Impulse '09 appreciation thread

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Impulse '09 appreciation thread

Post by ImpManiac » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:28 am

What a brilliant event Impulse '09 was! :D :D

It was wonderful to put some more faces to names and to renew friendships too. The facilities were well thought out, the catering also very good (even for veggies! :o ) and the overall organisation was very slick. Put it this way, things just 'appeared' to happen over the long weekend and it takes a lot of planning and team working to achieve that. So a massive and heartfelt well done and thank you to the organisers and all involved in running the event! :D

The spirit of friendship and cameraderie within our Club really helps to create a fabulous atmosphere at our national gatherings. Naomi and I had not been at the show for half an hour and we had already received various forms of assistance from three separate people with a slightly recalcitrant (but ever-improving :) ) Chamois and torrential rain whilst we put our tent up!

It was all over much too quickly, though. Naomi, who is not a car enthusiast like I am, even quite fancied staying over another night, which is a credit to the great time we both had.

Roll on Impulse '10... :wink:

(Photos later, although I didn't take many...)

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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:57 am

Absolutely cracking event , as IM has said a heartfelt thanks to all involved :D , I didnt get to speak or meet everyone I wanted too so if I didnt im sorry :oops: , soooooooo little time , too much jumble to scavenge through , great to meet some old friends again and meet some new ones :D , Especially great to finally meet Mr Tiki whos car is a true work of art ,

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Post by colin rooney » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:59 am

Excellent weekend thanks to all involved ,without people putting the effort in we would have no national .I would also like to thank everyone who voted for my car as its a privilege to have won the Bob Saward Award which i will treasure



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Post by Grahame59 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:24 pm

Thanks Graham and all your team for a superb event. Superb. The time simply whizzed by.

And, as always, letters and pics for Impressions will be much appreciated.
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Post by impmann » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:45 pm

Fabulous.

Great to catch up with so many old friends and to meet some folks for the first time.

As some of you may know, I put my back out massively and nearly destroyed Malcolm's stall when I collapsed in there, so huge thanks to the Andersons for their help and Ibruprofen. Massive thanks to Annie Lane for the loan of the back support (kept me upright for the weekend!). And thankyou all for your support and well-wishes throughout the weekend.

Thanks to Pete and Eric - yes, I'm keeping the Clan. I have to now... I'm the new Editor of the Clan Club Mag, it would look a bit off if I sold the car!! Thanks to the Clan Club for their assistance in trying to work out what the **** is the matter with my front suspension (I do hope someone got a piccie of John and Pete jumping up and down on the front of the car in the name of science!).

Big thanks to Graham and the rest of the organising team for a superb event - the only bad part of the weekend was going home.

Bring on Bridgewater... I can't wait for the masked ball :wink:
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Post by Prometheus » Mon Aug 10, 2009 1:23 pm

Absolutely bl**dy marvelous. I had a really great time. A big thanks to all the organising team for some superb organisational skills making the whole event seem so effortlessly smooth. Also an equally big thank you to all the less visible folks who made it all happen behind the scenes. The atmosphere was really chilled and very friendly and even the weather was fantastic, all the more impressive as I am looking out the window at the rain falling right now :roll: . Got a few bargains on the autojumble which is always nice, so a few more i m p rovements to be made before next year. On that score it's the closest national yet as Bridgewater is only 10 or so miles away from me. I have offered my services to Pete as although we don't have an area centre for Somerset any more it's as near as it'll ever be 8) .

Final thought....... I think that Malcolm and Grahame missed their calling. They both looked far too comfortable in those uniforms on Saturday night :lol:

Big thanks again to all concerned. Until next year then :D :D :D

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Post by onomatopoeia » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:06 pm

Big thank you from me as well, was great to catch up with a lot of people I haven't seen for ages and to meet some new Imp enthusiasts. Plus the opportunity to poke around underneath Ian Moss' trials car on a dry, non-muddy, level surface and steal some ideas was not to be missed :lol:

Looking forward to Bridgewater, hopefully in the Singer this time instead of a camper van full of Imp parts to sell.
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Post by ChrisBenoy » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:48 pm

I had a great weekend, would also like to add my appreciation for all of the organising team, everything seemed smooth and well organised. The venue was good with the rugby club staff really doing an excellent job of serving food and drink. As my first national with a car I had a fun time on all the runs and it was brilliant to meet so many of you lot, is always nice to catch up with people that you know and to meet new ones. There is a lot of experience in the club and its nice to learn from it.

Was great to see so many imps out on display on Sunday, more cars every year and they seem to be getting better and better in terms of condition. I spent a fair deal of time poking around engine bays getting ideas for things to do.

Looking forward to next years national. I'm starting to get Imp-lust again. :lol:
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Post by GURNSIMPS » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:14 pm

What a cracking Weekend!!Many many thanks from me Tina and special thanks from Adam to all the people that made His Birthday Special,what a great lot you are!!
Thanks to all the Organising Team for all the hard work and the thought that went into the event, It was great to see all the Young Children with huge smiles on thier faces with all the activities especially for them.
The Band were awesome and so was Jimmy Cramptons piano playing in the bar on Sunday Morning!
Nice to put faces to Names as Chris d said and to meet up with old Friends again.
Roll on Bridgwater 2010 but don't forget Wicked Welsh in September!!!! :wink:
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Post by Gerry Richards » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:14 pm

Let me add our thanks to Graham and the whole team for a superb event. Excellent service from the chipper Abbey RFC staff, cracking band thanks to Jim and his crew, plenty to keep the kids happy, great to meet friends old and new, fantastic camping weather and even a shower on the night before we arrived to help the tent pegs go in! Harvey (5) is refusing to go to sleep and asking me if I can somehow make next year's event arrive sooner!

Thanks again, Gerry and family.
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Post by ImpJimbo » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:07 pm

Fantastic weekend, well done to Graham and team.
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Post by JamesImp » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:34 pm

Im too tired too type a long message. The weekend was fantastic. The only downside was my damn tent on thurday night. Sleeping in the rain isnt nice. But loved the rest of it Thanks too all involved. It was great too meet those i met. IM, noddy, long gone, robin. Hope too see y'all soon.
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Post by Hugh L » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:43 pm

What a fantastic weekend! Many thanks to the organisers. It was well worth the 16 hour round trip! I'm just sorry I had to leave so early on Sunday afternoon but I wanted to see the kids before they went to bed!!

Highlights for me were travelling down in convoy from Scotland with Gerry M, Jimmy's band, meeting up with old friends, the Impwerks van and picking off Mini's on the M6 on the way home to name but a few!

The only negative is that I can't watch Baywatch anymore without wanting to hurl.

I can't wait for next year.

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Post by 617sqn » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:30 am

I'd like to add my thanks too, to the organising team who should be very, very proud of their event. With the few minor problems being dealt with so swiftly, they all deserve a standing ovation. The weather booking was superb, so a round of applause for whoever was in charge of that section. Despite all of my own kids now being (in loose terms) "grown-up", the activities that were laid on for the kiddies was also inspired, the loo's were dealt with in reasonable time, and the on-site catering wasn't too "school dinners" either. As for :
The only negative is that I can't watch Baywatch anymore without wanting to hurl
, just think yourself lucky that you weren't as close to those two as the rest of the Sussex AC contingent. For those not in the know, the one with the loose tobacco down below is our Area Centre Organiser :oops:

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Post by james » Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:46 am

Although I was only there for a few hours on Sunday, it was an excellent event - smoothly run and relaxed - well done to the organisers. There were many fantastic cars, and the sheer number of them was amazing - thanks to everyone for turning out.

Looking forward to next year, now.
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Post by Gerry M » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:44 pm

Once again a cracking weekend, great to catch up with new and old friends, the standard of the cars amazes every year. Once again I scooped the furthest travelled, I can see that trophy being named after me if i keep getting it! Car ran faultlessly all weekend and got home in just under 12 hrs without a drop of water used for a change. Passed a few imps and lots of mini's heading north of the border. Even got filmed on the M6 on the way down by franka well I think it was her!
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Post by rootes » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:50 pm

i only cycled across on the Sunday for a few hours, but looked a great event with a good turn out..

though was a little concerned that Mr Andersons police uniform trousers were held on with velcro and would be whipped off during the prize giving.. thankfully they were not :lol:
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Post by angela » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:01 pm

What a great weekend! Am now absolutely shattered (don't know how imp-ressed they were at work this morning) but it was so worth it to see everyone. Well done everyone involved, it was brilliant.
Apparently Sunstrip Steve sparked a flurry of Imp-related calls to Radio 2 last night, people at work were giving me funny looks this morning about some of the comments!
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Post by accyimp » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:33 pm

Having only joined the club recently after getting an imp (well 2 if you count the chammy) this was our first visit to an event. It was very well organised and everyone that we met was extremely friendly, helpful,knowledgeable and the list goes on! We both had a fantastic time, shame it was only for the day and sorry to miss Jimmies band (try to see you in Darwen Jimmy).Thanks to all involved, I definitely made the right choice - imp over mk1 escort! Andy&Pam.
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Post by steve g » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:59 pm

well done to all that helped to make this event a success. i've been a member of various car clubs in the past and this was my first national, i couldn't believe how friendly everyone was, it was a very relaxing weekend.
i came with a friend that said he wanted to come but changed his mind when he got there so we left 10am sunday morning missing the judging. next year i'll be there with the centaur from thursday to sunday evening for sure
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Post by impman1965 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:49 am

Well what a great event, well done graham and team, me and traco arrived thurs dinner in lovely sunshine only for it to dissappear several minutes later :x but trailer tents were up and we were dry unlike some others i heard, the food was spot on and good value, and the bar-b-q was a good seller by the look of it, good to catch up with people i havnt seen for a year, my highlight was really me and graham traxson talking to Richard burns father and manager in the pub fri night, top blokes, the funniest was gurns being hungover sun morn, i didnt laugh really neil, downside tho was unpacking the car sun night and finding a ants nest had moved in and they were everywhere :shock: roll on imp 10, details anywhere yet?
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Post by ganderson888 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:06 am

angela wrote:I forgot to put it in the 2013 golden jubilee suggestion box, but we could ask Duke of Edinburgh if he wants to come seeing as he opened Linwood - that way we can put his rejection letter in the raffle!
As the Duke drove the first car of the Linwood Production line it would be good if he we could get him along to drive another one. He was born on 10 June 1921 so he'll be just 5 weeks short of his 92nd Birthday on the actual anniversary and it'll be a brave soul who let's him loose in their car if they've seen him driving his horse and carriages. :lol:
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Post by celyn » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:12 am

Ditto what everyone else has said.

Well done and congratulations, Graham - a difficult job extremely well done.

(And if anyone really wants to know why Graham's velcroed trousers weren't pulled off during prizegiving... it's because the troublemakers - e.g. me - didn't know they were pull-off-able :o
Which was probably just as well. :lol:
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Post by ganderson888 » Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:21 am

celyn wrote:...if anyone really wants to know why Graham's velcroed trousers weren't pulled off during prizegiving... it's because the troublemakers - e.g. me - didn't know they were pull-off-able :o
Which was probably just as well. :lol:
Phew! :lol: :lol:
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Post by 617sqn » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:45 pm

You really have no idea just how closely you resemble your avatar, Graham :lol:

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Post by aled » Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:57 pm

i will second everything - everyone else said :D :D :D
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Post by Impduivel » Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:32 pm

As most the above is allready said, top job on organising the event.
Did not have the chance to speak to everyone, but saw most of them.
But have to say food wise this was well organised did not leave the campsite :arrow:
only for going onto the runs.
So well done to all organiser of Impulse09.

Tip for 2013, like to see an Trackday organized something similar like Knockhill ???? :twisted:

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Post by Colin Foster (heaps) » Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:35 pm

me and stu would be up for a track day and by then stu should have his 998 up and in the car and hopefully running
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Post by apeximp » Sat Aug 15, 2009 9:45 pm

this is just a small note to say a BIG thanks to everybody who kindly voted for my fraser imp replica at the national this year. I was so thrilled to hear it won its class as best competion car ! (once it starts getting used it might not be nice enough to win it again !) its just a pity i was away with work training in germany about mercedes benz cars !. Ron tells me the event was a great testomany to all the great cars that keep coming back year after year ! Thanks again and good luck to you all. And buy the way i have booked my next years week off all ready ! Jim
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Post by abth » Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:56 pm

After some additional days spent in Kent we safely returned to Holland.

A big thanks for organising a great National.
It was very nice to meet so many nice people, talk about Imp's and spent a lot of time looking for parts!

For Annette and me it was a kind of experiment pulling the Puck behind our Imp with 998, big valve head, twin Dellorto's and R21 cam.
I must say it behaved beautifully, allthough getting started took some doing (poor clutch!).

Thanks again everybody and see you next time around (Beaulieu here we come)!
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Post by colin rooney » Thu Aug 20, 2009 8:03 pm

Nice 1 Jaap glad you got home ok, i will keep my eyes open for you at beaulieu i will be there on the sunday


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Post by johnh875 » Fri Aug 21, 2009 7:15 am

I'd also like to add my thanks to Graham and the team for a great event, I really enjoyed it and the thorough preparation showed. Extra thanks to Graham for his help when I was trying to organise things from a distance. The only bad part was I didn't get to chat to lots of you, and also missed the party on Sat night - perhaps next time (not 2010 but ???)

Thanks also for the award! It survived the trip home safely.

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