Melvyn Adams racing against a Bevan Imp and a Mini
Melvyn Adams racing against a Bevan Imp (the purple people eater) and a Mini

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Melvyn Adams

A friend of George Bevan. He raced his home-built Imps.

Melvyn Adams obituary on the previous Imp Club forum, with a reaction from his son. (Google cache)

1971

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    

Peter Baldwin and Melvyn Adams
Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting 1971
Peter Baldwin, Mini Cooper S, and Melvyn Adams, Anthony Charnell Sunbeam Imp.

1972

Privateers Championship
Melvyn Adams won the coveted private entrants award in the British Saloon Car Championships in 1972 with a Group II Imp.

British Saloon Car Championship, 1972
Melvyn Adams finished 2nd in class (Bill McGovern won) and came 6th overall.

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 Engine
vol. (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 Engine
vol. (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 Engine
vol. (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 Engine
vol. (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 Engine
vol. (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 Engine
vol. (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 Engine
vol. (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 class A-B
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (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 class A-D
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

British Saloon Car Championship, 1973
Melvyn Adams won his class and came 3rd overall!

Esso Uniflo Trophy
Thruxton, Hampshire, Great-Britain
23-Apr-1973

Touring Cars class A-D
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality cc Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out
7 1    
Hillman Imp
Melvyn Adams, GB 998 L4 A 23 laps, 37.50,2 16 1.38,4    
8 2   John Godfrey
Sunbeam Imp
Ivor Goodwin, GB 998 L4 A 23        
CL 4   Stapleton Motors Racing Promotions
Hillman Imp
Adrian Webb, GB 998 L4 A          
       
Sunbeam Imp
Andy Holloway, GB 998 L4 A          
DNF     George Bevan
Hillman Imp
Les Nash, GB 998 L4 A 22 15 1.37,2 1.35,4 Engine
DNF   71 George Bevan
Sunbeam Imp
Bill McGovern, GB 998 L4 A   13 1.36,2   Accident

Sadly, reigning RAC champion Bill McGovern was badly hurt when his Imp crashed after a start line collision.

Literature

Melvyn Adams' Sunbeam Imp. - Cars and Car Conversions 1973, 2 (February)
On the cover, the last bit of text: Gp 2 Imp
Profiles + drives of 2 1000cc racers - Paul Green Sony Mini + Melvyn Adams' Sunbeam Imp


   
Melvyn Adams in an Imp against Jon Mowatt
Melvyn Adams and Jon Mowatt at Crystal Palace
29 May 72. Quite a capacity crowd.

From: Richard Evans
Sent: Monday, 7 November 2011
Subject: Re: Melvyn Adams Imp Site

I saw Melvyn race at Crystal Palace and Brands Hatch several times. That's my picture with Jon Mowatt along side where I was a start line marshall for the BARC.

Where was Melvyn's workshop?

Does anyone know what happened to Mike Drinkwater & Jon Mowatt, mini-racers?

Regards
Richard Evans


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Sponsored bij Cars and Car Conversions magazine, he raced a VW Passat in 1974. - Like Bill McGovern did for George Bevan.