The Pandora-Austin, a unique small-capacity sports racer that originated in Surrey and finished in a Sussex garage in the early 1960s, was reunited with its creator Roger Phillips, period associates and family at Goodwood – scene of its maiden race with Raymond Jackson in May 1964 – on March 14. Painstakingly restored by owner Andy Prill and his team over several years, with enthusiastic help from veteran racer Phillips, the neat BMC A-series engined machine had suffered over years of club racing and hillclimbing, during which time its identity morphed into the boxy Micron. Phillips, who had planned to build a run of Pandora “Lotus eaters” through his family engineering business close to the Sussex motor circuit, before becoming a sales director of LEC Refrigeration (budding racer David Purley’s father Charlie’s concern) took him to the north west of England
, enjoyed a session in it more than half a century on. Although there is not a race for small sports prototypes at this year’s Goodwood 77th Members’ or Revival Meetings, Halstead Porsche Classic specialist Prill has entered the annual GRRC Sprint there on Easter Monday, April 22, “To complete the circle. Although the test day started wet we were undergeared at 130mph when the track dried. It’s a little flier!”
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