Quite a few of these Impers are also on the discussion e-mail list Imps@ONElist.com
To be listed on this page send your entry to me
in alphabetical order:
Robert Allan is Archivist and Spares Co-ordinator to The Imp Club. Plus he holds the Caledonian Imp Register and also is the Scorpion Registrar. Area Centre organiser for Warrington. Meetings every 2nd Wednesday near Risley. Though he has little time to spare from work and whatnot he is "happy to receive enquiries about parts/technical matters via e-mail".
Kenneth Barlow (Hamilton, New Zealand). Into Imps since 1996. At the moment he owns a '69 Husky, a '67 Hillman Californian and 6 Imps: 2x '69 Sunbeam Imps, 3x '67 Super Imps, 1x very late model Imp. Only one on the road at anyone time. The Californian and Husky are awaiting restoration and the others are just sitting, either as parts cars or sale cars. I am always looking to meet or hear from any Impers anywhere.
Home page. [1-Nov-98]
Nick & Tracy Barron "I own a 1968 Stiletto. It was purchased in 1996. Since then it has had a total engine re-build (930 cc), twin Stromberg 1.50s, front radiator (Ford Fiesta) and Imp Sport exhaust and manifold (to replace a noisy big bore Zanspeed). It also features lowered suspension and alloy wheels.
The car is intended for use in Historic Rallies. It reliably does about a hundred miles a week taking my wife to and from work."
Greg Barton (Nuneaton) "I have owned a '72 Imp Super, HNN597K, for years now. It is nearly ready to be put back into regular use, with a 930cc R17 engine.
Just trying to trace a pair of Caledonian door mirrors or any others that will fit the mounting holes if anyone can help..." [26-Feb-2002]
Brian Baylis (Auckland, New Zealand) "I own three Imps. A 1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport that I bought new in England, a 1964 MkI that is the oldest road going Imp in the country, and a 1965 Chamois in part restored condition. Have been a member of the Imps Club since 1987 and also the Sunbeam Car Club of NZ." [10-Jan-2002]
Simon Benoy (Stevenage ACO) "I have a Golden Bronze 1968 Stiletto, restored to
original specification from 1989-94. I use it for club events and shows as well the 1998 Speed championship. My wife Karen uses daily a 1969 Chamois with a 930 engine to sport spec. I am close to completing the reassembly of my Ginetta G15 and have a number of other cars (all Imp related) awaiting restoration." (Mar. 1999)
Imp Club Librarian with Roger Swift.
Jonathan Bevan "My grandfather was George Bevan. I have always been very proud of his achievements and would like to receive any photos etc people may have of the cars in the 1970's. The only part we can still find of the original championship car is the steering wheel. Does any one know where the cars went?" [11-Feb-2002]
Bob Blackman (Boogie Wundaland, nr Liskeard, Cornwall). I have been into Imps since 1981. I still own my first car although its still in pieces, but also have a Siva Llama (the only one on the road as far as I know) an Imp powered Bond Ranger van three wheeler and an unfinished project a mate of mine gave me which is an Alfasud powered Imp.
Chantal Bowman, proud owner of a Hillman Imp Deluxe Mark II since 1987, on passing her driving test.
"The car, KYR 603K, is french blue, and typically scruffy having been a student mobile in London for six years at least. Now, after a new engine and a bit of welding it's ready to be restored to its former glory. Maybe we'll see you if you're ever in the East End!"
Imp Club member since 1995
Martin Bristow (Exeter, England) "I currently own 5 Imps! My main project is to create a Group 6 Works Rally Car replica. I have most of the bits I need but any extra help/advice/parts/photos etc. would be very welcome. My everyday Imp is cheap and reliable. Others are a road rally 1966 Mk2 and a 1973 Super. Also, I have quite a large stock of spares, both standard and competition, all of which isn't really for sale but if it helps someone out then thats a different matter! Apart from that I can offer help and advice on most aspects of Imps and have machine shop facilities."
Andrew McLean Bryson (Andy). "My car is in semi retirement for the moment but I may enter it in Targa 97.
I hope to make it back this year for the National Day."
Address: Building 108N Cilandak Commercial Estate, Jalan Cilandak KKO, JAKARTA 12075, INDONESIA. Tel. Home 750 5431, Office 780 1102
Carsten Bussmann (Rosdorf, near Hanover, Germany). He is restoring a Centaur (75-5 chassis reg.). 3 Jan. 1998: "I got the engine in the car- and it's running now ! It seems to behave very aggressive in it's momentary configuration (tuning 4-way-inlet, double weber, sport exhaust, all mounted on a sport engine with larger valves, and an oil cooler)."
William Cardno (Bill) has owned a 1966 Super Imp since 1981. Imp Club member
Mark Chater (Bristol area) owns a Singer Chamois for Trials and a Mk7 Davrian for Sprints and Hillclimbs
His web site (24-Oct-99)
Nicholas Cleak (Chepstow, Gwent, Wales)
"1967 Sunbeam Imp Sport, bought 1972, driven 40 miles a day from then to date ! It has covered 230,000 miles now. Turbocharged in 1982, various fuel systems tried, now on fully programmable electronic fuel injection and ignition. I am a Volvo technician and these and Imps are the only cars these days which I have interest in.
Clan Crusader: acquired in 1987, rebuilt then and travelled 65000 miles since ... 998cc ... 90 Bhp. Transport alternates between these two cars." The Clan is the 9th made.
Short article in Impressions Apr/May 1986
Bert Clewits (Groesbeek, The Netherlands) is the proud owner of a whole flock of Imps: a 1966 Maroon Chamois Mk II, a 1970 Tangerine metallic Chamois and two 1970 Stilettos. Web site
Imp Club member, overseas contact for Holland.
John Clothier purchased in July 1997 a 1968 "tasty little Sunbeam Imp Sport [...] in very good condition, almost original"
"I have a 69 Imp Sport in excellent original condition with only 13000 miles on the clock - I guess that may be due to living on the Isle of Man."
Imp Club member
Alastair Cox (Wellington, New Zealand)
"I own a very original 1964 Hillman Imp. This is the second Imp I have owned, my first being a 1970 Sunbeam Imp which I sold three or four years ago. I recently sold a Triumph Stag after having deciding I wanted a hobby rather than a lifestyle so I decided I needed another Imp !! I have owned the Hillman for a few months now and am planning to slowly develop it as funds allow starting with replacing a blown head gasket. When not playing with Imps I am a Quality Manager at a Electronics manufacturing company." [e-mail address withheld]
My website. As I expand it, I should have a few stories about my Imp to tell.
John and Elizabeth Creasey (Oswaldtwistle, Lancs.). Recently joined the Imp Club - we have been 'converted' to Imps by our son, Simon, who has owned one for a few years (our daughter, Angela Phillipson, also owns one). Acquired a white 1972 Imp de-luxe, BUR 109K, summer 2000. Totally original with only 28,800 genuine miles on the clock. I prepared it to go back on the road before the Easter hols. The car is bog-standard except that I have converted it from dynamo to alternator.
E-mails from any other Impers welcomed! [5-May-2001]
Simon Creasey (Stanhill, N.E. Lans.) owns a red 1974 Hillman Imp De-luxe. He's been restoring it since February 1997. January 1998 he had the floorpan, inner sills, outer sills, kick plates, front and rear inner wheelarches, and outer rear arches replaced.
"It still needs a water pump, an engine mount, and front wings to make it back to the road. (Can anybody help with these? I'm not bothered about using secondhand spares or fibreglass wings - but everything's got to be cheap since I'm a student on a tiny budget.) I would be happy to talk to other Imp enthusiasts."
Jeff Day (Hinckley, Leicestershire), IMPtechnic Ltd.
I have been into Imps since 1983, when I restored a Stiletto for a school project. My Maroon Singer Chamois Mk1 I bought in 1985, is still in my ownership, but other Imp related work means it's not on the road at the moment. I have completed a Hillman Imp Rallye project for Practicle Classics magazine, which is on part 2 (Dec 01); developed a new disc brake conversion, using modern parts; and I'm currently repainting Graham Pearson's Imp Super.
Please feel free to contact me for any Imp based imformation.
Phil Deeming owns "a Mettalic Claret (maroon) 1970 Singer Chamois which I love to bits - every car I've ever owned has let me down - all except past and present imps!"
Anne Donnelly (near Newcastle, UK)
"I have a turquoise (Aquarius) 1975 Imp Super which I have owned for ten years. The car has recently been restored to concourse condition and has won prizes at National Weekend. I also have a Ford Anglia which is awaiting restoration"
Allan Duncan (Clayton, Victoria, Australia)
"I have owned my Imp since new."
David Edge (Bristol area, UK)
"The 69 Stiletto is now on the road (navy blue with white wheels). Anyone in the Bristol area is bound to have seen the Stiletto (or heard the Janspeed) around. Currently running a new pair of Stromberg 150ccs with a Janspeed system on the original sport engine.
Handling is superb on spax shocks, suspension lowered 0.5 inch at rear, 1.5 inches at front giving stable 100mph and possible 110mph.
Interior has benefited from fitment of household velour black carpets and use of excess vinyl roof cover on door pillars etc.
But it really needs a professional respray on the outside."
Andy Elias (Croydon, South London). "i have owned imps for five years now and at present own two. a 998 powered saloon and a caletto (half stiletto/ half californian) which i have owned for five years. Basically it is a single headlight stiletto with no vinyl roof. I also have some spares which i am willing to trade or sell to other owners. So if you see a bright red coupe or beige saloon (both very loud) give me a wave"
A picture is in Impressions of September 1993.
Tony Fontaine (Michigan, USA) acquired a '67 Sunbeam Deluxe Mk II about 6 years ago from the dry southwest part of the U.S. It had been in a field for 21 years, and only had a bit of surface rust, but no usable cloth or rubber.
Their Imp has a 998 Hartwell motor w/ R22 cam, twin DCOE's, front radiator and a license plate which reads: 'IMPSTER'. It's been converted to RHD and has a custom dash. It runs on 13" Panasport wheels and has Fiesta seats.
Summer 99 it moved under it's own power for the first time in 27 years, going to SUNI 3. It's intended to occasionally do some historic racing and compete in touring type or TSD rallies. (12 Oct. 99)
Jim Fraser (Fife, Scotland) Bond 875 registrar and 2nd in command for the Edinburgh area centre of the Imp Club. Owner of the Saltire Imp, a '68 Singer Chamois Coupe. Dubious connections with the infamous 'Impy la Minx'!!! (14 Apr. 01)
Henk Gerber (Pretoria, South Africa). "My car is a '69 Singer Chamois Coupe which I bought in 1994. It was nearly original (the drivers side window was replaced with a Perspex screen) with almost no rust. I've since redone the interior (upholstery, carpet, made a Imbuia dash panel, and fitted the gauges from a Citroen GS Club). It has been resprayed in a deep metalic blue with twin white stripes similar to a Dodge Viper GTS (get the Chrysler connection??). All work on the car was done by my wife and myself."
Eric Gillies owns a Blue 1972 Hillman Imp Super, "made in Scotland and driven in Scotland".
Amongst other Imps on his site, there's one which has its aerodynamics made visible.
Richard Green (Scotland). "I have a 1973 Imp Super. It is called Dougie, because it is small and it is from Linwood (like a guy who works here).".
"I currently own three imps: a black 1971 Super (HPJ 615K) which went with me to Spain for a year in 1997 (Impressions Aug. 98); a 1967 bronze Singer Chamois Coupé (BKF 55F), a project for 1999.
I was also sold a late imp for spares which has turned out to be a Caledonian. I only wanted the sports engine, but I could not break such a rare car. It still has the original engine and is free to anyone who will give it a home and a future."
Imp Club member (21-Oct-98)
Reijo Halonen (near Helsinki, Finland) races an Ralley Imp replica. He send me the address of a Finnish Historic Race Imp website, on which a presentation of his Hillman Imp Rallye can be found. [21-Sep-2000].
Gary Harding (Solihull, UK) is rather knowledgeable about many things concerning Imps. Most every Impressions features something informative by his hand.
Imp Club member
Stiletto owner (the same one for 14 years now); it's in daily use.
Tom Harpur (near Dublin, Ireland) drives a '72 Stiletto, bought in August 1995 (998cc, an R17 cam, a single Weber 40). It has been resprayed british racing green.
"My father owned two Imps over the last 25 years of his life and I learned to drive, propped up on cushions in his 1973 Hillman Imp Super when I was 7 or 8. I was about 8 I saw my first Stiletto and swore that I would one day own one. I finally got around to it 20 years later when I bought The Beast."
Member of imps@coollist
Ian & Mandy Harvey-Cook (near Diss on the Norfolk/Suffolk border) own a Bronze (not the original colour) 1968 Hillman Imp Californian reg. AHK 545F.
"This is our 2nd Imp and we renovated it to a reasonable standard about 4 years ago when it was rescued from a coach company yard in a 'no paint, no windows, no trim & an engine that sounded like it was full of nuts and bolts' sort of state!! It is in active service again and is probably the most reliable car we have had. It lives outside, parked on grass (no choice) and last winter saw it jump starting our 2.5 litre diesel Transit time & time again! We love it!"
Tim & Fred Haynes (Sydney, Australia)
"Dad (Fred) has owned Imps since March 1964 when he bought one new. He has owned two other road registered imps since then, the last one I learnt to drive in. I bought my first in 1992, a GT. We also have an imp 3. The GT is now under restoration. Dad has owned 8 imps so far and collected heaps of bits & pieces on the way. I'm hooked and even my wife is starting to take an interest !!! See our Imps and others on Imp Register Australia"
Member of imps@coollist
Gary Henderson (Maungaraki, Lower Hutt, NZ) owns since 1980 an Imp de Luxe built in New Zealand by Todd Motor Industries, Petone in 1964, from a CKD kit. It is coloured Capri Blue and bears the NZ registration CT475 (B411 505176). It's in daily use. [10-Feb-98]
Gillian Hill (West Sussex, UK) is the Regalia Officer for the Imp Club.
Owns MarGoWie, a 1966 Forest Green Super, tales of whom have often appeared in Impressions, and also a BS Nymph, in Anchusa Blue. Though built in about 1976, the donor car was a 65, so the Nymph has a 'C' registration and is tax exempt :-) Having been off the road following discovery of a crack in the fibreglass, got an MOT just in time to appear at the 2000 National! [11-Sep-2000]
Sandra Hill owns Noel, a 1973 Hillman Super Imp in 'Mood Indigo'. They're in Staffordshire where Sandra is now researching for a PhD. She's also in the process of starting an Area Centre there. (13-Sep-98)
Frank Hoeffner, (California, USA) owned a black 67 mk II US version. (998cc engine from Malcom Anderson with strombergs, oil cooler, alloy wheels, low profile 50 series tyres, leather upholstery, roll bars, full set of gages). He sold it autumn 2000.
Former Imp Club member (mid 80's) and proud illustrator of the car in Franka's web page.
Greg Jacobson (Redondo Beach, California, USA)
"I own a 1967 D Sports Racer which utilizes an MK1 engine, transaxle, and rear brakes.
I'm in the process of sorting out the car (19-Sep-00) which hasn't raced since 1991. I plan to upgrade the motor to a 930cc with a Sport head and race cam. The plan is to race in the numerous historic events held here on the West Coast. All advice welcome." - chassis 90% restored. [11-Nov-2001]
Anthony Jewell (Galway, Ireland)
1999: Bought Tom Harpur's Irish registered 1972 Stilleto (72D837). It is a 998, R17, single Weber 40. Great car to drive. Originally modified by Tony Hatcher. It needed a bit of work done to it and is still frilly around the edges, but one day it will a gleaming solid car again. Website [14-Jul-2001]
Kristian Jonsson (Nysäter, Sweden) has a 1973 Imp; bought: Summer 1996, imported from the UK. It has low milage and looks new.
"I am interested to get in touch with other IMP people who may have some 'go-faster-parts' that can be for sale. I have been involved with Rootes cars for a long time."
Imp Club member- Impressions 1994, March. - p. 18
Brent Kasl (USA) "I purchased a 1964 Sunbeam Imp Deluxe in 1994 after the SUNI II event in the USA. Rosemary Smith was our guest speaker and she suggested I pursue an Imp for a project. Five years later and a completely restored car is what I have to show for a lot of hard work and research since these are so rare in the states. Would be interested in any e-mail correspondence." [24 May 1999]
Will Keeble, a member of the Imp Club. I have recently been working on an Imp devoted web site
Ernst-Paul Keizer: www.keizerberg.nl/imp [8 Jan. 2004]
Colin Kirkwood (Ayr, Scotland) has a few Imps "and would enjoy the opportunity to 'talk Imps' with fellow enthusiasts." [5 Feb. 2003]
Markku Kuosmanen (near Helsinki, Finland) bought his Imp about 1994. "The car had been unused about two year until i bought it but it has all the needed parts and it was ready to race. I still own the car and I have done some improvement to engine, chassis and suspensions etc."
Danny Lee (Singapore) owns a Polar White Singer Chamois. It's in mint condition (only one there!). 5 May 1999
Mark Loosley (Cornwall, UK)
Present cars: 1976 Imp Super 1976; 1967 Commer Imp van and a Sunbeam Imp Sport, which was rallied until recently with a 1220 engine. The Sport is now a road car. Engine presently used in Clan (one of the later Clan shells made by Brian Luff). Presently building Clan Crusader for post-historic rallies. Any info and pictures/ articles on Works or period Clans sought. Glad to discuss competition cars.
has a web site that includes his Davrian and Imp pages
Darcy Maddock put quite a few Imp jpegs on his site:
Rosemary Smith. The Last Rally Imp: ALN 650H (28K). This is the car that had been built for Andrew Cowan to use on the 1969 Scottish. Andrew never got to use it. Imps at Brands Hatch (Ray Calcutt, Nick Brittan, Bill McGovern) 22K. Rallycross: Unknown Imp Calfornian driver enjoying himself. (28K). Advertisements 1967 Scottish Rally; 1967 Monte Carlo Rally; 1968 Scottish Rally; 1968 Circuit of Ireland; Sunbeam Imp Sport Ad (from 49 up to 82K). Imp Competition History (text, 16K)
Imp Club members
Russell Maddock (Brisbane, Australia), the Imp Club overseas contact for Australia and an active member of the Sunbeam Owners' Club of Queensland. Owns a 1969 Sunbeam Imp Sport amongst other assorted Peugeot/Talbot models. Check his Sunbeam Pages (11-Feb-98)
Gerry Marsden (Thurso, Scotland) "Currently restoring a Met. Bronze Stiletto which was dry stored for 13 yrs only had 23,000 on the clock but unfortunately the engine block was holed, also have a 1972 polar white Imp deluxe which used to have a Shannon engine but not now just a tuned 875. Front rad, sport head & cam, janspeed manifold & system,Nikki twin choke carb, deep pulleys, spax on front and rollcage......currently waiting on a GE2 cam ported sport head, 2 x DHLA & manifold......Keep IMPS alive & scare a few GTI's !!" (7 Sep 1999)
Mike Marsh (Brisbane, Australia).
"I have owned over twenty different Imps from 63 Mk I to 76 Chrysler Imp Sunbeam Sport ' - mostly in South Africa but four different ones in UK. Currently have a '67 Imp GT, '63 Mk I (very original) and '67 Mk II (a bit knackered but goes like the clappers) as well as a part ownership deal in a black Californian, white wheels, sport motor - still in SA. A confirmed Imp nut.
On my site there's a painting of an Imp competing in the East African Safari Rally (artist: David Shepherd)."
See also: Mike Marsh & Martin Bristow at the LeJog 2000
Roger Matthews (Ormesby St Margaret Norfolk). Owner of his Stiletto since 2 Feb 1982, when he rescued it from the scrap pile. It needed a complete rebuild then, and it needs a second restoration, now that is has seen 18 years of regular use [Aug 2000]. It has a front rad, a roll cage, montes on the front and a sport unit. At one time it also featured a rebuilt 998, R20, 1.4 in valves and 40 Dellortos. These will probably be refitted. [19 Aug. 2000]
Andrew McRae (Christchurch, NZ) "My Sunbeam is equivalent to a British Singer Chamios. There is no Imp badging on NZ Sunbeams. My four Mk2 Hillmans are all '66 & '67 models. NZ Hillmans are badged Hillman Imp Super. All my cars are virtually rust free and straight due to a mild climate. My main interests are racing engine development and classic racing. I live about 10 minutes drive from the local race track. I will be happy to send further detail on my cars, especially my race car." [10 Jun. 2002]
Michelle Meikle (Reading, England). "1966 Singer Chamois originally brown but restored and resprayed in Rootes Signal Red by myself, my husband and a friend in 1992.
Standard original mechanics. Owned since 1984."
Member of imps@coollist
Jason Miller " I have one of only a handfull of Imps in Tasmania, Australia. Restoration of this Imp GT (uniquely badged in Australia) is progressing very slowly. Original irradescent blue paint has been peeled back to metal and repairs are being made to minor dents in the body. Amazingly there is no rust in the car.
I have decided at a future date to fit a 930cc motor rather than refurbish the original to 998."
Murray Mitchell, Scottish - Dutch - Irish - American imper, is moving about, perhaps settling in Georgia this year? His virtual domain may be more stable: www.equa.us. (15-Feb-07)
Alastair Moore (Carlow, Southern Ireland) owns a 1974 Hillman Imp Super - modified, family owned since 1976 60,000miles; a 1968 Single Headlamp Sport and a 1969 Hillman Imp Van
Member of imps@coollist
Tim Morgan (Kent, UK), Spares Facilitator & Imp 'Specials' Registrar for the Imp Club. Has previously owned 57 Imps over the past 10 years, currently owns an ex-Hartwell Stiletto (PEL 923G) and a '69 Husky plus assorted wrecks. Always interested in cheap Imps for sale and looking for all things Hartwell - brochures etc.
(also see: Classic & Sportscar, feb99 or his web site)
Martyn Morgan Jones (Grosmont, Wales), former editor of Impressions. Used to do some competing in Hill Climbs and races. Currently Impless. Planning not to remain that way.
John Morken (Norway) owns a '69 Signal Red Sunbeam Imp since 1977. "When I bought it, it had 54000 km on the instrument (now 85.000). It has not been used since 1980. The engine is in good condition, and the only thing I have to do to put it back on the road again, is to renew the brakes. The car is free from rust."
Joao Gustavo Neves (Porto, Portugal) "I have a 1971 Hillman Imp Super (red with black interior). My car was assembled in Portugal (in a place called Ovar) and is currently stored and waiting for body restoration (side by side with an '70 Opel Rekord and a '61 original Sunroof Beetle). It is in good mechanical condition.
I am one of the 2 Portuguese Imp Club Members.
I wish good luck to all of you, Imp lovers around the world."
Henk Nijkamp (Oude Tonge ?, Netherlands) has been busy restoring his 1969 Sunbeam Imp for quite a while now. He still has an amount of welding to do. Member of The Imp Club. [18 Dec. 2003]
Mike Pass (Oldham, Lancs.)
"Myself and my son Austin have a red Imp which is set up for Hillclimbs and sprints (with Chesman 'wedge' head). We are in the process of building a full spec 998cc motor to up the performance (currently 915cc) The new motor fitted soon so that we can be involved in the Imp sprint challenge in '97. I used to help to run one the first davrians back in the 70's with Ron Kirkman. We won two modsports titles and raced with Bob Jarvis and Kenny Allen etc.
The Davrian still exists in storage with original 1,150 Carter built engine. Hope to meet all Impers at the sprint venues this year. 1997 should be a bumper year for Imps - about time too."
Angela Phillipson "I have a black Imp Deluxe (1975) with a sporty engine and exhaust - although
I have yet to really open it up as I have had to replace the radiator and
various transmission components, and now I am looking forward to giving it a
I can be seen in it around the roads of North East Lancs, although I don't know many other Imp owners in the area, apart from my dad and brother! So if there are any of you out there, drop me an e-mail and let me know!" [06-Jan-01]
Darryl K. Pitts (Northeastern
Georgia, USA) "I`ve owned an Imp DeLuxe Mk I since `80.
My car has been driven very little since the early 1980`s. In November `97 I began disassembly and am now beginning the gathering of spares for the already balanced engine internals. Also in the early stages of right side sill and floor pan repair.
Imp Club Member, Hillman Listserve Member, Imps@coollist Member
Pieter Posthuma (Rotterdam) bougt a 1970 Sunbeam Chamois "with a nearly blown head gasket, leaking radiator, non-working heater but otherwise in good condition. At the moment I am sorting out these problems. I knew when I bought the car that there was something wrong with the engine but could not resist the car. I really love the looks of this car, nicely engineered engine, the design of the car is really nice.
Bought another Red Imp in 1997 from an English Imp member at the Valkenswaard meeting in Holland. This Imp is an Imp Sport. Still enjoy driving them."
Stuart Quick owns a Singer Chamois Coupe (UYE 950 F). "I've owned this car since I passed my driving test 10 years ago. I use other cars during the winter months and take the Singer out during the Summer (another good reason to look forward to summer!). During my student days you may have seen this vehicle pottering around Manchester, Stafford and, now that I'm working ;-( Chalfont St Peter. Since April '96 I've been a member of The Imp Club.
...I could explain how I've been through 5 water pumps, a radiator, clutch, steering rack, kingpins, two transaxles and a gearlever bush - but I won't because I love it too much !"
Alan Ramsay (Irvine, Ayrshire), West of Scotland contact for the Imp Club (Glasgow Area Centre). He is currently listing all the Imps that took part in the Scottish Rally, 1963 - mid 70s. Plus he's helping with Imp 98
John Rawlins runs the New Davrian Register. He can be seen to race his 1040cc Davrian Mk8 on 2nd June at the historic Goodwood Circuit near Chichester in Sussex (his first sprint).
"I first became interested in Davrians when spectating at race meetings at Lydden Hill in Kent during the 1970s and early '80s, when I was astonished at how competitive they could be, in the hands of the likes of Pat Longhurst, Bob Jarvis and Brian Kippax, against much more powerful machinery." His first Imp was a Sunbeam Stiletto. "Then, after several years of searching, I was lucky to be told of a Davrian Mk8, which was sitting partially rebuilt in a council estate garage in Wales. It was too good to miss, and I purchased the car complete with a dismantled 1040cc Imp engine. I transfered the Sport engine into the Davrian and I used it in this form untill I was able to rebuild the 1040 lump."
Ian Reeves (West Sussex, UK). Organiser of the National Day '96
He likes Huskies and Commercials; owns a Husky with four headlights and alloy wheels and a blue 69' van with window and seat conversion: "fitted with comfy front seats from a Ford Granada, and a near Sport specification engine at the back. My Husky is awaiting renovation / restoration which I hope to start probably sometime next year, will it be standard ? Not a chance ! I quite fancy a leather interior... and why not !"
Gerry Richards (Leek, Staffordshire) has acquired an fully modified '66 Imp with which he hopes to do battle on the hills next season. It is nearly ready, and should see its competitive debut at
Curborough on 14th June 1998, running a standard rebuilt Imp Sport
engine. A full race 930 motor is in the process of being built up.
"I run a garage/workshop in my spare time. Full facilities (pit/gantry/spray booth/trailer etc.) available to impers at very little cost!
Are there any groups of impers which meet near me ? (i.e. anywhere in north Staffs, south Cheshire or north-west Derbyshire)."
Susan Rowland (London, UK) owns a Californian, Glade Green 1970. Married to Derek Couldry, who is the Van & Husky registrar. Their other Imps are a 1968 (reg. '69) Capri Blue Husky and a maroon Singer Chamois.
Imp Club member
Petteri Sappinen (Espoo, Finland; oct.99-oct.2001: Ohio) His first rally car was a gr2 875cc Imp (bought '83, sold '85). "When this active rally career ended a couple of years ago, I had to get some hobby suitable for 'old timers'. The result was a '64 Hillman Imp, which we (me and my friend Reijo Halonen) made for Historic Rallies. The car is a real treasure, driven only 30,000 miles and the chassis is as good as new. It's made to be equivalent to a Rally Imp, and I look forward to season '97 when we will get the new engine ready. The same car is also used in Historic Racing by Reijo. " (27 Nov. 96)
Mike Scott (Aberdeen, Scotland).
"I have a replica Hillman Imp Police Car ( Dunbartonshire - Loch Lomond Patrol Car ); refer to Impressions October 1994 front cover. I also have a Sunbeam Stiletto and a Hillman Californian Imp. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has information/ photographs of Imp Police Vehicles."
Imp Club Area Centre Organiser for Grampian and Highlands, one of the organisers for Imp 98, held in St.Andrews, Scotland.
David Shipston (UK)
"I purchased my Stiletto (WNP 867G) in August 1995 and I use it everyday, except weekends.
Whilst it hasn't been the most reliable car on the road, it has proved to be a very cost effective choice for a second car and a number one choice for fun."
"I helped to get the Imp Club off the ground back in 1981 (membership no. 6), was its first chairman, and have owned 11 Imps since 1972.
I'm the club's Chamois registrar, and own a gently souped-up 1964 Chamois. In my other life I am the road test editor of CAR magazine." (8-Feb-98)
Jean-Philippe Simoni (Mimizan, France) "I was looking for a car to spend my time working on it. I found a Stiletto which has been sleeping under a tree for about 7 years. I know nothing about cars and mechanics, but this car was so lovely that I want to put her back on her wheels. I have been working on it for about 6 months now but I will need probably one more year to fix it correctly."
JagJeet Singh "Hi, i'm an imp club member from malaysia."
Neil Smith (Burcot nr Bromsgrove (slightly SW of Birmingham UK)) I joined the list about three weeks ago. I have a green Super Imp which I use daily to and from work in Redditch (for AT&T). Not much to add at the moment, but I will be getting a new PC for home use soon when I plan to put some pictures on the Web. (Wed, 8 Apr 1998)
Franka Steenhuis (The Hague, The Netherlands) has owned a '71 Sunbeam Stiletto since 1987. Years ago it was restored and repainted, and it doesn't look too bad from a bit of a distance.
Chris Sumner (Croydon UK)
"I own a 1965 Singer Chamois (HLK 183C) that unfortunately missed Imp 97 owing to the fact that she needs to be painted. See you next year"
Imp Club member
Roger Swift, the Imp Club's librarian (together with Simon), currently owns 9 Imps, 1 Stiletto, 2 Huskies, 1 Californian, 1 Imp Sport, 3 Super Imps, 1 Hillman Imp De-luxe (Exported new in 1966 to New Zealand & just arrived back) and a Ginetta G15 (all off the road needing work). He's presently (March 1998) trying to rebuild the G15 and the New Zealand Imp is almost ready to register in the UK to make him Impmobile again.
David 'Doc' Switzer (Sarasota, Florida, USA)
"I purchased my 1965 Sunbeam Imp on Oct 1, 2001 from a good friend who had owned the car since 1988 and had kept the car practically all original. It is amazingly solid body wise, and a mostly intact interior. It shows 84k on the odometer, and the motor runs strong. I am currently working on rebuilding the carb and brakes. It also appears that 'king pins' are a distinct probability. Any e-mail will be appreciated for parts retrofit, maintenance tips, and parts suppliers, especially in the US." [27-Oct-01]
He wrote to say he has to sell the Imp [12-Feb-2002]
Michael Thomsen / Fiona Fry (Petersham NSW, Australia) have great news: another Imp, a 1969 Sunbeam Imp, modified to sport specs. A new warm 930cc engine built by Brian Bradshaw in Christchurch, New Zealand and Koni shocks and springs. This car was imported in to Australia by Peter Johnson and is fully registered and now being used as a daily driver. This adds another to our collection taking the number of drive-able cars to 4. [2 Oct. 2004]
Terence Tracey (Johannesburg, ZA) "I am Johannesburg based Imp fanatic. Building a '63 Imp for Historic racing, I have a perfectly restored Imp on the road and four 5 more lined up to be restored, one of them a Singer Chamois." [20-Jul-07]
Si Trickett (Dorset) "I own a 1967 Imp Sport, with a wetliner 949cc engine" [04-Jan-01]
Chris Valentine has a degree in Automotive Engineering Design from Coventry and now works for Motor Sport Developments on the Hyundai World Rally Car Project. He has been using Imps to compete in motorsport since 1995 as well as driving road going versions. He owns a black mk1 Imp Reg EAJ257C. [12-Feb-2002]
Imp Club member 1447; Competition Secretary
Paul Waites (York, Yorkshire). Check out the parts of his homepage that are about his cars. The front of the August 1995 Practical Classics featured his Imp. For an introduction read Impressions June 1996, p.25-26.
Paul Williams (Cardiff, UK). Imp Club Area Centre Organsiser for South East Wales.
Maroon Mark I Singer Chamois CKO 409C ('Cuckoo'), much improved by a
lead-free Mark II block (rebuilt by the late Andy Chesman) and much
restored by Richard Wells of Bodycraft in Ashford, Middlesex (highly
recommended). Latest addition a 1960s Motorola positive earth radio.
Cuckoo moved from London to Orkney in 2000 and now lives in a garage with a sea view in Tankerness. One of only four Imps in Orkney (and even fewer on the road), she did a turn in the show ring at the Vintage Club Rally in August 2000. (10-May-00)
others on the web: Will's guestbook
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