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PhilipInCoventry
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151 of 157  Sun 6th Nov 2016 10:09am  
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Hi NormK, Apart from four water pumps in the space of a couple of years it wasn't that bad. A lot easier on my pocket than filling up my Wolseley, but even the Imp had to go when Pam & I were saving hard for getting married. My dad had it, so I still had use of it. Good old dad. Mine was red with black trim.
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Helen F
Warrington
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152 of 157  Sun 6th Nov 2016 3:01pm  
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Mum and Dad had a Hillman Imp and one day they were at a busy junction when it just died and wouldn't restart. Dad got out to push while an impatient queue built up. Up pops a gang of blokes who'd been watching from a nearby pub. They picked the car up, still with Mum inside and carried off the road! It seemed like quite a rascal of a car and Mum partially learnt to drive because Dad spent so much time pushing it with her steering. Lol
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SteveHPhoto
Coventry
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153 of 157  Sat 7th Jan 2017 4:32pm  
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Hi Everyone, This is my first post on Historic Coventry! Used this place many times for information, it's fantastic. I'm a photographer based in Coventry, and I'm trying to do a project in the run up to the city's bid for The City of Culture 2021. I'm living in the new estate built on the old Peugeot/Humber works in Stoke (Now called New Stoke Village, apparently). I'm trying to find any old photographs of the plant/the local area through the various stages in its life, and hear any stories that you may have, or may have heard. Anyone on here an old worker at the plant? Do you still live in the area or nearby? Have any interesting stories about working there and its redevelopment/demolition over the years? Old photographs of the area would be absolutely brilliant to see, and of course anyone that provides information will get a special mention! Look forward to meeting you all!! Steve H
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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154 of 157  Sat 7th Jan 2017 4:53pm  
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Welcome to our friendly forum Wave Let's hope there's a good response to your request Thumbs up You may also find this thread of some interest Thumbs up
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RogerN
Honiton Devon
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155 of 157  Sat 18th Mar 2017 9:26pm  
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A Hillman Imp was one of life's experiences. First ride was in one owned by a Rootes service rep who had come to see how our Huskies were getting on. Told him Huskies were fine but would like a ride in the new Imp. Rear mounted engine kept the noise down, also steering very light and the third gear performance was really good. Needed a car to go to work so bought an early Chamois with no MOT but a recon engine for £50. Ran for tens of thousands of miles until the offside rear inner wheel arch rusted away but during that time it was superb - went everywhere and bits available from every scrapyard. Needed another Imp so went to see one where a friend of the owner - who worked in a Citroen garage - had given it a top end overhaul. Took the filler cap off the radiator and showed the owner oil in the water. Knew what the friend from the Citroen garage had done - or rather hadn't done - and offered an abated price. Cost 20p to fix the problem and that car did 150,000 miles with me. I do not have an exact mileage as one day the long speedo cable broke and it was not until the following weekend that I could get to a scrapyard for another one. Have still got half of the broken cable as it is ideal for clearing windscreen drains. Never once stopped by the side of the road. Like so many Rootes cars if you get it properly set up then it goes as well as anything else. I trained with Rootes in the early 50's so was well grounded in the ways of their cars. The Imp had bad luck in that the resonant frequency of the water pump equated to 50mph in top gear - sheer bad luck - as the testers of the pre-production models spent very little time at 50mph in top. The starting on an icy morning was an experience but stopped for fuel 400yds from home and that pause allowed heat soak through the aluminium engine and then it was away. Whereas a Mini was an absolute cow to work on - I wouldn't have had one as a gift - the Imp was superb and was just what I needed. Having had a MkII ST90, Chamois, Imp, then Rapiers, there was nothing like a Rootes car.
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Dillotford
Stafford
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156 of 157  Wed 12th Jul 2017 9:26am  
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These two pictures featured in the Latest Rover P4 Guild as photos from their archive, why they have them as its has nothing to do with Rovers, who knows. The first photo is taken in Broadgate looking towards where the Owen Owen store was to be built. The second photo is fairly obvious where it was taken. I did a bit of research and these are the three Rootes Work Team cars, Sunbeam Talbot 90's, for the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally, one of which came second with Stirling Moss driving his first major rally. Car No 341 LHP823 was the car driven by the great man. I seen a picture of car No. 101, third car, on the actual rally and it had a roof rack, fully loaded in the Alps. Two cars started from Glasgow, 101 and 140 but Stirling Moss in 341 started from Munich. Question really what was the purpose of driving through Coventry with a Police escort before or after the rally?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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157 of 157  Wed 12th Jul 2017 9:33am  
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What wonderful images Smile and not just for the cars They show parts of the city centre as I remember it as a child, together with Corporation buses and other vehicles from that era Thanks for posting them Cheers
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