Imp 50

Celebrating the 50th birthday of the Hillman Imp 1963-2013

The Hillman Imp celebrated its 50th Birthday in 2013 having been launched for UK sales on 3rd May 1963 – the day after the new Linwood plant at Paisley, Glasgow was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. To celebrate this special birthday the Imp Club held a number of special events across the UK throughout the year.

The Main Events


Photo of Imp Ecosse Convoy

Drive It Day Convoy

Imp Ecosse

Friday 19th – Sunday 21st April
Loch Ken, Dumfries and Galloway



Photo of Linwood Plaque

Linwood Plaque

Linwood Celebrations

People & Imps at St James Business Park

St James Business Park

Thursday 2nd May
St James Business Park, Linwood, Paisley
Civic reception and unveiling of ARCC commemorative plaque



Photo outside Coventry Motor Museum

Millennium Place Begins to Fill Up!

Coventry Celebrations

Photo of Imps parked in Millennium Place

Imps of Many Colours – Millennium Place

Friday 3rd – Monday 6th May
Broad Street Rugby Club, Binley Woods, Coventry


Programme of Events

  • Friday afternoon at Coventry Transport Museum – Arrival of Imp convoy from Scotland, display of cars in Millennium Place and exhibition and presentation in the Museum’s Starley Suite, this will feature various Imp related artefacts and audio visual presentations of the Imp’s history. The Friday afternoon event is primarily for club members and invited guests including Rootes apprentices.
  • Saturday at Coventry Transport Museum – Display of cars in Millennium Place and the Starley suite will be open to all museum visitors with club members on hand to discuss individual memories of the Imp.
  • Sunday at Gaydon Heritage Centre including scenic run via Small Fry
  • Monday at Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport
Photo of Jolon Imp at Imp 50 Coventry

Jolon Imp at Imp 50 Coventry

Monday 6th May – Arrival of JoLon Imp





Photo of Imps at Beaulieu

Beaulieu Line Up

Beaulieu Spring Autojumble

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th May
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire






Photo of Imp 50 Perth Logo

Imp 50 Perth Logo

Perth National – Imp 50

Thursday 1st-Monday 5th August
Perth Racecourse, Scone, Perth

The Main Events

  • Thursday 1st  – Knockhill Track Night
  • Friday 2nd – Little Impers Kids Club – Convoy to Fife Animal Park – Gymkhana – Evening Entertainment
    Photo of some of around 80 Imps at Glenalmond Estate

    Imps at Glenalmond

  • Saturday 3rd – Little Impers Kids Club – Convoy to Glenalmond House & The Famous Grouse Experience – Gymkhana – Ceilidh & Fancy Dress evening
  • Sunday 4th – Little Impers Kids Club – Show ‘n’ Shine – Family Treasure Hunt – Urban Circus – Owl Magic – Awards Presentation Ceremony – Evening forum with Bill Rootes, Andrew Cowan & Rosemary Smith
  • Monday 5th – Time to go home!

After his epic trip across Siberia David Pilbeam & his Imp arrived safely at Perth

Photo of David Pilbeam and his white Imp

David & His Well Travelled Imp!


Photo of Imp Convoy

Some of the 31 cars at Wicked Welsh Weekend


Photo of Chamois Coupe sporting Scottish Flag

This might be Wales but I’m from Scotland!

Wicked Welsh Weekend

Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th September
The Rising Sun, Pandy, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire



  • Thursday 26th – Arrivals day and informal evening get-together
    6 Imps on Newport Transporter Bridge

    Wasn’t the last time we were on a transporter at Linwood?

  • Friday 27th – Run out to Newport Transporter Bridge
  • Photo of Navigator reading map

    Good Car, Good Navigator, Good Map!

    Saturday 28th – Main run of the weekend covering about 140 miles, stopping off at the Llandovery Sheep Festival and enjoying a scenic drive through the Brecon Beacons.
    The usual Quiz and Raffle in the evening

  • Sunday 29th – ‘Show ‘n’ Shine’ in the morning followed by a final run out of for those able to delay their journey home!

Classic Motor Show

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November
The NEC, Birmingham

Besides these main events there were numerous local celebrations