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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by benwick3 » Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:32 pm

Formula Renault Slicks - I didn't think they'd been around that long!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Bevan IMP » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:25 pm

I am not using a brand new set of slicks to build up a car !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Post by Meltdown » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:10 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.
I believe the works rally cars had a wooden dipstick for this purpose on the 10 gallon tanks.
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Post by Lars Hagermark » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:53 pm

Meltdown wrote:I believe the works rally cars had a wooden dipstick for this purpose on the 10 gallon tanks.
IIRC, with clips welded/soldered on - to hold the dipstick. :)
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Post by Pobsport » Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:41 pm

Basildon310 wrote:
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 maguire imp » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:06 pm

Hi johnathon

That is a beautiful car that you are building you are taking your time and putting in the special effort to make it what i believe were the best and fastest steel steel imps ever built,it is a very nice tribute to your late grandfather who was the most sucessful imp engine builder ever,i would like to see the car in due course in the mean time i wish you the best of luck with your lovely Bevan imp


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Post by beach » Thu Nov 05, 2009 1:21 pm

Hi
Could you explain how you fitted the arches, for example how much of the original arches you had to remove.
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Post by Bevan IMP » Thu Nov 05, 2009 6:22 pm

The arches were purchased from Malcom Anderson, they needed to be re-worked completely and the main lips rebuilt.
Each arch was trial fitted without cutting and then marked accordingly. The inner and outer arches are then separated cut back and then re-welded together.
The arches were bonded on using a filler type glue, then fibreglassed and filled.

To answer your question it is around an 1"1/2 although this still may not be enough. We will only really Know when we run the car!!!!!

We also filled each arch with foam to bond the entire arch to the wings.

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Post by beach » Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:24 pm

Hi Jonathan
Thanks for the information
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Post by Bevan IMP » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:13 am

Hi All

I just thought I would update you all in what is happening on the car .
At the momement the car is back in my garage up on axle stands with the complete front suspension now of the car. The front springs are too long and need changing for a 6" length spring at 350IB. I also noticed that the bottom joint of the shock was actually hitting the bolt which goes through the suspension arm so i radiused the bolt to give the small clearance needed.
The shocks have been a massive problem which has largely been caused by me insisting on trying to use a sperical joint setup. We are using double adjustable steel shocks front and rear. The rears are about to go back to spax as I need them changed again as they are now going to be run upside down to ensure the bodies do not hit the drive shafts.
I had my first IMP club member visit from Colin (Heaps_UK) who stayed and had a good look over the car. Our conversation ended in me arranging for his son to work with a friend who restores E-types.
We have secured a basic 998cc engine which at present is sitting in bits in my garage. The head is going to be done by my dad (Peter Bevan). It will be the first Bevan head for over 30 years, he is currently trying to remember what he used to do!!!!!!!!
I attended the IMP club stand at the NEC Classic car show and met a few members. I have to say what a nice group of people you all are. It is nice to meet people who are genuinely interested in the Bevan IMP.

The building of the car is now really down to funds.......We have finally secured an investment from my mum who hates racing and is not a great fan of the "Bevan IMP".

The plan is to have the rolling chasis completely ready for around March/April leaving us just the engine and gearbox to install.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

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Re: Bevan IMP

Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:37 am

Wow................!! :o

Hi Jonathon, fantastic work and really nice to see the progress.

I know what you're going through having been there myself a couple of years ago!

http://www.theimpclub.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=5600

Unfortunately had to sell mine due to ill health but now all sorted and just about to start another Imp project once I've finished the current build (see below) hopefully in the spring.

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Imp will be race orientated along the lines of my last one.

Keep up the great work

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Post by Meltdown » Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:47 pm

finished the current build (see below)
That yellow beastie looks fun! What is it?
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Post by Richard Claydon » Mon Dec 28, 2009 3:09 pm

It's the latest offering from Jeremy Phillips at Sylva - it's called a J15. And it's rear engined!!
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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Dec 28, 2009 9:12 pm

Awesome! :D Fabulous to hear of the progress! I too would love to have a look over your car some day. And yours, Rich!

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Post by IMPerative » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:51 am

:mrgreen:
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Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:12 pm

I found these the other day, I have loads of picutres but no time to put them on the site.........
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Post by Richard Claydon » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:15 pm

bl***y superb!! Keep them coming.

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Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:05 pm

A few years ago the Autosport did a run down of the top 50 racing cars of all time. The IMP was number 30 with number 29 being a williams F1 car.

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Post by Bevan IMP » Fri Jan 01, 2010 10:10 pm

This is the picture of Les Nash pushing Bill. Les is driving the 72 Championship car, which was probably the ultimate GP 2 Bevan IMP.


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Post by AlanB » Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:39 am

Awesome pics!! 8)
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:27 am

850cc special saloon
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:29 am

Ford/IMP Special Saloon.........

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Post by maguire imp » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:00 pm

Absolutely stunning this is lovely to see all the beautiful pictures of the bevan imps its wonderful what can be achived by working hard and being skilled,well done thankyou for posting



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Post by colin rooney » Sat Jan 02, 2010 7:21 pm

Yes i have to agree with keith cracking pictures, but the question i would like to know is where did the bevan imps end up ,they must be out there somewhere

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:32 pm

^^^ From the shadows of 35+ years old memories I recall one was sold to Japan and an other one was written off in a spectacular crash. Think it was Bill McGovern driving it and lucky to escape pretty much physically unhurt. However IIRC, I've heard that he was very close to quit racing after that as he felt he had used up all luck assigned to his entire lifetime.
I'm sure Jonathan and others can correct me if my memory has played up.
Agree with Colin - would be nice to know what happened to the other cars. By the way, how many cars were built?
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Post by Meltdown » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:37 pm

I asked the same question a while ago. Apparently one went to Holland. No word about it since...
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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:43 pm

Cracking pictures , just wish id been able to see them " in action " , any video stuff about
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Post by bazzateer » Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:54 pm

According to the book my MMJ I'm sure they used the same car for the 3 championships which is the one in the pic above. Not sure but presumably this would be the one sold to Japan as Bill is driving the 'new' Bevan Imp in the pic - presumably the one that crashed?
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Post by Richard Claydon » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:06 pm

Apparently - I was only about 6, I saw the Bevan Imp race at 'The Palace'!! We lived in Dulwich and was only a bus ride from Crystal Palace. Big brother used to race Sidecars and he often took me racing with him as well as going to see other motorsport. (Explains a lot now heh Baz?)

The original club racer was written off at the Palace being driven by Bill which led to the build of the famous dark blue car which then competed in the National Championships. As Baz says apparently one of the cars was sold (to Belgium/Holland I think).

If you've not got a copy of MMJ's great book beg borrow or steal one - or even get in touch with him and buy one of the last copies!! Loads of great Bevan Imp stuff in there.

I've also got an original copy of Motor from Feb 6th 1971 which also has a great write up on the car.

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Post by Lars Hagermark » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:14 am

From photos, posts and memory:
- One 850cc special saloon. I call it A
- Two GP2 998cc Imps (I assume) - one single headlight and one double headlights (Les Nash pushing Bill). I call them B & C
- A photo sent to me from George Bevan in the early 70's shows a single headlight car. Appears to be the same car as pictured on the "Great cars" poster. I call it D
If the Les Nash car is the single headlight car with a respray then cars C and D are the same car.
So far we have A, B, C and perhaps D, depending on whether C and D are the same car or not. Equals 3 or 4 Bevan Imps.
However, Jonathan has posted a couple of pics showing TWO blue single headlight Imps with big arches (side by side), one of them may be car C or D but the other one must be car D or E, depending on whether C and D are the same car or not.
There is also one single headlight Imp with smaller arches, so... unless one of C, D or E has had new arches this would be car E or F, again depending on whether C and D are the same car or not.
So now we have A, B, C, D and perhaps E and F.
Becoming quite intricate, isn't it?
Now we're up to 4, 5 or 6 Bevan Imps.
- From memory I also recall a Bevan GP5 (Special saloon?) Imp with Triumph (Herald? Vitesse? Spitfire?) double wishbone front suspension. IIRC the suspension mod didn't improve things. Handling or lap times were much the same as with original Imp front suspension.
Takes the tally up to 5, 6 or 7 Imp engined Bevan Imps.
The cars above all had the "normal" saloon bodies.
- However, Jonathan has posted a pic showing a coupé bodied, Ford engined Bevan Imp. Was that the only one?
6, 7 or 8 Bevan Imps in all.
Ok, it's in the middle of the night and I might have lost myself. :?
So, what do you think? I.e. about the numbers. :roll: :wink:
Still, the question is: What happened to the Bevan Imps?
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:56 am

I think this may clear up the car being destroyed at Crystal Palace in Aug 1969.

Before..........

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Lap Times......

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After.........

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I just noticed that a car was destroyed at Thruxton in 73, I think this was the twin headlight car.

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Post by impmann » Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:04 am

Years ago, I went to see an ex racing Imp in Dorset. It had been rolled whilst Sprinting/Hillclimbing and the shell was totalled. However, it was dark blue and I'm almost sure it had a sunstrip similar to the Bevan cars ran. I was rather excited about this at the time and hatched all manner of plans about the car.

But now with the benefit of hindsight - it probably wasn't one of the Bevan cars and even if it was, the chances of it still being on that farm are slim...

Jonathan, do you know if any got sold off to go sprinting/hillclimbing in the SW? If so, I feel a roadtrip coming on... :lol:
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Post by Keith 'Supaimpy' Laming » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:21 pm

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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:25 pm

Impmann.....

I think the days of finding a Bevan Imp are long gone..........Someone will probably say they have found one in the future.
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Post by maguire imp » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:29 pm

Perhaps but you can recreate a new one,there is no one that is better placed to produce it than you :wink:

i would sponser your first race as well
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Post by Bevan IMP » Sun Jan 03, 2010 7:32 pm

I think that was the point of my original posting. I seemed to have gone off track some what !!!!

We may need a sponsor if we get an entry into the Goodwood Festival of Speed !!!!!!!

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Post by ImpManiac » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:25 pm

There is a fresh Bevan car being built up. It is a thing of immense loveliness, in my view! :D It is what my own "racer" wants to be when (if?? :? ) it grows up. :wink:

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Post by Bevan IMP » Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:51 pm

My post appears to have been moved into the Readers wife (Cars) section of the forum.

Do you all throw your keys in the pot in the section, or is it a better class of person who posts here.

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Post by J-IMP » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:09 pm

I love looking at period photos of the imp :D
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