Long term New Imp


I like the ‘My first bike’ articles, it is very interesting to read about readers’ bikes and how they ran them on a shoestring.

Here is a photo of my New Imperial Model 30 which is a 1933 250cc, I paid £2 10 shillings when I bought it, or should I say Mother probably paid for it in 1964.

I was an apprentice agricultural engineer with a 40-mile trip to work so I lodged during the week and came home at weekends.

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I used it for about a year and it was not much trouble considering my basic repairs and bodges, after which it was replaced by a 1947 Velocette MAC to which I fitted a sidecar until I passed my test.

The little New Imperial was always very light and quite nippy; it belonged to the father of a chap who was a tractor driver working for my father.

I still have the bike and still use it from time to time, along with two other New Imps – I have had a motorbike ever since I was 15, as you can see by the photo which was taken at Hempstead near Holt in Norfolk where my mother and father lived.

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The other photo was taken at Spooner Row about 12 years ago. I rebuilt it in the Seventies and painted the tank black as it was too pitted to rechrome but, with hindsight, I should have sprayed it silver which would have looked much nicer. I may still do that now we are all self-isolating!

Richard Mack

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