Imp'402003 is the 40th Anniversary of Imp production.
The first Imp was sold in May 1963 (this is not it).
Thank you to everyone who attended IMP40 and
helped to make the event a huge success. We are really grateful to you
all and especially to our sponsors, the Liverpool City Council (Martin
and Eddy) and members and committee of the Wirral Club.
Proceeds of the event have now been handed over to the charities
sponsored by our hosts, the Wirral Club. These are Claire House
Hospice and NCH. See the photos here.
Note: this site was prepared to
advertise the event over the months prior to our arrival at
Thornton Hough. We have updated some pages to include photos and
results of the weekend activities.
Imp'40 was a big international event held over about five
days. We hoped to see all Imp Club members and everyone else who is
interested in Imps. There were 345 registrations!
In mid 2002 we (stupidly?) volunteered to host the 2003 National in the North
West of England. After a lot of searching and assessment of several
attractive sites we reached an
agreement with the Wirral RFC to hold the main event and
camping on "Ocean Field", part of the Leverhulme Estate near to
Thornton Hough village. This is a very beautiful area and we hope you
will enjoy it!
If however for any reason you can't attend, take a look at
for images of the area from Simon Jones and see what you will be
missing. You'll need Quicktime to view them as movies.
Date of Event.31st July 2003 - 4th August 2003. As usual this international event will take place on the first weekend in August, that is from thursday lunchtime 31/7/2003 until mid monday 4/8/2003. Congratulations! Liverpool has been named European City of Culture for 2008. There are many other places to stay nearby and visitors are encouraged to remain longer if they wish to explore the area more fully.
What you said after the Event.
Dave van D as "Farmer Palmer"
Rose as "Perfect Service"
Ron Aspinwall as "The Gaffer"
Bob Allan as "Ned"
Lorraine Aspinwall as "Possibly the Only Responsible Person on Site"
Dermot Murray as "The Laughing Policeman"
Gus as "Himself"
Bob Hawes as "Luke Skywalker"
Martin Jones as "Mr. Memory"
Tony Shilladay (aka Wallace) as "The Chauffeur"
Andy Shilladay (aka Grommit) as "The Auctioneer"
The Molehill as "Emergency Car Jack"
The Clatter Brook IMPersonating "The Amazon Jungle"
Dave's tent as "Chateau Fairclough"
Rally HQ as "Camp David"
The Organisers as "The Fellowship"
The Allotment Imp as "The Muck Truck"
My Rawlson Stiletto as "Custard Bullet"
Dave van D - "You keep orf muy graaas!!!"
Rob Machin - "I got here before the organisers"
Local waitress receiving quests at an empty restaurant on thursday night - "I think I can fit you in over there."
Dermot arrived, following the Imps into the Liverpool docks car park. The attendant said "Are you with all those Imps?"
Imp Club member at reception - "What colour are the T shirts?". Reply - "Black, black or black!"
Rose - "Is anybody waiting to be served?" (bar was 6 deep at the time)
Lead Singer - "Jimmy, that was crap!" (after Jimmy's exhausting 5-minute drum solo)
Dave - "Its like being in a TB ward" (after listening to Jimmy and the band on sunday morning)
"Don't talk!" (all to anyone, including Rosemary, during vote counting)
Dermot, laughing hysterically - "We've spent more on tissues than booze"
Bob or Ron (can't remember who) - "Can you make him laugh?"
Dermot, still laughing - "I've lit 6 cigs and not smoked one yet"