Imps 64-65

The Hillman Imp enjoyed a long and succesfull racing career in the UK including 3 consecutive British Saloon car championships ( 1970-72 ). Back in the mid 60s the first wave of racers and their teams got in some invaluble race experience at club level before he car entered the British Saloon Championship in 1966 when Group 5 regs were adopted.
These are those pioneers of the little car`s first racing forays prior to 1966.

driver : Roger Nathan team : Roger Nathan Racing

DATE YEAR CIRCUIT RACE RESULT
JUL 25th 1964 AINTREE BARC SPRING GROVE R5 9th ( 5th in class )
MAR 13th 1965 GOODWOOD BARC Saloon race 7th
MAR 28th MALLORY PARK BRSCC ILFORD R1 DNF
APR 24th BRANDS HATCH BARC Saloon race 5th ( 4th in class )
MAY 8th CROFT BARC Saloon race DNF
JUN 26th CASTLE COMBE BARC SPRING GROVE R5 4th
JUN 27th MALLORY PARK BARC SPRING GROVE R6 4th
JUL 31st CRYSTAL PALACE BARC SPRING GROVE R8 DNF
AUG 15th CROFT BARC SPRING GROVE R9 1st + fastest lap
SEP 12th BRANDS HATCH BARC SPRING GROVE R11 DNF
OCT 9th SILVERSTONE BARC Saloon race 14th
OCT 31st BRANDS HATCH BRSCC ILFORD R? 2nd

driver : Gordon Jones team : Roger Nathan Racing

DATE YEAR CIRCUIT RACE RESULT
JUL 19th 1964 MALLORY PARK BARC SPRING GROVE R4 4th
SEP 12th GOODWOOD BARC SPRING GROVE R7 4th ( 1st in class )
SEP 13th BRANDS HATCH BARC Saloon race DNF
SEP 27th MALLORY PARK BRSCC MOLYSIP DNF

Kent-based Alan Fraser Racing Team had run Sunbeam Rapiers in Saloon cars before going down the Imp route in club races in 1965 with Ray Calcutt and emplyee Peter Brown. The Rootes group were impressed enough to award Fraser a 3-year deal to effectivley be their works team for both club racing and a new assault on the British Saloons for `66.
A great `double` was achieved at club level from the new additional drivers , Bernard Unett won the BRSCC title and Nick Brittan the BARC title both outright. The cars by then sporting their famous Scottish colours on their roofs as tribute to Fraser`s anchestory.
Lots more info on the team on the imps4ever site.

DATE YEAR CIRCUIT RACE RESULT
APR 3rd 1965 GOODWOOD BARC SPRING GROVE R4 6th
MAY 22nd GOODWOOD BARC SPRING GROVE R7 4th + joint fastest lap
JUN 19th SILVERSTONE BARC SPRING GROVE R8 10th
JUN 26th CASTLE COMBE BARC SPRING GROVE R9 8th
JUL 3rd GOODWOOD BARC SPRING GROVE R10 4th
AUG 30th CASTLE COMBE BRSCC Saloon race DNF

driver : Tony Taylor team : Hartwell Racing Team

DATE YEAR CIRCUIT RACE RESULT
JUN 19th 1965 SILVERSTONE BARC SPRING GROVE R4 7th
JUN 26th CASTLE COMBE BARC SPRING GROVE R5 DNF
AUG 30th CASTLE COMBE BARC Saloon race DNF
SEP 12th BRANDS HATCH BARC SPRING GROVE R11 5th
OCT 24th BRANDS HATCH BRSCC ILFORD R 4th
OCT 31st BRANDS HATCH BRSCC ILFORD R 4th

other drivers 1964

DATE DRIVER CIRCUIT RACE RESULT
MAR 8th AJA CORMACK MALLORY PARK BRSCC MOLYSIP R1 12th overall ( 8th in class )
SEP 12th R SMITH GOODWOOD BARC Saloon Handicap 16th FRASER ?

other drivers 1965

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