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    Mike Dowsett in GYO 415N, comp.no. 1
photo: Steve Jones, 1998

Mike Dowsett

CSCC Classic & Historic Champion 1998
Mike Dowsett's success can be seen on the CSCC website.

He has been driving an Imp for years now in CSCC championships, and successfully so. He won the 1998 classic & historic series of historic circuit racing UK. In 2000 he's not doing badly either.

There used to be several other Imps running with the club in the early 90's... but where they went to is a bit of a mystery.

1991

Driving a Hillman Imp, he finished 4th overall in the CSCC Pre-'65 championship

1993

Driving a Hillman Imp, he finished 3rd overall in the CSCC Historic Touring championship

CSCC Rules

Fastest laps in race may not be outright class lap records but will earn a championship point.

One of the rules that surprised me: Classics & Historics have to drop their worst score.

1994

Mike Dowsett participated in the Post Historic Touring Cars (Pre '74) in Class F and finished 2nd. Sources differ on what he drove: either a Hillman Imp Sport or a Hillman Imp Rallye.
Lap records:
22 May 1994 at Pembrey (1.456miles): 1m 21.98 secs, which stood at least until 29-6-1997.
19 June at Cadwell Park: 2m 05.08 secs
3 July 1994 at Lydden Hill: 55.30 secs, which still stood at least until 20 July 1997
2 October at Brands Hatch: 1m 03.00 secs.

1995

Mike competed in the CSCC Championship in class E of the Historic Touring Car (Pre '66) races, using a Hillman Ralley Imp (probably not a simple Hillman Imp, as some archives state). He finished 4th.
Lap records:
3 September 1995 at Donington Park (1.960miles) in the Corgi Classic FIA European Historic Championship Race of 1m 39.28 secs on , which still stood at least until November 1997.
30 April 1995 at Lydden (1.000miles): 53.50 secs, which still stood on 20 July 1997.
4 June 1995 at Mallory Park (1.350 miles): 1m 02.03 secs, which still stood at least until August 1997.

1996

He competed in Class E of the Historic Touring Cars (Pre '66), driving his Hillman Ralley Imp and finished 1st.
Lap records:
24 Mar. 1996 at Thruxton (2.356miles): 1m 48.42 secs
17 Aug. 1996 at Oulton Park (2.775miles): 2m 25.61 secs

1997

He competed in Class E of the Historic Touring Cars (Pre '66), driving his Hillman Ralley Imp and he finished 4th.
Lap records:
29 Jun. 1997 at Pembrey (1.456miles): 1m 17.59 secs
14 Sep. 1997 at Cadwell Park
19 Oct. 1997 at Snetterton (1.952 miles): 1m 38.18 secs

    Mike D
scored:
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
SV
OP
SN
PM
CP
LH
MP
BH
MP
DP
Silverstone
Oulton Park
Snetterton
Pembrey
Cadwell Park
Lydden Hill
Mallory Park
Brands Hatch
Mallory Park
Donington Park
11
10
1
11
7
11
10
11
10
11

1998

During 1998 Dowsett used his Hillman Imp Rallye in the CSCC Historic Touring Cars (Pre '66) in class E. He finished 1st.
There were ten rounds. The others in class E were five Morris Minors, and two Austin A35s. He gained eight class wins from ten starts with five class fastest laps!
Lap records:
14 March 1998 at Silverstone (1.639miles): 1m 20.68 secs
21 March 1998 at Oulton Park (Fosters) (1.654 miles): 1m 22.93 secs
23 August 1998 at Brands Hatch (1.203 miles): 1m 01.42 secs. He probably wasn't driving a Hillman Imp (as stated), but an Imp Rallye


1999 CSCC championship
in assoc. with the BARC
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
 
10
11
12
13 Mar.
21 Mar.
17 Apr.
9 May
29-30 May
24 Jul.
8 Aug.
22 Aug.
4th-5th Sep.
11-12 Sep.
26 Sept.
3 Oct.
31 Oct.
Silverstone
Thruxton
Oulton Pk
Cadwell Pk
Croix en Ternois (France)
Pembrey
Mallory Pk
Snetterton
Brands Hatch
Spa Francorchamps (Non Championship)
Mallory Pk
Castle Combe
Donington Pk

1999

For the 99 season he is picking and choosing his races; concentrating on the long distance and the Spa Francorchamps meeting 11th/12th September (Non Championship).
For Mike Dowsett the competition this year in class E consists of six Morris Minors and one Austin A35. But he isn't after winning the championship. He only participated in round 2 (Thruxton) which he won.
Thruxton is a nice fast circuit, close to the Dowsett residence.


2000

From: Cherry Dowsett
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 15:48:53 EDT

I came across your site whilst searching for a pre 1966 Imp bodyshell and was amazed to find my husband Mike Dowsett featured on your competition page.
Mike is competing again this year and is currently 3rd overall in the CSCC Historic Championship. We have just come back from Spa where the car completed in a 10 lap and 2 driver 1 hour race - it's third this season !

Would you like some more info on the 2000 season

Regards
Cherry Dowsett

Mike Dowsett (Hillman Rallye Imp) came 3rd overal in the Historic Touring class. Not the Post Historic Touring class).

2000 Millers VSP Plus Classic & Historic Touring Car points after 11 rounds
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
    SV MP CP BH MP LY TX SN OP PM KH SN  
Class E
Mike Dowsett Hillman Imp 10 11 5 8 11   11 11 8 8     83
Tony Lake Morris Minor 5 7 7 10 4 11 7 7 10 5 7   80
All competitors drop their 2 lowest scores


Classic Saloon Car Club (CSCC) of Great Britain

Lap Records

Brands Hatch (1.203 miles)

Records up until 31.12.96

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
2 New Records in 1998

Class A Leo Voyazides Ford Falcon 55.88 secs 02.10.94
Class B Andy Roberts Triumph 2000 MkI 1m 00.46 secs 02.10.94
Class C Jim Burrows Mini Cooper S 58.63 secs 23.08.98
Class D Derek Harris Austin A40 1m 03.07 secs 02.10.94
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Imp 1m 01.42 secs 23.08.98
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1 56.40 secs 02.10.94

POST HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'74)
1 New Record in 1998

Class A Andy Bacon Chevrolet Camaro Z28 54.08 secs 02.10.94
Class B David Thomas Ford Capri 56.05 secs 02.10.94
Class C Ian Lawless Mazda RX3 55.34 secs 17.11.91
Class D Alasdair Southall Ford LotusCortina Mk.2 56.97 secs 19.09.93
Class E Clive Tonge Leyland Mini G.T. 59.28 secs 27.09.98
Class F Mike Dowsett Hillman Imp Sport 1m 03.00 secs 02.10.94

CADWELL PARK (2.170 miles)

Records up until 14.09.97

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
1 New Record in 1997

Class A Allen Lloyd Jaguar Mk.2. 1m 51.33 secs 16.09.95
Class B Peter Lloyd Jaguar Mk.1. 1m 53.70 secs 01.08.93
Class C Mark Scruton Ford Cortina G.T. 1m 54.10 secs 01.08.93
Class D Kevin Templeman Ford Anglia 1m 54.00 secs 01.08.93
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Rallye Imp 1m 59.96 secs 14.09.97
Class F Kevin Mansell Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1. 1m 50.10 secs 01.08.93

POST HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'74 )
2 New Records in 1997

Class A Allen Lloyd Jaguar XJ12 1m 46.18 secs 09.04.95
Class B Colin Stubbs Ford Capri 1m 48.89 secs 09.04.95
Class C Nigel Garrett Triumph Dolomite Sprint 1m 48.40 secs 14.09.97
Class D Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.I. 1m 49.33 secs 19.06.94
Class E Clive Tonge Leyland Mini G.T. 1m 56.43 secs 14.09.97
Class F Mike Dowsett Hillman Imp Sport 2m 05.08 secs 19.06.94

DONINGTON PARK (1.960miles)

Records up until 02.11.97

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
No CSCC Races in 1994,1995 & 1996
3 New Records in 1995

Class A Tony Bailey Jaguar Mk.2. 1m 30.14 secs 03.09.95*
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.1. 1m 35.22 secs 03.09.95*
Class C Mark Scruton Ford Cortina G.T. 1m 31.80 secs 18.10.92
Class D Kevin Templeman Ford Anglia 1m 37.44 secs 04.09.93
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Ralley Imp 1m 39.28 secs 03.09.95*
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1. 1m 28.42 secs 04.09.93

N.B. HISTORIC TOURING CARS Marked * were established in the 'Corgi Classic FIA European Historic Championship Race.

LYDDEN HILL (1.00 mile)

Records up until 20.07.97

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
1 New Record in 1998

Class A Roger Cope Jaguar ‘S’ Type 49.97 secs 28.06.98
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.I 53.20 secs 30.04.95
Class C Peter Taylor Ford Cortina GT 52.30 secs 08.05.94
Class D Derek Harris Austin A40 53.60 secs 20.07.97
Class E Michael Dowsett Hillman Imp 53.50 secs 30.04.95
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.I. 49.10 secs 08.05.94

POST HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'74 )
1 New Records in 1998

Class A Andy Bacon Chevrolet Camaro 47.60 secs 08.05.94
Class B John Allen Ford Capri 49.30 secs 08.05.94
Class C Julian Belcher Ford Escort RS 2000 48.70 secs 08.05.94
Class D Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.I. 49.00 secs 03.07.94
Class E Clive Tonge Leyland Mini Clubman G.T. 52.21 secs 28.06.98
Class F Mike Dowsett Hillman Imp Sport 55.30 secs 03.07.94

MALLORY PARK (1.350 miles)

Records up until 03.08.97

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66)
2 New Records in 1997

Class A Alec Hammond Jaguar Mk.2. 56.55 secs 03.08.97
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.1 59.47 secs 15.10.95
Class C Mark Scruton Ford Cortina G.T. 58.67 secs 15.08.93
Class D Nick Jones Ford Anglia 1m 01.83 secs 03.08.97
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Ralley Imp 1m 02.03 secs 04.06.95
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1. 56.31 secs 15.08.93

OULTON PARK (Fosters)   (1.654 miles)

Records up until 21.03.98

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66)
6 New Records in 1998

Class A Alec Hammond Jaguar Mk.2. 1m 15.26 secs 21.03.98
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.1 1m 20.84 secs 21.03.98
Class C Peter Snowdon Ford Cortina G.T. 1m 21.28 secs 21.03.98
Class D Jim Burrows Mini Cooper ‘S’ 1m 22.53 secs 21.03.98
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Rallye Imp 1m 22.93 secs 21.03.98
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1. 1m 15.36 secs 21.03.98

OULTON PARK (2.775miles)

Records up until 17.05.97

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
No New Records in 1997

Class A Leo Voyazides Ford Falcon 2m 05.46 secs 09.10.93
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.1 2m 14.80 secs 17.08.96
Class C Kevin Templeman Ford Anglia 2m 12.38 secs 09.10.93
Class D Dave Watson Ford Anglia 2m 23.70 secs 25.04.87
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Rallye Imp 2m 25.61 secs 17.08.96
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1. 2m 05.20 secs 09.10.93

PEMBREY (1.456miles)

Records up until 29.06.97

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
3 New Records in 1998

Class A Alec Hammond Jaguar Mk.2. 1m 10.70 secs 18.04.98
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.1 1m 14.90 secs 04.08.96
Class C Peter Snowdon Ford Cortina G.T. 1m 13.57 secs 18.04.98
Class D Derek Harris Austin A40 1m 28.65 secs 27.06.93
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Rallye Imp 1m 17.59 secs 29.06.97
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1. 1m 10.66 secs 18.04.98

POST HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'74 )
1 New Records in 1998

Class A Andy Bacon Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1m 08.98 secs 27.06.93
Class B Colin Potter Ford Capri 1m 10.23 secs 28.06.97
Class C Nigel Garrett Triumph Dolomite Sprint 1m 09.50 secs 18.04.98
Class D Alasdair Southall Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.2. 1m 10.29 secs 27.06.93
Class E Clive Tonge Mini Clubman G.T. 1m 13.06 secs 28.06.97
Class F Mike Dowsett Hillman Imp Sport 1m 21.98 secs 22.05.94

SILVERSTONE (1.639miles)

Records up until 14.03.98

N.B. Circuit layout revised 1996/7

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66)
2 New Records in 1998

Class A Laurence Bailey Jaguar Mk.2. 1m 12.65 secs 08.03.97
Class B Andy Roberts Triumph 2000 Mk.1. 1m 18.42 secs 14.03.98
Class C Peter Snowdon Ford Cortina G.T 1m 17.00 secs 08.03.97
Class D Nick Jones Ford Anglia 1m 23.35 secs 08.03.97
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Rallye Imp 1m 20.68 secs 14.03.98
Class F Peter Taylor Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1. 1m 13.61 secs 08.03.97

SNETTERTON (1.952 miles)

Records up until 19.10.97

NB: Circuit layout revised (Russell Complex) during winter 1996/97. The lap distance remains unchanged but, all fastest laps after that date will be considered for new lap records.

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
2 New Record in 1998

Class A Alec Hammond Jaguar Mk.2. 1m 27.98 secs 05.04.98
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.1. 1m 34.95 secs 19.10.97
Class C Vaughan Winter Austin Mini cooper ‘S’ 1m 34.13 secs 19.10.97
Class D Nick Jones Ford Anglia 1m 39.85 secs 19.10.97
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Rallye Imp 1m 38.18 secs 19.10.97
Class F Les Nash Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1 1m 28.25 secs 05.04.98

THRUXTON (2.356miles)

Records up until 16.03.97

HISTORIC TOURING CARS (Pre'66 )
1 New Record in 1997

Class A Nickie Torregiani Ford Mustang 1m 36.77 secs 04.05.92
Class B Roddy Pratt Triumph 2000 Mk.1 1m 42.88 secs 16.03.97
Class C Stephen Ellis Ford Cortina G.T. 1m 41.96 secs 04.05.92
Class D Kevin Templeman Ford Anglia 1m 47.93 secs 08.10.89
Class E Mike Dowsett Hillman Ralley Imp 1m 48.42 secs 24.03.96
Class F Les Nash
Kevin Mansell
Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1
Ford Lotus Cortina Mk.1
1m 35.81 secs
1m 35.81 secs
20.03.94
20.03.94

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The Grid - News: 1998 CSCC Historic Touring Car Champion, Mike Dowsett, is building a new Hillman Imp, to race in European & Top Hat Endurance races. His sponsors, Holland & Watts, are staying with him for 2001.


2006

Mike Dowsett with competition no. 99 raced his 998 Hillman Rallye Imp in Class SK: Special up to 1000cc on Castle Combe Monday 17th April 2006, Easter Monday Race Day - Top Hat Sir John Whitmore Trophy for pre-66 Historic Touring Cars

In the same class were Chris Ledburg, comp.#9 in a 998 Hillman Fraser Imp; Roger Hurt, comp.#94 in a Hartwell Imp.


Vanguards made a diorama with a Hillman Imp and a Ford Anglia:
"This diorama features Mike Dowsetts Hillman Imp and Nick and Debbie Jones Ford Anglia 105E. The Ford Anglia has been completely rebuilt for the specific intention of racing in the Classic Saloon Car Club Championship. The Hillman Imp has achieved approximatley 80 class wins during its nine years of racing. This scene captures both vehicles in action."


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