Been going through old pics this morning. Not a lot of Imp stuff on this thread so here is a redress of balance!
Some (polaroid) snaps.
Mid 60s and I was absolutely IMP mad. This was my second/third? Here are 3 shots from the period.
Must be about 1970 I got this one, a Sunbeam Imp Sport KJO 983G.
Didn't look like that for long!
Soon was lowered, 998cc engined, painted Rootes/Chyrsler Wardance red and BL Glacier white two tone with new Astrali alloys, Corbeau seats... - looked the biz compared to mate's Vauxhall Viva in front!
I thought hmm, she looks really nice now...
the car wasn't bad either! Mainly road car but did the odd autotests (poorly).
It then got modded for the odd road rally use in 73 with full Cibie lighting etc.
Next year got married and went on honeymoon in it to Torquay (same young lady).
Even bumped into another couple with Imp.
Then when Richard Grant Accessories (think it was Dunstable area?) advertised the first ABS Imp front spoiler I was there like a shot to get that first one! Everyone was asking why I had a snow plough fitted
And ABS Escort 1/4 bumpers finished the job off on the front.
Then I sold it and the sod who bought it wrote it off within a fortnight!
Imp days were not numbered... always hankered for a Ginetta G15 after seeing it at the 67 Motor Show - bought this one for £850, -
For several years after I had completed my apprenticeship, my workmates had got sick of Imp this, Imp that and me on and on about a Ginetta G15.
Then one evening the plan was laid. I skived off overtime with 2 workmates while others covered for us. They drove me 65 miles to St Albans to view this G15. They couldn't wait to see it, nor could I. Didn't take long for me to get the cash out!
G15 in background. Lady on left is one and the same, my wife, with her sis, this must be over 30 years ago.
From driving an Imp to something that was hardly the height of a bus tyre - incredible.
Start of a long affair!
If you don't realise how tiny the G15 was, here is Production Sports Car Champion David Beams' G15 in 1977. Gives a real look at just how small the car was. Looks like the TR7 is about to swallow a dinky toy.
My G15 as purchased was yellow, but my then love for two tone paintwork continued and it was soon red and yellow.
Sold to a lady in Norway mid 80s after I owned it for 10 years and clocked up 100,000 miles. It's still there today in Norway.
Think this was holiday caravan site in Wales circa 1980?