Bill McGovern 1971
1971, Motor, Track Test at Silverstone

The Imp Site

Bill McGovern

2 Jan. 1937 - ....
place, region

Statistics - (Main Racing Category)

Debut:
Last Race:
Wins:
Podiums:
Pole positions:
Retirements:
Points:
   1964
1989
Many, but certainly less than 600
Numerous
Numerous
some
Many

signature W. McGovern

1963

Represented London region in television 1963 - Autotests at Beavlie in 1071cc Cooper 'S'

Set overall FTD in brands Sprint in Stage 1 Dolonton Cooper 'S' 1071cc.

1964

First race Brands on pole 0.2 sec off lap record. Finished 2nd Cooper 'S'

Second race Snetterton, motoring news reported "antics of Bill McGovern and Gerry Marshall at the esses blanched the faces of even the most hardened spectators" Cooper 'S'

1966

Signed to drive Paul Emery's Hillman Imp
The Emery colours were black with a yellow side flash

Second race Snetterton, motoring news reported "antics of Bill McGovern and Gerry Marshall at the esses blanched the faces of even the most hardened spectators" Cooper 'S'

Bill McGovern in an Emery Imp

Crystal Palace, 1966, May 30 - Ruleset: Group 5
Anita Taylor had been holding her own in the second 1000 cc Broadspeed Anglia although hard pressed by Bill McGovern in the leading Imp. Towards the end McGovern slipped by on the inside of Ramp Bend to snatch second place in the class, behind John Fitzpatrick.


Boxing day 1966

Icy Boxing day 1966 at Brands Hatch, British Special Saloon Car Championship
1) Ray Calcutt - Fraser Imp; 2) Ian McDougal - Broadspeed Cooper S; 3) Alan Harvey - Autocadia Cooper S; 4. Roger Nathan - Nathan IMPudence II; 5) Capt Ken's car; 6) Mac Ross - MAC10 Cooper; 7) Tony Taylor - Hartwell Imp; 8) Bill McGovern - Paul Emery Imp; 9) Peter Brown - Frazer Imp; 10) Martin Maudling - Ford Anglia.
photo taken from: Capt. Ken's Mini Cooper racing days


 

Archie Scott-Brown Memorial Trophy Meeting - Saloon Car Race - 1st round BRSCC
Snetterton, 8 April 1966, dry weather
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality c.c. Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
  3   Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt, GB
998 A 14        
DNF?     Paul Emery
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 A 14       Oil pressure
DNF     Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan, GB
998 A         Engine

BSCC 1966, round 4
Crystal Palace, London, Great-Britain (Ruleset: Group 5)
30 May 1966, dry weather
Ray Calcutt, driving a 998 Hillman Imp, entered into class A by Alan Fraser Racing Team, competition no. 53


Race A: Class A-B
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
4 1 56 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
John Fitzpatrick, GB 997 A 0,2 sec.
behind Handley
6      
5 2 54 Paul Emery
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 A   9      
6 3 57 Team Broadspeed
Ford Anglia
Anita Taylor, GB
997 A   11      
    52 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Nick Brittan, GB
998 A   12      
    53 Alan Fraser Racing Team
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt, GB
998 A   10      
    58 Radbourne Racing
Abarth 1000 TC
Andrew Mylius, GB
982 A   14      
DNF   44 Alexander Engineering Co.
Morris Mini Cooper S
Tony Lanfranchi, GB
1293 B   2     Accident
DNS?   55 Roger Nathan Racing
Hillman Imp
Roger Nathan, GB
998 A   13      


found by 'Pils1989' in the Andr Pilette archive with "Paul Emery" written on the back
Paul Emery is the man on the extreme right of the rear row.
Emery looks to have a BRDC badge on his blazer.
and the tall guy with the big spotty tie is Bill McGovern who'd driven Paul Emery's Imps a few years before that photo seems to have been taken.
The guy on the left with the beard is Martin Hone, one-time owner of the Opposite Lock Club in Birmingham. The badges on the blazers are the logo of that Club. Suggests the photo may have a tie up with a Racing Car show held at the NEC. [source: forums.autosport.com]

doc knutsen: the rallying and racing regulations of the day differed somewhat, with rallies staying Gr2 and circuit racing going Gr5 from 1966. Rootes did not homologate much in the way of hot parts for the Imp, after it was homologated for Gr3 as a 998 car (primarily for rallying).. The British touring car championship was run for the much more liberal Gr5 up to and including 1969 and the process of homologating such things as front disc brakes for Gr2 was not done until 1970, leading McGovern to start the 1970 campaign with front drums. However, by April of that year, Chrysler UK had gotten the key parts of the 998 Imp Gr2 package homologated, enabling the Bevan Imp to score its famous title hat-trick.
[source

1967

Brands Hatch grid  
The grid at Brands Hatch, 1967?
Bill McGovern in the Emery Imp on pole position, leading a pack of Minis. 2nd: Captain Ken Appleby. Neither finished. The Emery Imp overheated, the Mini had electrickity problems.
 

 

998 Hillman Imp - Paul Emery - W. McGovern - Lombank Trophy
Paul Emery's 998 Hillman Imp, driver: W. McGovern.
Brands Hatch, March 1967, Lombank Trophy, not placed
1968 - Bill Mcgovern BTCC championSigned to drive the Bevan Imp
British Saloon Car Champion in 1970-71-72
Raced against:
Roger Williamson - Anglia
James Hunt - Hillman Imp
Bernard .... Imp
Nick Brittan - Imp and Green Bean Anglia
Vince Woodman - Escort
Laurie Hickman - Escort
 

   George Bevan talking to Bill McGovern - Guards Int. July 1970
George Bevan talking to Bill McGovern - Guards International July 1970
Comment by Bill McGovern when he signed his autograph: "It must be after the race, as George never laughed beforehand..."

1970

Touring Cars championship in a Sunbeam Imp
British Touring Car Championship, 72 points, 1st place

1970 Silverstone RAC Tourist Trophy (Gp 2)
two heats of 2 hours each
class win: McGovern; Imp

1971

Raced as Alan Jones team mate in Brabham BT36 Brands Hatch.
1971 Avon Round Britain Tour Moskvitch.
Touring Cars championship (RAC) in a Hillman Imp 998cc
British Touring Car Championship, 81 points, 1st place

1971 results; source: Motor Sport
Mar 14 Hepolite Trophy Mallory
Mar 21 Hepolite Trophy Brands
Apr 9 SKF Trophy Oulton
Apr 9 SKF Trophy Snetterton
Apr 12 Yellow Pages Trophy Thruxton
May 8 GKN Trophy Silverstone
May 31 Anerley Trophy Crystal Palace
Jun 5 NCR Trophy Silverstone
Jul 11 RAC Trophy Croft
Jul 17 Morlands Trophy Silverstone
Aug 21 Hepolite Trophy Oulton
Aug 30 NCR Trophy Brands
Oct 24 NCR Trophy Brands

McGovern at Zandvoort, 1971
Bill McGovern driving a Sunbeam Imp at Zandvoort in 1971
photo taken from the BRDC archive

In 1971, at age 34, Bill McGovern did not have high flying carreer plans anymore. His wife, his four daughters and his shop with vintage furniture limited his region of activity. However ...
Furthermore he was an extraordinary test driver, who could report on the slightest change in tune or handling, which made the job for the tuner much easier.

NCR Trophy Brands Hatch, 30 August 1971
John Turner managed 1 m 53.8 s in only a few laps on Monday, the Guys Automobiles Imp breaking a camshaft after only a handful of laps. The all-Imp eighth row was shared by Trevor Willcocks (1 m 55.6 a) and Melvyn Adams (1 m 55.8 s) while the Minis of Bob Riley, Mac Ross and Bob Jones were next up with 1m 56.0 s, 1m 56.2 s, and 1m 56.4 s respectively. Adrian Webb (Imp) and Jeremy Nightingale (Escort GT) did 1 m 57.0 s while Mike Drinkwater led the rest with 58.0 a. Littler pulled up well to take ninth ahead of the ultra reliable Bevan Imp, although McGovern did seem to slow towards the end with a suspect doughnut.

Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
10 1   George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB 998 L4 A 23 13 1.50,2 1.54,6  
13 2    
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB 998 L4 A 22 20 1.55,8    
14 7    
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Jeremy Nightingale, GB 1298 L4 B 22 24 1.57,0    
DNF      
Hillman Imp
Trevor Willcocks, GB 998 L4 A   19 1.55,6    
DNF     Guys Automobiles
Hillman Imp
John Turner, GB 998 L4 A   18 1.53,8   Clutch
DNF     CAM of Potters Bar
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB 998 L4 A   23 1.57,0    

1972

   Bevan Imp with Bill McGovern at the wheel in competition
Bill McGovern in Bevan Imp with many first places according to marks on the roof. The Mini Cooper S may be Chris Montague (1293 cc). That would make this 1972.

the 1972 British GP support race

British Touring Car Championship - 63 points, 1st place
Touring Cars championship (Wiggins Teape)

1972 results; source: Motor Sport 1973

Mar 19 Brands
Mar 31 Oulton
Apr 3 Thruxton
Apr 22 Silverstone
May 29 Crystal Palace
Jul 15 Brands
Sep 16 Oulton
Oct 1 Mallory
Oct 22 Brands


 

Bill McGovern, Bevan Imp 1972
Bill McGovern at the 1972 British GP meeting
source: David Lawson @ forums.autosport.com, thread: 'British saloon car racing of the 1960s and 1970s' (Aug 2 2006); also to slotforum.com on Aug 2 2006.


Silverstone TT 1972; source: Frank de Jong
Bevan Imp 1972
caption by Frank: The Bevan Imp of McGovern, British champion for years, finished 14th; the other car was on the reserve list.
photo by Robert Clayson, no permission asked, but Frank says he does not mind.
Graham Robson says about George Bevan on page 295 of Rootes Maestros, chapter Imps in the BTCC: "His car - there was only one machine, by the way, which was used for for all three Championship-winning seasons - [...] " - after seeing this photo I am not sure what he means. Maybe that the reserve car never saw actual action...

Silverstone, 24 Sept. 1972, dry weather
Esso Uniflo RAC Tourist Trophy
Ruleset: Group 2 (1970)

Overall results, aggregate of heat 1 and 2 - each 2 hours (As far as relevant to this site.)
Pos Pos in class #   Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality c.c. Group Distance, time Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
14 7/1 63 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 Div. 1-1000 124 32 1.50,6    
16 8/2 61 Mo Mendham
BMC Mini Cooper
Mo Mendham, GB
998 Div. 1-1000 116 42 2.04,4    
17 9/3 62  
BMC Mini Cooper
Jeremy Bean, GB
998 Div. 1-1000 116 41 2.01,2    
19 10/4 67 John Godfrey
Hillman Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 Div. 1-1000 111 36 1.55,2   Water leak
20 11/5 66 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB 998 Div. 1-1000 111 35 1.53,6   Reserve
36   65 Team Hartwell
Sunbeam Imp
Detlef Hendricks, D
998 Div. 1-1000   38 1.56,8    
37   68  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB 998 Div. 1-1000   37 1.55,4    
DNS   64 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt, GB
998 Div. 1-1000         Reserve

 

Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain
19 March 1972
Bill McGovern in the 1-litre Bevan Imp dominated the smallest class - could this be the start of a championship hat-trick for the team?

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 5 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mk2
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 35.33,5 2 1.43,3 1.43,9  
7 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 19 12 1.50,4 1.51,9  
11 2 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 18 19 1.55,1    
15 4 79  
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 A 18        
DNF   78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A   20 1.56,2   Lost wheel
DNS      
Hillman Imp
Trevor Willcocks, GB
998 L4 A          

Oulton Park, Cheshire, Great-Britain
30 March 1972
Heavy rain

Motoring News:
A caption in Motoring News a couple of weeks ago has offended Imp ace Bill McGovern, who tells us that nobody ever outbrakes him and wants us to apologise for suggesting such. Whatever, Bill won the 1-litre class with the Bevan machine by 17 seconds from Mo Mendham's Mini. The result put McGovern and Matthews into the joint lead of the Championship

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 8 Malcolm Gartlan Racing/Wiggings Teape Ltd.
Ford Capri RS 2600
Brian Muir, AUS
2940 V6 D 20 laps, 38.43,2 2 1.48,6 1.53,6  
12 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 18   2.03,4    
18 3 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 17   2.07,2    
19 4 78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A 17   2.05,4    

Esso Uniflo Trophy
Thruxton, Hampshire, Great-Britain
3 April 1972

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 5 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mk2
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D 25 laps, 36.42,2 2 1.26,8 1.25,4  
9 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 23   1.37,0 1.36,6  
12 2 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 23   1.38,6    
DNF   78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A 18        

GKN Transmissions Trophy
Silverstone, Great-Britain
23 April 1972

Bill McGovern's George Bevan Sunbeam Imp scored maximum points in the sub-1000 cc category to hold on to the joint championship lead with Matthews

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 5 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 32.52,8 1 1.34,8 1.35,3  
16 1 71? George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 18 laps, 34.34,0 16 1.51,5 1.53,1  
19 2 78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A 17        
20 3 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 17   1.56,1    
21 4 79  
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 A 17        
24 5 81  
Hillman Imp
Trevor Willcocks, GB
998 L4 A 17        

 

 

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 61 Richard Longman & Co.
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jonathan Buncombe, GB
1293 L4 B 25 laps, 25.53,2 2 1.02,2 1.01,4  
2 2 62 Ken Costello
BMC Mini Cooper S
Rob Mason, GB
1293 L4 B 25 laps, 26.07,2 3 1.02,8    
3 3 55 VMW Motors
Ford Escort 1300 GT
Vince Woodman, GB
1298 L4 B 25 laps, 26.16,6 1 1.02,2    
4 4 63  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Chris Montague, GB
1293 L4 B 25 laps, 26.16,6 4 1.03,0    
5 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 B 24 laps, 26.05,0     1.03,6  
6 5 68  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Gordon Dawkins, GB
1293 L4 B 24 laps, 26.26,6        
  6    
BMC Mini Cooper S
Barry Johnson, GB
1293 L4 B 24        
  2   Newcastle Contractors Plant Ltd
Sunbeam Imp
Terry Watts, GB
998 L4 B 24        
  3    
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 B 24        
  4    
BMC Mini Cooper
Jeremy Bean, GB
998 L4 B 23        
DNF   59  
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jon Mowatt, GB
1293 L4 B 17       Puncture
DNF   80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 B 1       Accident
DNF   78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 B         Fan belt

Crystal Palace, Great-Britain
28/5/1972

By winning the 1-litre class again Bill McGovern moves into a clear lead in the Wiggins Teape Paperchase, for Dave Matthews crashed his Escort and thus spoilt his points record.

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 8 Malcolm Gartlan Racing/Wiggings Teape Ltd.
Ford Capri RS 2600
Brian Muir, AUS
2940 V6 D 25 laps, 26.09,2 3 0.56,8 0.57,2  
5 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 B 24 laps, 26.05,0     1.03,6  
  2   Newcastle Contractors Plant Ltd
Sunbeam Imp
Terry Watts, GB
998 L4 B 24        
  3    
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 B 24        
DNF   80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 B 1       Accident
DNF   78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 B         Fan belt

John Player Grand Prix Support Race
Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain
15 July 1972

No drama in the little class: Bill McGovern just got on with the job of scooping up yet another maximum point score in search of his third Championship title in the George Bevan Imp.

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 5 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mk2
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 34.19,3 2 1.41,0    
12 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 18 laps, 35.09,8 18 1.50,5 1.50,8  
  2    
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 18        

Oulton Park Gold Cup
Oulton Park, Cheshire, Great-Britain
16 Sept. 1972

Round 7 of the ten-race Wiggins Teape Paperchase. It was a race of attrition and there were only 15 finishers but Bill McGovern kept up his unbeaten record this season with the George Bevan Imp in the 1-litre category.

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 5 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mk2
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 34.58,4 1 1.40,4 1.41,2  
8 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 18 laps, 35.27,2     1.55,2  
11 2 79  
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 A 18        
13 4 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A 17        
DNF     Newcastle Contractors Plant Ltd
Hillman Imp
Terry Watts, GB
998 L4 A         Engine
DNF   78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A         Fan belt

Esso Uniflo RAC Tourist Trophy
Silverstone, Great-Britain
24 Sept. 1972

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 7 Ford Köln
Ford Capri RS 2600
Dieter Glemser, D
Jochen Mass, D
2940 V6 D 147 laps, 4:02.20,4 5 1.36,6    
14 (1) 63 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A   32 1.50,6    
36 (2) 65 Team Hartwell
Sunbeam Imp
Detlef Hendricks, D
998 L4 A   38 1.56,8    
37 (3) 68  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A   37 1.55,4    

SKF Trophy for Group 2 cars
Mallory Park, Leicester, Great-Britain
1 October 1972

In the closing laps, McGovern closed right up to Montague but just failed to take him. In the smallest class, Ivor Greenwood (Imp Sport) was the closest to McGovern but by the finish he had been lapped by the leaders.

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 61 Richard Longman & Co.
BMC Mini Cooper S
Jonathan Buncombe, GB
1293 L4 B 20 laps, 18.18,2 2   0.54,0  
6 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 B 20 laps, 19.01,4     0.55,0  
8 2 79  
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 B 19        
10 3 80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 B 19        

John Player Victory Meeting
Brands Hatch International Circuit, Kent, Great-Britain
22 October 1972 

Gardner, Matthews, Buncombe and McGovern had already won their classes in the championship before the event, but in any case, all four won their respective sections.  

Touring Cars
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
1 1 5 SCA Freight Ltd.
Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Mk2
Frank Gardner, AUS
5736 V8 D 20 laps, 34.09,0 1 1.39,0    
13 1 1 George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 L4 A 19 laps, 35.31,0 24 1.49,8 1.50,4  
17 2 78 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998 L4 A 18 37 1.59,0    
18 3 79  
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 L4 A 18 34 1.54,6    
23 5   Newcastle Contractors Plant Ltd
Hillman Imp
Terry Watts, GB
998 L4 A 17 40 2.02,4    
DNF   80  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 L4 A   33 1.54,4    
DNS     George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Ray Calcutt, GB
998 L4 A   31 1.54,0   Reserve

1973

In the British Touring Car Championship, he gained 36 points for Team George Bevan, which was a 7th place.

GKN Transmissions Trophy - Silverstone International Trophy
Silverstone, 8 April 1973
Starters: 29
Weather: Snow after 2nd lap
Rules: Group 2 of 1970
Class: Group A

Les Nash set a new lap record in his ex-McGovern Imp, despite which he failed to beat Bill McGovern by the tiniest margin.

Touring Cars class A
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
CL171 George Bevan
Sunbeam Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998 18 laps, 35.02,2151.51,5  
CL2  Commercial Credit
Sunbeam Imp
Les Nash, GB
998  161.52,51.49,6 
CL3  John Godfrey
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998      
CL4  Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Sunbeam Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998      
CL5  
Sunbeam Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998      

23 April 1973 at the Thruxton circuit (Esso Uniflo Trophy) reigning RAC champion Bill McGovern was badly hurt when his Imp crashed after a start line collision.

Esso Uniflo Trophy
Thruxton, 23 April 1973
Rules: Group 2 of 1970
Class: Group A

Touring Cars class A
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
71  
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB
998 23 laps, 37.50,2161.38,4  
82  John Godfrey
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB
998 23    
CL4 Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB
998      
    
Sunbeam Imp
Andy Holloway, GB
998     
DNF  George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Les Nash, GB
998 22151.37,21.35,4Engine
DNF 71George Bevan
Sunbeam Imp
Bill McGovern, GB
998  131.36,2 Accident

1980

BRSCC modified Saloon Champion. Bevan Imp

Bill McGovern Bevan Imp, entrant for the 80/81 Wendy Wools series

1986 - 1989

Renault 5 GT Turbo.
Finished 10th-3rd-4th overall in Championship in less modified car.

 

2009

At The Imp Club National Weekend: Imp 09 / IMPulse 09

Bill McGovern having a chat with Impers at Imp 09
Bill McGovern stayed a while at the National Weekend of The Imp Club after presenting Rosemary Smith with her trophy.


Literature

The British Saloon Car Championship - Bevan and McGovern Imp / Martyn Morgan Jones

 



The Imp Site
    Racing in Imps
         The Bevan Imp

© Franka

 


Not Imp related:

Photo by Gerald Swan on the web:
Brands Hatch 1974, 17 March - Race of the Champions support, Bill McGovern driving a George Bevan 1.5-litre Volkswagen Passat (JPEG Image, 1000x626 pixels)

furniture shops: at the Belsize Road shop in Kilburn, NW6