News & Events
We were delighted to read this interesting article published in the December 2017 edition of Esses magazine about Andy Prill’s 20th year at Laguna Seca. The Esses magazine is the official magazine of the Early 911S Registry, published quarterly – www.early911sregistry.org
Just before Christmas we were visited by Jeremy Heslup, Director of Valkyr Films. Jeremy and his colleague Nima spent the day with us and we are pleased to be able to share the result with you. Many thanks to Jeremy and Nima for such an interesting and beautifully produced film. Hope you enjoy it…
Credit: Valkyr Films and Praemio Productions
We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced automotive engineer to join our successful historic automotive engineering company. We are particularly looking for candidates with automotive restoration experience. We are one of the world’s leading classic Porsche specialists and have a world-wide reputation for high quality work in restoration, servicing, engine and gearbox building, race preparation and support.
Prior experience working on the Porsche marque is not essential but candidates must be able to demonstrate a proven track record in a similar role. We expect candidates to have excellent communication skills, work under their own initiative and as part of a team. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic and growing team.
Competitive salary based on skills and experience. This is a full time post.
Send your CV and a covering letter to Mrs Siobhan Prill, Prill Porsche Classics, PO Box 12252, Halstead, Essex CO9 9AW or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The longest and hardest endurance race for classic cars lived up to its reputation again in 2016. Andy participated this year with Robert Barrie as his co driver and they had a great race in a 1965 Porsche 911. Electing not to stress the car too much in qualifying and after Andy survived a ‘love kiss’ from an errant TVR at Bus Stop we lined line up 85th on the grid on a very large grid.
Robert started the race and endured a very hectic first few laps before settling into a battle with class rivals that lasted until the first pit stop, which gave our team and Andy a bit of a surprise when Robert arrived several laps early. Andy quickly donned his helmet and joined the fray, fuelled the car and got stuck in for a two hour stint driving into the darkness. Andy then handed back to Robert for an hour and Robert then handed the car back to Andy for the run to the finish. Unusually the race stayed dry until a minute after the checkered flag when the rain came.
Reaching the end of such a long race unscathed and in a good position having avoided the inevitable carnage is always a great feeling and we achieved our objective of doing well and staying out of trouble. Other than normal race maintenance the car did not miss a beat and the engine lid was not opened during the entire six hours. After qualifying 85th we finished 42nd and that after making an additional driver change without which we would have been disputing being the first 911 home. In the end that honour went to old friends at JAZ who were our neighbours in the pits so well done to them. Eau Rouge is still the most awesome corner on any race track and we are looking forward to going back in 2017.
It is time to reflect on another busy year that has seen the company complete a buyout, a change of name and move to new premises. Despite the inevitable challenges of moving a business lock, stock and barrel we achieved the move remarkably well with minimal effect on our day-to-day activity. Thanks for this has to go to our loyal staff, who all went the extra mile to ensure that the move had a minimal effect on our clients.
The company is now settled into purpose-built premises that provide an excellent environment in which to work on classic Porsches of all types. Judging by the reaction from those of you who have already visited you like it too. We have hosted a couple of events and we will be doing more in the year ahead. There is always a warm welcome if you are passing by.
The company has had a couple of name changes over the years but 2016 will be our 24th year in the classic Porsche business. All aspects of our business continue to grow and the quality of cars we work on just keeps getting better. In 2015, servicing, engine and gearbox rebuilds, restoration and motorsport activity have all continued apace. Best of all, 2015 was a year in which we gained a lot of new friends and clients to expand on those that we already have.
We have worked on some stunning Porsche projects this year and there are more exciting projects and events coming in 2016.
This just leaves me to thank all of our clients and friends. Have a great Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Prill Porsche Classics is open on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December so if you fancy a change of scene do pop in for a coffee (or something stronger), a mince pie or two, talk Porsche and see some amazing Porsche projects.
Call 01787 476338 for the address if you need it.
Daytona – an evocative word in the consciousness of anyone interested in Motor Sport. It has certainly been on my radar for many years and in the summer when the invitation to drive there came I did not need more than a millisecond to accept.
I thought that I knew what to expect but I was wrong on a few counts. Firstly, the place is amazing. The scale and position in relation to local facilities make it unique in my experience and that was before I had experienced the circuit itself.
The drivers’ meeting was interesting and I must admit to feeling some trepidation at the repeated warnings on how to drive the banking and what not to do because the consequences are always going to hurt. Then there was the experience of hearing cars on the track for the first time, which was incredible. Daytona is a fast track and the sound and sight of cars coming off of the banking onto the start finish in front of the enormous stands is something you have to experience personally to fully appreciate.
Then it was time to drive the track for the first time and it did not disappoint. Driving a car flat out on this historic track with its two long 31 degree banked bends is the thrill of a lifetime and one of the best motor racing experiences in my career to date. It is always good when things go well and we had a great race and a good result. The thanks and appreciation have to go the organising HSR team and our US partners Heritage Motorsport who prepared and ran the car, a 1974 Porsche Carrera 3ltr RS with an incredible period race history that includes four Le Mans 24 Hours and a Disney movie!
Finally, I have to express my sincere thanks to the car’s owner, Chris Wilson, who because he could not do the race himself generously invited me to do it for him and trusted me and co driver Marc Devis with such a famous and valuable car.
Have a look at the pictures on our Facebook and Instagram pages and share in our experience.
We have successfully filled our vacancy but we are always interested to hear from people with skills and proven track record in the maintenance, repair and restoration of classic cars.
So if you are keen to join one of the most respected and experienced teams in the classic Porsche world we would like to hear from you.
Send an email to email@example.com
Maxted-Page and Prill Ltd has changed its name to Prill Porsche Classics. After nine successful years in partnership with Lee Maxted-Page, Andy Prill is now the sole Director of the company – nothing else has changed. Andy looks forward to continuing and building on the success of the past under the new name Prill Porsche Classics.