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Offline 2Beers

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Did you ever own 1 of these
« on: August 04, 2013, 08:08:11 PM »
Was at the Hillman Imp Club meet in Perth today celebrating 50 years of the IMP



IMP CLUB 50 by Alex 60d, on Flickr


My sons car which we call the clockwork orange


Hillman Imp by Alex 60d, on Flickr

can you imagine this one in hot pursuit



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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2013, 09:03:56 PM »
We had a Hillman Imp van. It would go anywhere! A friend of ours has 34!
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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2013, 09:09:36 PM »
Great photos and love the first, as the chap has got a Nikon camera!  :-*

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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2013, 10:43:04 PM »
Yup, well a Sunbeam Stiletto with a racing short head and slope back - went like the wind  :2funny:    :dance: :legit:
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2013, 01:21:15 AM »
Love the Dunbartonshire Police car. Was born in Dumbarton. ;D
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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2013, 06:54:54 AM »
I didn't but my wife had a white one as her car 35 years or so ago.

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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2013, 07:17:10 AM »
No, but had a friend who had one in metallic gold. Lovely Coventry Climax motor.



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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2013, 07:39:12 AM »
This weeks competition has changed to "Guess which one is Howard?" :-)
My money is on the guy in the blue jeans holding a pen(?) in the style of a cigarette to get that extra cool look, offset by the mullet  ;).
Please don`t turn this into a "photos of us in the 70`s though or I might have to find the shot of me in a rather fetching lilac budgie jacket with  maroon corded patch pockets and matching maroon corded trousers with pink patch pockets. Had a rather fetching lilac shirt with topstitched collar to match too. Wore them twice and then my dad started spouting comments that would be unacceptable today relating to questions about my manhood!  :-[
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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2013, 08:01:35 AM »
Back in the '70s I called on a well known TV rental firm  who ran a substantial fleet of these and hardly a week went by when without someone managing to turn one over, and eventually when it came to the day when the fleet manager turned turtle in one, they replaced the whole fleet with another make.

Now here's a fact for the petrol head anoraks. The Hillman Imp, up to a certain chassis number couldn't be fitted with radial tyres. Not because of handling or instability problems, because the extra deflection of a radial tyre reduced the distance from the rear light pod to the ground to below the legal limit of that distance.

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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2013, 02:28:23 PM »
This weeks competition has changed to "Guess which one is Howard?" :-)
My money is on the guy in the blue jeans holding a pen(?) in the style of a cigarette to get that extra cool look, offset by the mullet  ;).
Please don`t turn this into a "photos of us in the 70`s though or I might have to find the shot of me in a rather fetching lilac budgie jacket with  maroon corded patch pockets and matching maroon corded trousers with pink patch pockets. Had a rather fetching lilac shirt with topstitched collar to match too. Wore them twice and then my dad started spouting comments that would be unacceptable today relating to questions about my manhood!  :-[
Nowadays I wear black, blue or green

Give the man a cigar! Yep I am the lanky one with the ciggy. Haven't smoked for a long time now. Just drink instead. :beer: Of course, I still fit into the same size clothes . . .  ::)

The chap in the safari jacket I have lost touch with, the chap in the green strides is the owner of the golden wonder (Abers, amazed anyone could turn one over, Mike drives like an animal) who now lives in sunny Spain after a career as an officer in the RAF, the next is a lady who I have not heard from for a long long time, and lastly is one of my two best friends in the world, now living in South Africa and a very successful entrepreneur. The white car was my Morris 1300 which used almost as much oil as it did petrol.
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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2013, 02:35:31 PM »
I claim my prize  :). I really thought it was a pen, forgetting that everyone was happy to have a ciggy in hand back then ( and again now it seems after 20 odd years of decline.)

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Re: Did you ever own 1 of these
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2013, 06:48:02 PM »
I had 2 of them. Technically speaking I'm still the owner of one - it was stolen, but i've still got the log-book. A very early one with pneumatic throttle it was ...

 

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