Imp'40 Programme and Attractions

Programme information will be updated right up to the event.

Trade Stalls

This is the list of traders who are planning to attend the event:


Fraser GT: Bob Allan is planning to bring K9 to the event as a rolling chassis. See K9 diary for information and progress.
Display of Imp-based Specials and Competition Cars: see below.

Thursday 31st July

You will be able to arrive and pitch tents from morning onwards.
Bar will be open in the evening and food available.
There will be a music quiz.

Friday 1st August

A choice of two excursions is available for friday:
  1. Meet 9:45am in the display area for a PROMPT departure at 10am The first is a drive through picturesque North Wales with a trip on the railway between Carrog and Llangollen and visit to the Llangollen Motor Museum. The way back will provide an opportunity for a more interesting drive or chance to visit several areas of interest for those wishing to take a bit more time out. Route instructions will be provided. There will be reduced-price entry to the railway and motor museums if everyone is there on time.
  2. Meet 10:30am in the display area Second excursion for friday is a similar all-day trip to Southport, a traditional British seaside town not too far from Blackpool and Morecambe. Knotted hankerchiefs and deckchairs a speciality. Bring bucket and spade, feed the seagulls, eat fish and chips and much, much more...

Tourist information will be provided about a number of other venues for people wishing to make their own arrangements.

Bar will be open in the evening and food available.
For anyone who knows anything about Northern Soul, we have one of the top DJs from the Wigan Casino. To find out more listen to Jazz FM or Stuart Machonie on Radio 2. We hope also to have some Northern Soul dancers.

Saturday 2nd August

The Big One, make sure you don't arrive (or wake up) late! We have special trips planned to the famous cities of Chester and Liverpool. You can do both if you make your own arrangements on other days - information will be provided.
  1. Meet 10am in the display area An organised trip on saturday will leave to the park and ride at Chester Zoo, following which you can explore the historic Roman city and its beautiful medieval architecture, probably the most impressive in England. Reduced-price entry tickets are available for the zoo.
  2. Meet 10:45am in the display area for a PROMPT departure at 11am There will be an organised trip in a large cavalcade through the Mersey Tunnel to Liverpool St. George's Hall and Albert Dock. There will be a static display of cars enabling their owners to park for free and head off to explore the city centre, either by open-topped tour bus or on foot. Beatles tour, galleries, shopping and restaurants a must!
  3. Alternatively from Arrowe Park you can continue to explore the unique countryside of the Wirral with help from the Park Ranger Service. Information will be available for those preferring the peace and quiet, bucket and spade may again prove useful.
  4. Tourist information will be provided about a number of other venues for people wishing to make their own arrangements.

Buy spares and regalia.

Again in the evening there will be organised food and drink. Tickets will be available on site for a good selection of inexpensive local fayre.
And to round off the day why not participate in our themed evening to live music from a Liverpool band. We are suggesting a fancy-dress theme of "Your Favourite Film Character". 1960s-70s recommended. Horror not recommended.

(Who says we don't have a good time?)

Sunday 3rd August

Sunday is Imp day! Whilst spares and regalia will have been available on site on all days, this is a chance to get up late, enjoy breakfast (and/ or lunch) provided by our catering staff, and enjoy the cars.

Buy spares and regalia.

Display your car and win a prize (or at least compare with others). There will be the usual line-up of individual models and voting for your favourite. For list of trophies see below.


Imp and Car Related Auction. See auction items below.

In addition we hope many personalities involved in Imp development and exploitation will be present and there will be a large display of Imp-based specials.

A number of inter-area competitions will be going on during the day and trade and autojumble stalls will be open for business.

Quiet evening with feet up (and a beer of course). Forget the BBQ - we will have food and drink provided in the Club House so you can concentrate on more important activities.

Monday 4th August

Breakfast will be available and we will not hurry you to leave. On the contrary, why not stay in the area? There are many other campsites, B&Bs and hotels nearby and there is a lot more to see and explore. We will ensure all facilities remain in operation until at least midday for you to take your tents down and pack up.

...during which some of us will be working like mad things to restore the site to its previously green and pleasant appearance.

The End!

IMP40 Trophies to be won

Trophy Sponsors include prizes with three classes:
  1. Best Hillman Imp (Rootes) pre 1969 - Merlin Motors
  2. Best Hillman Imp (Chrysler) post 1969 - ISP Ltd.
  3. Best Singer Chamois - Imp Speed
  4. Best Sunbeam Imp - Corley Conversions
  5. Best Husky/ Van - Malcolm Anderson
  6. Best Modified Imp - Superflex
  7. Best Race or Rally Imp - Dennis Allt
  8. Favourite Imp-based Vehicle - J.R. Engineering
And categories with only one class:
  1. The Rosemary Smith Perpetual Trophy - Rosemary Smith and Associates
  2. Furthest Driven to Event - Footman James
  3. Most Deserving Restoration Project - Classics Magazine
  4. Best Visitors Car (non Imp) - Lynbrook Insurance

IMP40 Raffle

A raffle will be held on Sunday 3rd August 2003 in accordance with local rules. Proceeds will be to The Imp Club and its chosen charity for IMP40. A few of the star raffle items include:

    Raffle and Auction sponsors include:

IMP40 Auction

An auction will be held on Sunday 3rd August 2003. Proceeds will be to The Imp Club and its chosen charity for IMP40. The auction will be held according to appropriate rules. Thanks to Andy Shilladay for acting as a ver effective auctioneer. Star auction items include:
  1. Imp styling drawing by Bob Saward
  2. Imp poster from Alain Barbou
  3. Ferarri 360 NGT rear 1/4 panel
  4. Pair rear SPAX shocks, short for Monte Carlo springs
  5. Imp towbar
The panel donated by Maranello Concessionaires is a LH rear 1/4 panel from car 88 of Team Maranello Concessionaires. This championship leading Ferrari sustained damage following a puncture at Donington Park on June 29th but the drivers were later able to re-take the lead of the FIA NGT Championship. Jamie Davies was GTO Champion in 2002. Your chance to buy a piece of racing history!

Specials Display

In addition to the list of very rare cars below, there will be big displays of Clans and Ginettas from their respective owners' clubs.

Car Date Owner Comments
Killeen K9 1966-7 Bob Allan Fraser GT Le Mans prototype - ongoing restoration project
Killeen K18 Mirage 1973 Bob Allan prototype sports car - road tested by Andy Chesman and Arthur Langmann
Rawlson Stiletto unknown Bob Allan circuit race/ sprint car used by Nick Creswell of Longton
Rawlson Spaceframe 1978 Simon Benoy sprint/ hillclimb car
DRW Mk6 1964 Bob Diggory hillclimb car by Dave Warwick and Jack Murrell
BS Nymph Gill Hill widely acclaimed fun car by Bohana and Stables. If you want one talk to Grahame Beddoe.
Davrian Mk6 1970 Graham Cashmore
Sheen Imperator Robin Human
Davrian Mk5 Ed Newman