By far the largest geographic area of Imps, covering everywhere west of Reading to Lands End and up to Birmingham; the Western Area has a central hub in Somerset, just south of Bristol in the seaside town of Clevedon.
The Area is very fortunate to have its own meeting room dedicated for its sole use, where approximately 10-20 members meet monthly. The local members are affectionately know as the ‘Wimps’ but they do well contradict their whimsical title, travelling across the country to shows and military events.
Despite their apparent geographic isolation, the Wimps are very proud that they organise one of the Club’s national, sponsored events; the Dig for Victory Show. Held the first weekend of July the event has grown from very humble beginnings as an area rally, to something that now encompasses many different clubs, schools, organisations and community groups. Last year the event had in excess of eight thousand visitors with over 150 exhibits but having out grown its current location, the Show is now on the move to the North Somerset Showground for 2014
Away from the Dig for Victory Show the Wimps organise a series of smaller events, social evenings and outings throughout the year. In the past the Wimps have visited the Islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm to inspect the historic fortifications, organised trips to the Imperial War Museum, Bovington Tank Museum and Haynes Motor Museum is but to name a few.
Putting aside the members own efforts to restore and maintain military vehicles, the Wimps often pool their efforts: Last year the Wimps restored an Anderson Shelter which now makes regular appearance at events across the South West of England.
Like all Imps areas, the Wimps are a friendly bunch and always welcome new members to the hobby. Owning a military vehicle is not a prerequisite just good company and a shared interest in all things military.
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Educated at Clifton College in Bristol and Exeter University. As an IMPS member for over ten years James has personally restored numerous vehicles including Jeeps, Bedfords and AEC Matadors. At present he is working on a Staghound Armoured car, imported from Australia. Alongside his Father David, James is a keen collector of military artefacts and vehicles of all periods. In his spare time James runs the family sawmills and plays rugby for his county.