Voodoo 1971
Supplied by Andrew Shepherd: "It dates from around 1971. The workshop yard setting is because this is where it was made, if I remember correctly..."
 
    Red Voodoo - reg. JAD1
    JAD1 at National Day, perhaps 1987
Photos supplied by Graeme White, 31 Jan 2005
    Red Voodoo - reg. JAD1

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Voodoo

1971-1973

Normandale Products
Long Itchington, Warwickshire

 

First shown in public in 1971 at the Earl's Court Motor Show on the Weekend Telegraph stand. Only two examples were made, although a third car was commenced.
The construction was far better than most kit cars of the time. The work of two former Chrysler stylists, Geoff Neale and John Arnold, the Voodoo was designed 'without compromise'. Production was planned with backing from a firm of accessory manufacturers, but the tragic death of Arnold resulted in the plans falling through.

The car made an appearance at the 1973 Olympia Racing Car Show. The stand was so small, they had to strap the car vertically to a side wall. Finance must have been low...

The running gear was pure Imp at the rear, with the Husky four row radiator used. At the front HA Viva double wishbones were used with a Herals rack. The car also inherited Viva's disc brakes. The chassis was constructed of of 1" square tubing bonded to the glass fibre at the front section. An Anglia petrol tank was fitted above the axle, giving 75% - 25% weight distribution.

Only 2'11" high, the design was quite impractical. Entry was gained via a forward hinging cockpit, which also hinged the steering column. Visibility to the rear was via a periscope arrangement behind the driver.

Red Voodoo TAC 3N   
TAC 3N: reg.no. from Warwickshire C.C., 1974
Photos supplied by Mark Thompson
TAC 3N from the rear    

 

There was talk about re-introducing the model back in 1981, scaled up and not Imp powered, but it came to nothing.

Both prototypes survived at least until the summer of 1983, when Paul Lawrence-Keevil wrote about it in Impressions. A Voodoo appeared for a couple of years at a kit car show in the south of England around 1984.

Saiki Wada found a sales advert on the web in 1998. He made contact and was told that the man had got three of them, eg.: all !!
The owner said that Imp power isn't great and that the Voodoo ought to have a different engine. He said he was planning to reproduce Voodoos with Fiat x1/9 power units and he had set up some production facilites. But he would sell it if someone would take the whole project.

Saiki told the Specials Registrar of The Imp Club and he contacted the owner.


A dirty word called styling / Mike Twite;
photography: Charles Pocklington; Nigel Snowdon.
- Triple C Yearbook 1972. - p.36-45
This article shows a large, pagewide photo of the Voodoo on p. 38, saying:

"The pretty little Imp based coupe (far left) which appeared at the '71 Motor Show was designed by a couple of enthusiasts in their spare time."
As in: their photo administration wasn't as well organised as they could wish for and they didn't know what is was anymore. ;-)

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