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Make Renault Pygmee History          
Year 1975 Renault based sports car built in 1975 by Andy Goodman (ex McLaren mechanic), called the Pygmee. After running it briefly in 1975/76, he sold it in 1977 to Horst Hornick (ran a 1m 11.8s). Driven by Ophie Howard in 1 meeting in 1977, not raced in 1978. Sold to Chappie Chapple who ran it in 1979/part of 1980, he in turn sold it to Ronnie Watt? Run by Richie Main for the rest of the 1980 season. For 1981 it was by Raymond Paul who won that year's Sports Car Championship.
 
The last person to drive the car was Raymond Paul, who had purchased the car from Richie Maine. Sadly the chassis fatigued and cracks developed in various stress areas. The car was stripped down, the hewland box was fitted into the Monoposto, the chevron rims were sold to someone in Johannesburg who was building replica chevrons. The motor a group5 Gordini was in storage for many years. Sadly this motor was stripped for somebody to come and look at it on behalf of a buyer in Johannesburg and over the weekend the rods sleeves and pistons were stolen. Unknown what happened to the chassis and bodywork, though they are now in Bulawayo with Nigel Thornborough.

The pictures show the car when Chappie owned it. The left hand photo  shows the car leading the Davy.
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Chassis No.  
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Coachbuilder  
Body Style
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Registration Numbers
References Pics via Rob Davison; B&W pics from a Sables Briefing Document, driver Ophie Howard
 
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Photo above thanks to Raymond Paul
 


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