The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years
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The restored BSCC battler back in its family's hands after 50 years

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The Imps of George Bevan became famous in British Saloon Car Championship competition during the early 1970s. Thanks to the efforts of a small band of enthusiasts, including Bevan's grandson Jonathan, one of the ex-Bill McGovern title winners has recently returned to the race track

Fifty years ago, Irishman Bill McGovern matched Australian Frank Gardner’s back-to-back British Saloon Car Championship titles. But in his case it was from the 1000cc class, driving Imps prepared by George Bevan, doyen of privateer entrants. The following season, 1972, they rewrote the history books, winning all 10 rounds to complete a resounding hat-trick – despite a frosty relationship with Chrysler’s competition department.

Bevan, from the Isle of Dogs in east London, made Chinese restaurant cookers for a living. He and his small team – who worked on both – set exemplary standards. The Lagoon Blue Imps, prepared behind his end-of-terrace council house at St Paul’s Cray, Orpington in a borrowed double garage, were class victors in 28 of the 33 BSCC races they started over the three campaigns!

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