpManiac » Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:34 pm

Ooooooooooooooooof! :mrgreen:

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Post by GURNSIMPS » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:58 am

:o Oh My God!!!! How have I missed this??? That is truly stunning!! what width are the back wheels?
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Post by bazzateer » Sun Oct 25, 2009 11:34 am

Damn that looks so good! I'm only sorry my Dad wasn't a racing nut when I was a nipper. He could have taken me to the Saloon car races when I was 4,5 and 6 so I could watch Bill McGovern pilot your Grandfather's car to those championships.

It will be at the National next year won't it?
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Post by Turboimp » Sun Oct 25, 2009 12:46 pm

Fantastic , all Imps should have had those wheels and arches as standard :-)

where did you get your wheels ? I am looking for some 5 1/2 x 13 or 6 x 13 for the front ..
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Post by ibbo » Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:14 pm

i was lucky enough to see both the bevan imps and fraser imps at brands hatch showing my age now :lol:
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:50 pm

Dear All,

Thanks for your comments.

To answer a few questions the fronts are 7" and the rears are 9". The final Bevan IMP actually run with 8" fronts and 10" rears although this was on much lower profile tyres.

The wheels were special order from compomotive. The fronts on the car are actually minilite although they are the wrong offset and will not be used. They are matt black with diamond cut rims. Minilite do not make different offsets so I have gone down the compomotive route.

I have just managed to get the 9" rears on although I will be changing the tyres for slightly lower profile. I have about 10mm clearance to the rear of the wheel to the wishbone.

I was kindly asked by the IMP club to show the car at the NEC this year, although as you can see we have a long way to go.

bazzateer....... As i was only born in 1970 I missed the boat as well, we have a lot to live upto with this car. We will be trying to get it to next years national, but as it cant be driven on the road it could end up an expensive day out !!!!!!

Thanks for the interest.

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Post by knutspeed » Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:54 pm

It looks incredible Jonathan! Post some more pics please so we can copy :)
I'm also sure Senior will be in touch with regards to the wheels, as the nearest thing we found was Superlite split rims.
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Post by bazzateer » Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:58 pm

Bevan IMP wrote:bazzateer....... As i was only born in 1970 I missed the boat as well, we have a lot to live upto with this car. We will be trying to get it to next years national, but as it cant be driven on the road it could end up an expensive day out !!!!!!
Jonathan,

A full set of working lights and a 'proper' hand-brake, what else would it need to make it road legal? ;)
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:12 pm

800IB springs with double adjustable shocks are not a great ride......No silencer....ear plugs etc etc.

I cant stand driving on the road on a good day......

Actually it will go through an MOT easily, lights etc will all be working. The slicks may be a problem


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Post by bazzateer » Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:25 pm

Just fit what's necessary for the road trips then return it to race spec for the races. Don't be a wuss! ;) :lol: :lol:
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:41 pm

I am not even going to race it......
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Post by bazzateer » Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:16 pm

Demo laps?
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:50 pm

demo laps are on .........Goodwood festival of speed is our target.

Need an invite from Lord March.

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Post by bazzateer » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:14 pm

I'm sure if you were to write to him expalaining everthing he'd agree. You could even see if Bill McGovern wants a drive? :)
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Post by johnh875 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:30 am

Looks even better now Jonathon! Surely it would be a monty for something like the Festival of Speed especially with 2010 being the anniversary of the first championship - what a shame I went this year...

Re getting it to events, what sort of race transportation did the team use in period? I think I remember seeing open trailers (& probably single axle) in the background of some pictures you have previously posted? Something similar would be ideal. One of the local Imp historic racers has a very neat setup, he uses a couple of hooks with turnbuckles to secure the rear of the car to the trailer. He winches it 95% on, hooks on the rear chassis legs (turnbuckles adjustment never need altered) then winches the final few inches and secures the front - very slick operation.
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Post by long_gone_John » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:25 am

... very smart wheels, on the IMP
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... I snagged these for my Savvy (6x14) = £50 the four!
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Post by SimonBenoy » Mon Oct 26, 2009 10:09 pm

Possible problem with Goodwood is that it is strictly pre '66 - but I have a cunning plan....

More later if it happens.

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Post by johnh875 » Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:02 pm

That is the Revival, still leaves the Festival of Speed - although getting on a proper track would be much better!
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Post by Bevan IMP » Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:43 pm

We were aware that by putting the arches on it would restrict what we could do with the car.

When we delivered the car to the body shop we considered not putting the arches on.

However the car is being built more for demo/ show purposes, we could however build another shell and swop all the bits around !!!!!

As soon as the car is complete I will be writing to Lord March to see if we can get invited to the Goodwood Hill Climb event, We will obviously ask Bill to drive it if we get the entry.

However...........This car is a money pit, we possibly would be looking for 2011 based on our current spend rate.

My dad sat in the car for the first time yesterday, as the first driver of the Bevan IMP his comment was "its bl***y horrible"

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Post by Bevan IMP » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:39 pm

Got my fuel tank today, i thought I would share it with you all.....
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Post by Pobsport » Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:53 pm

Nice looking tank. Were was that from if you dont mind me asking. Like how the reservoirs are mounted on it.
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Post by Bevan IMP » Thu Oct 29, 2009 1:31 pm

We use a company in Gravesend called Brise Fabrications.

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Post by Pobsport » Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:31 pm

Looks good, just like the idea for mounting the reservoirs. May have to invest in something like this in the distant future
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Post by Basildon310 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:24 pm

Pobsport wrote:Looks good, just like the idea for mounting the reservoirs. May have to invest in something like this in the distant future
Rally Design do all the bits you need for reservoirs and mountings like this! :wink:

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Post by Greetham » Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:34 pm

car looks very nice lots of hard work gone in to that and pennys can i ask why no fuel sender in the tank? looks a bit like my tanks all the best paul :)
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:43 pm

No need for a fuel sender in a race car, a measuring stick is used through the the screw cap before it is raced.

The original cars always had tanks which were ally copies of the steel tanks, the tank is foam filled and baffled.
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:56 pm

Correct front wheels now fitted....
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