Purple people-eater 1973
The Purple People-Eater
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Les Nash

An American car supplier from Tottenham.

He bought the Imp in which Bill McGovern won the 1972 British Saloon Car Championship and used it in the 1973 season.

From: Spencer Nash
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2006 16:58:40 +0100

Hi Frank

I have noticed that in the competition section of your site you have made reference to Les Nash and have a picture of him, in the 'Purple People Eater', but no information whatsoever. Les Nash is my father and I am sure, if you are interested, he would be happy to help you with photos and info for your site. He was a very successful driver especially in the Imp and has a lot of interesting stories about this period of his racing career.

Kind regards
Spencer Nash

1973

Brands Hatch, March 18

The RAC British Touring Car Championship Race - Group 2 touring cars
Brands Hatch (20 laps; 53 miles - 1 lap=2.65 miles)
Sunday, March 18: First qualifying round of the 1973 RAC BTCC
Weather conditions: Overcast, track dry

Class D - Up to 1000cc
They all started and all finished.

No. Entrant and driver Car cc. Nat. Overall
Finishing position
Time
Min. : Sec.
Speed
    Chevrolet Camaro     1st 34 : 04.5 93.52 mph / 150.19 kph
1 George Bevan (Drv. Bill McGovern) Sunbeam Imp 998 GB ?
71 Les Nash (1st Reserve) Sunbeam Imp 998 GB 11th 34 : 41.2 82.51 mph / 132.79 kph (18 laps)
72 Stapleton Motors Ltd. Racing Promotions
(Drv. Adrian Webb)
Sunbeam Imp 998 GB 14th
73 Melvyn Adams Sunbeam Imp 998 GB 15th
74 John Godfrey (Drv. Ivor Godwin) Sunbeam Imp Sport 998 GB 13th
75 G.J. Booth BLMC Mini 998 GB ?
76 Jeremy Beam BLMC Mini 998 GB 18th
77 Jim Burrows BLMC Mini 998 GB 16th

Silverstone, April 7

Silverstone is a long (almost three mile) circuit and has plenty of wide open spaces to enable the faster, and higher capacity cars to really blow off their small capacity competitiors.

Thruxton, April 23

Practice

Thruxton, May 28

Snetterton, July 29

Ingliston, August 18

Ingliston is a circuit which you really have to drive, it being short and relatively twisty.

The Appleyard Trophy Race
Organised by the Scottish Motor Racing Club
18th - 19th August 1973: Event 5

No. Entrant and driver Car cc. Nat. Overall
Finishing position
Time
Min. : Sec.
Speed
71 Les Nash / Commercial Credit Co. Sunbeam Imp 998 GB     mph / kph (18 laps)
72 Adrian Webb / F.J. van der Breggen / Stapleton Motors Chrysler Imp 998 GB      
77 Jim Burrows / Swiftune Engineering Ltd. BLMC Mini 998 GB      

Brands Hatch, August 27

The RAC British Touring Car Championship Race - Group 2 touring cars, Appendix J
Event 4: Brands Hatch (25 laps)
Sunday, August 27: Fourth qualifying round of the 1973 RAC BTCC
Weather conditions:

Class D - Up to 1000cc

No. Entrant and driver Car cc. Nat. Overall
Finishing position
Time
Min. : Sec.
Speed
1 George Bevan (Drv. Bill McGovern) Sunbeam Imp 998 GB  
71 Commercial Credit & Discoutn Co.
(Drv. Les Nash)
Sunbeam Imp 998 GB     mph / kph (.. laps)
72 Stapleton Motors Ltd. Racing Promotions
(Drv. Adrian Webb)
Chrysler Imp 998 GB      
73 Melvyn Adams Sunbeam Imp 998 GB      
74 John Godfrey (Drv. Ivor Godwin) Sunbeam Imp 998 GB      
75 G.J. Booth BLMC Mini 998 GB      
76 Jeremy Beam BLMC Mini 998 GB      
77 Swiftune Engineering Ltd. (Drv. Jim Burrows) BLMC Mini 998 GB      

Brands Hatch
Sunday, 9th September, 1973

British Automobile Racing Club; Surrey Centre
Dee-Jay and Radio Monthly Car Races

information sheet No. 7
Practice times for production saloon cars - race 'B'
Weather conditions: sunny and dry

No. Driver Car cc. Nat. Time
Min. : Sec.
 
166 Tim Dodwell       1 : 09.2 (2nd)
167 Jonathan Cook       not seen  
168 Les Nash       1 : 07.0 (1st)
169 Mike Bundy       not seen  
170 Alan Foster       1 : 07.0 (2nd)
171 Tony Lanfranchi       1 : 09.0 (2nd)
172 Peter Jobb       1 : 09.2 (1st)
173 Tony Stubbs       1 : 09.0 (1st)
174 Eric Horsfield       1 : 09.0 (3rd)
175 to have been nominated       not seen  
176 Jo Bailey       1 : 14.4  

Silverstone Tourist Trophy

Silverstone, September 23

Silverstone, Northampton, Great-Britain
23/9/1973
Les Nash (both entrant and driver), Hillman Imp, #6, 998 engine, Group Div. 1 - he did finish, but not in the top-six.
Bill McGovern was entered in this race by George Bevan


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Non-Imp info

Purple People Eater - lyrics

1998

Saturday 1st August 1998

Les On Fast Track

There were mixed fortunes for Green Belt Motor Club drivers Les Nash and Robin Donovan recently.

Nash notched up his fourth win in only six starts in the historic touring car class. In his latest race at Lydden Hill, Kent, his Ford Lotus Cortina, named the Purple People Eater, started the 12-lap race in fourth place and quickly overtook the second and third placed cars.

It then took him until the last lap to get on terms with leader Roger Cope's Jaguar. Unfortunately he failed by the tiny margin of 0.23 seconds to secure the victory.

2001

Where are they now?
Les Nash - Still racing the "Purple People Eater" in Historic Touring Cars "pre 66".

 


Not Imp related:

Mr. Nash was the outright winner (Ford Anglia 997cc) of the 1971 Hepolite Glacier Saloon Car championship.

Photo by Gerald Swan on the web:
Brands Hatch 1974, 17 March - Race of the Champions support, Leslie Nash in the 5.7-litre Chevrolet Camaro - another Purple People-Eater. (JPEG Image, 1000x630 pixels)