Basel Tattoo celebrated it’s tenth anniversary and is now in the top three Tattoos of the world. The ‘IMPS’ had the honour to appear as a Headline act in the Tattoo, the first time a motorcycle display team has ever participated. This tour proved to be one of the greatest in Imps history.
Every night the cast received a standing ovation for a show to be remembered. The ‘IMPS’ took pride of place in the finale by being up front ahead of the entire parade. Their performances were inspiring and were supported by all the other acts in the show, including the Household Cavalry Mounted Band and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, who provided live backing music for the ‘Imps’ display.
The team received outstanding support from the community of Basel, working together with the Basel Police and supported with safety by the Basel Fire Brigade. Both the Police and the Fire Brigade invited the team to their Headquarters for an in depth visit. ‘Erbacher’ Fat Attack Custom bikes builder invited older team members to their workshops for an insight into the wonderful world of Custom Bikes. Our thanks go to Urs Erbacher, the CEO for a great visit.
The river Rhein became a favourite swimming venue in the extremely hot and humid weather that prevailed throughout. The team were able to give of their best due to the outstanding support provided by the staff and volunteers of the Tattoo who were so kind to our kids. It was just unbelievable. The community of Basel also got behind the team and gave fantastic support and encouragement. Filmed by Swiss and German Television, we also welcomed a visit from a British Motorcycle News. The full story appears in this weeks issue of MCN.
The Imps made many new friends and renewed old acquaintances. Basel will live for a very long time in the memories of the ‘Imps’ whose priviledge it was to be in the cast of this outstanding International event.
Thanks go to all who made this trip possible including drivers, chaperones, parents and of course, The Imps themselves.
Roy Pratt MBE who founded The Imps has been Team Director for more than forty years.
The Imps started 42 years ago. Roy Pratt MBE started a group called the Hackney Adventure Project, which aimed to take disadvantaged children from East London on adventure holidays at weekends and during school holidays. The children found a motorcycle and Roy tasked them with getting it to work. The Imps was then born and the project became a motorcycle display team.
42 years on and the Imps has played a vital role in thousands of children’s lives. The Imps unfortunately recently lost their life long sponsor, Honda UK. The Imps now need your help.
We aim to raise enough funds to purchase a fleet of new motorcycles. With your help we can go on for three more years while our Volunteers work hard to find us a new sponsor.Be part of the team thst will ensure that the Imps is here for another 42 and please donate today.
The Imps is a registered charity.
In return for your help we will list you as an Imp sponsor on our web page http://www.impsonline.com. We will also send you a list of our forthcoming performances so that you can meet the children that you have directly helped. Please also see the “rewards” part of this page for additional rewards inc.Global Brand Exposure for as litle as £5k.
Please help a local UK charity that will see 100% of the benefits within days of you giving.
‘Bill Everett’ former Commentator to the Imps Motorcycle Team passed away in his sleep in Asprey House Nursing Home following a recent stay in Whipps Cross Hospital. Bill was a much loved character, full of fun and will be much missed by the Imps and all who knew him around the world. The details of his funeral are as follows:
Thursday 5th. March 2015 14:00 Hrs
Service in the Chapel at Hoddesdon Cemetery, 135 Ware Road, Hoddesdon Herts EN11 9AE
The wake will be held at a favourite location of Bill’s:
The Fish and Eels, Dobbs Weir Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0AY
Bill asked that on his passing instead of flowers donations to:
Tower Hamlets Mencap and should be sent ℅ Powells Funeral Directors, 79, Buford Street, Hoddesdon EN11 8HX
All are welcome to attend to celebrate the life of this great character.
JBW, Causeway and Silver-worldwide have all worked together to support the Imps by the provision of a replacement coach that the Imps use to travel to their many annual events in the UK and Europe. All three companies are long standing supporters of the team and with their encouragement, guidance and support much has been achieved. Alongside them are a number of other companies the latest of which is London City Airport.
Check out the Imps itinerary on this site and come along to see a performance and see what these companies are doing to support youth, all citizens of the future. the Imps thank all our sponsors.
Rob Andrews was one of Britain’s most well-known and successful motocross riders of the 1980s. Racing for the factory Kawasaki team Rob raced all around the world, competed for Great Britain at the 1985 Motocross des Nations event in Germany, and in 1986 finished in 9th place in the World 500cc Motocross Championship.
Rob’s motocross career is chronicled on his web site www.robandrewsmx.com
We were recently contacted out of the blue by Rob, who explained the remarkable circumstances in which he came be interested in motorcycles and which set him off on the path to his notable achievements in motocross racing. His fascinating story, of which the Imps played a pivotal, if purely accidental and unwitting role, follows:
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The IMPS are still seeking to strengthen their voluntary staff with Youth Leaders, Chaperones and administrators, training will be provided where necessary. Can you spend a few hours a week, a day or two a month, if so and you would like to be part of one of the flagship youth organisations of the UK please contact us for an informal discussion of how you may help. We are a unique group both our activity and method of operation is necessarily a one off but all the usual protective issues apply, we value our young people. Those helping will need to allow us to apply for a CRB clearance for you and to convince us you are suitable to work with children.
Many roles are available at the Imps so if you have a little time to spare or need to develop an interest contact us, there are a number of vital roles including for those of you who may have retired and require an interest, don’t mope around being bored you could be fulfilling a vital role with the Imps.If interested or would like to learn more either email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Roy on 07774 642217 we are waiting to hear from you, believe you me if you come aboard you will never be bored again………
Following a briefing for parents and children new recruits to the Imps attended a one day induction course at London Youth’s outdoor centre, Hindleap Warren in East Sussex, those who successfully passed through this experience commenced their rider training at the Team’s Headquarters in East London on Saturday the 12th. October 2013. First they had to be kitted out with safety riding gear and then introduced to their instructors, this was followed by instruction in basic motorcycle parts and how to handle a motorcycle without the engine running. Having learned how to stop and then to go and recover a fallen bike [and rider] training commenced. By the end of the day all recruits were able to pull away, balance at slow speeds, change gear and negotiate a simple obstacle course.
By the end of their first training day all riders had completed their first four and a half hours riding and by the looks on their face had both gained confidence in their own ability and were happy, they cannot wait for their next day’s training and that will be next week. Their next session will cover in more depth braking tecniques , cornering and smooth gear changing etc. At the end of the month they will attend a five day residential course in riding and more advanced balancing practice.
We all wish them well and will follow their progress with interest, keep an eye on the news and we will report just how they progress through their training until they commence training with the main team to learn about formation and trick riding.
The ‘IMPS’ are always on the look out for voluntary staff to work with our young people helping them grow to full maturity and become good citizens. Voluntary staff work on a rota basis and you can give as much or as little time as you have available, of course all staff working with children are subject to the usual checks. You do not need experience but of course it helps, we will provide training, these are some of the many areas we need help with:
Chaperones who care for the children whilst the team is on duty.
Youth Leaders/Riding Instructors with or without motorcycle riding abilities, we can teach you what you need to know
Professionally qualified drivers, LGV1 and PCV licence holders
Building Maintenance Staff
If you have a little time to give to young people contact us, you will find a warm welcome and have an opportunity to travel the UK and abroad if you are interested. Contact us on either 0560 239 9821 / 07774 642217 or by email email@example.com
The IMPS only recruit once a year, during September, but you can apply anytime. The window of opportunity for 2013 is only open for a few weeks. Do you have the adventurous spirit to become one of us traveling the world, meeting people from other cultures, and learning out of the box whilst riding a powerful motorcycle. If you think you’ve got what it takes apply now, you will need your parents permission to complete an on-line application on this site, but you will need to be quick or it will be another year before you have an opportunity to apply. You do not need to know how to ride a motorcycle, we teach you our way. The Imps do not only ride motorcycles but take part in a full range of adventure activities that help build the successful team the IMPS have become. Be one of us, apply now! Go to the Join button on top of the page and complete an on-line application, good luck!
The IMPS were again featured in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo during 2013, appearing alongside the worlds leading acts the Imps gave faultless performances for every show earning the respect of all. The television coverage goes out to 20 million viewers around the world and every seat was taken for every performance throughout the tattoo. During the show the Imps lived at MOD Caledonia, Rosyth, formally HMS Caledonia where they were made most welcome by the staff. Bussed in to Edinburgh on a daily basis the Imps needed to work twice the hours of most other performers, servicing and moving motorcycles and preparing for each performance to fit in with the movements and security arrangements for all the other acts. As is always with the tattoo the IMPS were able to meet with performers from around the world and to meet new and exciting friends from as far afield as Mongolia and South Korea to Mexico and New Zealand also to meet up with old friends from around the United Kingdom. Scotland always makes the IMPS welcome and this year was no exception. The experiences gained will stay with the Imps forever. Riding on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle is always a challenge but a challenge the IMPS take in their stride, the Board and staff are immensely proud of the Imps achievements as we look forward to new and exciting venue around the world in 2014.
The IMPS return once again to Edinburgh Castle where they plan to perform an exciting new display to entertain, thrill and amuse the fantastic audience that attend the event. The IMPS have appeared in many previous Edinburgh Tattoos but are always thrilled and honoured to be invited back to join an international cast of outstanding performers.
Look out for the IMPS in their distinctive scarlet tunics, watch their thrilling performance and if you have the chance chat to them as you leave, they just love to answer your questions and meet with you.
Enjoy the finest show of it’s kind on earth.